Top Gifts for the Grown Ups

Christmas is the perfect time to spend time together, cooking, eating, laughing, playing, relaxing and if we’re lucky spoiling our loved ones with some special gifts that they might not buy for themselves.

See our ideas for gifts for grown ups, and don’t forget, less can be more, home made gifts from the kids can be treasured, and time spent together can be life.

billy connolly

Tall Tales and Wee Stories by Billy Connolly

An inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read bringing Billy’s very best storytelling together.

RRP: $37.99

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The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly

Freya’s family is under threat – from manipulative family to her inner critic. But when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

RRP $34.99

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oppo phone

OPPO A9 2020

The OPPO A9 2020 celebrates the new decade with superb photography, beautiful design and long-lasting battery. Sporting five cameras for maximum photo resolution and shake-free filming on any adventure.

RRP $499

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Firebox BBQ Pizza Oven

Firebox makes fresh gourmet pizza deliciously simple! Firebox instantly turns your BBQ into a gourmet pizza oven! With Firebox, making fresh, healthy pizza has never been easier!


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Movie Tickets

Give the gift of movies this Christmas. You could even splash out with a Gold Class or Lux experience! Buy online or pop into your local cinema

Event Cinemas from $25

Hoytz Cinemas from $50

What’s On?
speciality wine

Specialist Wine

  Those who enjoy an alcoholic beverage usually have a favourite tipple but we don’t always get to choose it for ourselves so it’s certainly a treat to receive as a gift!

Glengarry – gifts

Caro’s – vouchers available

Fine Wine Delivery
gin baubles

Pickerings Gin Baubles Gift Pack

If you’re off to a pre-Christmas party you’d be a very welcome guest if you turned up with some grown up Christmas Baubels for their tree!

RRP $59.99

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garden tool

Gardening Gifts

If you have a green fingered family member buy them a small gardening tool & gloves, or a beautiful hand wash & moisturiser to help then pamper them in their gardening pursuits!

Mitre 10 Garden Centre – gift cards available

The Warehouse Gardening – gift vouchers available

Wild Ferns hand products
High Tea

High Tea

Mum and Dad or Nan and Pop will enjoy a special afternoon tea at a hotel, garden centre or tea room serving High Tea! Spending time with you, a savoury, sweet and hot pot of their favourite tea is a special treat to look forward to!

High Tea Society – High Tea Venues in Wellington

Christchurch NZ – Best High Tea in Christchurch



Buying a beautiful scent, be it flowers or perfume – especially perfume and especially if we don’t often buy it for ourselves, is sure to bring a beautiful smile!

Farmers – gift cards available

Perfume NZ – a large collection online

The warehouse fragrances

Beauty Therapy

Pamper your loved one with another gift they may not often get to treat themselves! A relaxing, rejuvenating beauty treatment or a simple but most appreciated manicure!

Caci Clinic – Microdermabrasion or Skincare Infusion try us price for new customers $70

Westfield Mall – giftcards available

Westfield giftcards
food hamper

Speciality Food

If you have a food loving foodie or cooking loving cook in your home they might like a change from their usual ingredients and bites! Gift them a special favourite cooking oil, balsamic, cheese, or pickled something! Put a selection together in a hamper for extra points 🙂

Farro – hampers from $60 and gift vouchers from $25

Sabato – hampers from $50 and gift vouchers from $10

Send a hamper in NZ, AU or UK
NZ Fishing Trips

Fishing Trip

If you’d really like to spoil someone rotten this Christmas… a fishing trip for the fisher-person of the house or fisher-people and make a trip out of it!

Epic Adventures from $150 for Koro-King – Morning Half Day Snapper Trip – Single Seat

Mega Bites Fishing – vouchers available

NZ fishing trips
Naturally Gifted

Personalised gift

Select a special image or artwork and have it made into a beautiful personalised gift. Products include jewellery boxes, coasters and key rings.

Naturally Gifted
portable barbecue


Are you even a Kiwi if you don’t BBQ?! The Cube Portable Barbeque by Heston Blumenthal is made from lightweight steel and features a built-in heat protection shield so you can use this barbeque almost anywhere!


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  1. dawnblyth 06/01/2019 at 9:56 pm

    Great ideas! Often grandparents can be very hard to buy for as they are at an age where they have everything they need.

  2. Shelz69 06/01/2019 at 1:16 pm

    The calendar is always a hit with my Mum and Dad and they love seeing their grandchildren on it every month. Always a winner in this family. I think the Momento is lovely too but a little bit more pricey. I always buy grandad a good book and a packet of scorched almonds. , its become a tradition in our family

  3. Alezandra 04/01/2019 at 8:36 pm

    I knew Snapfish will make the list coz this is our Christmas gift to the grandparents. This is a good list to have for the next Christmas or even for grandparents’ birthdays.

  4. Shorrty4life1 03/01/2019 at 4:46 pm

    I love the momentoes gift idea and the personalised calender. What great ideas. I never thought of a fresh cheese box. How cool is that. I never even thought of that. What a great idea. Everyone loves cheese and crackers at this time of the year. Will have to remember that for next gifts ♥

  5. kymmage 31/12/2018 at 1:07 pm

    My parents don’t like things – they have enough ‘stuff’ so I stick to small things like jewellery or vouchers. I often like to go with a dinner voucher. Something they couldn’t afford to do themselves. The other grandparents are really into gardening so vouchers again mean I’m not buying things that they don’t want and they can pick and choose what they need. As they have gotten older their diets and things have changed so we can’t do as many food related gifts.

  6. felicity beets 29/12/2018 at 9:30 am

    I love the mad millie kits – and would definitely like to try the chocolate making one. The personalised calendars look good as well but would need to plan ahead for that one.

  7. SarahBlair 24/12/2018 at 5:37 pm

    I love the Trespass Sign!! I still need to buy for the grandparents but I will do that after Christmas as we wont be seeing them until the new year.

  8. MuddledUpMolly 20/12/2018 at 7:55 am

    Great ideas here for a range of interests! I always find the grandparents tricky to buy for so this year this will make things so much easier, as long as I get on to it ASAP!

  9. Micht 18/12/2018 at 7:41 pm

    The personalized character definitely works and each year my daughters daycare offers the option and we always take it…it is affordable,handy and very cute… they look forward it…

  10. Mands1980 18/12/2018 at 5:53 pm

    We always get family photos done in spring and then make up a calender with the kids birthday on them through snapfish and they always go on special at some stage so when they do I purchase them for us and the grandparents. I have always wandered about the cheese kits I will have to purchase one day and see what it is like to gift another on.

  11. Bevik1971 18/12/2018 at 12:03 pm

    The Cheese making kit is a great idea 🙂 We usually get our daughter to make the grandies a card with her own art on it as they love these and doesn’t cost anything. Baking is always a good idea for the sweet tooth and the school personalised calendars are cool also

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