Receiving gifts never gets old, but when you're the one trying to come up with something new and exciting to give—it kinda can. Enter the following companies, who together offer a slew of unique and thoughtful goodies to show that someone spesh that you care. No matter what the occasion, these guys are here to help and the best bit is, they'll do it all without you having to lift a single finger (well, other than to scroll through their expertly-curated websites, that is).
So crank out your credit card and load up the interwebs, because here are New Zealand's best gift deliveries (just see if those brownie points don't start rolling in)...
Hop online and check out Father Rabbit for customised gift boxes filled with gorgeous goodies that have been designed to please “even the fussiest of recipients” (because we all know at least one of them, right?). Indeed, we can't imagine anyone being disappointed with a delivery from these guys, who sell some of the most beautiful pressies we've ever seen. Creating your gift box is super easy, with each category featuring a range of pre-selected items from which you can choose. Take the popular For Her category, for example, where you can pick up to six items that include everything from perfume and a personalised necklace, through to stemless wine glasses and stationery. Finish up with your choice of box and ribbon, then have their team write up a special message inside one of their coveted greeting cards.
Rest and relaxation is totally a gift, right? If you know someone in your life who could do with just that, then why not send them a lil' something something from Becca Project. Created by two clever mums, this local company specialises in beautiful handcrafted candles, diffusers and balms that not only smell amazing, they're also packed with the amazing health benefits of essential oils (certified organic ones, no less). If you purchase only one pressie from here, make it a candle—available in a range of yummy fragrances, they combine said oils with all natural coconut soy wax and even a wooden wick that crackles when it burns, just like a real fire. We're particularly partial to their Toffee creation (with notes of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon) and are stoked to see they also have a couple of candles designed exclusively for men. So what are you waiting for? Get ordering and light up the life of that someone spesh, stat.
Fresh flowers will always make a lovely gift, but for something a little different (and longer lasting), how about opting for an actual plant? Give Plants are just one of several companies now offering our leafy friends as an alternative to the traditional bouquet, and here they come in a wide range of options, from natives and indoor plants through to their best-selling meyer lemon (and yes, there are even flowers). Arriving carefully boxed in recyclable packaging with a personalised card, these make an especially on-point housewarming gift.
Brighten up the day of someone spesh with ECOYA's ultra luxurious candles, diffusers and bodycare products. These beauties are designed right here in NZ then made in Aussie with the help of leading perfumers and fragrance experts in a range of dreamy scents, including French Pear, Vanilla Bean and Sweet Pea & Jasmine. They also do some lovely seasonal offerings, including an epic pine-scented candle at Christmas (the next best thing to having a real Christmas tree). Treat your loved one to the lot by purchasing an ECOYA gift set, which they can even wrap in tissue and ribbon for the ultimate gift-giving feels. Would it be sad to send one to ourselves?
Praise the pressie gods for Gift Saint. You'll find only the very best gift boxes here, which come in either pre-packaged or customised options, finished with some seriously divine packaging (we're tallking tissue, ribbon, AND a sprig of greenery). Pamper your bestie/girlfriend/mum to their What A Girl Needs box (featuring chocolate, Therapy bodycare and a bottle of Moet), send well wishes with their Toast to Good Health pack (complete with artisan honey and a bottle of limoncello, naturally), or treat the dad/brother/man in your life to their For Him box (featuring chocolate, cologne, and craft beer). Hallejuah, we think we have our gift giving sorted for at least the next year with this one.
While Oh Natural aren't in the business of gift boxes per se, they'll happily put one together for you with products of your own choosing (and for just $3 extra, we might add). The hardest part will be deciding what to include, as this website is an absolute treasure trove of goodies—all natural, eco-friendly and cruelty-free (they have almost 800 items in their vegan category alone!). From skincare and makeup—to pet care and baby care—to food and drink, there's something here for absolutely everyone in your life—sustainability-minded or not. We'd certainly be stoked if a parcel from them landed on our doorstep.
