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.
If you find yourself at the picturesque locale of Hanmer Springs this summer, a visit to contemporary art space Majuba Gallery, 5 Conical Hill Road, should be top of your list.
Currently their featured artist is South Westland born and raised Kelvin McMillan, whose simple architectural subjects – be it a derelict shed, a rural railway siding or group of mailboxes – captures the stark magnificence of our New Zealand landscape with skilful accuracy. Kelvin has exhibited widely throughout the South Island and was recently invited to join Landscape Artists International – a first for a New Zealand artist.
For lovers of exquisite bijoux, browse the gallery’s Dyrberg/Kern collection. From bold and edgy through to whimsical, boho-chic, there will be something in this signature Danish jewellery range of stainless steel, sterling silver, gold plating, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals that has your name on it. Don’t leave town without it!
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.
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?
Paramount to Melody Leveridge, owner of The Flock (shop 7, The Tannery) is that her organic, primarily New Zealand made merchandise has origins of traceability, sustainability, purity and fair-trade certification.
“Ethics is our core philosophy, but we pride ourselves on our service, which includes premium giftware, laybys and exchanges.”
With labels like Elk, Kowtow, Status Anxiety, From, Anoint, and Ingrid Starnes, customers know that here is clothing, jewellery, leatherware and homeware that are truly investment pieces.
Melody cites ceramic artist Tatyanna Meharry (whose grandmother was NZ artist and potter Doris Lusk) as an example. “Tatyanna and her sister have twice won the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Supreme award. We’re thrilled to have Tatyanna’s works here!” For your favourite man there’s a superb selection of Stanley flasks and Opinel knives; add in a tub of Triumph and Disaster shaving cream for his Christmas stocking and he’ll be stoked.
It seems the latest in trends to hit the home will have you heading back to the school yard. Yes, lockers are hitting the mainstream, with colours and styles to suit a range of homes and decors.
These playground staples are being transformed into bedside cabinets, laundry storage and a clever space for keeping children’s books and toys. They can easily be placed in bedrooms or play areas to add a pop of colour or play homage to bygone school days. Lockers can also provide an alternative to finding a practical and stylish storage solution when you may need to hide things away. The Mustard range of lockers as pictured can be found at Shut the Front Door, in the city’s CBD in a range of colours and styles.
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!
The four walls of our home have long provided a place of residence for artwork and accents, a fact that sees them dressed to impress.
Now it seems things are looking up, both figuratively and literally, with the concept of the ‘fifth wall’ now hitting consumer consciousness.
This isn’t intended as some obscure play on words. The ‘fifth wall’ is in fact, your ceiling and it’s a space which is increasingly being utilised to get our creative juices flowing. So why not aim high and get clever – either through paint, wallpaper or even a mural?
A little bit bold and a little bit in your face, decorating this space isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you are craving the ‘wow’ factor in your home, then this might just be the ticket. After all, the sky really is the limit.
Terrazzo may have finally knocked marble off its perennial popularity perch, as the forgotten flooring of the 1970s has returned to brighten up ceilings, entryways and everything in between.
But we’re taking a rather soft approach to this composite material that was created in Italy more than 500 years ago, with bedspreads, throws, drapes and other soft furnishings taking on this magical mosaic. It’s not hard to see why this speckled print is making us go dotty. A life member of the practicality party, its durability and wide range of colour and pattern options make it a great choice to freshen up any space.
Add a contemporary edge by incorporating this graphic print in earthy and pastel shades – preferably blue and pink. So why not get creative and start decorating your abode with this colourful confetti-like creation.
Situated in an old red brick mill building in Waikuku, Twine Antiques and Collectables has one of Canterbury’s finest selections of antique collectables and rarities.
For owner Sandy Williams, Twine Antiques is a labour of love. “My love of antiques was something I always had. When I moved back to New Zealand from Australia, the old twine mill in Waikuku inspired the name and has been the location for twine antiques for the last seven years,” Sandy says.
Whether you are after rare china, pottery, glass, metal ware, bottles, tools, vintage linen, kitchenware, jewellery, furniture, or even the odd LP or record, Sandy and Twine have it all. “My philosophy has always been, why buy new when you can buy something second hand that has so much character and with so much waste in the world. It’s great that I can do my bit by providing people with an option to buy quality second hand goods at a reasonable price,” Sandy says.
Call Sandy on 03 312 2152 or visit them at 1473 Main North Road, Waikuku.