Multi-use Silver Two Tiered Tray June 12, 2018 16:52

This turned out to be quite a fun project! 

This gorgeous Silver Two Tiered Tray arrived and straight away we wanted to display it in the window of the shop.

But what to put in it? Decisions, decisions... so we turned to our fab friends on Facebook and gave them three options with pink shabby chic accessories. After many helpful comments we chose the photo, below. (Thanks for your help everyone). And this display has looked beautiful in the window attracting the eye of lots of passers by.

Then we thought, well, how can we showcase this tray to customers who don't like pink and shabby chic? (my sister...)

After an hour of fun we came up with the other two designs, below. One featuring bathroom accessories and the second featuring succulents and kitchen / dining accessories.

To conclude - same tray - 3 different styles - you need to buy this tray and stamp your own personality and style on it! It's a very versatile home accessory.

Note - all accessories are available in store and online for purchase.


Children's story books about nature by Nelson, NZ, author Carolyn Hedom May 23, 2018 16:04

We're thrilled to have two beautifully written and illustrated books for children available to you. Written by Carolyn Hedom, who lives in St. Arnaud, near Nelson, NZ, she has a passion for sharing nature with children.

The Little Raindrop is about The Water Cycle, told through the eyes of The Little Raindrop.

Carter and Friends is about an inquisitive little dog, and his friends as they explore New Zealand's native bush, based in the Nelson Lakes National Park.

It's always such a treat for parents and grandparents to snuggle up with little ones and read stories together. These stories are fun, enjoyable, have beautiful pictures and educational as well! 

"Carter is an introduced animal in the native bush in New Zealand but hopefully his stories in this book will show an awareness and appreciation of all that we take for granted in nature. All events are based on happenings around or close to our tree house and Carter's presence rings a different perspective with his inquisitive, gentle appearance and excitement in discovering new friends."

"The little raindrop fell from the cloud and landed on a branch of a tree from where she dribbled, gently, down to a leaf. When she landed on the leaf she would say, "Hello little leaf, would you like a drink?" She watered the plants, washing off the dirt so they could take in the air and the sun which they needed to grow. When the sun came out, she saw she was dressed in all the colours of the rainbow, she would giggle and sparkle in her excitement of what was next."

Great gift ideas for toddlers and learning to read children.



Our range of Comfort Shoes are great for the coming rain... May 23, 2018 10:00

More rain is coming... and I do like the sound of rain on the roof at night... do you?

Just a timely reminder that we do stock the fabulous USA Sloggers brand of Womens Comfort & Waterproof Shoes - here's the link to view these very funky and stylish - chooks - goats - clogs

These fabulous shoes, in stunningly vibrant colours, are perfect for around the farm, on the sportsfield, out to the letterbox, or being stylish and fun amid the rain and mud.

PS in store, tell us you saw this blog and we'll give you 10% off, likewise online customers, we'll give you 10% off too - discount code SLOGGERS valid till Friday 25 May 2018, for NZ customers only.

Our favourite things... May 22, 2018 16:00

Welcome to our Pink Corduroy Bear and our Hot Girls Drink Tea Teapot - two of our favourite products in store at the moment.

Would you keep one and give one away? But which one?
Keep both?
But your best friend really loves that teapot...
Luckily we offer PartPay - spread your purchase over 4 interest free payments.

Click here for the Hot Girls Drink Tea Teapot and here for the Pink Corduroy Bear.

Both items make a fabulous wee treat for yourself and your child, or a gorgeous gift to a dear friend or loved one. Imagine this wee bear sitting on the shelf in your newborn baby's room... or your dearly loved mum, gran, aunty or niece drinking their cuppa from this teapot...

Competition time... win a pair of ModSocks May 18, 2018 14:52

One lucky person will win a pair of ModSocks!

Cats - Pugs - Avocados - Cherries - Poppies - Strawberries - and knee high and crew here to see the full range.

To enter the draw, simply sign up to receive our newsletter, competition closes Friday 25 May, winner will be notified by email.

Not all novelty socks are created equal!   Our range of ModSocks are fun & funky, beautiful, durable and designed to look and feel great on real legs. With a pair of ModSocks on, your feet will stand out even when you’re sitting down.

ModSocks stand out because of the designers hyper-attention to detail, intricate patterns and bold, stunning designs. All ModSocks are made from a super-soft cotton blend and the knee highs are engineered to stretch at the widest part of the calf for extra comfort and wearability. ModSocks have reinforced heels and toes, so you’ll be able to keep wearing the socks you love even longer.

Make sure to view our entire range of Modsocks.

Fits women's shoe sizes 6 to 10. 

Measurements: base of heel to top 36.5cm

65% cotton, 24% nylon, 8% polyester, 3% spandex. 

Designed in Bellingham, Washington, USA - Made in Korea.

Care Instructions - machine wash in cold water, tumble dry on low.

Buy at our store in Queen St, Richmond, Nelson or click here to see our postage rates.