From congratulations to commiserations, we can't think of many occasions where alcohol isn't an appropriate gift. However for times when a bottle of booze simply won't suffice, be sure to check out Brewbound's great range of fuss-free gift boxes. Filled with all your fave alcohol brands and assorted snacks to suit, these are sure to go down a treat with anyone over the age of 18. Our personal faves include the Pink Pals For Your Pals box (with Whittaker's chocolate and cans of Pals' Vodka, Watermelon, Mint and Soda), and the new Scapegrace Vodka box (with Scapegrace vodka, potato chips, Red Bull and more). Plus, there's even an option to create your very own gift box.
Father's Day always has us thinking about how hard it can be to find pressies for the blokes in our lives, no matter what the occasion (sorry, boys!). Say hello to Boxsmith, who've done the ground work for us and come up with a range of stylish wooden gift boxes, available in such options as The Man Pack, The Fisherman, and Hey, Dad! You're Awesome—all packed with super mod, man-appropriate gifts. But make no mistake, this ain't a boys-only affair—Boxsmith also have gift packs for the ladies, babies, and every other person in your life who deserves to be celebrated. Again, you can add your own greeting card and are welcome to get in touch with their team, should you want to build your own gift box.
Some people are into their wine, others like their chocolate... then there are those who can't live without their cheese. For those peeps, a Whitestone Cheese Survival Pack is quite possibly the greatest gift idea ever. This is a legit cheese-lover's dream, packed with an assortment of 20—yes, 20—cheeses from the award-winning artisan brand based out of Oamaru. Send someone you love one of these, and we guarantee you'll be on their gouda side indefinitely. For those with a slightly smaller appettie, a wooden gift box and cheese tin are also available.
Waiheke Hamper Co.
When a trip to Waiheke is off the cards, we have the next best thing—a beautifully-curated hamper filled with the island's finest artisanal goodies. Waiheke Hamper Co.'s gift baskets are the ideal pressie for the foodie in your life, chock-a-block with everything from coffee, honey and chocolate through to olive oil, cheese, nuts and of course, wine. There's also an option to design your own hamper and in true Waiheke style, you can even add your own cute handmade note pebble. Whether you want to introduce someone from afar to Waiheke's many edible blessings or simply reacquaint a fellow Aucklander, these guys should be your first port of call.
Got some grovelling to do? Nothing says I'm sorry better than a big box of doughnuts, especially when they come from cult bakery, Doornuts. Yip, a delivery of these bad boys is a sure-fire way to get back in the good books, however they're also the perfect treat for birthdays, thank you's—pretty much anything, really. For the ultimate gift, we recommend going straight for the Delicious Dozen Box, filled with all of Doornuts' latest and greatest creations (current flavours include s'mores, crème brulee and black forest). Plus, you can amp up your order with a gift card, balloons, and even candles. And if you think doughnuts simply aren't up to the job, these guys can also deliver dessert pies, cakes and other epic treats thanks to their sister company, The Pie Piper.
A care package from Angel Delivery is sure to come as a huge blessing (and a welcome gift) to those who've been under the weather, those who've become new parents, and especially those who've lost a loved one. So what's their secret? Stacks of lovingly prepared gourmet meals—the ultimate comfort in times of need. These guys have some truly mouthwatering options up for grabs, including their best-selling Here to Help option, which contains a week's worth of dinners including cottage pie, two types of lasagne and chicken and mushroom pie, along with sticky date pudding and apple and oat crumble for after. Plus they've even got plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free packages available. Finally, they also do a couple of lovely gift boxes if you're looking for something spesh that isn't such a commitment.
And finally, for the hot choccy fan in your life (other than yourself, that is) this last one is going to go down a real treat. Boutique chocolate-makers, Honest Chocolat now make a Hot Choc Care Package and this 'hug in a mug' as it's known has everything the recipient needs to take their HC to the next level. Packaged inside a gift box they'll find hot chocolate powder, hot chocolate sticks, homemade chocolate, orange and blueberry marshmallows, and a stylish Leach Studio Ceramics tumbler to enjoy it all from. And you needn't worry about any special dietary requirements—these treats are gluten, dairy, soy AND palm-oil free. Boom.
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Image credit: Andrea V James for Becca Project, Give Plants, Oh Natural, Boxsmith, Waiheke Hamper Co, Angel Delivery, Honest Chocolat