Christmas is coming, quickly. It's only a month away now.
It has been my mission this year to buy presents made in NZ to support local businesses. I have attended various markets & picked up locally made goodies & shopped online from the comfort of my own home.
I have put a gift guide together of some great local producers if you too are interested in supporting local businesses & buying NZ made. For overseas readers, some of these companies ship internationally, so you can check them out too.
1. PEG | MINIMALIST GEO-CHRISTMAS TREE
(Photo Credit: PEG Creative)
Not into the traditional Christmas tree? This Minimalist Geo-Christmas tree is made out of bamboo & comes flat packed. Standing at 28cm tall when assembled, this tree is perfect for adding a festive touch to any space.
I can't see styling the table on Christmas day without this as a centerpiece - I might have to get one for myself & one for each friend who hosts a Christmas party.
PEG offer a range of services including custom laser cutting & engraving, design services & other awesome creative products. Make sure you have a look around their website for more information & gift ideas (I also love the Custom Etched Bamboo Wall Hanging, such a great idea if you have kids!) www.pegcreative.com
Price: $32.00 + $6.50 NZ Shipping (see site for international shipping)
2. CAMILLE CO. | 200G SOAPS
(Photo Credit: Blackcurrant & Vanilla Soap by Cheyney McDonnell)
Camille Co. 200g soaps make the perfect stocking filler. There are four beautiful fragrances to choose from: Blackcurrant & Vanilla, Cape Gooseberry & Musk, Ginger & Wild Honeysuckle & Warm Amber & Peach.
With warm notes of cinnamon, nutmeg & clove the Ginger & Wild Honeysuckle fragrance smells like Christmas. Put a soap in your bathroom this Christmas to release a festive aroma. If you're buying for someone with super sensitive skin, the Cape Gooseberry & Musk or Blackcurrant & Vanilla soap is best (hypoallergenic).
Soaps are great to use in drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Take a look around the Camille Co. site to see the full range of candles & soaps (www.camilleco.nz) . Made with love right here in NZ.
Price: $19.60 + $8.00 flat rate NZ Shipping (Shipping is free if you spend over $150)
3. BELLE + BEAU | CHLOE LONG SLEEVE TEE
(Photo credit: Belle + Beau)
Belle + Beau is a New Zealand made sustainable clothing brand based in Auckland. Their core values are based on social & environmental sustainability.
Made with lightweight jersey from certified organic cotton. This machine washable Chloe tee is PERFECT for summer evenings.
I own two Belle + Beau dresses & they have become staples in my wardrobe. They are over 2 & 3 years old & haven't aged even with frequent wearing & washing. Definitely a great example of quality over quantity. Plenty of great gifts over on their online store for any woman who loves fashion that doesn't come at the expense of our planet.
Price: $139.00 + FREE Shipping
4. KP DESIGNS | GREETING CARDS
(Photo Credit: Keren Persson | K P Designs)
I recently received my cards from KP Designs in the mail. I can not WAIT to give these to their deserving recipients.
Keren (the owner of KP Designs) is deightful to deal with & the cards I ordered arrived very quickly & in mint condition. The package arrived tied in Christmas string with a business card & sealed with chevron washi tape. I love this kind of detail - It was like opening my very own Christmas prezzy.
Beautiful typography printed on brown card makes these great to give to your friends who appreciate great design. If you want to purchase a set of these cards head over to the KP Design Facebook Page & flick Keren a message :)
Price: $27.00 + $8.50 NZ Shipping
Total: $35.50 (that's only $3.55 per card)
5. MEKKA | CONICAL GLASS
(Photo credit: MEKKA)
My Dad is impossible to buy for - though any sort of beer paraphernalia seems to go down a treat. The Conical Glass by MEKKA is perfect for someone like my Dad. I recommend stocking up on Conical Glasses for your friends & family who enjoy a tipple.
"This conical shaped glass is great for all types of drinking. It offers a simplified and refined sense of design, and when topped with beer, beautifully resembles a snow capped mountain." (www.mekka.co.nz). Having had a white Christmas in Canada two years ago, my excitement for the festive season is further tickled at the mention of a snow capped mountain.
MEKKA work from their workshop in Hawke's Bay to produce their products & occasionally collaborate with local artists & designers to bring you the most beautiful kitchen & table ware.
I have already bought from MEKKA for Christmas this year & my purchase arrived quickly & in excellent condition. It even came wrapped all ready to be put under the Christmas tree. Love it! MEKKA take eating & drinking very seriously & if you (or someone you need to buy for) do too, you should definitely check out their online store ASAP.
Price: $30.00 + FREE Shipping
6. FUEL ART SHOP | A3 PRINTS
(Photo of 4 different A3 prints by Fuel Media Art Shop)
These prints are a great gift for the person who has everything - We all know at least one of them. Particularly good for those whose walls are looking a little bare.
Each print is A3 (297 x 420 mm) & comes unframed. These prints look great in big white spaces with pops of green (think potted plants) - Great for a home, office or bach.
Fuel Media also offer custom designed prints as well as brand development, web design & graphic design services (www.fuelmedia.co.nz). Tim (the brains behind the brand) is reliable, friendly & efficient. Just get in contact with him to order your prints or to discuss any design requirements
Price: 1 x A3 Print: $49.00 | 2 x A3 Prints: $69.00 (choose any other design) + $9.50 Nationwide (NZ – includes multiple prints & arrives in a protected mailing tube)
Total: 1 A3 Print: $58.50 | 2 A3 Prints: $78.50
New Zealand has so many great brands, services & products. I have had the pleasure of dealing with so many lovely NZ business owners since starting Camille Co. & I wish all of them the best success. If you have any brands you think deserve a mention please comment below & share the love. I always love to hear from you. Until next time,