Living overseas, as I have for almost fourteen years, you become weirdly attached to emblems of your home country. My friends and family know this about me and generously lavish "Kiwiana" gifts on me. This year the stuff I got was VERY cool and amazingly well-suited to me.
From one friend I got two cookie fabulous cutters, one will cut out little kiwis (the birds) and the other this map of New Zealand. Get yours here at KiwiCakes.co.nz where I borrowed this picture from.
Another friend gave me some really cool felt (a GREAT start) tiki coasters. Mine are green and so gorgeous. Too good for drinks. You might be lucky and find the green ones for yourself at Living and Giving.
I also got a silicon ice cube tray that makes tiki-shaped ice. The kids have loved that in their drinks this week!
Keeping with the Kiwi-in-the-Kitchen theme I received five tea towels this year! Obviously my loved ones are reading my blog :)
This one pictured (by this artist) I actually bought for myself one day when I was feeling really ill. I spotted it at the pharmacy. Jaffas are my all-time favourite sweet. I was informed by a friend of mine that production of jaffas had ceased. I questioned everyone I met about this shocking rumour. One person had heard it was just the ones in boxes that are gone. This led to an obsessive hunt for jaffas at each gas-stop, dairy, superette and food store. I did indeed find the jaffas in party-pack bags (I had to buy them). Tucked away in a dusty corner of the FOUR SQUARE ON MAIN ROAD ELLERSLIE (hint, hint) I found a neat little pile of perhaps old stock of boxed jaffas. I am kicking myself for not buying the lot. They might end up collectors' items!
Thanks Katharine (Alfalfa) for feeding the beast. She sent me some Darryl Lea ones that are very similar and so so good!
Thanks everyone for all the cool gifts. We all got really fantastic presents, too many to list. We appreciate your generosity.