Top five tips on Christmas gifts for your loved ones

Christmas is fast approaching so here are our top five tips on  buying Christmas gifts for your loved ones.Christmas Gifts


According to, retail spending using electronic cards was $18 billion in the December 2018 quarter, up $616 million (3.5 percent) from the December 2017 quarter.

Credit card spending peaked in December which may indicate consumers are using these cards to buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones.  The down side of using your credit card to purchase gifts to give at Christmas is that you will have to spend January paying it off.

Avoid using your credit card to purchase Christmas gifts this December by using our top five tips below:

  1. Wants verses needs.  Think about the person you are shopping for and identify their needs as opposed to their wants.  They may have spoken about what they are wanting for Christmas, instead focus on what they actually need.  We all have wants however our needs are far more important so should be the focus of your purchase first and foremost.
  2. On selling.  Are the items you are planning to buy for your loved ones likely to end up on Trade Me on Boxing Day?  Think carefully about the gift and whether it is something that they will actually use.  Sometimes we can have the best intentions when buying gifts for our loved ones however if they don’t need or like it then chances are it will end up on a re-sell site the next day..
  3. Give back.  As our awareness increases and we become conscious consumers, have you thought about buying a gift that also gives back?  I love the idea of buying something that not only benefits the recipient but also gives back to those in need.  Make your money go further this Christmas and support one of the many organisations in NZ that offer a buy one, donate/give one concept so that more people can receive the help they so desperately need. Instead of buying your loved ones a gift that they will put up on Trade Me on Boxing Day, get them something that gives back to the community at the same time.  Here is a list of some of the many places you can give back to this Christmas:
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  4. Keep it simple.  Set a budget early on for how much you are going to spend on each item.  Sometimes the more expensive the gift the less impressive it really is.  Often the cheapest gifts have the most impact.  Secret Santa’s are a great way of keeping costs down and giving a gift that the recipient will use as a lot of thought has gone into the gift.  You can use a Secret Santa online organiser to keep it simple and add so much fun to the experience.
  5. Shop local.  Keep your $$$ in NZ by supporting small local businesses who depend on your spending to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.  Buy NZ made wherever possible so that these small businesses are able to continue to do what they do best, helping others.

Overall, have fun with your shopping and remember, the most memorable gifts are those that had some thought put into it as it came from your heart.  We wish you all happy holidays and make the most of your magical memories with your loved ones this season and best of all take care of each other.

What is your Marriage Proposal budget?

When thinking about proposing to your sweetheart you will also need to think “What is your marriage proposal budget?”

Your budget defines how memorable you would like it to be.  It also defines what can and cannot be included especially if you are wanting to include professional photography to capture the magical moment.

Photography packages in New Zealand generally start from around $1,000 for a 2 hour session.  We are very lucky to have photographers who offer us exclusive specials that are only available to our clients.  We are lucky enough to work with a range of preferred photographers around New Zealand who have been personally chosen by us.Marriage Proposal Budget

Your budget determines whether there can be any personalisation in your proposal.  We love to include items that are personal to each couple that they can take away with them to remember the moment long after it’s happened.

We have been planning and organising surprise Marriage Proposals across New Zealand for a few years now and have an extensive network of vendors we work with in every region.

The budgets of our proposal have ranged from $650 to $5,000.  Ideally we prefer to work with a budget of more than $1,000-$2,000 as this allows us to add many personalised touches for the couple.

When a client contacts us we quickly identify what their budget is as more often than not their budget does not cover their wish list.  We then explain what is possible within their budget and what is not.

Including things like helicopters, night time and remote locations will always increase the cost.  We also have to consider environmental issues and local council regulations.

Budget Marriage ProposalWe once had a request to provide a scene out of Tangled where Flynn and Rapunzel are sitting in a boat awaiting the start of the annual lantern lighting ceremony when they are surrounded by floating lanterns that fill the night sky.

Sadly we were not able to carry out this request due to the local council regulations for the area including the environmental impact from the waste.

We also had to adhere to local flight regulations as the area contained an international airport with airspace that prohibited us to do this.

There are several other factors that we consider when working on a clients brief.  Our number one priority is to make sure they are comfortable, safe and secure and that the conditions are suitable for the moment.

If you would like to know more about our surprise Marriage Proposals please feel free to get in touch or alternatively you can see some of the proposals we have been fortunate enough to be a part of over on our Marriage Proposals page.




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