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Ultimate NZ Small Business Christmas Gift Guide

Hey gorgeous!

With Christmas fast approaching, we’re all trying to find that perfect gift for our loved ones. The festive season is known for creating a bit of an economic boom, with everyone racing to the shops to load up on pressies. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love Kmart as much as the next mum! However, New Zealand is full of super talented, creative, hard-working people; so let’s support small as much as we can this year, and buy amazing gifts that are sure to be loved! I’ve done the hard work for you, and collated a bunch of incredible businesses, sorted them into suggested receiver categories. But of course – you know your loved ones best, so get creative with your gift picking!

(Ps. Whilst putting this post together, my gift wish list has grown substantially – it’s been a struggle, but worth it for you guys!!)

When you buy from a small business, someone out there does a tiny happy dance

How to choose the perfect gift

It can be really hard to decide what to get people – after all, we want to get them something they’ll love! If you’re having trouble, think about these questions:

  • What are they interested in? Hobbies or sports?
  • What would make their day-to-day life easier?
  • What kind of lifestyle do they have? Are they very social or busy?
  • What kind of personality do they have? Are they organised, always up for a laugh, someone who appreciates warm fuzzies?
  • Have they been hinting at anything? Or blatantly asked for it??
  • What types of gifts have they given you in the past?

Although many of us often default to the “if in doubt, give cash or a voucher” frame of mind (guilty as charged!!), a tangible, thoughtfully picked gift is always appreciated. So without further ado, let’s get into it… happy gift giving!

Newborns + Babies + Mums To Be

Vintage bonnets – Moss & Wilds
Handmade hair accessories & baby clothing – Summer Of Eve
Alphabet prints, custom memento/keepsake illustrations & alphabet blankets – Little Finch
Birth flower prints – KP Designs
NZ designed baby bags – Felix + Stone
Custom children’s clothing, toys & heirloom items – Lille Bee Creations
One of a kind hand dyed wraps – Fiorella
Personalised birth prints & sonogram frames – Mama Fuel
Trendy clothing for under 2’s & breastfeeding mamas – Little Mama
Milestone cards – Sweet Petite
Merino gifts – Lambino
Personalised teethers, rattles & dummy clips – Smiles By Jo
Bright nursery prints – Little Grippers Store
Christmas themed baby items – Bits4Bubs
Organic & ethical clothing – Earthlings
Merino Sleeping Bags (award winning even!) – SnugBags
Teethers, quilts & natural toys – Little Fern
Various baby & kids goods – August Boutique
NZ Picture Books – Veritas Aotearoa
Crochet clothing – With Love, Creations
Tattoo-artist designed badass baby clothing (50% proceeds go to KidsCan!) – Fresh Soul
Fully compostable nappies (Auckland only) – Little & Brave
Personalised artwork & birth prints – Forts & Fonts Design
Crochet footwear, wraps & pods – Snug As Baby
Dribble bibs & booties – Kinderwelt
Personalised onesies – Baby It’s Personal
Funky teethers – Helle’s Teeth

Toddlers

 

Soft sole leather shoes – Little Loup
Gorgeous kids’ clothing & home decor – Pickle & Berry Collective
Vintage clothing & accessories – Maddison & Co
Busy books – Pretty Childish
Swimming bags & tutus – Piccolo Boutique
Felt busy books – 55 Froggies
Teethers & natural toys – Little Fern
Custom handpainted fluffy cups – Sarah McAlpine Art
Handmade wooden toys – Needle & Nail
Kiwi illustrated books – Kat Mereweather, Illustrator
Organic & ethical clothing – Earthlings
Fabric advent calendar – Little Birdie Buys
Hair bows & decor – Miss Mouse Bowtique
Kids items – Bee My Baby
Designer handmade clothing & accessories – Potamus
Fabric quiet books – My Quiet Books NZ
Matching outfits for mums & daughters – Coralene
Bright bedroom prints – Little Grippers Store
Upcycled craft clothing – Silkworm Threads
Kids items – August Boutique
Custom vintage inspired clothing – Ma & Fraf
Modern prints – Jett Black Design
Tumeke Tui book – Tumeke Tui
Emotion exploration book – Feel A Little
Tutus & bows – Owl & Monkey
Dreamcatchers – Daisychain Boutique
Bespoke one-off clothing – Silver Circus
Custom children’s clothing, toys & heirloom items – Lille Bee Creations
Wooden crafted toys – Moo & The Gang
NZ picture books – Veritas Aotearoa
Heuristic play boxes – Imagine Box
Handmade hair accessories & baby clothing – Summer Of Eve
Nontoxic playdough – Dough Queen
Crochet clothing & tooth fairy pockets – Insy Winsy Creations
Clothing – Lil Star

