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.
A perfectly formed art space with a multi award-winning framing service, Windsor Gallery is a century-long Christchurch icon, echoing its creative vibrancy.
Formerly on High Street, the gallery and framing workshop now resides at 386 St Asaph Street, east of Fitzgerald Ave, with easy off-street parking.
Owners since 2009, Philip and Tracey Wynands offer every custom-made framing solution under the sun – from affordable and simple through to exquisite ornate gilded framing with protective museum-quality glass.
Windsor Gallery is sumptuously aesthetic, showcasing around 15 South Island artists with a diversity to appeal to all fancies, including the thought-provoking Rhonye Mcllroy, renowned photographer Andris Apse, Philip Beadle and Sue Syme. Wilhelmus Ruifrok, a framer at the gallery’s workshop, displays his own enigmatically intricate work. Artists’ prints and sculpture are also on offer.
To meet and mingle with artists at bi-monthly exhibitions, join up on www.windsorgallery.co.nz for notifications of exclusive events – or pop in to enjoy a browse and chat.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been touted as ‘the new millennial pink’. We’re not sure if it’s going to be able to knock this ruling hue right off its perch, but lavender is certainly not shy about what it has to offer our abodes this season.
It may not have been in the running to steal the Pantone Colour of the Year crown of glory, but a quick meander around the digital atmosphere tells us that lavender is having more than just a moment – it’s winning affections for its serene and versatile nature.
Every variation looks crisp and compelling with white, and brighter lavender is a match made in heaven when paired with lime green and orange. If you opt for a softer shade, then beige, magenta and yellows will make a striking partner.