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Heavenly & hands-on gifts: Total Food Equipment

Milestone events, ‘big’ birthdays, and of course weddings are occasions to be marked by meaningful gifts. The ideal gift is not only beautiful, but also useful – infusing every day with a souvenir of a significant event and a thoughtful loved one.


Total Food Equipment


Total Food Equipment is a magpie’s paradise of the shiny, the stunningly beautiful, the useful and the quirky. The team knows their treasure and will help you find the perfect gift for every occasion and at the right price too. Owner Sandra McLay says providing items for a couple’s wedding register is a specialty. The prospective bride and groom simply come in and fill a trolley with pieces they would like to receive as gifts, in all price ranges. The team will write it up as an attractive list to be distributed to guests.

“Creating a wedding register is a smart move for a couple,” Sandra says.  “It ensures they receive the items they actually want, while their guests are safe in the knowledge that their gift will be absolutely appreciated.” A quality knife is a life-long treasure in the kitchen and the range available means every cook will find their perfect pairing. “A knife is a very personal thing; it’s the weight and how it feels in your hand,” Sandra says.

Brands Arcos, Victorinox, Kai Shun, Wusthof, Sabatier and Miyabi are available, and the huge selection ensures the right blade for every job. Staub cast iron cookware is always sought-after, and added to Graphite and Cherry Red is new colourway La Mer. The ocean-dark bluey-green is the stuff of kitchen-to-table dreams, and the range includes wok, rib grill, cocotte and of course the fish kettle and the mussel pot! Henkel brushed and polished stainless steel is a study in sturdy elegance, while WMF cookware cuts a stylish dash, adding a slick of scarlet to every piece.

The very latest Kitchen Aid mixers come with two bowls and four types of attachment – dough hook, flat beater, flexi beater and wire beater, and a range of colours. Maxwell Williams boxed dinner sets are a great price and if someone in your life is flying the nest to go out on their own, they are hard to beat.  Quirky, fabulous and indispensable items will bring joy on the big day, but also a smile to faces for years to come.


The fabulous Dame Edna-style onion-chopping glasses will turn tears to giggles every time and Sandra says everyone loves the Garject garlic press. Chef’N have a range of gadgets you’ll wonder how you lived without: the pomegranate prep tool is joined by the cauliflower stalk chopper, plus you can love your avos with a range of savers and containers. When nest adornment is in order, smart birds fly to Total Food Equipment.



Total Food Equipment

Total Christmas Experience: Total Food Equipment

Christmas is bliss at Total Food Equipment, where even the grumpiest Grinch will find their heart melted by the beautiful, the subtle, the stunning and, of course, the practical at this gorgeous store.


Total Food Equipment


The gift-hunting end of the rainbow, it is also the saviour of feet sore from searching for the flawless cooking and serving items for the picture-perfect day. With parking at the door and seven-day opening, this treasure house lays the best of Christmas joy before you and is firmly established as a seasonal ‘must-visit’. Items at Total Food Equipment are selected for longevity and made to last the distance. You’ll find the pieces achieve heirloom status and become old friends, and that family will compete to position them in their special spot year after year.

Firstly, set the scent scene at home with New Zealand’s own Surmanti hand-crafted, long burning eco candles in organic coconut wax, in iconic Christmas Lilly, or Peonies, Peppers and Tuberose, and complement with the Our Beautiful Obsession diffusers. Hand and nail treatment cream with SPF15 comes in the dazzling scents of Sandlewood and Patchouli, Lime and Coconut, Roman Camomile and Cassis Royal.  Drink in the visual with the stunning array of stylish decorations that will complement any scheme, but you can transport yourself back to where decorating officially began, when Prince Albert first carried a fir tree into an English Palace, with afternoon tea served on historic Burleigh china. Established in 1851, Burleigh is celebrating 50 years of its stunning Calico pattern with limited edition mugs in green, red, teal, and orange in addition to the traditional navy. You’ll find the complete set here: cake stand, milk jug and creamer, sugar bowl and serving plates.


The Scanpan Axis cookware range is frankly more-ish. The impossibly shiny stainless steel is complemented with a copper Plimsoll line around the outside. For use on gas, induction and traditional cooktops there is the dutch oven, the stock pot, saute and fry pan, and a selection of pot sizes. Staggeringly pretty to look at, it seems a shame to clutter the pieces up with food! Cooking becomes performance art with the Master Pro Portable Infusion Smoker. This bijou device will entertain your friends and dazzle their taste buds as you produce table-top smoked oysters and seafood cocktails, vegetables and cheeses, flavoured by apple or hickory woodchips.

Intriguing gifts are everywhere: the animal lover in your life will delight in the cat and dog celebration Christmas crackers, while the hedonist will be thrilled with the Soam shea butter Merry Christmas soaps. All budgets are catered for, and you can create a Christmas that is bespoke to you with the range of napkins, candles and table decorations. Like the man said, “I’ll be back”.


Find it at 218 Moorhouse Avenue. Phone 03 366 6912