Do you think Coffee and Avocados go together? May 15, 2018 17:00

My family enjoys avocado on toast for breakfast... but at times it can get way too expensive to buy the yummy wee things.

So we decided to have some fun and get Avocado Crew Socks instead!  

And, of course, Coffee at breakfast is a given... this Retro Ceramic Coffee Canister sits on our bench being practical and looking fabulous as well.

Looking for a fun gift? Both Avocado Socks and Coffee Storage Containers make great presents, especially for the retro-lover. Humour your loved one, wife, mother, daughter, niece, grandmother with these fun ideas.

Shop online at Vivre - Home | Gifts | Plants


Feeling contemplative? Enjoy writing notes or journalling? May 12, 2018 00:00

Wanting to jot down your ideas...add to your bucket list & prayer list...record that precious moment from your child or grandchild...

These notebooks are the perfect size to fit into your handbag, so you won't forget another moment.

Which one do you like? 

Pop in and browse our shop, Queen St, Richmond, Nelson - or shop online

Choose from:

These notebooks are a great gift idea when you are looking for something small and thoughtful - "Just a little something to acknowledge the occasion."

Suitable gifts and presents for everyone.

Ponchos - Fur trims and Tassels - back in style May 11, 2018 16:20

Who remembers their childhood poncho that Mum knitted or Gran crocheted?

What colour was it? (And did you like it? And did your sister have a nicer one than you!)

Here at Vivre we're loving the new styles and colours of ponchos currently available, fun and so easy to wear...from during the day outfits to the sports fields to work to a glamorous evening out - we have one for each occasion.

With have several different styles available:

  • lightweight with lace detail
  • rollneck, cable knit design
  • fur trimmed hoods with front buttons
  • classic styles with metallic flecks
  • fur trimmed necks and bottoms

Colours range from pastels - reds - navy - grey - black.

Shop online for a few of our selections or pop in and see us to view the full collection.


Additions to our website to make your shopping experience easier... March 26, 2018 00:00

Introducing PartPay - Spend over $50, and at checkout you can choose to pay with PartPay. This means we deliver your order to you as usual and you pay 4 interest free payments of 25% to PartPay - for more info click on the PartPay button on each Product Page.

Introducing our "Add to Wishlist" button - as you're browsing our collections, simply click the Add to Wishlist button to remind you of what you like and when you're ready to view your wishlist, click on the floating heart located on the bottom right of your screen. You don't have to have an account, but if you do, we can let you know when your favourite items are on special.


Welcome to The Green Room March 20, 2018 13:17

We're thrilled to bring you our latest initiative - The Green Room, a collection of easy to use, plastic free and eco-friendly every day products for you and your home - thanks for all your feedback last month.

Bamboo Toothbrushes for Kids & Adults and Silk Dental Floss designed by NZ Dentists, Plastic free Food Wraps 100% Cotton infused with Beeswax, Handmade Shampoo Bars, Facial Cleansers & Gardeners SoapKiwifruit Vinegar Tonic DrinkPure Castile Handmade Soap & Guest Soaps, use to wash dishes & laundry as well,Beech Wood Dish Scrubbers, Natural Multipurpose Househould Cleaner made of Vinegar & Citrus. (Bring your own 500ml or 1 lt bottle in for a re-fill if you like).

All products are available online and in store - pop in and see us.


We need your feedback please... February 07, 2018 12:53

We're introducing a new collection of products for our customers and we'd love to hear your suggestions, ideas, comments and feedback

The Green Room will be a range of easy to use plastic-free and eco-friendly every day products for you and your home - and we want you to tell us what you want in this range!

We've got lots of ideas, starting with Dentist Recommended Bamboo Toothbrushes and Floss, already in store - but please, can you all CONTACT US and let us know your favourite products, tips and ideas.

For every bit of info you send us you'll go into a draw, and the winners will receive a Cork Top Storage Jar with Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans. 

We've added a Made In New Zealand Collection October 17, 2017 16:16

Featuring our Made in NZ Range
To make things easy for you, we've listed in one collection all our beautiful NZ made products so you can proudly support kiwi-made. Included are:
Baby wraps, pure castile soap, rimu spatulas, citronella candles, fudge, gourmet dips & chutneys, ceramics, skincare from the bee venom range, massage cream, natural remedies such as sunscreen and insect repellant. (And keep a look out for our new sterling silver jewellery range arriving soon.)
Click here

Welcome to Spring....but do I have to clean? September 22, 2017 14:04

Daffodils, lambs and longer days all tell us spring is here, which is fantastic, except for those of us who have friends that take to washing the walls of the entire house with enthusiasm while we have little interest in cleaning up the pile of junk mail that's accumulated next to the phone...

Don't despair - I googled, "Why should I spring clean" and got 5 surprising reasons (read the full article here).

I liked their reasoning, firstly, spring cleaning increases productivity - organizing your home or office means less time looking for things and, secondly, spring cleaning makes you happy - a clean and tidy home or office provides you with a sense of satisfaction and puts you in a good mood.

