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It’s high summer in New Zealand, which means wedding season is well underway. Idyllic rural vineyards, sprawling lawns and sophisticated city restaurants throughout the country are all playing host to loved-up couples and their nearest and dearest over the coming months. Once you’ve sorted the essentials (what to wear, how to get there and where to stay), as a diligent guest you’ll be focused on finding the perfect gift.
Stevens helps many happy couples to put together gift lists, so you might find they already have a registry with us. Alternatively, if the couple in question haven’t set up a list or you’d just like to put a little more thought into finding a personal gift, take a look at our suggestions for all budgets.
Every home needs a great cook’s knife for slicing and dicing, and the Furi range (from $54.99) combines style and substance. Endorsed by Australian celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, all Furi knives are precision engineered with high-grade Japanese stainless steel and are made to last a lifetime (just like your friends’ marriage). Tradition dictates that you should gift a coin along with a knife, so as not to cut your friendship.
If your friends love a good fry-up, the genius Gentleman’s Hardware multi-section
frying pan ($99.99) is a perfect gift. After all, what could be more romantic than cooking your other half a special breakfast? With two individual sections for eggs, and a griddle pan section for sausages or bacon, it’s bound to find a favourite spot in your friends’ kitchen.
A good chopping board is the kind of thing you don’t always splurge on for yourself, making it a great wedding gift. The beautiful Capital Kitchen oak chopping boards (from $79.99) come in two sizes, and can do double duty as stylish serving boards.
Grown-up crockery is a must for any home, and the artisan-made Bayly & Collis pieces are destined to become favourites. A collaboration between celebrity chef Ben Bayly and ceramicist Peter Collis, they’re beautiful pieces that are also hard-wearing. If your friends fancy their food styling credentials, give them some impactful black plates ($39.99 for a dinner plate) to let them really make an impact, or go for a clean look with a selection of white pieces (pieces start from $12.99) . Alternatively, the Momento Aspen Coupe ($9.99 for a dinner plate) range is a selection of classic white plates and bowls with a contemporary edge.
A wedding is the ultimate celebration, making Champagne flutes a perfect present. The Momento Crystalline Champagne flutes ($49.99 for four) are made of the highest quality Slovakian crystalline. For an extra-thoughtful gift, wrap up a set along with a bottle of bubbly so the newly-weds can toast their future together.
If you know your friends like a cup of joe to kick-start their day, give them a stylish Bodum
coffee grinder (currently on sale for $55.99) so they can freshly grind their beans each morning. You could pair it with a pair of Bodum double-walled glasses (currently $27.99), or a stylish pour-over coffee maker (currently $47.99). Add a bag of boutique coffee beans for the finishing touch.
If you don’t know a couple particularly well, or perhaps are invited to a post-wedding get-together, only a stylish, beautifully scented candle is the ideal small gift. We love the Max Benjamin range ($49.99 each), available in a wide range of gorgeous fragrances.
High-quality frying pans and saucepans are a must for a lifetime of cooking together. The Fiskars Hard Face range is specifically designed to stand up to intense heat, long, slow cooking and whatever else you want to throw at it. Made in Finland, all pieces are dishwasher-safe and will work on all kinds of cooktops (electric, induction and gas). Guarantee your friends a winter of delicious slow-cooked meals with a casserole dish (currently on sale for $151.99) or give them a weeknight standby with a workhorse frying pan (currently $111.99).
If you know your friends are serious about their scotch, look no further than this beautiful LSA Islay whisky decanter (currently on sale for $139.99). Named after Scotland’s Islay region, the decanter is mouth-blown with a hand-ground stopper and a solid walnut wood base.
Blow the budget
If you’re going in with friends on a gift, or want to treat an immediate family member, it’s hard to go past a classic Le Creuset cast-iron casserole dish (from $459.99). Yes, they’re expensive, but they really will last a lifetime, becoming a family heirloom for the couple to cherish.
And in a similar vein, what wedding gift list would be complete without a KitchenAid stand mixer? You’ll guarantee the happy couple a lifetime of fabulous baking with one of these beauties on their benchtops.