Quirky Christmas Shopping in Christchurch

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Nary a big-box gift insight, we’ve curated a list of alternative shops that will make your Christmas gift-giving one-of-a-kind.

Words by: Ashlyn Oswalt

Hero image by: Andrew Neel 

Photography by: Nancy Zhou

We understand that thinking outside the box is tough to do when December rolls around, so we’ve done the hard part for you. Christchurch is buzzing with plenty of shops that are happy to help you steer clear of boring Secret Santas and trite gifts that have been overdone, so read our alternative guide to Christmas shopping for a hyper-local and unique holiday.

Dead Video

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56 London Street, Lyttelton, Christchurch

Loved by the locals of Lyttelton, Dead Video is contending that video is, in fact, not dead. Dead Video operates on a mostly rental basis (think Blockbuster but better), but also has an impressive collection of rare, cult, B-grade, specialty VHS, DVD and Blu Ray videos all for your viewing pleasure. The movie madness doesn’t stop there, though. Dead Video keeps the nostalgia alive with cinematic memorabilia, vintage comics, toys, curios and collectors cards. If you’ve got a movie buff on your list, this is the place to shop.

Ride On Super Sound

172 High Street, Christchurch

Ride On Super Sound is a jam-packed shop specialising in records, comics, zines, band merch and more. Tucked away on the top floor at Smash Palace, this eclectic place is the perfect spot to find a hard-to-shop-for muso’s favourite present. They also love helping customers find the perfect gift, or searching high and low for a coveted record, so get in touch if you know what you need but can’t find it. With a wide collection of local and international music and hard to find collector’s items, Ride On Super Sound is worth stopping in. 

Interior view of Tāpapa Store.

Tāpapa Store

3/193 Montreal Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

 You’ll find everything you need in the beautifully curated shop, Tāpapa Store. Focused on all things hemp, Tāpapa shows off a refined, elegant side of the polarising plant. Four brands showcase the plant in different forms; The Brothers Green focuses on edible hemp products, Kōaka Skincare creates organic hemp skincare, Ritual & Rise offers a plant-based protein and Original Canvas is a label for hemp clothing. If you’re shopping for someone who appreciates an alternative lifestyle, anything from Tāpapa is sure to fit the bill.


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The Arts Centre, Te Matatiki Toi Ora 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

For the practical, eco-conscious and craftsmanship-valuing person on your Christmas list, look no further than Rekindle at the Arts Centre. A craft workshop for the resourceful, Rekindle is one-part workshop and one-part store, selling the practical, handmade items their creators make. Here you’ll find lovingly-weaved harakeke and tī kōuka baskets, handmade soaps and hand-carved spoons, and workshops to learn how to make them yourself. If you are shopping for someone who values traditional skills or would prefer an experience to a physical gift, Rekindle is the place to go.

Neat Christchurch & Canterbury Places

The Little High Eatery

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Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A collection of eateries housed in an open space building, Little High is more than your typical food cooperative.


Couple enjoying plates of clam pasta, salad and steak alongside a glass of red wine
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Earl is a local for inner-city residents and workers, bringing a breath of European bistro culture to central Christchurch.

The Physics Room

Ivy on wall outside The Physics Room.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Physics Room is well worth a visit.

Mind Your Temper

A close up of colourful chocolates on display at Mind Your Temper Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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If you’re feeling grumpy or a little blue, a visit to Mind Your Temper is sure to lighten your mood.