School-aged kids

Ultimate NZ travel activity book – Cross Country Kiwis
Dreamcatchers – Daisychain Boutique
Crystal crowns & hair pins – Love, Maddy
Hair ties – XYRA Accessories
Aprons – Debbie’s Kids Boutique
Handpainted mugs – Pretty Little Company
Hands on art & science boxes – Kids Crate
Earrings – Over The Ditch
Custom vintage inspired clothing – Ma & Fraf
Modern prints – Jett Black Design
Cool t-shirts for kids, designed by a cool kid (age 6) – Not Your Usual Tees
Tumeke Tui book – Tumeke Tui
Adventures Of Jack Scratch comic – Wildling Books
Kids goods – Ziggle
Rock-it board – Rock-it board
Vintage clothing & accessories – Maddison & Co
Decals – Owl & Monkey
Eco-alternatives to plastic – Rinse & Repeat Ltd
Personalised tote bags – Baby It’s Personal
Whimsical artwork – Little Cashew
Crystal bracelets – Daisy Moon
Personalised Christmas globe – Ivy Inspired
NZ themed toys – The Great New Zealand Toy Store
Kids’ jewellery – My Little Projects NZ

Teens

Yoga deck – Yoga With Me
Crystals – Moonlight crystals
Resin art – boards & trinket trays – Wild Ones – Creative
Natural perfume rollers – Wild Earth
Hair ties – XYRA Accessories
Reusable bags – Kleen Bags
Personalised items – The FoilSmith
Natural, cruelty free skincare – Seed + Soul
Handpainted ring comes – Pretty Little Company
Bath bombs – Fizz Factory
Awesome t-shirts – Me Store
Moana Road headphones or speakers (check their stockists page) – Moana Road
Earrings – Jewell Sparkle
Vision board stickers – The Daily Goalgetter
i art – Aidan Walbaekken
Personalised t-shirt or bags – Baby It’s Personal
Eco-friendly bath & body products – Dirty Hippie
Bronzing & tan – Little Honey
Beauty subscription box – Serial Box
Study & focus crystal & essential oil pack – Divinity Street
Tile Bluetooth tracker (for their devices or keys, not your teens!!) – Tile App
Bohemian decor – Sweet On You
Crystal bracelet – Daisy Moon
Natural skincare – Clover & Clay
Concrete trinket dish or decor – The Concrete Chick
Conscious health & beauty – Oh Natural
Crystal air plants – Love, Maddy
Natural perfumes – Circe
Reusable tote bags – Totey
Makeup bags (launching soon) – Chaos Contained
Felt flowers & decor – Oh Em Gee
New Zealand art – Spencer Bellas
Acne soap & natural deodorant – Totally Balmy
Bohemian clothing & decor – Hypsy Collective
Te reo Maori t-shirts – Peha Clothing
Dream catchers & bohemian wall art – GypsySoul Dreams
Handcrafted vegan soap – Fair And Square Soapery
Therapeutic essential oils – Ora Aromatherapy
Eco-alternatives to plastic – Rinse & Repeat Ltd
Macrame wall hangings – Bleubell Macrame
Whimsical artwork – Little Cashew
Earrings – Over The Ditch
Bliss ball mix – Clean Mixes
Macrame hangings – Macrame NZ
Scrubs & lip balms – Heavenly Smooth – Face & Body
Personalised jewellery – Your Jewellery Shop
Polymer clay earrings & accessories – Made By G Boutique
Coconut oil shampoo bars – Pure Alofa
Handmade jewellery – The Jewellery Bar
Fashion for a cause – Nope Sisters
Nail polish & accessories – BlueSky Nails
Tan mitts – Tan Ease
Tan (to go with the tan mitts ^^!) – Noir Tan
Natural sugar body scrubs – The Sugar Cube Co
Gadgets & tech accessories – Moyork

Mums (Yaaaas!!)

