Christchurch’s go-to place for the coolest, contemporary gifts has re-opened in a handy part of town.
The General Store is downstairs from 33 Lichfield Street Carpark – opposite the Justice Precinct – with the first hour of parking free. With dual entrance, it’s part of the new development on the south side of Cashel Mall.
After 12 years, from its beginning in Sol Square and until recently the Re:START Mall, owner Sonya Henry has created a unique experience in store – you’ll be inspired to browse the stylish range. “We enjoy stocking brands with a story of great design and responsible ethos,” she says.
“You will be proud to give a meaningful gift from The General Store.”
From a little something for a dear friend to a tasteful New Zealand souvenir, your gift will be beautifully wrapped in one of the many gorgeous papers available.
It’s the perfect place to find your Mother’s Day gift. Visit www.thegeneralstore.net.nz.
Win your precious mum a stunning Argyle Pink and White Diamond pendant from Partridge Jewellers, valued at $1,200!
Show much you care by giving her the gift of luxurious relaxation and exquisite pampering. Whisk her away from the pressures of every-day life, and treat her to an experience dedicated to making her feel loved, treasured and truly special.
All Champs-Elysées Luxury Gift Vouchers purchased over $100 before 11th May will go in to the draw to win this beautiful piece of jewellery! The diamond pendant features the letter ‘M’ for Mum so Champs-Elysées Day Spa has created a range of luxurious Mother’s Day gift packages to suit every type of Mum:
For busy mums
Power Pamper Package ($199) – a pampering experience that fits all of her essential body and beauty treatments into 75 minutes! The Power Pamper Package includes a Neck & Shoulder Massage, Hauté Couture Facial, Gel Peptide Mask, Brow Sculpt, Brow Tint, Head & Scalp Massage plus a File & Polish (choose fingers or toes).
For mums with expensive taste
Matis Kaviar Facial ($210) – the ultimate in luxury rejuvenating facials, featuring Activ’ Kaviar Pearls, with caviar extract, rich in proteins to boost, energise and deeply nourish the skin, combined with amino essential acids to revitalise cellular renewal. This glorious 75 minute facial effectively works to plump and firm the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and refined and looking wonderfully luminous. Also included is a luxurious arm exfoliation and massage.
For mums dreaming of a tropical getaway
Tropical Island Bliss ($245) – a 2 hour luxury experience all about beauty and pure relaxation and is designed to deeply nourish and pamper your body from head to toe. Featuring Pure Fiji’s deliciously zesty infusion of Coconut & Lime Blossom, this luxury pamper package includes an Exfoliating Body Polish, a relaxing Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage enhanced with placement of hot stones and a luxurious Tropical Island Bliss Facial.
For mums who love to indulge
Pure Indulgence Luxury Body Spa ($325) – an experience of relaxation, well-being and pure indulgence. This half day of pampering starts with an invigorating full body exfoliation, followed by a body wrap of her choice, (choose from Relax, Slim or Anti-ageing). While she is cocooned in the body wrap, she will be pampered with a luxurious foot scrub & massage or a heavenly head & scalp massage, followed by a glorious full body massage.
For mums who deserve the ultimate in luxury
The Champs-Elysées Diamond Club ($1,990): An exclusive 12-month membership, giving her the perfect excuse to make some precious time for pampering herself every month while enhancing beauty, health and wellbeing. It includes:
• Monthly one-hour Champs-Elysées Diamond Club Facial
• Monthly 30-minute beauty treatment of your choice
• Luxury Spa Party for her and two friends
• 10 percent discount on all additional spa services and retail purchases
• Exclusive invitation to Champs-Elysées Diamond Club events.
To purchase a Champs-Elysées Luxury Gift Voucher, please visit the Merivale Day Spa, order online at www.champs-eysees.co.nz, or phone 03-365 3630 and a beautifully packaged gift voucher will be sent directly to you or your precious mum. Mention Metropol when booking to enter the draw to win a stunning diamond ‘M’ pendant from Partridge Jewellers.
The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss.
Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village scenes. And stylish Italian scarves are of linens, cashmere and modal.
