Secret Santa

Affordable Secret Santa Gift Ideas 

Stand out at your office party or family gathering this Christmas time with a thoughtful Secret Santa Gift. 

As the days begin to get longer and summer swells in New Zealand, Christmas is just around the corner. Of course, Christmas is a time for celebration and with this comes end of year work office parties and family functions where you can have some fun!  

At these events, Secret Santa gift exchanges are the norm. Deciding what to buy as a gift can be stressful, especially if you pick a colleague you hardly know or a family member you haven’t seen in years!  We’ve come up with ten elegant, meaningful and low price ideas sure to get your colleagues and family smiling, no matter who you pick. Have a look through our list until you pick out the ideal gift for your recipient.  

As you’re spending money, you will want to make it count by ensuring you buy something your recipient will actually want. We’ve grouped gifts depending on your budget! 

 

$10 Secret Santa Gifts 

  1. Boutique New Zealand-made chocolatesDonovans Christmas Special chocolate bites
    Does your recipient have a sweet tooth? This gift will not fail to delight. Donovans offer a range of indulgent handcrafted chocolates to indulge their taste buds.
  2. Reusable shopping bags
    Red Star Reusable supermarket bag
    Help them save the environment by gifting them printed reusable bags they can take with them to the supermarket.
  3. Sweet and naughty gummy bears
    Sugar Crave Gummy Bears Bubbly flavour
    SugarCraves have created Bubbly Gummie Bears made with Moet and Chandon Champagne, the perfect treat for your co-worker or older family member.
  4. Fudge
    Baileys Red Velvet Fudge
    A sweet treat will surely make your recipient smile. Bailey’s Fudge offers an array of scrumptious flavours including Russian Fudge and Bailey’s Irish Creme. 

$20 Secret Santa Gifts  

  1. 2021 CalendarGlenn Jones Calendar 2021
    Glen Jones has created a colourful and cheerful calendar for 2021, featuring 12 Kiwiana inspired designs. This gift is sure to get them excited about next year.
  2. Stylish candleswaxglo candle pistachio macaroon
    Make the home of your secret santa recipient smell sweet this Christmas time. Pick between pleasing soy wax candle fragrances including Gardenia Patchouli, Pistachio Macaroon and Precious Wood. #Waxgloyourhome
  3. 2021 DiaryPersonalised Pastel Diary 2021
    Everyone has things they need to plan ahead and remember to do. Get them a 2021 diary so they can make next year the best (and most organised) one yet! Frank Stationary offers luscious diary’s with bright geometric patterned designs.
  4. Reusable takeaway coffee cupOriginal Kangaroo Paw 12oz/350ml reusable cup
    Help fuel your recipients coffee addiction and help the environment as well by gifting them a nifty reusable coffee cup! 

$30 Secret Santa Gifts  

  1. Self-care setwaxglo aroma package vanilla cream
    Gift a pamper package for your co-worker or family member to help them relax this Christmas season. Waxglo sells gift sets which include a botanical wax fragrant candle paired with moisturizing hand and nail cream.
  2. Sophisticated reed diffuserwaxglo diffuser sundae
    Indulge the senses of your recipient with an aromatic fragranced diffuser. You can pick luxurious scents such as banoffee pie, chocolate fudge and rainbow trifle. 

 

Check out some of these NZ Secret Santa gift ideas and more at Waxglo House. 

Groovy patterned roller blinds in Auckland NZ

Add zest to your décor

Trends in blinds design come and go. Roller blinds give your home a classical look and are a wonderful alternative to curtains. Patterned roller blinds add a bit of zest to a room, filling it with life and joie de vivre. If you’re looking to inject some life into a kitchen, sunroom or children’s room, consider some of these groovy patterned blinds.

Tropical Blinds

Tropical lush leaves and birds are hot in interior design right now. The jungle theme is an uplifting theme, ideal for children. Try it out in a white painted room and throw in some plants and green cushions to create a funky space.

 

Feather patterned blinds

White never goes out of fashion and tone on tone white is a classic elegant look. The white on white feather pattern can be used anywhere – kitchens, bedrooms, sunrooms and lounges. It is a timeless look.

 

Fun dinosaur blinds for boys’ rooms

Both of my boys were mad on dinosaurs. If you are expecting a boy or redecorating, these fun blinds with t-rex, brontosaurus and triceratops bring Jurassic Park home – in a safe and playful way. This pattern pairs well with white or contemporary soft blues and duck egg paint colours. Show this to your toddler or primary school son – to get them excited about their room renovation.

 

Cute deer & rabbit blinds for boys and girls

If you’re not sure what gender your baby is, or you have two kids sharing the same room, these deer blinds bring nature home and suit either or both genders.

 

Textured roller blinds

Coffee or grey textures give depth and warmth to clean white walls – and also look awesome paired with chocolate, brown greys and black feature walls.

 

About fabrics & Home Vision Blinds

These are just a few of the new releases in patterned blinds from Louvolite available at Home Vision Roller Blinds Auckland.

 

Home Vision deliver roller blinds NZ wide and have supplied blinds to over 100,000 customers.

The Louvolite fabric is high quality fabric, from the UK, so patterned blinds are a little more expensive than single colour blinds.  Just like a feature wall, it’s popular and fun to use for a feature window. If the room doesn’t warrant the cost of a patterned blind, an alternative to printed roller blinds is single-colour roller blinds.  It’s important not to skimp on blind prices, because cheaper fabrics can release toxins over time with exposure to heat. At Home Vision Blinds, they are very ethical re quality, and source certified fabrics from suppliers that have a commensurate focus on quality.

The blinds are made in Auckland, New Zealand at Home Vision Blinds’ factory in East Tamaki – so you can get the exact size you need and chose the components to suit your window frame, paint colour and décor.

The owners of Home Vision Blinds have extensive knowledge and a depth of engineering knowledge that has arisen from years of operation and ongoing requests for improvements in blind components. That’s why they offer a 5-year warranty on their blinds (including components).  They have invested heavily in their manufacturing facilities and are now one of the largest blinds manufacturers in NZ selling to both residential and commercial customers.

Just as you love your home, Home Vision has been established for more than 30 years and is passionate about providing a solution that fits in with your vision for your home.

Trends in staircase design 2019

When designing a new home, a staircase in your hall or entry foyer can be a feature or style statement.  Hot trends in stairs design include:

Floating stairs built with resin or engineered stone slab steps sitting on a centered steel rail for strength. The larger landing on these architectural stairs adds a touch of elegance and class.

Glass balustrades with no handrail – though check your local regulations re stairs: Christchurch City Council insisted on hand rails on both sides in a recent commercial staircase renovation I did.


Timber finish on stair treads for a warm natural look


Office, homework nook or book shelves under a floating staircase.  Often an awkward corner to furnish, this is a really practical idea for utilising the space well.

So where do go for staircase design?

Engineering companies or architects.  I can recommend Division Group who designs, manufactures and installs architectural stairs Christchurch-wide, supplying supporting engineering services. Check out the cool metal detailing on their offices and meeting rooms at their Kaiapoi engineering base.  Anthony is what I’d call a “creative engineer”.  His team co-ordinate the whole shebang including glass balustrades, metal handrails and staircase brackets as well as documentation/consents as required.

By the way, one of the surprising issues few people consider at the design stage is installation.  Stairs can often be in tight spaces and need installing after walls and doors are in, which can make access tricky.  Division Group has a range of nifty, specialist gear for installing staircases in tricky spaces with some funky spider cranes – Anthony reckons he loves a challenge but it pays to have a site visit or show him your plans early on just in case!