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Housewarming Gifts

Traditionally, the warming of a new house was a literal act, with friends and family taking gifts of firewood to the new home. Fires were lit in all the fireplaces both to warm the home and to cleanse the house of any resident evil spirits. Today however, we are more [...]

What Do You Want for Mother's Day?

Let’s start with the traditional… A card? Funny, sweet, touching card from VixensEmpire on Etsy Flowers? Via pinterest from Style Me Pretty or perhaps Breakfast in Bed? You might be thinking like this… Via pinterest from La Belle Vie Or maybe?? From Voluptama How about a cute homemade gift? Via Our Best Bites Or a [...]

Easter Inspiration!

With just over a week now to go until Easter we thought it would be a great time to put together some fun ideas and images to inspire your Easter festivities [...]

Why Moleskines Make Great Gifts

In a previous post we’ve written about why the Moleskine Recipe Journal makes a great gift idea, and here I go again with more Moleskine ♥. So why do Moleskine products make such good gifts? [...]

Gift Ideas for Gardeners

I think one of the hardest things about gift giving is trying to think up new gift ideas (hence the popularity of gift cards!) At our online gift shop The Paper Package, we are obviously all about encouraging you to buy actual presents for your friends & family (rather than the envelope [...]

How to Choose and Wrap a Wedding Gift

Did you know that over 40% of the New Zealander’s who will say “I do” in 2012 will do so in the first three months of the year  – January, February & March. So if you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding over the next little while, here’s a few quick pointers for gift [...]

Valentine's Day: Last Minute Gift Ideas

So you’ve forgotten all about ordering a Valentine’s Day gift online and the only things left to buy are supermarket chocolate or over-priced roses… well, don’t panic just yet, because we’ve found 5 great last minute Valentine’s day ideas! Why not share the love this Valentine’s Day by… ♥♥♥♥♥ 1. Sending them a love letter [...]

Afternoon Tea's Time Comes Again

After years of coffee and cafe supremacy over the more humble cup of tea and cake shop, it seems that Afternoon Tea is firmly back in fashion. More and more hotels and restaurants now offer an “Afternoon Tea” service, and many people are even replacing the ubiquitous wedding buffet with [...]

Christmas Gift Wrapping

After a frantic couple of weeks wrapping gifts, assembling hampers and printing shipping labels here at The Paper Package, it’s so nice to be able to sit back for a while and browse the internet for fantastic and creative Christmas gift wrapping ideas. You can never over-emphasise how much the enjoyment of a gift begins [...]

Teacher Gifts

As we roll into the last week or so of primary school for the year, you might be considering giving a small Christmas gift to your child’s teacher(s). I think it’s a nice idea at the end of the year to let teachers know how much they’re appreciated, and it’s also really nice for your [...]

D.I.Y Advent Calendars

Would you like to get your children & family members even more excited about Christmas than ever?? Well an Advent Calendar is definitely the way to go!  But if you’re looking for something different from the standard supermarket version (although it’s hard to knock something that gives you a chocolate a day!), here are some [...]

Fun Christmas Food + Drinks

It’s 25th November today, which means that the next month will be filled with “Christmas Entertaining”. Picnics, cocktails, family bbq’s, get-togethers, work-do’s (arrgh), office parties and more! So we thought some fun and festive food + drink ideas might be in order… ♦♦♦ Savoury: Betty Crocker’s Easy Fiesta Christmas Tree Christmas Tree Cheese Board from [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

So, did you know that married couples have differing views over whether they share the gift buying responsibilities evenly at Christmas? Probably not surprisingly, only 20% of women agree that responsibility for choosing and buying gifts is shared evenly with their partner, while slightly more men (33%) think that they shoulder half the burden. Ha!  [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

In this era of gift cards and downloadable gifts it can be a real thrill to have a proper present to open on Christmas Day. Gift cards etc, while they might be what people ask for, do lack a lot of the magic of a physical gift. Let’s be honest, you can’t really have the [...]

Introducing: Rifle Paper Co.

When I recently went into town to buy a birthday card for a friend I have to say I was shocked (SHOCKED!) by the price of a single card. After spending some time browsing I eventually found a nice card for $5.99, but that was after I had put back quite a few in the [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

Continuing on with our Christmas gift guides, today’s post is all about choosing gifts for children. Now, we’re not really talking here about parents choosing gifts for their own kids for Christmas (that is outside our expertise as mainly selling gift basket-type products), this is more a guide for extended family or friends who may [...]

How We Gift Wrap

Today’s post was inspired by a customer we had recently who asked for more pictures of the little sweet box we sell. After sending the photographs to her, we thought that other potential customers might also like to see in more detail what our packages actually look like when they are wrapped, and how they [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandparents & Extended Family

Continuing our series of Christmas gift guides, today we’re focusing on reasonably-priced gift ideas for grandparents and extended family. It would be interesting to know how many of us still buy or give Christmas presents to our extended family?  A lot of people seem to have agreements to just give gifts to their immediate family [...]

