Unique present ideas

My blog last week was so popular I have written a second one..enjoy them both –

If you go shopping in these stores mention you read my blog please 🙂 – I am not paid to write anything, these are just objects that caught my eye. Some are my favourite stores others I seldom visit except at Christmastime. While you are shopping don’t forget to treat yourself, it feels good to spoil yourself from time to time. Have fun and don’t stress.xmas 2

The perfect gift for the woman in your life who has everything. At Hedgerow in the Remuera Village I discovered ‘The Mighty Purse’. Genuine leather it can charge your phone twice before it needs recharging. $164.95  This snazzy  bag comes in  hot pink as above, grey, black, cream etc.The unique thing is this bag will charge your smart phone – yes it really will. This will solve the most difficult friends gift dilemma!  The Mighty Purse   The purse measures 20cm x 12.5cm x 2.5cm / 7.8” x 4.9” x 1″ It is small enough to fit in your favourite handbag and large enough to hold your phone and essential items. The purse weights only 200g / 7.1oz, thanks to our lightweight technology”

Hedgerow in Remuera also have beautiful infant clothing. These Liberty print Romper Suits are made from beautiful lawn fabric and wash up beautifully.$60.00


The weirdest gift I can find for the man in your life this Christmas is a swim with the sharks.

Yes feed your man to the sharks at Kelly Tarltons.SALE: FROM $99 PER PERSON ONLINE!   (WALK-UP PRICE $124) With no diving experience required, and all the instruction you need from our experienced guides, this snorkel experience is the easiest, safest and most exciting way to meet the often feared predators of the deep! The experience takes approximately 1 hour – 15 minutes of which are spent snorkeling with the sharks. (There is also a tour available without the cage for the fearless men or women you may know!! )


I visited an exhibition of work by Patterson Parkin at the Exhibitions Gallery in Osborne Street Newmarket. Finishes Dec 5th. Amongst the stunning colourful works are several unique sculptures of the female form. Beautifully proportioned these would make a great gift for yourself or an artistically minded friend – from $300.00 (photo supplied)


Below: Title: Wavelength
Medium: Mixed media on board with resin finish Size: 60 roundcm x cm
Price: $1,500  Status: AvailableWavelength17206_212_31917188_212_319


IPhone cases from Trelisse Cooper for him or her $45.00 – 5S to 6Plus. Also other sizes and several  more designs in stores and online.

$40.00 for this fun necklace from Trelisse Cooper online.




One of my favourite family games is now out in a cute travel case. Family fun for everyone. PASS THE PIGS

 NZ$18.75 from – yes from The Warehouse. The big red shed has the best price!5036905000123_00_e

The original party animals! Try your luck using pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or start makin bacon? This game, in its elegant gray case remains an all time classic game to be played anywhere, by anyone.



Age: 8 years and up (my 5 year old grandies love to play) Number of players: 2 or more players. Includes: Carry case, rule book, score cards, 2 pencils, 2 pigs. ENJOY.

This colouful parrot needs a home for Christmas. Only $50.00 at JEMS of Remuera. John Lee has all your gift buying covered with genuine antiquities through to unique contemporary pieces.parrot

Jems of Remuera has a good selection of the famous French Lalique crystal – I particularly like the Lalique vase at $2500.00 – For those who love blue these enamel pieces are affordable. I imagine you could please every woman on the planet with a gift from Jems. Ask for Claire, she is very helpful but not pushy.


Popular Men’s Fragrance for 2015: Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf, (well I wouldn’t know really)  🙂  – at Farmers and many other outlets.


Very masculine scent and comforting for the fall & winter, Spicebomb has been become one of the top selling colognes for men this year.  Plus the bottle is basically art..$117.00 for 50 ml.

If originality isn’t your thing buy soxs – but purchse them from Fifth Avenue in Ponsonby Auckland or someone with some fun designs. Paul Smith Soxs are hot!! $39.00 many ‘crazy fun designs to choose from’.


In Parnell and other New Zealand centres is the luxury store Cavit & Co. I have been given the beautiful Aram Candles from there in past years and they have several new designs this Christmas. They are such beautiful gifts to receive I am sharing the idea with you, $199.00 and worth every penny. Michael Aram Wolohojian (1963) is an award-winning American/ Armenian metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewellery designer.  He launched his first metal ware collection in 1989 after taking a trip to India where he began working with traditional artisanal techniques. He set up a self-named boutique in Manhattan in 2007. In 2014, he launched his first fine jewelry collection. We are fortunate that Cavit & Co have a great selection of not just his candles but also his exclusive and unique home ware.


Above: The glass jar candles with their Aram designed lids, they smell divine.

Below: the smaller dish in the foreground by Aram $307.00 The bowl and jug also by Aram.

IMG_0451 This is Shopping guide #2..I could write four more but time is against me. I am off to China between now and Christmas. Check out my earlier blog if you missed it as there are some wonderful ideas there too. Several people went shopping as a direct response to #1 gift guide, see here. If you enjoyed these please comment, it stops me retiring.

Happy Christmas everyone.. I’ll resume blogging after the holiday’, thankyou for following me I am happy to tell you my blog is read by more people every month.

9,433 people have read at least one of my blogs…amazing.

 An old image from 2003.December 14, 2003-124_2475



5 thoughts on “Unique present ideas

  1. You have certainly taken the stress out of shopping for many – some really fabulous gift ideas Lynn – enjoy your trip to China – Merry Christmas xx

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