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Your Gift Guide to the world: French Blue


Holidays may have been put on hold and borders may be closed for the time being, but you don’t have to travel the world to get a hold of some of its greatest treasures. We caught up with Catherine Matthews, owner of French Blue, to find out her instore recommendations.

 

 

All the way from Mexico; calf skin tote bags and glassware are a popular pick.

Make your way over to Europe with French linen and linen tea towels then pop on over to Portugal with Rua Nova tableware.

A lovely rack of Ilse Jacobsen coats, raincoats and wind jackets from Denmark hang front and centre.

And it wouldn’t be a gift guide without recommending their assortment of gift cards.

Who said you just had to visit French Blue to purchase gifts for others… treat yourself.


 

Spa-tacular prizes! Champs Elysees Day Spa


Supporting local businesses, collaborating as we move forward and, of course, making ourselves feel fabulous, are the touchstones of this extraordinary winter. Champs Elysées Day Spa is leading the way with a wonderful new promotion which brings all three concepts together.

 

 

Ten gorgeous brands are joining forces to share products and services for their mutual support and our marvellous advantage.

This exciting competition offers a prize pack worth $2000 dollars, comprising gifts from Armstrong’s Christchurch, The George Hotel, Dyrberg Kern, Fashion Society, Occula, Issimo Shoes, Merivale Manor, Jenny Burtt Florists, Maison de Crêpes, Matis, Russley Golf Club, and of course, Champs Elysées.

Every booking you make with Champs Elysées in July and August to the value of $99 or more generates an entry to the $2000 prize package.

And, as if that were not exciting enough, each partner business will also be running a competition in-house, with a $150 Champs Elysees voucher to be won.

In addition to the competition, Champs Elysées is running a scavenger hunt: each partner business will display a poster at their premises and in the bottom right hand corner will be a unique letter.

To enter, you need to visit each business, locate the poster, note down the unique letter and once you have collected all 10 letters, assemble them to discover the secret word.

Happy hunting!

Send your entry containing the secret word via Champs Elysées’ Facebook Messenger or Instagram direct messaging.

Each of your individual entries gains you two extra entries, plus an entry to win a bonus $150 voucher to use at the day spa.


 

Wedding registries


Giving gifts will never go out of vogue and wedding presents even more so. Traditionally, this came with horror clichés such as three-too-many toasters or a dubious art piece to look at every day until it “broke”!

A bridal or wedding registry is an easy-peasy, fabulously fun, win-win for everyone. It is still in line with excitement and sentiment, compared to asking for cash – which doesn’t vibe with many. This also helps out our local companies – by sending a little love their way.


TRAVEL
This is the opportune time for lovebirds to explore dreamy Aotearoa while we momentarily have it to ourselves.

And setting up a wedding registry with the couple’s favourite local travel agent makes for domestic-travel bliss.

If hearts are however set upon faraway sandy shores, overseas travel can be booked for well after the wedding and there is no time limit to use the funds.

Honeymoons can often sit on the back burner after the expenses of a wedding.

So giving the gift of travel is a marriage made in heaven and one that everyone can pitch in for, no matter their budget.

Couples can opt to pre-book the honeymoon, or decide after the wedding once they have a budget to play with. Their guests can opt for their token to be anonymous or not.

The travel fund doesn’t have to be just for travelling either. The travel agent can organise the perfect inclusive romantic hotel wedding night, or two, without having to leave town.


GIFT STORES
Many a favourite local little suburban gift shop or larger department store will be happy to do up a wedding register, and they often have a convenient online system in place.

The couple can select any number of items they love, to suit all budgets for their guests and loved ones who are unable to be there.

Some independent and specialised on-line registries have also popped up too.


LOTS OF CHOICE
Offer guests a range of registry variety. Perhaps select a large online store and a smaller local giftshop, for example and ensure there is plenty of choice for not-too-pricy items.

It is nice too for the gift giver to buy a present they could easily have chosen anyway.


DIFFERENT LIKES
Any gift relating to coupledom can be set up as a registry, such as a cosy new log or gas fire for home renovators.

A sporty couple, for example, would treasure a gift for their common love of the outdoors, like a romantic luxury tent.


ETIQUETTE
Just as it’s impolite to ask for birthday present, most choose not to include the registry on the wedding invitation, instead including a separate note, or mentioning it personally.

This makes it less mandatory and more of a suggestion. And there will be guests that prefer tradition, want to give money, or a special surprise.


 

Live, shop, love local: Coco Gifts


‘Support local’ are the current buzzwords right now and we are betting that they’ll stick around for a while. We caught up with Liz Bloomfield from Coco Gifts who is arguably the queen of supporting local.

 

She employs locally, with both of her teammates (Andrea and Blossom) living in St Albans.

She also donates to local schools and organisations and buys stock from local people and wholesalers.

But whilst it’s commendable everything that Coco Gifts are doing, it is also important to remember to share your support with them.

Go in, have a browse, shop around and say hello – the friendly team will welcome you in with open arms (and a safe distance).

Liz also adds, “Thank you so much for all the support over the lockdown period”.

“I appreciate all the messages of encouragement, the online orders, and community love we have received over this difficult time.”


