Are you one of those last-minute people planning to get all your shopping done in the weekend before Christmas? Or are you looking for those final few stocking fillers or presents for extended family? To help you out we’ve put together a few shopping suggestions – to help you shop local in the lead up to Christmas.
Manawatu is filled with businesses offering locally made products that make perfect gifts. Below are just a few suggestions to give you an idea, with the bonus of supporting local businesses.
Kereru Natural Products
Nestled in Pohangina Valley, Kereru Natural Products offer a variety of beautiful essential oils, candles, natural soaps, body and massage oils and facial products, at affordable prices. The quality products are loved by people across New Zealand and even as far as Antarctica! All products are available online and delivery is super quick.
Tonic and Cloth
Shop online or head to one of Tonic and Cloths pop-up shops this Friday and Saturday at Citizen Leather in Feilding. Fashion designer Jodi Woods founded this fashion start-up in a quaint caravan in Feilding and has grown her business to include collaborations with other local designers. Woods has also partnered with suppliers in India who provide ethically and sustainably produced materials and products that are made by local women. Tonic and Cloth’s collections have expanded to include timeless and stylish clothing pieces from tops, pants and jump suits, to earrings, leather satchels, wallets and more.
Pork Chop Chill
Who doesn’t love a good tee? This local t-shirt company, founded by three good mates, refers to itself as home-brewed in Aotearoa and can be found on Cuba St. Pork Chop Hill offer a collection of unique t-shirts for both men and women that can be bought online or in store.
Bruce McKenzie Book Store
Locally owned Bruce McKenzie Book Store is a stalwart on George Street and has been described as one of New Zealand’s leading independent book stores. The vast collection of books means there’s something for everyone, from the latest delicious cook book to childrens books to a page turning, can’t-put-down thriller to read on holiday.
The Herb Farm
Family-owned and operated The Herb Farm offer a gorgeous selection of hand-crafted, natural products that are made using herbs grown in the Kirkland’s garden. Their product line includes skincare, body, healing and mother and baby products, as well as gift packs, vouchers and workshops. Their café in Ashhurst, surrounded by tranquil gardens, is also a perfect spot for lunch with family and friends. Products are available online and at select retailers.
We’ve all had the challenging task of cutting pumpkins and probably a near-miss knife slip. So, local entrepreneur Mitch Williams thought he’d do something about it. He’s created the Pumpkin Cutter, a knife that’s been specially designed to easily and safely cut pumpkins. This present will go down a treat for the main cooks in the house.
The Scrub Collab
The Scrub Collab offers a selection of divine handmade body scrubs, lip, hand and feet scrubs, bath salts and bath slabs. Created by Danniverke-local, Steph Buckeridge, these products will leave your skin feeling exfoliated and fresh!
Delicious Local Food Products
We are spoiled for choice in Manawatu with places to shop for gourmet local products. Our local food producers offer so many tasty-treats that are sure to go down well with whoever you’re buying for! We know this list is only scratching the surface, but here goes: