Rugby has definitely been stealing the show with the Lions Tour and fans filling stadiums and pubs all over New Zealand.
Hotel accommodation is at a premium and a friend with a spare bed is a total blessing if you're travelling. Last week in Dunedin, Tess had 8 extras staying at her place for the Highlanders fixture. It transformed a Tuesday into a weekend with a burst of mid-week frivolity. And what a win for the local team! Such events bring people together - faces come out of the woodwork from uni days gone by, and it's great to reconnect and be reminded to keep in touch.
On the other side of the world, Emirates Team New Zealand is also captivating us with 5am race starts to the day. No wonder we're all yawning. This week will have us on the edge of our seats - the brave Kiwi underdogs versus the Goliath that is Oracle. We wish our sailors well; holding our breath they can do it this time. The memory of the last challenge still haunts but it's still just as amazing seeing how well our little country competes on the world stage.
Our winter gift recommendations at Gift Saint have all the warm qualities that you'll feel great about giving.
For guys, we have some brilliant new products: Solid State pocket cologne (5 amazing scents to choose from), Barnaby socks (these button together and come in attention-grabbing styles), the Espresso Martini Kit (revamped), Blokes Box and fluffy Citta Design bath robes (email us for sizes and styles).
For the girls, there's relaxation spa-themed gifts: Escape and Bathtime Bliss feature detox and de-stress products from NZ made Real World (the lemon grass and coconut hand cream has us sniffing our paws with giddy delight!). The new Ocho tasting box will keep the chocolate lovers happy, and cute-as ear studs from Sophie in new gold 'swan' and 'Oh!' styles.
Stay cosy and happy gift giving,
Tess & Alex