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Last minute gift ideas

How many times have you found yourself scrambling to purchase a gift at the last minute? Christmas is literally around the corner, but you still have a handful of names to cross off your Santa’s list?

Check out these handy Christmas gift ideas – there’s something for everyone (you can thank us later, of course).

  1. A Red Balloon experience (

If you’re looking for gift ideas, Red Balloon is a safe bet. The website sells a wide range of experiences, including summer activities, outdoor adventures and extreme thrills as well as spa treatments, cooking classes and tastings. To facilitate browsing, the items have been arranged based on price range, occasions and recipient types. But if you’d rather let your friends pick out something awesome for themselves, you can also buy a gift voucher or card.

2. Gift vouchers: the perfect quick gift (

With a huge range of gift cards from leading retailers and well-known brands, is the ultimate in convenience. In a few clicks, you can purchase a gift card online and have it couriered to any location in New Zealand, along with a personalised message.

3. They say it’s the best beauty box ever (

On the theme of gift cards, this one has good chances of winning beauty lovers’ hearts. The Best Beauty Box Ever gift cards range from $25 to $100, and can be used towards the purchase of any of their themed boxes. Each box contains complimentary beauty products, with no ongoing or long-term subscription involved. Plus, to give your gift a more personal touch, you can customise over 150 gift card designs.

4. Anything but socks (

There’s a reason why Not Socks is New Zealand’s number-one ranked online gift wonderland. Unlike most of its competitors, Not Socks offers unique, creative, thoughtful gift ideas. With such a broad selection of fun and fresh gifts throughout New Zealand and beyond, you won’t be missing those long hours browsing the local mall.

5. A year in coffee (

Have a friend who’s always up for a coffee? With On the Grind, you can give them a new coffee experience each month. A brainchild of Kiwi couple Sarah and Ed, the service is teaming up with some of the best artisan roasters that our country has to offer. Subscribers can choose a coffee style and set up a monthly order, or ask to be sent a one-off box to try. As a Christmas special, On the Grind is selling three-month subscriptions featuring a hand-written message of your choice.

6. Let the boxes roll in (

Let it be Christmas every day with these clever subscription boxes. I Am Co is a great option for health-conscious people and foodies: boxes change monthly and contain up to 10 health food and natural beauty products, all hand-selected according to strict criteria. Your friend can also review their products anonymously to gain points and redeem a bonus gift.

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