The name says it all. Simply New Zealand is simply that – a 100 percent Kiwi-owned, nationwide retailer of the largest selection of New Zealand giftware.
With stores at the BNZ Shopping Centre, the Canterbury Museum and two at Christchurch Airport, tourists and locals are well provided for. Browse the genuine, homegrown merchandise, such as West Coast rimu and kauri woodware; Nelson’s McGlashen Pottery; knitware from Christchurch brand Snowy Peak; precious pounamu from Ngāi Tahu, and paua jewellery from Blenheim, to name but a few.
Christmas decorations from Wellington’s Abstract can be bought all year round and kiwiana fridge magnets, wrapped in New Zealand themed wrapping paper, make the perfect present for mailing overseas. Delicious gourmet cookies, sweets, chocolates, jams and honey make for yummy gifts, and for post-Christmas bliss, pamper yourself with Wild Fern bath’n’body goodies.
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It’s the last day of the working year, the office closed at lunchtime and Phillippa was due in town for a Christmas party at 4pm. But first, she needed gifts!
Finally leaving her desk at 2:30pm, she still had to do the shopping, change into her party clothes, and be back in town in 90 minutes. Thankfully, she knew exactly where to head. Her first stop was Coco Gifts, located right in the heart of St Albans, just a few blocks from Merivale Mall.
Finding a park outside was easy and, while the shop was busy when she arrived, friendly staff were on hand to help with gift selection. There was something for everyone, including popular brands, like French Country, Citta Design, Beau Accessories, Four Corners, Helga May, Babu, and Moana Road.
Exploring the beautiful range around her, Phillippa was soon ticking items off her shopping list:
• Secret Santa – tick
• Gift for the woman who has everything – tick
• Gift for a candle lover – tick
• Gift for a male – tick
• Gifts for little people – tick
• Gift for a jewellery lover – tick!
Next thing, the staff were busy wrapping the gifts and, as she went to pay, a bonus $20 loyalty voucher prints out from the Coco Gifts VIP club. Tomorrow, she can come back and treat herself. At 4:05pm, Phillippa arrives at the Christmas party with the best gifts for all her favourite people and, most importantly, the experience was a breeze.
To make your Christmas shopping simple this year, pop into Coco Gifts at 63 Rutland Street, or visit
If you’re just a bit over the congested crowds of Christmas shoppers and hellish parking, and you’re desperate for time out, then hop in your car and tootle to the Cust Hotel, 1709 Cust Road; here you will make a startling discovery – Christmas shopping can actually be a relaxing, rewarding experience!
After you’ve enjoyed a slap-up pub lunch, wander through to the original dining room and delight in the quality retro, vintage and antique wares at Done and Dusted. Owners Jay and Barbara will give you a warm welcome while you browse at leisure. Marvel at the World War II Bombardier compass, a rare military piece for that special person. For dining/kitchen gifts, you can’t beat Kiwiana classic and collectable Crown Lynn, or maybe some fine Royal Doulton or exquisite crystal ware for the lovely ladies in your life?
Admire the antique brassware and beautifully bound books; imagine those wrapped in some gorgeous vintage linen and presented as a gift. Unsurpassable! There’s furniture – from Retro to Rococo – to feast the eye, and cabinets and pottery that are definitely worth an inspection.
Don’t forget to check out the barn (circa 1864) that’s part of Done and Dusted. Here you will find gorgeous garden bric-a-brac, stuff for the Man Cave… and maybe even something for the She Shed! As you head back to Christchurch with your car full of presents, try not to look so smug!
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4:30pm. Find it on Facebook or visit Done and Dusted at the Cust Hotel, phone 021 025 14694.
If you’re into conscious consuming – and aren’t we all – you’ll feel right at home browsing The General Store’s Christmas collection.
Wondered where those plastic bags go, the ones we’re all trying to reduce the usage of? We found Blue Q which is right on point, repurposing plastic to make groovy shopper bags that are tough; one percent of sales go to support environmental initiatives around the globe.
We also spied bamboo plates, handmade soaps – good for planet and body – candles, eco cups and reusable lunch boxes.
And then there’s the cheeky, fun stocking fillers that this store is known for! Good to know click and collect is available on the website for convenient browsing.
There is also the new Afterpay payment option. Download the app and then it’s so easy to pay by four instalments, available at checkout in-store and online.
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Christmas shopping is a sensory delight at token, a glimmering gem of a store located at Avonhead Mall. It’s a gift-giving heaven for all your favourite people, and something delightful for yourself of course!
A pretty range of Scandi inspired decorations sets the mood, with fanciful unicorns, touches of feathers, and a hint of pink bringing individual flair to decorating themes. Ecoya add their cult Christmas candle in Pine, together with Clove, Spice, Ginger and Lime to their delicious line-up.
Spend a bit or spend a bundle – there are beautiful gifts for all budgets. Jewellery pieces feature tortoiseshell, bright boho inspiration, soft pinks, and silver, Theseeke and Ashley and Co beckon beauty product lovers, while butter-soft wallets and purses from Status Anxiety whisper luxury. Cute gifts for children join gorgeous homewares, and who wouldn’t love to find merlot and riesling flavoured winegums from The Real Wine Gum in their Christmas stocking?
When it comes to finding that unique, endearingly Kiwi Christmas gift for loved ones, whether they’re at home or abroad, a visit to The Fox’s Lair, corner Merivale Lane and Papanui Road (behind Café Metro) is a must because there’s something for everyone.
