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Gifts & homewares: Ruralco

The traditional wedding gift to help set up a home is well and truly a custom of the past. However, high-end special pieces still have their place as gifts for newlyweds.



The Ruralco stores in Ashburton, Methven & Rakaia offer a beautiful range of gift and homeware products, like the ever-popular Scanpan saucepan set, knives and blocks, wooden photo albums, Mt Somers Station woollen blankets, large wooden serving boards and a range of Ladelle platters and serveware. The Ruralco Gift and Homeware team are experienced and knowledgeable about the extensive giftware range and are on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift for any occasion.

As well as gift wrapping, Ruralco offers a wedding gift registry service, with the incentive of a further 10 percent back as a gift voucher to the couple from the Ruralco store.

For more information on Ruralco’s giftware, engagement and wedding presents or gift registry, come instore and have a chat or check out the range online at




Treasure trove of beauty: Dalethorpe House

Dalethorpe House is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a short drive to the country. Located in Darfield’s oldest historic building, Dalethorpe House, formerly known as Darfield Gift Gallery, is a treasure trove of quality clothing, homeware and gifts.




For those who never forsake quality over quantity, Dalethorpe House is sure to please. The friendly atmosphere will result in you spending considerable time browsing through their fine wares and exclusive clothing lines. Regardless of your tastes, there is something here for you.

Also, for those feeling a bit peckish, the wholefood café situated on the ground floor will satisfy all your culinary cravings.

If you haven’t experienced Dalethorpe House yet, you need to.




Hanmer’s shopping event: Hanmer Springs Fete

Hanmer Springs Fête is set to be North Canterbury’s newest and finest shopping event, so start planning your girl’s trip now!



Enjoy the stunning historic Queen Mary Hospital grounds as you peruse more than 130 carefully curated stalls from across New Zealand.

Get your Christmas shopping sorted with this incredible range of creators offering everything from homewares, plants and gifts to clothing for you and your little people. Then take a break from all that retail therapy and head to the Queen Mary Gin Lawn for some fabulous food, gin cocktails and the sweet beats of Christchurch’s own iconic Topia Duo!

Use this as the perfect excuse to take a day trip or even better, a weekend getaway to Hanmer Springs. This awesome little resort town has plenty to offer to take you right through the weekend – kick it off with this fabulous day of shopping, food and indulgence!

Head to for tickets and event information.




Carefully curated collection

The clothing, gifts and homewares at Dalethorpe House are contemporary yet enduring, with a focus on integrity and craftsmanship. “We wish to enrich the lives of our customers, choosing quality over quantity,” says new owner Rachel Ferguson, who took over Darfield Gift Gallery last month.



Located in rural Canterbury, the store is situated in one of the oldest historic buildings in Darfield. The beautiful white weatherboard exterior with original interiors of kauri tongue and groove floors, walls and ceilings invokes a sense of history and timeless style.

Originally the town’s General Store built in 1914, it now encompasses a wholefood café on the ground floor and Dalethorpe House on level one, filled with a beautiful selection of carefully curated items.

At the heart of Dalethorpe House is the Ferguson family and their long history at ‘Dalethorpe’ – one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations. “At our core is an understanding of a life lived well and a pride in our product.”



Basket Case

Basket Case

Where would we be without baskets? Used since ancient times to carry water, store household items and keep food dry, not much has changed as we continue to see the intrinsic value of baskets in our day to day lives.


Basket Case

As we increasingly seek alternatives to plastic, baskets boast that eco-luxury appeal and savvy shoppers are opting for a more natural alternative like these to highlight their homes.

Basketry is truly an art form that utilises grasses, pine straw, stems and even animal hair to design beautifully intricate creations that are used all over the world.

Nothing says organisation like a tidy row of matching shelf-bound baskets for storage. Mixing sets of muted toned baskets of varying shapes and sizes is ideal for easy decor.

Keep it simple for the kids by purchasing all the same baskets in bold colours so that everyone can keep their own belongings nice and tidy.



Darfield Gift Gallery

Gorgeous Giftware: Darfield Gift Gallery

Experience and wander through the oldest historic building in Darfield. Upstairs at the Darfield Gift Gallery, you will discover a treasure trove of beautiful items such as the Ashley and Co. range, Ecoya candles and diffusers, Citta candles, travel bags and linen, Stella & Gemma and Stilen jewellery. Winter clothing, shoes and scarf ranges are also arriving this month.



Darfield Gift Gallery

There are a variety of objects to beautify your home, including favourites like French Country and C.C. Interiors homewares, frames lamps, cushions, Klippan rugs, mirrors and a diverse range of easy gift ideas with free gift wrapping.

All your Cup and Show Week and Christmas fashion needs are here, with popular clothing brands like EB & IVE, Betty Basics, Archer House, Lordship Linens, Louenhide handbags and Rollie Shoes.

Open seven days 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, find them on Facebook. Located above the Fat Beagle Café, you can have a coffee and a bite before venturing upstairs.



Simply New Zealand

All About Aotearoa: Simply New Zealand

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.


Simply New Zealand


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.

Don’t be a stranger. Support New Zealand made.



Coco Gifts

One-Stop Christmas Shop: Coco Gifts

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!


Coco 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


Cust Hotel

Have yourself a very clever Christmas! Done and Dusted

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!


Cust Hotel


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.


The General Store

Eco Christmas: The General Store

If you’re into conscious consuming – and aren’t we all – you’ll feel right at home browsing The General Store’s Christmas collection.


The General Store


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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