Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Gift Guide Collection: The One That’s Just Small NZ Businesses

Welcome to our 2021 Gift Guide Collection! Over the next month we’ll be dropping a new gift guide every few days so you’ll never be lacking inspiration – even for the hardest to buy for!

In this guide, it’s a love letter to all things local – we’ve rounded up some favourites from our best Kiwi brands so that we can pass along the festive spirit WHILE supporting shops that could use some Christmas magic of their own, after a hard year for retail. Beat the supply chain issues by choosing great NZ companies instead!

Lover Lover Statement Earrings

There are earrings and then there are STATEMENT earrings and these earrings from Lover Lover, a one-woman business run out of Oamaru, are here to say: I’m big and I’m fabulous. Brightly coloured and cleverly designed, if you’re a fan of bold looks then this is the accessory line for you.

Lover Lover founder Abby Melton hand designs each piece and then hand cuts them out, so you’re getting small and personal works of art every time. Also, these earrings are just completely beautiful and are a focal point of every outfit.

Lover Lover Statement Earrings, prices starting from $35

YY Nation Cirro Wool Shoes

Welcome to the new kids on the block when it comes to sustainable footwear! YY Nation offer four different styles and two different materials – wool and bamboo – for a shoe that’ll appeal to everyone.

While I’m trying my best to break out of my black-and-while only wardrobe, I can’t go past a crisp white pair of sneakers, especially these super-soft, all-day comfy wool numbers made of super-fine merino and pineapple husk leather.

Chic and sustainable, that’s me.

YY Nation Cirro Wool Shoes, $168

Isle of Omni European Linen Sheet Set

European Linen Sheet Set

Founded by influencers Amber Peebles and Matilda Green, Isle of Omni’s gorgeous linen sheet and duvet selection has had Instagram collectively drooling.

Their flax linen is sourced in both France and Belgium and just gets better every time you wash it (which is a lovely change from your normal sheets!)

Linen is great for all seasons too with temperature-regulating properties – so you’ll be cool on sticky summer nights and snug as a bug on cool winter ones.

A beautiful, time-honoured gift for your house-proud friend.

Isle of Omni European Linen Sheet Set, from $449

Love in a Jewel The Love Drop Keepsake Pendant

The Love Drop Keepsake Pendant

Ask any jewllery wearer, and they’ll tell you their favourite pieces aren’t the ones that are the most expensive or the most on-trend – they’re the ones that mean the most.

Love in a Jewel are a Kiwi company who create memories and meaning with their jewellery. Each piece has a hidden compartment inside where a photo or note can be placed, before being sealed forever by their master jeweller, so you can always hold your most precious memories close.

Beautifully uncomplicated, The Love Drop Pendant has sleek curves and is the perfect size to always keep on. The design can be off set with a simple brilliant cut diamond (or cubic zirconia) to catch the light – or you keep it plain for modern simplicity.

I mean, it’s hard to beat this for a gift, right!?

Love in a Jewel The Love Drop Keepsake Pendant from $239

Honest Wolf The Sleeve

If you have someone in your life who is always on the go with their laptop, a laptop sleeve is a PERFECT present because they could just be the most underrated, most useful item you could give a busy person.

This Honest Wolf sleeve keeps your device safe in style.

This style has simple yet hardy zip closure and domes for a quality finish. It is padded to protect your device and has a large internal zip pocket to safely store business cards or pens.

Honest Wolf’s products are produced from their estate in Papanui, and are farming sustainably to make sure the property thrives for generations to come.

Honest Wolf The Sleeve $149

Trilogy Limited Edition Vitamin C Brightening Beauties Gift Set

This limited-edition brightening set packs a powerful punch, containing Trilogy’s best-selling Vitamin C Booster Treatment with brightening routine essentials for a visibly glowing complexion. Suitable for all skin types, or dull skin looking for a glow-up over the festive season.

It includes the Vitamin C Booster Treatment, Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion and the Vitamin C Energising Mist Toner.

Trilogy Limited Edition Vitamin C Brightening Beauties Gift Set

Hyoumankind Go Pillow

The Go Pillow from Hyoumankind is a premium New Zealand-made must-have accessory that moves with you. It gently cradles and supports you where you need it – in your home office, yoga class or to rest your head on at night.

The Go Pillow is made from advanced memory foam in an ergonomic shape that has been thoughtfully designed to be in tune with the body and the latest sleep science. Available in various fabrics including silk and linen, to match your lifestyle, it’s the perfect present for anyone looking to give the gift of comfort and wellbeing this year.

Hyoumankind Go Pillow $229

Awatea Hot Pink Shorts

Sweepstake Winners are a unisex Kiwi brand of clothing, with their clothes designed and made right here in Aotearoa, plus they use recycled cotton in some of their items. So not only can you feel good that you’re supporting a brand that is sustainable and inclusive, you can also feel good because their clothes are BRIGHT and bold. If you are also a fan of all the colours, all the time, you’ll love their range and these hot pink cotton/linen wide leg shorts can be cuffed up or down depending on how your thighs are feeling that day.

A high-waisted and wide leg pair of shorts that also come in a series of crazy bright colours? Christmas has really come early this year.

Awatea Hot Pink Short, $229

Two Lippy Ladies Vaxxed Pin

Sure, we all need to have our vaccine passes to go anywhere this summer but you can really double down on your pro-vax stance by wearing this jazzy little pin from Napier company, Two Lippy Ladies.

Known for their bright and body-loving clothing, Two Lippy Ladies also do a rad range of enamel pins and this colourful number is fun as hell and also practical! How often do those things cross over?? There is also a huge range of Christmas enamel pins as well but it’s this sparkly wee guy that’s really doing it for us. A perfect stocking stuffer or fun gift that will also act as a great time capsule (hopefully) for Christmas 2021.

Two Lippy Ladies Vaxxed Pin, $15

Christmas Memory Book

For a really special gift – that is super festive and beautiful – give someone you love a Christmas Memory Book. It’s one of the newest offerings from She Said Yes, and is just an incredibly well made and well thought out book, that’ll keep a record of Christmas for FIFTY years. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving.

This heirloom quality prompted Christmas Memory Book is perfect for preserving your special Christmas memories each year – who was there, what you did, your favourite recipes and so much more – all kept in one, beautiful place. This book will become a Christmas tradition in itself as a family fills it in together!

If you’ve been looking for a gift for a couple who are just starting off their lives together, or friends who are welcoming a baby, this is ideal! It comes in a festive holly red, forest green or stylish oat.

Christmas Memory Book, $75

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