Does your family get up at the crack of dawn on Christmas day? Or are you late sleepers, making your way to the tree for gift giving a little closer to noon? Whatever your style, great homeware and kitchenware is always a pleasure to find beneath the wrapping paper, edible presents as delicious as these never last long - and is it just us or is salmon the new turkey for Kiwi Christmas?
Cracking Christmas cocktails
Seedlip alcohol-free spirits are a deeply delicious game changer. The new summer cocktail boxes are designed for Christmas gifting and summer entertaining and packed with flavour, without the alcohol. There’s three to choose from: The Tropics, for a sugar-free cocktail to transport you to the Islands; the Merry Cherry to get you into the festive mood; or the refreshing Garden Goddess – serve it in a carafe with an abundance of mint for summer entertaining. Each cocktail kit includes the recipe, a 700ml bottle of Seedlip, copper-plated jigger and all non-perishable ingredients to create delicious non-alcoholic cocktails this summer. Priced from $124.99.
Celebrate the taste of summer
Whether you’re working on colour-coordinating your Christmas table or planning which cookware essentials will help you reach your summer entertaining goals, Le Creuset lets you do it all. The Le Creuset festive colour palette features Fig, Marseille Blue, Meringue and Cerise – a heady mix of compelling jewel brights, neutrals and just the right shade of blue to have us dreaming of lazy summer days at the beach. Shop the collection at Le Creuset Auckland Boutique (+64 9 303 3539) or Le Creuset stockist near you.
With its bright, punchy layers of tropical and citrus fruit flavours, and long, crisp finish, Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc will transport you to your perfect New Zealand summer moment. Having been named Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the Marlborough Wine Show, it is the perfect accompaniment to enjoy alongside fresh seafood at a table full of friends and family. Embrace the here and now with this great New Zealand drop.
For a good Gut feeling
Summer brings Christmas celebrations and lots of amazing food, and occasionally some overindulgence! If you feel you’ve overindulged this year then it’s a great time to balance your diet with some live good bacteria from fermented foods. Live bacteria can help break down the bad bacteria from all that rich, sugary and often fatty (but tasty!) food while also supporting a balanced digestion. Living Goodness have created a range of raw fermented goodness including Sum Yum Kimchi, Sassy Sauerkraut, Quick Draw Slaw, Super Superkraut, Heartbeet Kraut and Naked Sauerkraut. For stockists and recipe ideas check out their website.
Chef's best friend
The Kenwood Chef Titanium is the ultimate kitchen companion for novices and seasoned chefs alike, carefully designed with strong functionality and exceptional detail, making each culinary journey an exciting one. With a beautiful aesthetic and slick design, this iconic machine will look fabulous on any kitchen counter. The Chef Titanium XL exceeds expectations with an impressive 1700W motor maintaining speed and power, even under heavy loads, and the maximum control function for tackling the most delicate recipes effortlessly. There is a world of possibilities with an array of optional accessories, which allows everything from dicing and mincing to juicing and smoothie making. RP $1599 for Kenwood Chef Titanium XL.
Buon Natale with Panettone!
Celebrate Christmas in best Italian style, with panettone. Every year, Sabato transforms into a Christmas grotto, filled with fabulous Fiasconaro and Flamigni panettone, pandoro and nougat. Visit us for an array of superb European confectionery for the festive season. Available in-store and online.
Introducing Aoraki’s latest creation, salmon made with a Kiwi-style blend of blackstrap molasses and pōhutukawa wood smoke. Blackstrap molasses is used to add a mouth-watering sweetness, with a subtle bite, while pōhutukawa wood has a long tradition of being used to smoke fish at the bach; for many it’s the taste of Kiwi summer. (And rest assured, the team at Aoraki Smokehouse love this special tree as much as you do – the woodchips used are sustainably harvested from windblown pōhutukawa stands.) Together these ingredients create a summer sensation that gently enhances the special taste of freshwater king salmon, perfect for sharing with family and friends.
The gift of a more beautiful home
Coco Republic has the art of gifting sorted with vases and vessels, accent bowls plus coasters and wine coolers in beautifully crafted marbles, textured ceramics and porcelains. Shop home décor on their website.