As the year comes to an end we face the challenge of choosing gifts for those closest to us, and those we wish to thank.
Like all gestures of kindness, a gift can come in all shapes and sizes, and does not need to be expensive, or material. A handmade card, or note. Some baking or flowers from the garden. It’s the thought that counts.
We feel that when in doubt, we go by the following:
1) Something local
2) Something useful
This way you know that you are supporting local makers and artists, and whatever you give will have a purpose and not go to waste.
Here are 5 gifts we love...
ECOFELT GROW BAG - FROM HAPA
These beautiful grow bags are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Designer Jo Luping's work reflects the natural environment that we live in, drawing Inspiration from the land and sea. She is based in Wellington NZ.
LYTTLETON LIGHTS - PINE FOREST
One can simply never have enough candles. This stunning Pine fragrance fills the room with Christmas.
Based in Christchurch New Zealand, Lyttelton Lights' vision is to create timeless luxurious goods, capturing authentic fragrances with the finest ingredients and sustainability at its core.
THE GREAT NZ WRAPPING PAPER BOOK - IN BLOOM
No matter who you need to buy for, we think our Wrapping Paper books are a useful piece of great design that make a fantastic gift. With 10 NZ artists featured in one very convenient A4 size book, we think it's too hard to say no to!
Our In Bloom edition is by local artist Stacey Weaver.
HOT POT STAND
By blacksmith Les Schenkel, this hand forged trivet is designed to accommodate large pots and pans during shared meals.
Available from the ethereal (but practical) Frances Nation in Christchurch.
FORTUNE TELLER - FROM PEPA STATIONERY
This whimsical piece of art is simply stunning. Beautifully designed and wonderfully inspired - this is a small but very special gift.
Hydrangea Ranger is a collection designed and hand made with love in New Zealand by Isabella Pachte.