18 December 2023

I always ask people what they’d like for Christmas, but honestly that’s just the start.  I love gifting – finding the perfect idea for each recipient and wrapping it beautifully for Christmas morning.  I’ve learned to set a budget and stick to it (welllll, most of the time!) and always include a few luxe gifts for those closest to me.

If you’re stuck for ideas, and looking for something really special, check out my roundup of what’s hot in the stores this year.



Shopping for your favourite little people?  The Plaza has you covered!  This year, Squishmallows continue to rule the roost – hot tip, the larger ones are a bit of a job to wrap so leave that job to The Plaza charity gift wrappers Papaioea Rose City Lions and do some good with a gold coin donation while retaining your sanity and Christmas spirit!  Tech is always popular and this year the tech/toy crossover comes in the form of the viral sensation, Bitzee, a digital pet like you’ve never seen before.  Make it a family affair with games and outdoor activities that will bring the whole family together, a new set of wheels or get them looking forward to the new school year with books, stationery and the coolest backpacks.  And, of course, you can never go wrong with lego for kids – and a lot of adults too!


1.| Pokemon EB Games, 2.| Smart Watch JB Hi Fi, 3.| All Blacks Lunch Box Smiggle, 4.| Hoverboard Kmart, 5.| Book Whitcoulls.


If she loves to shop at The Plaza – or even if she loves the loot but isn’t so keen on the shopping part, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find something she’s had her eye on to wrap up this year.  Fragrance and jewellery are great options, or remind her of you every day with a new bag to store her life in.  On my list this year?  Items that feed my coffee addiction (it might be tea for your lovely lady) – and books – always books!


1.| Jimmy Choo Fragrance Life Pharmacy, 2.| Jewellery Set Pandora, 3.| Nespresso machine JB Hi Fi, 4.| Bag Strandbags.


The challenge with our men is that it’s often a nightmare getting great suggestions out of them.  I adore enduring gifts like watches and leather luggage (or wallets) that will last for years to come – many of these can be engraved for extra wow factor.  Treat his skin – or treat both of you with fragrance.  For something really targeted, I love to spoil the men in my life with finds that extend their interests and talents, be it gaming (lots of loot from EB Games!), sports or supporters gear, or audio gifts.  Why not try one of these gifts from some of my favourite The Plaza retailers.


1.| Watch Michael Hill Jewellers, 2.| Fragrnace Life Pharmacy, 3.| Drink Bottle Farmers, 4.| Turntable JB Hi Fi.


What’s on your most wanted list?  Make sure you drop a few hints for your nearest and dearest – or pick up a little luxe treat for yourself – from Santa of course!