Christmas Gift Ideas - For Neighbours, Colleagues & Acquaintances

We are starting our series of Christmas gift guides with this one for “neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances”. It is probably fair to say that these are people who you need/want to give Christmas presents to, while at the same time you don’t want to spend TOO much money on. We’re thinking here of gifts for [...]

Christmas Gift Planning

As part of our Christmas Guide for 2011, today we want to share with you some hints and tips on Christmas Gift Planning. Wouldn’t it make Christmas so much easier and less stressful if we could have all our gift buying planned and organised in plenty of time? Well we’ve discovered that by following 4 [...]

A Christmas Guide for 2011

I know, I know!!  It is ridiculous to be talking about Christmas this early in the year. I am sure you will NOT want to be hearing about xmas gift buying etc. just at the moment. But because we want to be able to bring you so many great resources and guides for Christmas this [...]

Great Gift Ideas from O-Check Design Graphics

If you’re like most people you might suffer a little bit of stress around choosing gifts… stress that comes from not knowing whether the recipient of your gift is going to love what you’ve got them, or hate it and pass it on to the next unlucky recipient as soon as possible. That’s one of [...]

Baby Gifts ♥

It might have something to do with the arrival of spring, or the fact that it’s nearly 9 months since New Year’s Eve, but we’ve chosen baby gifts as our featured products at The Paper Package this month. And after much internet browsing (masquerading as “research”) we’ve discovered the following handy tips and ideas for [...]

Hello Spring!

So after a pretty short (but for some days a very sharp!) winter, we are now officially 6 days into spring. And it’s started out so well with lovely sunny days and crisp mornings. The perfect time for all things new… Like some new clothes maybe […]

Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas

Over the last couple of weeks we have been posting a series of Father’s Day Gift Guides, based on gifts we currently have available for sale at The Paper Package. But today, we thought we’d focus on some fantastic homemade Father’s Day gift ideas that you could make yourself at home to celebrate on Sunday [...]

Father's Day Gift Guide 2011 - Part Two

Continuing our guide to choosing a gift this Father’s Day… today’s post will feature gifts for those GOLF-LOVING dads. Apparently golf is the number 1 sport for men in New Zealand – so there must be quite a lot of dads out there that play and/or love golf.  So, to help you find something to [...]

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2011 - Part One
Father’s Day this year is scheduled for Sunday 4 September, and to help you pick the best gift from The Paper Package (ie. one that’s good for your dad and your budget!) we’ve compiled the following handy guide in four sections: 1. Traditional Fathers Day Gift Boxes 2. Gifts for Golf-Loving Dads 3. Gifts for [...]

Father's Day Gift Idea: A Journal (+ some tips and prompts)

Father’s Day is coming up in 5 weeks or so, so we’ve been busy trying to think up some new gift box/gift basket ideas to help celebrate the day. This will be our first Father’s Day in business – and we’re not really sure how things will go or what will prove to be popular. [...]

Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal Review

When you’re spending your hard-earned money on a gift for someone (or for yourself!) there are a couple of things you will want to know… Is it a good choice (will they like it? will I like it?), and Is it worth the money? So, in relation to these two questions, here are our thoughts [...]

Thank You Note Samples & Examples

Continuing our series on all the do’s and don’ts of writing thank you notes, today’s post is all about practical examples of wording that would do well for a thank you note in most situations. The 6 steps below show the general format you should follow for a thank you note: 1. Salutation for formal [...]


   How to Write the Perfect Thank You Note

You must have heard the news story last Friday about the “insane email from the world’s worst mother-in-law”  that was doing the rounds on the internet. Well, in the email, one of the many complaints made to future daughter-in-law Heidi by her future mum-in-law (that’s her in the picture) was that, “You should have hand-written [...]

Thank You Letter, Thank You Notes, Thank You Cards… & When You Need to Send Them

Following up from yesterday’s post on how we’ve been attempting to discover the etiquette do’s and don’ts of thank you letters & notes… Probably one of the first things to know about the “proper” way of sending thank you letters, notes or cards is knowing when you need to send them. So, although it is [...]

Thank You Letters, Notes and Cards  – Your Essential Guide

Although fashions and trends may come and go there is always one thing that will not go out of style and that is good manners. But do we all know what good manners requires in different situations? I absolutely do not claim to be an expert, but I have tried to research some of the [...]

Anniversary Gifts : Will Anybody Even Need Them?

As a business we’ve only been operating 6 months now, but probably our single best-selling range of gifts so far have been Anniversary Gifts. And now I wake up this morning to hear on TV 1’s Breakfast that the marriage rate in NZ has reached an all-time low. Great. Apparently the marriage rate in NZ [...]


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