Photography vouchers! If you’re in Wellington – Ash & Hunt Photography (me! ;)), Mere Street Photography, Jess Bovey photography, Laura Ridley photography, Charliehorse photography
Pain management/holistic health vouchers (Wellington) – Holistic Pain Management (slightly biased here but this guy rocks ;))
Custom star map (my latest project!) – Aligned
Personalised engraved wooden items & cheese labels – The Huia Nest
Ethically sourced fairtrade jewellery – Alexis Kate Jewellery
Yoga Deck – Yoga With Me
Resin art, cheeseboards & trays – Wild Ones – Creative
Crystals – Moonlight Crystals
Beautiful landscape prints – Marubella Photography
Crystals, custom dreamcatchers & macrame jewellery – Treat Yourself Trinkets
Lash extension voucher (Wellington) – Lynnaire’s Beautique (can personally vouch for this one!! – Bunny)
Goal planner & vision board stickers – The Daily Goalgetter
Natural, cruelty free skincare – Seed + Soul
Natural sugar scrubs & bath salts – The Scrub Collab.
Crystal crowns & air plants – Love, Maddy
The Coolest Little Coupon Book For Mums – For Mums
Natural perfume rollers – Wild Earth
Bath bombs – Celine XO
Natural bath & body products – Bramblewood Homestead
Home decor – Little Haven
DNA/breast milk handcrafted jewellery – ICE
Therapeutic essential oils – Ora Aromatherapy
Eco-friendly, sensitive skin kind skincare – Inner & Whole
Rad t-shirts – Her Little Wolves
Beeswax wraps – Lizzies Wraps
Mum Hustle Apparel – Pickle & Berry
Conscious health & beauty – Oh Natural
Mama crystal & essential oil pack – Divinity Street
Dreamcatchers – Daisychain Boutique
Natural small-batch skincare – Aoraki Naturals
Sterling silver jewellery – Seventh Heaven
Soy melts – Ei-co Designs
Personalised jewellery – Your Jewellery Shop
Naturopathic handcrafted tea – The Herbal Teapot
Bohemian clothing & decor – Hypsy Collective
Natural perfumes – Circe
Reusable/eco products – Little Lizzie NZ
Personalised coffee cup & other items – The FoilSmith
Earrings – Jewell Sparkle
Macrame wall hangings – Bleubell Macrame
Eco-friendly bath & body products – Dirty Hippie
Hand-stamped custom jewellery – KJ Designs
Women’s lifestyle subscription box – Little & Luxe
Date Box – Lovexpresso
Natural soap & bath products (including geode shaped soaps!! OMG!) – Naturally By Nikki
Crystal candles – Glow My Pretties
Coffee gift packs – Perkatory Coffee
Sassy greeting cards – Love On Paper
Personalised items – Mama Fuel
Natural balms & suncare – Onatah
Cheeseboards – Pallet Palace
Peg Family portrait – Sweet Petite
Bath & body goodies – BareSkin & Bath

Mums cont. (because we’re awesome and deserve all the treats, obvs)

Soy candles, melts & car air freshners – Flame & Scent
Soaps – JG Beauty
Natural skincare – Clover & Clay
NZ-made activewear – Shereena Noelle
Candles – Cleo & Co
Te Reo Maori t-shirts – Peha Clothing
Bath & body products – Sweet Escape
Gift box – Box and Bow
Aromatherapy skincare – Shamama Therapy
Organic foodstuffs & eco-friendly products – Amore Wholefoods
Sustainable & ethical body care – Nectar
Teething jewelry for mamas – Smiles By Jo
Pendants, clothing & prints – Michele Courage
Macrame hangings – Macrame NZ
Activewear – Pretty Pinz – Brazilian Activewear
Personalised figurines & Christmas decorations – Figurines By Eli
Custom bra fitting & lingerie (Auckland) – Exquisite By Natalie
Surprise bathbombs – Fizz-Az
Gratitude journal – AwesoME Inc
Natural luxury bath pamper gift set – Lumiora
Felt flowers & decor – Oh Em Gee
Stainless steel eco produts – Bento Ninja
Handwritten family plaques – The Paper Gazelle
Kokedama & floral art home decor – Coastal Flair
Breastfeeding-friendly clothing – Little Mama
Salty jewellery & stuff – Salty As
Personalised jewelry & trinket dishes – Sasa Collective
Candles, melts & diffusers – Studio Milk
Artisan soap & custom breastmilk soap – The Raw By Jess
Natural healing (Te Awamutu) – Indie & Mae
Paua art – Paua Art By Jessie
Hilariously unfiltered stuff – No Filter Co
Personalised artwork & prints – Forts & Fonts Design
Bath salts & holistic healing vouchers (Wellington) – House Of Wellbeing
Kawakawa skincare, natural sunscreen & balms (+limited edition Christmas gift boxes!) – Frankie Apothecary
Handmade jewelry – Qualms
Well-being gift boxes (with 100% profits going to registered charities!) – Joy Of Giving
Natural skincare & beauty – Be Vibrant
Upcycled reusable shopping bags & women’s clothing – Made By Lorayne
Ridiculously good recipe subscription – The Better Base
Christmas ornaments & paper crafts – Sarah’s Card Creations
Soy candles – La Candela
Bath, body & home decor – Cre8tve Gems
Custom gemstone jewellery – Rainbow Creations
Modern gift boxes – Little Koha
Natural skincare – Marty Girl
Personalised Christmas globe & kiwiana bunting – Ivy Inspired
Vegan skincare – Seed to Skin
Crystal candles & melts – Knight Inspired
Eco-friendly & sustainable items – Purely Natural NZ
Natural skin & hair care gift boxes – Mia Belle Ltd
Crystal candles – Withlove Creations
Handcrafted crystal jewellery – Lollybeads
Reusable zero waste products – Earth Savvy
Handmade skin & beauty products – D & D Skin & Beauty
Framed feather art – Marizartnz
Natural high quality cleaning products – Dream Eco Products
Auckland based fashion brand – French Freddie

