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What to Bring When You’re Told Not to Bring A Thing

What to Bring When You’re Told Not to Bring A Thing

The beginning of a New Year in New Zealand brings the excitement of a run of long weekends, from Anniversary weekend in Auckland and other regions, through Waitangi Day and into Easter. Long weekends can mean road trips, adventures and days by the sea, and almost always involve some form of entertaining. 

But what do you bring when you’re told to “just bring yourself”? It’s a common dilemma, and one we’re well placed to resolve at Crisp, with a wide range of gifts, homewares and delicious treats on offer. Here are our top tips for what to bring when you’re told not to bring anything.

A bottle of Seedlip


It’s amazing how many guests prefer to stick to non-alcoholic drinks these days, and it’s a relief to feel prepared with a bottle of Seedlip, an alcohol-free spirit, on hand. Your host will thank you for this thoughtful and delicious gift! The Seedlip bottles are also beautiful to recycle and use as a vase. If your host is particularly special to you, try wrapping the bottle in a beautiful linen tea towel from Thread Design - your host will think of you every time they dry the dishes!

A small Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage bowl and House of Chocolate Bonbon Box

A Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage bowl is a stunning handcrafted piece that anyone will treasure and can be used time and time again on platters with olives, sauces, nuts and more. Give this to your host with a delicious box of bonbons from House of Chocolate, so they can put them out after dinner with coffee.

A Coconut Raspberry Kaffir Lime Cake Kit from The Caker

This seriously delicious, beautiful and simple cake kit is easy enough to whip up last minute if your host is stuck for a dessert, or the perfect thing for them to keep in the cupboard for another occasion. It’s the ultimate crowd pleaser and can easily be made vegan by using dairy free milk and oil instead of butter. Yum!

Garlic Olive Oil from Tasteology


A bottle of delicious garlic olive oil from the folks at Tasteology is the perfect thing to bring along to a BBQ, and can be used to rub on meat or in salad dressing. 

A tin of Storm and India Masala Chai Tea


A tin of artisan tea makes the perfect gift to take to drinks, not least because it’s the sort of thing you don’t tend to buy for yourself! Hosts can brew a pot of delicious chai tea to serve once too many cocktails have been drunk, or save it for the next morning’s breakfast. Delicious!

A “Home Perfume” Reed Diffuser from Ashley & Co


Who doesn’t want their home to smell like the dreamy scents from Ashley & Co? This gift is perfect for any host, a way to show your appreciation and will make them think of you every time they enter their home!

We hope this has given you new inspiration for what to bring when you’re being entertained either this long weekend or one in the future!

x Team Crisp

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