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Shop local for Christmas: Coco Gifts

Shop local this Christmas at Coco Gifts in St Albans, where you’ll find the perfect present amongst the classical, chic and enchanting collection.



Described as a ‘one-stop shop’ for gifts, whether it’s for a birthday, wedding, or to say thank-you, every occasion is covered. From both classic and contemporary homeware and giftware, jewellery, handbags and accessories, to diffusers, beautiful candles, baby gifts, skincare, and gourmet food items – the extensive range and complimentary gift wrapping makes shopping a stress-free experience. “There really is something for everyone,” says owner Liz van Montfort.

The Christmas candles range includes Fresh Pine by Ecoya, Christmas Lily by Surmanti, and Raspberry and Rhubarb by Circa Home, which smells good enough to eat. There’s also a selection of chic festive decorations for the tree and home to choose from.

The store offers old-fashioned Layby and is located on 63 Rutland Street, where parking is easy. Follow Coco Gifts on Facebook or visit




The great divide

Room dividers have long been the coolest way to divide and conquer.



While they are simply folding screen panels that are used to create separation between zones in the home, there are so many other quirky ways to utilise this transformative homeware and we thought it would be rude not to share them with you.

Dividing curtains are a great way to make a room multipurpose or make your open-plan living a tiny bit less open. If you’re wanting to integrate a sleeping area into a multifunctional space without using solid walls, curtains are an elegant alternative to wall dividers.

If you’re wanting to take the illusion of a solid wall even further, hanging floating artwork is a perfect way to do so. Whether it’s accompanying a curtain or not is up to you. This can be done by attaching a wire from either side of the painting and suspending it from the roof.

While the folding screen panels are mainly used for dividing, they can also double as a makeshift wardrobe and changing area. We’ve seen it on almost every rom-com makeover montage; the characters hanging their clothes over the screen and disappearing behind it. So, why not feel like you’re in your own movie too?

A final inventive way the folding screens can be used around the house is by fastening them to a wall. While this does defeat the purpose of the homeware’s original use – dividing – it does make for a cool wall feature hung above your living room sofa. Why divide, when you can display?




Find the perfect present: Barrington Gifts

With the festive season only two months away, Christmas shoppers are sure to find the perfect present amongst the treasure trove at Barrington Gifts.



Offering a unique mix of locally and globally sourced homeware, gifts, art, jewellery and accessories, new stock has just been added to the extensive selection. From scented soy candles and beautiful scarves to stylish sunglasses and cute photo frames, as well as a variety of eco-friendly options such as reusable straws and honey wraps, there really is something for everyone.

The store also has a unique range of giftware for men, such as the UGEARS models – eye-catching and imaginative self-propelled wooden mechanical model kits that can be assembled without glue – from trains and cars to helicopters and animals. “These models make an extraordinary present, for both adults and children.”

Posting gifts to family and friends overseas now will ensure it gets there in time for Christmas Day. Visit the store at Barrington Mall.




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.




Spectacular finds: Dusty Old Things

There’s plenty to discover at vintage store Dusty Old Things, who have recently settled into a bright new location on Wairakei Road.



The larger venue means they can stock even more spectacular finds from jewellery to tools and everything in between.

Owner Glenis Parker wants to thank all her new and existing customers for their support during the transition, but it’s still business as usual. “We’re selling a vast range of items,” she says. “Vintage jewellery, clothing, linen, pottery, glassware, collectables, and furniture from all eras.

“A dedicated clothing room also includes hats and fascinators which are great for that ‘one-of-a-kind, individual look for any occasion.’”

Top-selling items are the vintage and retro lights (more arriving late September), home and furniture accessories, and realistic artificial flowers that brighten up any room.

With plentiful parking, popping into the shop at 526 Wairakei Road is easy – you never know what purchases you’ll discover to take home.




Shut The Front Door

Wrapping up Christmas: Shut The Front Door

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.

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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.


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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!



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Visit, or phone 03 379 7307.


Serence Spaces

Creating Serene Spaces: Tips to create a home that is both serene and beautiful

The busier our lives get, the more important it is to make your home a place of retreat, somewhere you can recharge at the end of a long day.

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Here are our top tips to create a home that is both serene and beautiful.

Colour me calm:

Little has such a dramatic effect on human emotion as colour. White’s calming capabilities make it a great wall option, with soft but uplifting colours best suited to accessories.

Quality counts:

When it comes to your most well-used items, such as your bed and couch, quality counts. Well-performing furniture will create a comforting space.

Feng Shui following:

If your home isn’t as restorative as it should be, it may be time for the ancient art of arranging our living spaces to come into play.

Great greenery:

Greenery is one of the easiest ways to breathe life into internal spaces – both figuratively and literally, with their ability to clean the air of pollutants and provide fresh air for concealed areas.

Cut the clutter:

Tackling clutter can be overwhelming. Break it down into manageable projects, such as one room at a time.