Archived: A Guide to Unique Gifts

For those who have everything
15 November, 2017

Christmas bells are tinkering just around the corner, and you – like most of the New Zealand population – are like to be panicking. Why? Well, you’ve left Christmas shopping, late, again. While you’re eyeing up your neighbor who must have Christmas elves pulling the hard yards in piling up those perfectly wrapped presents, you can sit back and enjoy the fact you now know all the best places to get those presents for the hard to please.

The Obi @ MASU by Nic Watt
90 Federal Street, SKYCITY

Your lad or lass who has everything might have already tried their taste buds at MASU by Nic Watt, a premium restaurant in the central Auckland, but it’s highly unlikely they would have experienced the Obi room. The Obi room, which already sounds mysterious, is separated from rest of the restaurant by a bubble glass partition wall. It is in this elegant wood-clad space, complete with strung up kimono obi (traditional Japanese dress sash), where an intimate private dining experience can be enjoyed. Even the hard to please wouldn’t turn their nose up at the exquisite single-wood table and vintage decorations that hark back to a golden era of Japanese history. Booking a spot in the Obi room means you have to move fast, but this is the cherry on top – a unique Sake Appreciation Package at $35 per person, which includes a tasting flight of premium sakes and discussion points. Fancy, indeed.

Mecca Maxima
191 Queen Street

We’ve already established that Mecca Maxima landing in Queen Street is a big deal. Brands that weren’t around in New Zealand before, or could only be shipped here from a faraway land with high courier costs is now sitting pretty on our central city doorstep. It’s likely your lad or lass who appears to have it all have not even considered the full range available in this new beauty and care dream-space. With Christmas looming, the store is bound to be flooded with people and deals, so get in quick to snag yourself some of these classics that your loved one might not have in their cupboards: Limited Edition Mecca20 Funfetti Birthday Palette; Limited Edition Drunk Elephant Mecca20 Happy Hour Set (with a name like that, you have got to try); Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Priming and Highlighting Oil, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater; Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device. The best, under one roof.

The Facialist
​77 Cook Street, City Works Depot

Ashleigh Scott of The Facialist knows a thing or two about wellness. In fact, she knows it so well that The Facialist has rapidly garnered an enviable following, tucked away in its City Works Depot location. The Facialist has become THE destination for bespoke skin solutions and prescriptions, with various skincare packages catered for your unique needs. And we like unique when looking for a present for that special someone. From the Vitamin Infusion Facial, to the Yoga Facial, to Light Lounge treatments and Collagen Induction Therapy, the Facialist covers all that is tried and true, as well as new tech to get your skin in tip top shape. Shop treatments online so your loved one can enjoy a truly pampering gift.

Johnstons Cashmere
90 Queen Street

Oh, Scotland. The sweeping plains, the cascading waterfalls, the rugged mystique of the Highlands. There’s nothing quite like the land of the Scots, and so it follows there is nothing quite like its cashmere either. Johnstons of Elgin are renowned producers since 1797 of some of the world’s finest cashmere clothing and accessories in the world. The plush, featherlight fabrics, the tartan scarves, the vibrant colours and classic shapes all scream quality. There’s something for women, men and children, making it a one stop shop for warm luxury. And even though we are approaching Summer, what can possibly go wrong with a genuine cashmere purchase. As one of those investment pieces in life, treat your loved one to a piece of that faraway land by visiting Johnstons Cashmere today.

Civic Theatre – Titanic Live
24 - 25 January 2018, The Civic

Titanic will forever be one of the most celebrated cinematic creations of all times. Who can forget those heart-wrenching moments between lovers Jack and Rose? We think no-one, but that doesn’t mean our memories can’t be refreshed. With Titanic Live coming to the Civic Theatre in January 2018, this multi-award-winning movie will be screened with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performing live James Horner’s soaring scores, accompanied by a choir, vocals and Celtic soloists. If that experience is not impressive or unique enough, then we don’t know what is.

Recycle Boutique
233-237 Queen Street

If you’re on a budget, the central city welcomes you with open arms. That’s because around every nook and cranny (especially upper High Street and mid-Queen Street) are full of boutique carrying clothing and accessories that are hard to come by. Instead of putting together questionable package from the $2 Shop, why not head to Recycle Boutique on Darby Street? With its refurbishment and new sleek appeal, Recycle Boutique is a fav gathering spot for those hunting something different for a dime. You can typically pick up quality secondhand garments for under $50, and that can be including one-off samples from well-known New Zealand brands, such as Ruby, Karen Walker and Stolen Girlfriends Club. The thrifting process might take you a while, but a gem for very little makes it all worthwhile.

14 Sales Street, City Works Depot

Embrace the current house plant trend and head to the urban oasis that is Monstera in City Works Depot, where you will find an incredible range of plants. They specialise in hard-to-find-anywhere else plant varieties, what could be more perfect for those that have everything or hard to buy for people. If you need any thought starters on what to pop under the Christmas tree, our favourites include the range of cacti, the indoor bonsai and gorgeous strelitzia (bird of paradise).

As promised, we’ve got you covered in the hard-to-please department. You’re welcome.

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