Xmas gifts under $50: Randoms
FOR YOUR FLATMATE... Ping Pong set by Outliving, $29.60: Ping pong is a glorious sport, and this travel set comes with two paddles (natch), balls, a full-size net, table-friendly clamps and terrycloth sweat wristbands (the most essential element of them all). Set this up on your backyard table and you'll greatly up the fun factor in your flat. If your flatmate's lame and boring and won't like this, get a new flatmate. Check it out.
FOR YOUR BOSS... Riverby Estate Noble Riesling 2012, $35: Dessert wines are like the scented candles of booze: they're lovely to receive because who ever buys one for themselves? This peach-tasting drop just won supreme dessert wine at the Air NZ Wine Awards and so is the best-of-the-best.
FOR YOUR FRIEND'S GIRLFRIEND WHO'LL BE THERE ON CHRISTMAS DAY BUT YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW ... Orly Jealous Much nail polish, $17.95: Nail polish is a great catch-all present option because, if someone's not the type to paint their nails, most ladies paint their toes now and then (and if not, it's a perfect re-gift). Warning: We've chosen this colour as it's such a gorgeous minty green, but if this girl has actual jealous tendencies you could be walking into a booby trap of awkwardness so go for something like the soft peach 'Prelude To A Kiss'. Check it out.
FOR THE PARTY YOU'RE GOING TO ... Marou chocolate bars, $12.95 for 100g: This delicious chocolate uses cacao from Vietnam and cooking techniques from France. The bars come in percentages, and they all contain just two ingredients - cacao and cane sugar (meaning they're all dairy free). We say pick two bars - we think choc peaks at about 74 per cent - et voila, you have the perfect gift bundle. Head here for more.
FOR YOUR FRIEND'S TWEEN DAUGHTER ... Kikki K Karneval Lockable Journal, $29.90: Because it's more wholesome than a Miley Cyrus CD but still a little bit cool as it's lockable. Also, if she becomes the next JK Rowling, you may just get a cut.
FOR THE BACH YOU'RE VISITING ... Brazilian double hammock, $19.99 at The Warehouse: Staying with family friends or friends-of-friends this silly season? Well it's nice to turn up with something, and nothing says thanks for having me like a deliciously comfy hammock (that you can then read your book on - just volunteer to hang it up first). Oh, and check with your friend that the family isn't already hammocked-up.
FOR YOUR COLLEAGUE ... Mr. Men mugs, $19.90: Pick an apt one and this cup will 'bring the lols' in the tea room for the whole of 2014. But just remember ... while Mr Bump is quite funny - 'haha, Barry, you're so clumsy' ... and even Mr Messy - 'Martha, your desk is such a clutter!'; Mr Lazy is not - 'Larry, you NEVER do any work!!' *tumbleweed*. Check it out.
FOR YOUR COUSIN ... Ridley's House Of Novelty Giant Space Hopper, $33,56: Because this will make all Christmas family barbecues much more entertaining (maybe buy yourself one too so you can have hop battles). Check it out.
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