A few of our favourite things
Find your edge
Party like a rock star with these glam pieces from Silk & Steel. The range of New Zealand designer jewellery is super cool with a collection for all personalities; from Sweet Venom to Bohemia. We’ve been extra good this year so have requested this full Haveli set in black spinel and silver. Santa had better deliver – or else! silkandsteel.co.nz
Mood boards, goal setting, journalling; the benefits have long been widely touted. Now you can celebrate and champion all that is positive in your life, and help create your own happiness. These AwesoME Inc journals are packed with fab graphics, life and resilience tips, positive sayings and more. Kick start 2019 with the power of positivity. awesomeendsin.me
If you only add one new thing to your makeup bag for 2019 make it this wand of magic. This fairly ordinary looking eye treatment is in fact genius. The Colorescience® Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 30 is 100 percent mineral and chemical-free – and really does help with dark circles and puffiness (hurrah – at last!). Best of all is the deliciously cool and refreshing applicator. Treat yourself – it’s the perfect antidote to the effect of late nights.
Choc lovers rejoice
Life’s too short to waste drinking mediocre hot chocolate. We’re fresh converts of the New Zealand made (yuss) Bennetto drinking chocolates. Oh lordy, they’re sublime. Free from refined sugars, there are just four simple ingredients – rich dark Peruvian cocoa, coconut sugar from Indonesia, Heilala vanilla from Tonga and Marlbrough sea salt. Choose from Dark Cocoa Hot Chocolate or Superfoods Hot Chocolate. Bennetto.co.nz
No need to worry about finding the perfect gift for the tricky-to-buy-for person. This luscious Ross & Ross Salmon Curing Kit is a must-have this Christmas, whether for yourself or the foodie in your life. It’s packed with everything you need to cure your own salmon at home with three curing salt mixes (gin, smoky and beetroot). Just add salmon and hello summer.
Watch your health improve
There’s nothing quite like being able to see the steps you’ve taken (or haven’t taken) to motivate you to get moving. Smart watches just keep on getting smarter and the Fitbit Charge3 is the perfect example of this. Offering next level tracking, it allows you to overview your entire lifestyle and wellbeing. With an impressive seven day battery life, now you can swim with it (yay for waterproof design), as well as take advantage of the easy-access training programmes, reminders, water and calorie tracking, sleep monitoring (packed with info) and plenty more. It’s the ultimate feel-good Christmas/New Year’s gift to yourself. fitbit.com
Make it personal
When it comes to gift giving, the more personal the better. So round of applause please for Merchant 1948 (Overland). Now you can personalise your fave shoes, bag or accessories with their bespoke monogramming service. And better still the monogrammable items are easy to find in store and online. Go on, you know you want to. Merchant1948.co.nz
Be super smooth
If you want to truly indulge yourself this Christmas, add the Philips Lumea Prestige IPL to the top of your Santa list. Developed with leading dermatologists and Philips hair removal experts, now you can ditch the blade and embrace the latest technology for hair removal. Using gentle pulses of light to progressively reduce the regrowth of hair, when used every two weeks for an eight-week period, the treatment has been shown to reduce hair growth up to 92 percent. Now that’s smooth.
Just in case
These days our smartphones hold our most coveted information. Protect yours with style, with a 3SIXT case. Added bonus – the cleverly designed case eliminates the need for a bulky wallet. The Neo Clutch features card holders, a cash pocket and removable inner shell to provide everyday protection for your phone. 3sixtgear.com
Taking eco-friendly products to a whole new level of mindfulness is the Santosa collection. Instead of being adorned with logos there is a gentle reminder to make every moment significant. Made in New Zealand, the cleaning products are free from preservatives, palm oil and synthetic fragrances. santosa.co.nz