Dads

Engraved map coasters – The Huia Nest
Pain management voucher (Wellington) – Holistic Pain Management (can personally vouch for this guy too 😉 – Bunny)
Thai sauce/bbq marinade/deliciousness – Sone’s Sauces
Hand-stamped custom keyring & bottle openers – KJ Designs
Personalised wooden business card holder & wall plaques – Carpenter & Co
Date box – Dandelion Date in a box
Natural protein powder & eco products – Purely Natural NZ
Hilariously unfiltered cards – No Filter Co
Handwritten family plaque – The Paper Gazelle
Tile Bluetooth device & keys tracker – Tile
Scrabble word art – Word Art NZ
Flavour blends, meat rubs & seasonings – Pepper & Me
Modern gift boxes – Little Koha
String art – Line Riot
Personalised prints – Design By Morris & Co
Concrete Legomen, tikis & skulls – The Concrete Chick
Naturopathic handcrafted tea – The Herbal Teapot
Sassy greeting cards – Love On Paper
Salty jewellery & stuff – Salty As
Te Reo Maori t-shirts – Peha Clothing
Ethical & sustainable body care – Nectar
Personalised jewellery – Your Jewellery Shop
Laser cut clocks – Inscribe Design
Personalised fishing lures, ammo keyrings & more – A Dozen Ideas
Stamped cufflinks – Custom Keepsakes
Gift box – Box and Bow
Personalised items – Mama Fuel
Date box – Lovexpresso
New Zealand artwork – Spencer Bellas
Clean snacks – The Clean Collective
Concrete home decor – Concrete Soup
Steel art – Lisa Sarah
Gadgets & tech accessories – Moyork

Grandparents

Photography vouchers – Ash & Hunt Photography (me! – Wellington)
Star maps of the grandkids’ birthdays! – Aligned (also me!)
Engraved coasters – The Huia Nest
Christmas gift box – Box and Bow
Personalised prints – Design By Morris & Co
Peg Family portraits – Sweet Petite
Laser cut clocks – Inscribe Design
Food wraps – Sticky Bee Food Wraps
Scrabble Word Art – Word Art NZ
Reusable tote bags – Totey
Loose leaf tea (that feeds a hungry child with each purchase!) – Charity Tea
Upcycled reusable shopping bags – Made By Lorayne
Soy candles – La Candela
Family photography vouchers (East Auckland) – Natalie Pasco

Pets

Portraits – Little Villa Studio
Custom petwear & santa sacks – Rocco & Co
Quirky fashion for dogs & their humans – Pablo & Co

Teachers

Shower cream – The World of Artemis Jones
Dreamcatchers – Daisychain Boutique
All sorts of goodness! – A Dozen Ideas
Customised goodies – The FoilSmith
Bath bombs – Celine XO

So there you have it…

An epic guide to NZ small businesses!  Hopefully you’ve found some great gift inspiration – and if I’ve missed an awesome NZ small business out, definitely let me know!!

 

Until next time,

glowmamablog

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