Get your gift on

Take out the honour of Best Secret Santa, or put your money where your heart is for that someone special.

Cream coloured candles with red ribbon in a bowl.

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink, Shops, Stay & Explore

If you want to wipe the floor at this year’s Secret Santa ceremony or really impress someone you think is very nice indeed, we know just the people making and supplying goods to give the elves a run for their money. What’s more, you’ll avoid the crowded palaver of chain stores and three-storied shopping centres. Hurrah!

The Flock

The Tannery 34/3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Not only is everything here beautiful to look at, touch and smell but each item has been selected for its sustainable backstory – because these days, it’s the ethical thought that counts. The Flock is housed in The Tannery’s premium shopping emporium, with shelves covered top to bottom in fragrances, locally-crafted jewellery, ceramics and various giftware that anyone would want wrapped up with their name on it. For those who know their lucky recipient’s sense of style, the boutique shop offers a well-stocked range of Kowtow’s latest collection of certified organic cotton clothing as well as ethically designed clothing, bags and shoes from ELK.

HAPA - CBD and The Tannery

Shop 19, The BNZ Centre, 111 Cashel Street 3 Garlands Road Woolston

If you’re theming your gift guide around ‘100% Pure New Zealand’ this year (and we recommend you do), then pop HAPA into your Google Maps destination. Visit this independent store at either their BNZ Centre location or nook inside The Tannery and pick from a selection of goods handmade by over 200 local creatives. No matter who’s stocking you’ve been assigned to (given they’ve made the nice list) you’re certain to find something for them within HAPA’s range of Kiwiana homeware, skincare, jewellery, quirky tote bags and enamel pins, framed artworks, books and so much more.

Indigo & Provisions

Level 1/28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Having only opened at The Arts Centre in early November, Indigo and Provisions is putting on an all-new shopping experience for locals. The focus here is on high-quality heritage styles, with the promise of products seeing through a long, happy and very good-looking lifetime. Most of what you’ll discover inside is exclusive to the store and rarely found in other parts of the country, which makes you a very ‘with it’ giver of gifts. Rummage through specialist denim, Japanese stoneware goods, hardy boots from Redwing Heritage, waxed canvas carriers and a bundle of other carefully curated products.

Junk & Disorderly

Cnr Orbell Street &, Disraeli Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Take no notice of the name – there’s zero chance of buying a naff gift that’ll end up in the Boxing Day bin here. Sydenham is fortunate enough to call Junk & Disorderly one of its own. For the person who thinks they have it all, prove them wrong with a truly one-off treasure – vintage or modern – from this destination store. Browse through aisles laden with antique collectables and pre-loved knick knacks – and don’t forget to look up at the ceiling and under tables to find unexpected gems. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for one day, give it 48 hours and new items will have made themselves at home.

The Quaint and the Curious

71 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Perhaps our feline friends would have met a happier end if their curiosity led them to the warm and inviting space of The Quaint and The Curious. This vintage shop specialises in putting forgotten treasures back in the spotlight, giving them a second chance at life. It’s not surprising that their adoption rate is above average, when each hand-picked item is bursting with character and charm. A kitsch and quirky (but irresistibly likeable) ornament will give your Kris Kindle something to chuckle about while rare jewels and old-world furniture will rack up a few brownie points with your near and dear ones.

Mumma T Trading Lounge

86 Carters Road, Amberley
Christchurch & Canterbury

Heading an hour north of town to go gift shopping in Amberley may seem excessive at first, but one step foot inside Mumma T Trading Co and you’ll soon see why no distance would ever deter you from this special place. New, old, antique, retro and vintage wonders find their way into this North Canterbury home, whether it be something to lounge on, pop on your tootsies, sip on through the summer or hang on the wall. With an interesting trinket at every turn, we doubt you’ll return without a gift for yourself in the backseat.