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.
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?
There’s a new catch phrase that has made it into the local lexicon – lifestyle store – and that’s exactly where Ruby Six owner, Jenni Dobbie, believes the beautiful Amberley store sits. “I feel the term ‘lifestyle store’ captures our ethos at Ruby Six,” she says.
The carefully curated product ranges include stylish, quality fashion and accessories, beautiful prints, handcrafted ceramics, stunning jewellery and creative gifts for children. Ruby Six is brimming with items you won’t find elsewhere. “We enjoy showcasing NZ made products and proudly support NZ designers.”
This gem of a shop has fine hand-crafted ceramics by Nelson potter Melanie Drewery, funky clay Mayd earrings handmade in Christchurch, and simply cool accessories by Auckland label S O P H I E, along with many other brands that we already know and love.
Ruby Six offers an experience in its own right, tantalising the senses with beautiful aromas and stunning treasures. “Customers are always excited to discover us out here in Amberley.”
Located at 6 Markham Street Amberley, only 40 minutes north of Christchurch, Ruby Six offers a fun, relaxed shopping experience and has become a destination store for travellers and day trippers.
With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.
Barnett’s West End Pharmacy is more than just a chemist. Professional pharmacy staff can help meet your needs, whether that is filling scripts, giving advice or helping with gift ideas.
“We’re an established pharmacy with so much more, including giftware, cosmetics, skincare products and everything you’d hope from a contemporary chemist,” Retail Manager Jane says.
There’s a wide range of clutches, wallets, handbags, scarves and ponchos. “With stock arriving throughout winter, you are bound to find your new favourite.”
Opposite the Bridge of Remembrance, the location couldn’t be handier for workers and visitors to the central city.
A Facebook page reminds followers of the season and what to expect, including tips and advice from one of the team. Ear piercing and passport photos are available in store with no booking required. This winter it will also be offering onsite and offsite flu vaccinations from one of the trained pharmacists.
Located at Unit B/93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central, visit www.facebook.com/barnettswestend.
Circle the date on your calendar; flag it in your diary – 14 April is the date To Be Continued in Bryndwr Road marks its first year of business. “We want to thank our customers and the local community who have embraced our store,” say Amanda and Martin Stirling-Exon, the owners of this classy pre-loved, vintage and new clothing shop.
“Building great relationships with our customers and providing the very best customer service we can is at the heart of our approach to retail.”
There will be nibbles and drinks from 10am to 6pm and some special deals, because it’s little wonder customers from all over the city and as far afield as Ashburton have embraced the store, with its reputation spreading rapidly. This is a store that belies its unassuming suburban location with an elegant layout and the quality of the clothing. “We offer really lovely clothing that has been well-looked after, if even worn at all – clothing that deserves its life ‘to be continued’.”
More often than not the clothes here are beautifully cut designer pieces at a fraction of the cost. Amanda is very strict about the as-new quality of the pre-loved clothing and the cleanliness of everything in store, where pre-loved items for women and men line the racks alongside the new.
Besides clothing, the store stocks distinctive and often quirky gift items. “We love to have a bit of fun and our customers appreciate that too.”
Open seven days at 48a Bryndwr Road – until 5.30pm on weekdays and from 10am to 4pm on weekends.
Reflecting our unique Kiwi culture and heritage, the extensive range at Simply NZ represents everything that is Aotearoa.
The New Zealand-owned and operated gift stores are located in the heart of the city at the BNZ Centre and Christchurch Airport. Everything is Kiwi-themed and New Zealand-made where possible – from soft toys, bags and pottery, to skincare, food products, knitwear and slippers.
A special autumn promotion is currently underway for April and May – customers who spend $60 at either Simply NZ store will get a free tote bag. “This is a small way of saying thank you to our valued customers and visitors to our beautiful city, who choose to shop with us for iconic New Zealand gifts,” says store manager Wendy Andrews.
Visit www.simplynewzealand.com to shop online.
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.
Deliciously warm autumn colours at Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities are a reflection of Oxford’s misty mornings, harvest time, vast open landscapes and woodland walks. The hues of heather, moss, lichen, copper, cranberry, blackberry and indigo all feature strongly amongst the natural fibres.
Marmalade is well known for catering to lovers of Tencel, modal, bamboo and viscose. “This season the classic velvet coats and organic cotton dresses from Fairtrade favourite Nomads Clothing are back – and cosy knitwear and New Zealand merino will keep you warm and toasty!” says owner Jessica Fearnley-Campbell.
“As well as stocking the famous breathable bamboo socks from UK Fairtrade brand ‘Thought’, we now carry its full range of lounge wear – perfect for relaxing, yoga or the busy mum. This collection means you never have to compromise style over comfort again!”
Marmalade also continues to extend its range of Fairtrade and sustainable accessories and giftware to complement the gorgeous clothing. New this autumn are packs of reusable metal straws from CaliWoods NZ, and felted Easter decorations from Namaste – which supports child rescue in Nepal. Meanwhile magical Fairtrade fairies, pirates, unicorns and mermaids are this month’s latest edition to arrive from UK company ‘Believe You Can’.
Oxford’s annual A&P Show on 31 March is the perfect opportunity to make the cruisy 40-minute drive to this enchanting North Canterbury town this Easter. Perhaps try out the new authentic curry house, or pop into the retro 50’s diner – but definitely include a visit to Jessica’s beautiful, inspiring boutique.
Marmalade Clothing and Curiosities, 49A Main Street, Oxford or visit www.marmaladeclothing.co.nz.