Stuck on how to spoil that notoriously hard to buy for friend or family member? Fear not, foodies, we've done all the hard work so that you can take all of the credit this silly season.
From tasty offerings to share to inspired gifts for the person who has everything, our hand-picked Dish holiday gift guide is bound to cater to everyone.
FOR AN EXPERIENCE
Villa Maria Estate is not just a winery; it’s an events centre, a restaurant and a welcoming cellar door. This magical place is located just five minutes’ drive from Auckland International Airport and 30 minutes from the central city. While Villa Maria has vineyards in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, the 40-hectare Ihumatao site is one of the jewels in its gleaming crown. Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Verdelho and Albariño wines are made here from grapes grown onsite.
The Vineyard Café is open seven days for lunch, serving delicious food and wines. You can enjoy a glass of Villa Maria wine on the terrace which overlooks the Ihumatao Vineyard, share a platter or have lunch.
To learn more about Villa Maria or secure a booking, see their website here.
FOR THE COFFEE-LOVER
The new Barista Touch espresso machine joins Breville’s premium range to add professional quality to your coffee and sophisticated styling to your kitchen. With an intuitive touch screen display, built-in grinder and automatic milk texturing, the Barista Touch allows you to create café quality coffee at home with ease.
Select your favourite style of coffee from the menu or customise to your liking and save. The built-in grinder will deliver the perfect amount of ground coffee on demand and with a three second heat up time, go from bean to cup faster than ever before. To learn more about this innovative machine or spoil someone special, see the Breville website right here.
FOR THE GRILL-MASTER
Leap in to spirit of casual outdoor barbies with a flavoursome meat pack to spoil your favourite carnivore. Curated with care by renowned Kiwi chef Gareth Stewart and the team at Jervois Steak House, each Barbecue Meat Pack includes aged Wakanui and Wagyu steaks, lamb racks, butterflied chickens, flavoursome burger patties and sausages, marinades, spice rubs, butters and sauces, alongside a mouth-watering selection of sides and easy-to-follow recipes, tips and tricks from the man himself. Consider the big day (and beyond) well and truly catered for. To learn more about the Barbecue Meat Pack, see the Jervois Steak House website right here.
FOR THE BREW-LOVER
Every bottle of Tuatara is lovingly crafted. This year their Christmas Box of Delights features two of their finest and newest brews. Hi Res American IPA is a resinous, dank brew showing off fruit aromatics and an earthy, herbaceous complexity. Hopfinity NZ IPA is an immense Kiwi brew containing a heady brew of citrus, sauvignon grape and stone fruits. Get ready to delight your senses.
The Tuatara Box of Delights contains two 500ml brews and a craft beer glass designed to heighten your tasting experience. To learn more or shop online, see their website here.
FOR THE ARTIST
The Auckland Museum Store stocks a unique collection of homewares, jewellery, NZ made artwork and handcrafted gifts. Every purchase goes towards supporting your museum as well as supporting local artists.
With options for gift wrapping and international shipping, the Museum Store is a great place to find that special gift, especially for friends and relatives living overseas. To learn more or shop their online store, see here.
FOR THE MOVIE FAN
At the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year is the enormous new Panasonic OLED TV, the TH-77EZ1000U.
At 77” this television is the ultimate in absolute home entertainment luxury. Boasting the very best in visual technology and tuned by real filmmakers, this 4K PRO HDR TV combines the stunning contrast and colour of next-gen OLED technology with cutting-edge image processing to create the most impressive picture quality ever. To learn more, see their website here.
FOR THE BEAUTY BUFF
Dermalogica's five limited edition holiday sets range from $23–$130. Some feature full-sized products at lower prices, and others include travel-sized products great for summer or even a giftable Christmas tree ornament. To learn more or shop the holiday sets, see their website here.
FOR THE DECORATOR
Citta’s decorative collection of holiday ornaments offer a refined approach to festive detailing. Rendered in dove grey enamel and available in two sizes, style the centrepiece with a pared-back approach for timeless results. To learn more about Citta or shop their online store, see here.
FOR THE HOMECOOK
Wow the homecook with the ultimate in chef's accoutrements – a Le Creuset Cast Iron Signature Low Round Casserole Dish. Le Creuset have long-reigned as the gold standard of kitchen essentials, with this gorgeous and generously-sized enamel pot bound set the tone for an afternoon of feasting. To learn more or shop their full range, see here.
FOR THE JEWELLERY COLLECTOR
Explore the artistry on offer in Boh Runga’s beautiful new jewellery store. Holding pride of place on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road, this inspired boh-tique offers contemporary jewellery-lovers an eclectic range of fine pieces, crafted in a variety of precious metals. To learn more or shop online, see here.
FOR THE ENTERTAINER
Update your cocktail game and dance the night away with Soda Press Co.s’ refreshingly crisp Soda Syrups. Curated using natural and organic ingredients and 50 per cent less sugar, consider the Blonde Cola soda syrup and the award-winning Raspberry & Mint soda syrup the ideal cocktail base come balmy summer afternoons. Whether you're a budding mixologist or seeking the perfect holiday season gift, the Soda Press Co. twin pack makes a great starter set for any avid cocktail-lover. To learn more, see their website here.
