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Owner of the Weekender – Jennie Jago came to New Zealand from London in 2005 with her Kiwi husband Mark. After a long career in investment banking in the UK and then retraining and becoming an Interior Designer in NZ, In 2019 Jennie wanted to try something new.
With a love of entertaining, travelling, discovering new places and interior design, the idea behind the Weekender was to help people live a stylish and inspirational life. Add a love of Christmas, seasonal styling, and gift giving, the new company was born.
Originally the company aimed at helping people to get the most from their weekend with ideas on where to go, and how to entertain, but before that got off the ground, lockdown happened. So, taking inspiration from ideas she had seen in London when visiting home, she developed the Gin Baubles and GinGin Botanicals range. These make great gifts but also help you take your home mocktail and cocktail making skills to the next level with minimum effort.
Stylish gifting is at the forefront of the company with a curated selection of gifts for the discerning buyer., seasonal gifts and decorations.
Next on the list are Food boxes to help you with weekend entertaining, full of delicious ingredients for all you need to entertain in style watch out 2023 you are going to be a glamorous year.
My mission is to provide unique seasonal gifts and decorations to the people of New Zealand. To create more and more items for people to enjoy, relax and entertain with. Weekends should be full of fun, relaxation and time spent with family and friends.
I want to make stylish entertaining easy and joyful, not full of stress. I aim to do this in a way that is kind to the environment by using minimal packaging, or using packaging that can be reused again and again.
The Weekender aims to use minimal packaging - we have had specially made boxes for our products that reduce the need for extra packaging. Where this isn't possible we try to package gifts in a way that is kind to the environment by using minimal packaging, or using packaging that can be reused again and again.