To Celebrate World Kindness Day on Friday 13 November, we've come up with some suggestions to brighten your day and those around you. Check out our list of 10 ways to let someone know you care.
Want to show someone that you're thinking of them? Get them a unique or handmade little gift. We particularly love Creative & Brave's wide range of handmade jewellery and Shut The Front Door's extensive homeware range.
A gift of chocolate can please almost anyone. Who doesn't love chocolate? We certainly do here at Heart of the City (especially our afternoon treats). For something a little bit special, the chocolates from Bohemein Fresh Chocolates are worth looking into... and quite closely. We're suggesting you'll need to sample, to really understand the gift you're giving. Yes, these handmade treats are awesome, and there is a huge range of flavours to choose from. We also love that you can tailor your box, pick your favourite ribbon colour and they will beautifully pack it with care.
If chocolates aren't your cup of tea, you're in luck because in the same shop as Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, you can find the delicious cupcakes from Delish Cupcakes. Delish Cupcakes is perfect for adding a little frosting to your day. We love their colourful and moreish cupcake creations. Plus, they've got plenty of vegan and gluten free options too!
Share a nice bottle of wine | Cahn & Finlay, 10 O'Connell Street
A bottle of wine is a safe gift to get for a loved one. Let Martin from Cahn & Finlay guide you in finding the best option for your friend or special person. He really knows his wine and has more than 450 products from 15 countries in stock for you to choose from. Plus, you can go the extra mile and get your special person a wine subscription pack. Every month, receive 6 bottles of wine from different international locations delivered straight to your doorstep. What a perfect gift for wine lovers!
Sometimes its hard to find the "right" note to just let someone know you're thinking of them, especially if it's someone you don't know so well, like a colleague. We came to the conclusion that getting a coffee in the morning will not only brighten his or her day, but also get you some brownie points if they're still harbouring any ill will about the secret Santa gift you got them last year. So, grab two coffee's next time you're on your way into the office, HQ125 or Remedy Coffee both do really good coffee, and pastries too!
A little laughter can brighten someone's day so how about heading to Holey Moley to enjoy a drink and try your hand at a mini golf game or taking them to The Classic Comedy's Big Wednesday - a fresh comedy night with Guest MC's plus 10+ comedians packed into a quickfire show of comedy with fresh line-ups every week.
Make your loved one's day with a beautifully arranged flower bouquet from Snickel Lane Florist. Tucked away in the lane itself (and accessible via Fort Lane or Commerce Street), this shop is home to a wide range of flowers, cards and gifts for every occasion that will surely brighten anyone's day!
There is just something about flowers that makes us feel instantly better. They bring happiness and a big dose of sunshine to our lives. So why not get some flowers from Roma Blooms for a friend or a family member who is having a rough time. We particularly love their "sweet pea" selection (pictured above) which includes a chocolate tab, an adorable little teddy, and a pretty pink gerbera that will ensure that someone knows they are cared for.
Write a card to someone to show your appreciation | Unity Books, 19 High Street
As someone once told me, there are words that reach our ears and there are other words that will warm our souls. What's better then than a lovely message written in a card that people can keep close to their hearts? We're loving this cute little card from Unity Books. Check out our article on where else to buy cards for any occasion in the city centre here.
Taking your loved one out for a Friday night dinner will certainly delight. Our pick for a romantic dinner would be O'Connell Street Bistro. We love the European feel of this restaurant which has won numerous awards for both its food and wines. Another pick would be Vivace Restaurant with its warm ambiance and the Mediterranean flavours.
What's better after dinner than going for a little stroll along the waterfront while eating a delicious ice cream. We love getting a delicious treat from Melt By New Zealand Natural on Quay Street and then walking along the Waterfront down to North Wharf and Silo Park. If you're walking from Wynyard Quarter to The Viaduct, we advise you to make a mandatory stop at Little Lato for their gelato. Plus they have a wide range of vegan alternatives for you.
It's important to make time for you and your special someone to spend quality time together. and our city centre is the perfect place to plan a romantic overnight stay. For total luxury, we recommend you stay at the newly opened Park Hyatt Hotel which offers beautiful views of Wynyard Quarter's Lighter Basin and out to the Waitematā Harbour. Plus a little dip in their 25-metre infinity pool will certainly help you sleep better. On the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Basin, we also recommend you stay at The Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. The hotel includes the newly opened restaurant La Marée, a beautiful Champagne bar - Sabrage and a luxurious and new looking spa.