FOR THE ARTISAN
This is the ultimate hamper for any food lover. Celebrating NZ artisan producers, the Farro Fresh Artisan Celebration Hamper is carefully chosen to give you a great array of our finest and most delicious products. Kick off someone’s summer gatherings with the beautiful Waiheke-grown Azzuro extra virgin olive oil, Jenny’s tamarind chutney and Hakanoa’s newest offering of ginger, lime and sesame dressing. Start your sunny mornings with Blue Frog’s new peanut butter muesli then have a Ten O’clock Cookie Company’s choc-dipped shortbread break. No matter what time of day, this celebration of New Zealand’s finest will have you covered. To learn more about Farro Fresh or shop online, see here.
FOR THE INDULGENT
Savour the nights in the lead up to Christmas with an indulgent after-dark sweet treat. Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Cream Liqueur is deliciously decadent, created using the finest 54 per cent Belgian chocolate, fresh New Zealand dairy and triple distilled premium spirits, consider this the perfect blend of rich cream and smooth, luxurious chocolate – with a splash of spirits for good measure. To learn more, see their website.
FOR THE KITCHEN WHIZZ
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Christmas time. Panasonic’s premium kitchen products provide functionality, innovation, and seamless aesthetic integration to make Kiwi kitchens the perfect environment for creating those special family meals. In addition to clever technology improving ease-of-use and convenience, Panasonic products are crafted with an emphasis on eco-responsibility meaning that not only are our products more gentle on the environment, they also take it easy on your wallet. To learn more, see their website here.
FOR THE BEST HOME-BAKER
Beat and blend your way to a successful festive feast using the versatility of Braun’s innovative MultiQuick 9 Handheld Blender. Featuring the world’s first ACTIVEBlade technology, this handy home cook’s essential offers the best results possible, boasting the finest blend using even the toughest ingredients, leaving you free to adorn your favourite Christmas dishes with fresh coconut, ginger, dark chocolate or roast almonds. Offering ease of use and nine different blade attachments, preparing a stand-out family feast of epic proportions just got a whole lot easier. To learn more about the Braun MultiQuick 9 Handheld Blender, see their website here.
FOR A CRISP, CLEAN CHRISTMAS
Despite washers and dryers not being the most glamorous of Christmas purchases, Panasonic laundry appliances really are the gifts that keeps giving.
Clean lines and a classic design characterise the appearance of Panasonic's laundry appliance range, but it is their innovative technologies that really warrant attention. Cutting-edge and energy-saving, whether washing, drying, or both, Panasonic ensures optimal performance and reduces energy usage. To learn more or shop their range, see the Panasonic website here.
FOR THE FRAGRANCE PURVEYOR
Delight the senses and give the gift of a classic fragrance with Ecoya’s Large French Pear Gift Set. Boasting the iconic Ecoya Madison candle in French Pear, a Reed Diffuser and a Mini Metro candle, this crisp, subtle and subdued set is the epitome of holiday gifting. To shop the full Ecoya range, see their website here.
FOR THE SAFEST HOLIDAY SEASON YET
Before heading off on holiday this Christmas give yourself the gift of peace of mind. With a sophisticated range of home security products customisable to suit your home, Panasonic has your most precious belongings covered.
Kick back at the beach with the knowledge that you can monitor the security of your home from your smartphone or tablet via the Panasonic App. Check all is well at home, set to record, and use the Voice Icon to speak through the camera’s speaker. Motion and thermal sensors can even be enabled to alert to you to intruders and night vision capability allows 24-hour surveillance. To learn more or shop the Panasonic Home Security Range, see here.
FOR THE WINE-DRINKER
Spoil your favourite sommelier with the award-winning Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2015. This Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir has a perfumed bouquet of freshly ground coffee beans mixed with hints of baking spices, providing the perfect festive drop. This complex wine shows intense purity and richness, earthy dense rounded tannins and soft acidity complete the experience. Allow this gorgeous wine to age gracefully and savour it's complexities.
To learn more about Villa Maria Estate Wines, see their website here.
FOR THE MAGAZINE-LOVER
By getting a magazine subscription to one of Tangible Media's consumer titles, you'll be giving a loved one the gift that keeps on giving. Choose from one (or all) of our titles – for the foodie, conscious-consumer, new parent, bride to be, career-driven business person or the design and ideas savvy, budding entrepreneur. And from just $19, you may as well pick a subscription for yourself too. To learn more about our magazine offerings or secure a gift subscription, see here.
FOR THE BIG DAY
Celebrate Christmas Day with an award-winning bottle of Dashwood Pinot Noir. This impressive pinot, made by chief winemaker Stu Marfell of Foley Family Wines, took home the coveted JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir trophy at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Among its many accolades was the Dish Magazine Champion Open Red Wine Award. To learn more about Dashwood Wines or shop online, visit their website right here.
From tasty offerings to inspired gifts for the person who has everything, our hand-picked Dish holiday gift guide is bound to cater to everyone...