Loved ones can be difficult to buy for, but you won’t have a hard time choosing the perfect gift at Barrington Gifts.
You’ll find quality, heartfelt gifts suitable for men, women and children alike. Browse a curated collection of giftware, sourced from New Zealand and around the world, that is ideal for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. From beautiful home décor, jewelry and accessories through to quirky novelty gifts, you’re sure to find something for that special someone and, if you have any trouble deciding, the helpful, friendly staff are more than happy to offer advice.
Thanks to the convenient bonus of free gift-wrapping, perfect for that last minute rush, you can start and finish your gift buying mission in store! When you need a gift, look no further. Barrington Gifts is your one-stop giftware shop. Pop down to Barrington Mall, 256 Barrington Street.
Forget the toasters and towels; giving glamour is the way to go when it comes to engagement and wedding presents! Even those starting married life on the most stringent of budgets need some sort of glamour in their lives. The bare necessities don’t always cut it when it comes to presents.
The renaissance of house plants as an essential part of the interior home décor scene makes a living present easy, and healthy. We know now what great air cleaners houseplants make. The spectacular phalaenopsis orchids are one of the most popular houseplants. Their flowers last four months and they come with care sheets to ensure success. Peace lilies are the most popular foliage plants with striking glossy bold leaves and the bonus of pure white flowers and with one of the strongest air-cleaning abilities of all. The contemporary foliage on both the fiddle leaf figs and the trendy monsteras make them some of the current easy-care favourites.
The key to turning beautiful houseplants into glamour wedding presents is using great containers to add the finishing touch; the strong trend in houseplants has encouraged a much wider choice in the ‘cover pot’ range, from ceramics to baskets to hand-finished aluminium. Add a stylish pot, have it gift-wrapped and hey presto, you have the complete present with minimum fuss. So real you won’t believe they’re not real! Not sure if the happy receivers of the living, breathing present will be committed to houseplant care? Then check out the artificial options because these days they’re so realistic only an expert can tell the difference and the artificial range opens up the possibility of having a big show-stopping vase of flowers or foliage all year round.
Less is definitely more when it comes to making an impact with flowers, so choose less varieties – or better still, just one – and use good numbers to get the best effect. The most effective and most popular varieties are peonies, hydrangeas, magnolias in flower and bud, roses and sweet peas. Once again the arrangement is set off to perfection with the right vase or container and, with using the artificial flower option, a waterproof container isn’t necessary so the world’s your oyster. Baskets, funky tins, cardboard, aluminium, unglazed ceramics and glass all make good containers.
When it comes to glamour there’s plenty in the homewares department to make an engagement or wedding present easy, from the more classic to the latest in contemporary décor. Hand-finished, lightly burnished aluminium ware works with just about any décor style and is one of the most popular timeless wedding present lines – champagne buckets, salad bowls, candelabra, trays etc. Glass is another easy winner, from cut-glass vases to cocktail glasses to decanters, to wine glasses. The small, round, hand-forged black iron folding occasional tables fit in with any style and are super useful – they’ve been around for years but are always popular.
Find all this and more at the city’s literal and figurative oasis, Terra Viva Home & Garden on the corner of Wairakei Road and Roydvale Avenue or visit www.terraviva.co.nz.
Lushingtons Garden Gifts & Café is one of Ashburton’s ‘in the know’ pleasures.
The perfect stop for lunch and a stretch of the legs en route to and from Christchurch, it is even better for a day out. Meet friends, have lunch, stroll the garden centre and browse the giftware:; Lushingtons is an oasis of treats for the tummy, home and garden. Delighting the senses and lifting the spirits, once here it’s not easy to leave. Co-owners and sisters Miranda Sinton and Sophie Duff are locals who grew up on a farm in Mayfield. They’ve brought their love of the wholesome and artisan to Lushingtons, where the plants, great food and gorgeous gifts have been nurtured for nine years.
The garden centre is Miranda’s first love. It is award-winning, and known for its beautiful displays. Local and sustainable are watchwords, and the team strives for quality in the plants, most of which are grown in the nursery at Allenton. Sophie’s passion is the café, and together the sisters run the giftware store. The ystore is large and well-stocked with a focus on the desirable French and English Country style.
In the café you’ll find delicious wholesome and homemade cakes and slices, plus full breakfast, lunch and sides menus, which cater for gluten free and vegetarian diners.
Find Lushingtons Garden, Gifts & Café at www.lushingtons.co.nz.
Wendy Lamont has been turning her talented hand to all manner of exquisite handmade crafts for the past 30 years
After making wedding supplies for a young friend without a big budget, she realised how much satisfaction she got from the process. “Every wedding I do, the customer has a different story. I enjoy being involved in their special day.” Now she’s taken the formerly home-based business to the next level, with a beautiful store in Hanmer Springs’ new Boulder Point Precinct. Known as Mickey Raes, the store stocks everything from wedding accessories, through to craft, sewing and knitting supplies, fabrics and haberdashery, along with a carefully curated range of eco-friendly pet products and toys. Pet beds made from recycled bottle fibre are a hit for the store, which is the exclusive South Island supplier and wedding accessories range from car ribbons and flower arrangements to horseshoes and garters.
It’s a great stop for giftware, including christenings and 21st presents and Wendy even makes custom made Christmas stockings. Craft kits provide everything you need for some clever projects to keep you busy. “We have a lot of unique products,” Wendy says of the striking sun-lit store.
“I have sourced a lot of old crafts from when we were kids. Eco-friendly products are important to me, so I stock products like reusable cotton tissues.”
With the stunning Hanmer Springs playing prestigious host to an increasing number of weddings, it’s a great spot to call in for last minute supplies and the loyalty card programme will make it your new local.
For more information, visit www.boulder-point.nz/mickey-raes/.