 

Gifts & homewares: Ruralco


The traditional wedding gift to help set up a home is well and truly a custom of the past. However, high-end special pieces still have their place as gifts for newlyweds.

 

 

The Ruralco stores in Ashburton, Methven & Rakaia offer a beautiful range of gift and homeware products, like the ever-popular Scanpan saucepan set, knives and blocks, wooden photo albums, Mt Somers Station woollen blankets, large wooden serving boards and a range of Ladelle platters and serveware. The Ruralco Gift and Homeware team are experienced and knowledgeable about the extensive giftware range and are on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift for any occasion.

As well as gift wrapping, Ruralco offers a wedding gift registry service, with the incentive of a further 10 percent back as a gift voucher to the couple from the Ruralco store.

For more information on Ruralco’s giftware, engagement and wedding presents or gift registry, come instore and have a chat or check out the range online at www.ruralco.co.nz.

 

 


 

Treasure trove of beauty: Dalethorpe House


Dalethorpe House is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a short drive to the country. Located in Darfield’s oldest historic building, Dalethorpe House, formerly known as Darfield Gift Gallery, is a treasure trove of quality clothing, homeware and gifts.

 

 

 

For those who never forsake quality over quantity, Dalethorpe House is sure to please. The friendly atmosphere will result in you spending considerable time browsing through their fine wares and exclusive clothing lines. Regardless of your tastes, there is something here for you.

Also, for those feeling a bit peckish, the wholefood café situated on the ground floor will satisfy all your culinary cravings.

If you haven’t experienced Dalethorpe House yet, you need to.

 

 


 

Hanmer’s shopping event: Hanmer Springs Fete


Hanmer Springs Fête is set to be North Canterbury’s newest and finest shopping event, so start planning your girl’s trip now!

 

 

Enjoy the stunning historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds as you peruse more than 130 carefully curated stalls from across New Zealand.

Get your Christmas shopping sorted with this incredible range of creators offering everything from homewares, plants and gifts to clothing for you and your little people. Then take a break from all that retail therapy and head to the Queen Mary Gin Lawn for some fabulous food, gin cocktails and the sweet beats of Christchurch’s own iconic Topia Duo!

Use this as the perfect excuse to take a day trip or even better, a weekend getaway to Hanmer Springs. This awesome little resort town has plenty to offer to take you right through the weekend – kick it off with this fabulous day of shopping, food and indulgence!

Head to www.hanmerspringsfete.co.nz for tickets and event information.

 

 


 

Carefully curated collection


The clothing, gifts and homewares at Dalethorpe House are contemporary yet enduring, with a focus on integrity and craftsmanship. “We wish to enrich the lives of our customers, choosing quality over quantity,” says new owner Rachel Ferguson, who took over Darfield Gift Gallery last month.

 

 

Located in rural Canterbury, the store is situated in one of the oldest historic buildings in Darfield. The beautiful white weatherboard exterior with original interiors of kauri tongue and groove floors, walls and ceilings invokes a sense of history and timeless style.

Originally the town’s General Store built in 1914, it now encompasses a wholefood café on the ground floor and Dalethorpe House on level one, filled with a beautiful selection of carefully curated items.

At the heart of Dalethorpe House is the Ferguson family and their long history at ‘Dalethorpe’ – one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations. “At our core is an understanding of a life lived well and a pride in our product.”

 


 

Basket Case

Basket Case


Where would we be without baskets? Used since ancient times to carry water, store household items and keep food dry, not much has changed as we continue to see the intrinsic value of baskets in our day to day lives.

 

Basket Case

As we increasingly seek alternatives to plastic, baskets boast that eco-luxury appeal and savvy shoppers are opting for a more natural alternative like these to highlight their homes.

Basketry is truly an art form that utilises grasses, pine straw, stems and even animal hair to design beautifully intricate creations that are used all over the world.

Nothing says organisation like a tidy row of matching shelf-bound baskets for storage. Mixing sets of muted toned baskets of varying shapes and sizes is ideal for easy decor.

Keep it simple for the kids by purchasing all the same baskets in bold colours so that everyone can keep their own belongings nice and tidy.

 



 

Darfield Gift Gallery

Gorgeous Giftware: Darfield Gift Gallery


Experience and wander through the oldest historic building in Darfield. Upstairs at the Darfield Gift Gallery, you will discover a treasure trove of beautiful items such as the Ashley and Co. range, Ecoya candles and diffusers, Citta candles, travel bags and linen, Stella & Gemma and Stilen jewellery. Winter clothing, shoes and scarf ranges are also arriving this month.

 

 

Darfield Gift Gallery

There are a variety of objects to beautify your home, including favourites like French Country and C.C. Interiors homewares, frames lamps, cushions, Klippan rugs, mirrors and a diverse range of easy gift ideas with free gift wrapping.

All your Cup and Show Week and Christmas fashion needs are here, with popular clothing brands like EB & IVE, Betty Basics, Archer House, Lordship Linens, Louenhide handbags and Rollie Shoes.

Open seven days 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, find them on Facebook. Located above the Fat Beagle Café, you can have a coffee and a bite before venturing upstairs.