What I like best about the whole cleaning thing is 'out with the old...' it's a time for me to update and modernize bits and pieces around my home. I don't do majors like changing the lounge suite, but I do look at updating cushions, photo frames, displaying new planters with updated flowers, new fun plaques, new funky tins for the kitchen shelves, a new candle... the list goes on.

We have some beautiful accessories for your home in our store, come and see us in Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson, or shop online and be inspired to hit Spring with a smile!


Turquoise and Pink... August 12, 2017 11:43

Been fantastic arranging displays in the shop - pop in and see us - Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson (opposite ANZ Bank).
Here's our turquoise and pink shelves (contact us ) if you see items you want that aren't online, I'm a bit behind).

We've opened a shop! August 12, 2017 11:40

Exciting news - we've opened a physical store! So come and see us when you are next in sunny Nelson. We've also used this opportunity to re-brand and Enlighten Gifts is now Vivre. Many dinner time discussions led us to this new name - Vivre - French for live, experience and share. Sounds grand for our beautiful homewares and gifts store.  Enjoy! Diane

School Holiday DIY kits, fun activities and games July 07, 2017 11:01

School Holidays next week - and July can always be an unknown with the cold and wet weather. Here's a selection of our DIY kits, games and activities to help keep your precious ones occupied if you need rainy day inside time. 

School Holidays DIY, Games, Activities

Planters & Jugs for your indoor plants and flowers May 10, 2017 12:28

The days of leisurely evenings sitting in your garden have disappeared with the arrival of Autumn… but don’t despair – simply bring your flowers and plants indoors to enjoy in your home.

My favourites are the popular Peace Lilies and Maidenhair Ferns, along with African Violets.

And a bunch of flowers – well, that just finishes things off nicely 😊

But what to display them in?

Check out our range of planters and jugs, there’s one that’s just right for you.

Bring warmth and vitality back into your home.

Free Gift May May 10, 2017 11:52

Free Gift May
During the month of May purchase from our online store and receive a free Mini Metal Sign with Fun Slogan - available while stocks last.

Country Cottage Themed Home April 15, 2017 11:35

A country cottage styled home is about decorating humble homes with simple and resourceful furnishings while making use of the rich tradition of rural homes in early America.

Featuring painted furniture and found objects using a clean simplicity, pale colours, natural fabrics and classic patterns. Also cheerful but muted colors, simple and practical accents and handmade textiles, including gingham fabrics, handmade quilts, painted wood decorations and functional plates, bowls and baskets.

We have a gorgeous selection of gifts and homewares, both practical and decorative that will make your humble home come alive with country charm.

Click here to see our selection of Country Cottage and be inspired to buy now.

Free Gift March March 05, 2017 14:31

Buy from our online store during the month of March and receive a FREE GIFT - a 75ml tube of Kirimi Massage Cream, 100% natural and made in NZ, valued at $16.

Offer available for March 2017, while stocks last.




Vintage and Retro Themed Homewares and Gifts March 05, 2017 14:18

Classics never go out of style! It's true in fashion and also in the bits and pieces that we like to display around our home. And that's why I like to point my customers in the direction of vintage and retro themed gifts and presents. 

Vintage is versatile and unique and not what everybody already has. We can offer you vintage and retro items that you're not likely to find in other homewares stores in NZ. We've chosen items to be fun and a source of inspiration, to provide a feel of history and for your visitors or recipients to enjoy.

Click here to see our selection of Vintage and Retro and be inspired to buy now.



Valentine's Day February 06, 2017 12:00

Valentine's Day - a wonderful day to celebrate love and romance...

Originating in early Roman times and celebrating fertility festivals, Valentine's Day and romantic love became popular during the 14th century when the tradition of 'courtly love' flourished. (Doesn't that sound fantastic!). During 18th century England the day evolved into an occasion for lovers to express their feelings by presenting each other with flowers, confectionery or a greeting card, known then as a Valentine.

Still popular today, we celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th Feb each year, with roses being the favoured gift.

This year at Enlighten Gifts, we're offering a modern take on the traditional rose and instead of a fresh flower that wilts away, we've found some gorgeous uniquely hand crafted wooden rose buds - to be enjoyed for a long, long time. (You also get the benefit of being part of recycling and restoring).

Have a look - click on this link now to read more about these gorgeous roses.


Treat Boxes - a new way to shop online November 12, 2016 13:20

We're thrilled to bring you a new initiative in online shopping - TREAT BOXES!

Treat Boxes are a box full of treats...generally the size of a shoe box, treat boxes contain several little homewares or gift items. We've carefully filled each treat box with new and unique products that will delight you. Fabulous ideas for when you need a little gift on hand or just need a wee treat for yourself.

Buy a treat box and share with your friends and family or keep it all for yourself...


Jewellery Sale - all items $10, $11 or $12 September 28, 2016 09:49

We kiwis do love a bargain...check out these great offers.

Earrings, necklaces, bangles and bracelets - all priced to sell very quickly.

Free standard postage within NZ.

#jewellery #jewellerysale