Consider a pen hewn from natural New Zealand wood for posting overseas, while a Julian Hindson photographic artwork, or an historical Sarah Greig bird print is the perfect ‘Welcome Home’ gift. Your potty-about-pottery people will cherish any ceramic piece from artists such as Liz Campbell, Gary Brooks, or Nelson based Device Ceramics, to name a few.
There’s adorable babywear from Lynne Douglas and Kylie Gordon and sweetly scented soaps, such as Back Road’s divine Vintage Rose. Discerning chocolate lovers will love their gift of delicious Bennetto chocolate – totally organic, vegan and fair-trade. Browse the gorgeous outdoor ware from Splashy Ceramics; the colourful native birds, like our beloved pukeko, are hard to resist! Saving the best person till last… that exquisite recycled NZ sixpence locket from Rainey Design – that’s for you, because you deserve it!
Marie Henry and Selma Rainey of The Fox’s Lair are determined to support local and national artisans. “We’re proud to showcase small craft businesses and emerging artists. We want to show that beautiful gifts can be inexpensive, original and of the highest quality, but most importantly, we want to encourage and support artisans throughout New Zealand.”
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A visit to French Blue in Normans Road feels like a little sojourn through some of the loveliest spots of Europe. Here is a gift boutique where rarity and quality are paramount to owner Catherine Matthews.
With Christmas but days away, French Blue offers the opportunity to gift loved ones with something that is distinctive, exceptional and beyond compare. If handmade, handstitched, delicate creations are something you value, then some darling Christmas angels, made by Angela Gordon, will be delightful additions to your Christmas theme at home, as would be any of the exquisite Christmas decorations on display. With jewellery from Mexico, Israel, France, Spain and Italy, there is a gorgeous array of bijoux ranging from necklaces and pendants through to bangles, bracelets, earrings and rings.
The Italian leatherware (wallets, card holders, notebooks, etc) is heaven to stroke, and the colours are muted, gentle, yet so very sophisticated. Women will adore the selection of linen, cashmere and silk scarves from Italy and Amsterdam, and French Market Baskets from Morocco will add that splash of dash. Dress your dining-room with the finest linen, place Swedish candlesticks as your centrepiece and finish with some Polish, English or Spanish tableware.
Should you be the designated person preparing Christmas dinner, treat yourself to a set of handmade kitchen knives by Peter Lorimer and work will seem a pleasure. Once your guests have left, luxuriate in a bath with French or Italian soaps, and light your scented candle from Cornwall. Bliss.
Christmas shopping lists are easily ticked off at The Gift Box in Lincoln.
From homeware and décor items, jewellery and stocking stuffers, to innovative toys and games for the kids, the store’s extensive range of unique gift ideas caters to all ages. “Some of our exciting new stock includes light-up cushions and light-up prints on canvases,” says owner, Helen Meechin. “It’s something different and they create a lovely atmosphere. We also have garden spinners and sculptures with lights to illuminate your outdoor area, and lots of fun ideas for Secret Santa presents.”
Helen’s other favourite gift ideas include beautiful MOR hand lotion, the ever-popular salt lamps and Hurricane lamps, delightful animal doorstops and planters made of resin, as well as Route 66 memorabilia. The Gift Box is open seven days a week up until Christmas and the family business has a sister shop in Halswell, Be Inspired, run by Helen’s daughter, Charlie.
While Father Christmas is putting the reindeer through their paces in preparation for the big journey, we mere mortals are pounding the pavements in the search of gifts, decorations, cards, and wrapping paper.
At Shut The Front Door, 268 High Street, your search is over and everything and everybody is covered – parents, grandparents, extended whānau and friends, even that difficult to buy for person, bottom of your list. If your Christmas is beachside, check out the store’s Sunnylife range; from awesome inflatables through to super-snazzy beach-bags and towels, you’ll be geared up for summer.
For those seeking eco-environmental gifts, be inspired by plastic-free products, such as shopping bags, straws, re-usable coffee cups and drink bottles; and for those who love a project, there’s even a make-your-own natural cleaning kit! Speaking of DIY, children will adore creating words with the make-your-own neon light signs and, once happily exhausted from that activity, they can curl up with a book while cuddling their favourite Lily & George soft toy.
When it comes to the man in your life, the mission’s no longer impossible; browse the cool, not-your-average socks, and giggle at the novelty gifts, such as the shower beer-can holder, the credit card with inbuilt tools, or funniest of all, the Donald Trump Fake News game.
Shoppers on a budget have oodles to choose from with the under $25 range, which covers absolutely everybody… including that difficult person, bottom of your list!
Visit shutthefrontdoor.co.nz, or phone 03 379 7307.
The Flock’s new layout at The Tannery reflects its purpose for selling ethical and sustainable items. With mainly Kiwi tunes playing in the background, it’s befitting for browsing among the locally made fashionwear and gifts.
Owner Melody Leveridge only sells exquisite clothing made of natural fibres. It’s where she draws the line – no synthetics. The Labels – Elk, Kowtow and From – all have the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approval. Elk’s high-quality 100 percent cashmere jerseys also include short-sleeve tops beautiful for layering, and twist-knit merino. Elk boots come in green-blue, tan, burgundy, black and patent leather. Kowtow also designs in organic-cotton, while the From collection features soft, fine-detailed merino.
Not forgetting the men, the Stanley extensive range of flasks keeps food and drink piping hot for up to 32 hours. There’s also superb handbags and wallets, natural skincare and Songbird cards hand-drawn in Diamond Harbour. The Flock has a story and a reason behind everything.