Hand-selected raincoats, by Ilse Jacobsen of Denmark, are practical but feminine investment pieces. Heavier-weight, washable, water-repellent jackets are ultra-warm as are the quilted coats. In contrast, the shell and feather-down jackets are super light. Colours range from mustard, taupe and French pink to inky-hued navy. Shaped to fashionably flatter, the detailing is divine.
Other gifts for mums are beautiful interior books, handmade European jewellery, candles and French soaps in glamorous scents such as cassis and mistral – or why not gift champagne or prosecco gummies in a classic little lolly jar?
The Ivy has evolved since it first opened in 2014 stocking a simple collection of beautiful wares from all around the world.
Over time it has grown, broadening its ranges, a treat each time you walk through the door to see what new stock has arrived, whether ceramics, books, children’s gifts or new home fragrance lines or homewares. There is always something new to visually indulge yourself and find that perfect gift for a friend or oneself.
Recently the Ivy has started stocking more clothing and footwear, with such brands as Funkis and Birdie – beautiful, classic lines of clothing and accessories from Australia with a Scandinavian look – and Elk footwear, elegantly designed with comfort in mind.
Just in for the new season is the Birdie cashmere/wool range of jumpers and ponchos in fabulous original styles. They feature beautiful natural colours all the way through to pinks and blues. Visit The Ivy at 55 Nayland Street, Sumner.
When stepping into La Bella Nails & Lashes in Papanui, the serene oasis is a sensory surprise. Embellished in oak wood and neutral hues, the salon has been operated by Bella Tran and her five professional therapists for eight months.
Using superior natural products, the menu is affordable and divine – from perfectly applied nail polish for $15, to a 75-minute ‘Escape to Heaven’ package for $85. There’s amazing silken eyelash extensions and waxing treatments.
It is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, which melds gel and acrylic qualities in more than 350 powder-coated shades. “It can last up-to three weeks; the Vitamin E and calcium help nails grow beautifully strong,” Bella says.
She suggests bridal groups have their nails done a couple of days before the wedding.
Gift vouchers will make Mother’s Day bliss. Mothers and daughters often recline side by side for pedicures on what Bella likens to beach beds by the pool with adjustable lumbar support. Little princesses can have their nails done and, for men, MAN-icures and sport pedicures.
Bella takes hygiene very seriously, using a medical-grade autoclave sterilisation system. Also avoiding nasty chemicals and using organic where possible is imperative, such as the organic mandarin and mango rich moisture crème and the famed Butter London nail-polish.
“From the bottom of my heart, I can say making my clients truly happy is the most important part of my business.”
Conveniently open from Tuesday-Sunday 12A Main North Road (parking around the back), phone 03-352 9789, or booking online is easy at www.labella.co.nz.
Circling Barrington Gifts a few times is essential to see everything – the quirky, cute, surprising, interesting, unique and useful.
“I buy in what makes people smile and leave a little happier,” says owner Melissa Holland. “Gifts that’ll be talking points at birthday parties!”
She loves watching customers giggle over the locally made cards with witty sayings.
A local, Melissa reads her customers well. Those wanting renditions of loved pets were inspiration for her Infinity Prints, that she also wholesales with husband Matt.
Individualised 20 x 22cm artists’ watercolours are customised with bowties through to roses. Pearls on a boxer? Tiara on a pug? There’s cats in hats and caravans with clouds and more – it’s art at its most playful.
There’s amazing age-specific birthday items for 16 to 100-year-olds and great gifts for guys.
Parents can wheel pushchairs around the wide aisles, and layby and complimentary gift-wrapping is offered. Warning, there’s so much to choose from at Barrington Gifts in Barrington Mall.
In life we’re taught it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And, while we wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment here at Metropol, we don’t discount the fact that sometimes we yearn for both form and function – especially when it comes to the beauty department.
Because, let’s face it, sometimes a gal just wants to treat herself or another special lady in her life and when it comes to gifts we’re all about bringing the pretty back.
So we’ve raided the bathroom cabinets and put together a selection of some of our favourite shapeshifting products that can take the form of gifts or treats.