Supporting local makers and designers this Christmas has never been so easy
Supporting local makers and NZ businesses should always be on our minds, but never more so than this year. In the spirit of supporting small, we have curated a list of local NZ owned and operated businesses comprising talented artisans, makers and designers to help you find those special gifts for friends and loved ones.
If you are in need of some fresh ideas then check out these online stores;
www.thevaultnz.com for a selection of socks, key rings, blunt umbrellas, playing cards and more! Their website is a fabulous curation of NZ made products.
www.creativeandbrave.co.nz - Formerly known as the Texan Art School, Creative and Brave offers a range of gorgeous arts and photography, jewellery and wearable art, ceramics and pottery, homewares and more. They also have a number of stores across Auckland including Botany and Sylvia Park.
Soy candles are a simple yet appreciated gift and there are so many unique and exciting scents now available. Kasbah makes gorgeous luxury candles and have a boutique store and online store www.kasbahdesign.co.nz. If you live on the Pohutukawa Coast, check out our local candle maker Wick Wax (Melissa makes a fabulous Gin & Tonic candle!)
If you are after a decadent treat for a pre Christmas event, then look no further than Deputy Donuts. One of the tastiest, decadent donuts we have ever had, they will not disappoint! Make sure you leave enough room for them, they are not for the faint hearted.
We love New Zealand photography and would like to shine the spotlight on Beachlands local Claude Therond, who has a beautiful selection of NZ coastlines and landscapes.
If you are looking for designer clothes for kids, then check out NZ brands including Band of Boys, Radicool, Buck and Baa and Burrow and Be for the little ones – they are all amazing NZ owned, home grown designer brands for children.
Bo + Bala (pronounced bow-and-bala) means to Live Young. This is a locally owned business, specialising in children’s fine jewellery, made from the highest quality 925 sterling silver. Bo + Bala offers a range of earrings, bracelets and necklaces for babies through to tweens. Use code VIP20 at checkout to get a 20% discount.
Looking for a special gift card or print? Based on the Pohutukawa Coast, Andrea offers a range of bespoke designs including quality prints, cards, invitations and wooden art prints. Order directly from www.papered.co.nz and www.belongings.co.nz
If you want to send a gift basket to friends or family, make sure you check out We love local. They have gift boxes made up of NZ products supporting 25+ Kiwi entrepreneurs and making more sustainable consumption choices.
Aleph is a fabulous vegan friendly makeup brand taking the country by storm. Founded by Beachland’s based makeup artist Emma Peters, she offers a simple yet sophisticated range of planet and animal friendly makeup that is actually good for the skin. We recommend starting with a cheek/lip tint or gift a voucher so she can choose her own – she won’t be disappointed.
If your teenager or tween is having issues with problem skin, then newcomer Forge Skincare could be the answer you’re looking for. Handmade in NZ in small batches, using natural ingredients including manuka, Forge was recently founded by two mums with teens. Their unique products are definitely worth checking out!
If you have a honey on toast fan in the family, this year spoil them with a jar of small batch manuka honey, from Kai Ora Honey. Kai Ora is a Māori owned business operating in the Far North producing some of New Zealand’s highest Active Mānuka Honey.
For the men in your life, check out Bohemian Beard for a great range of beard oil, beard balm and beard grooming kits. Mr Vintage offers a great range of t-shirts celebrating iconic NZ moments, brands and personalities.
This is just a small range of gift ideas from local and NZ makers and designers, the list is endless so jump online and check out the amazing NZ made and designed products before you buy!