Quirky Gift Ideas for the Wellington Shopper - The 2019 Edition

Find the perfect gift in Wellington with our guide, featuring craft beer from Hopbox, Fix & Fogg's delicious peanut butter, Weta Workshop's special effects make-up workshop, and more!

Madi Reid
Client Strategy Manager
December 12, 2019

So you’re looking for the perfect gift? Whether it’s a birthday, flat warming, a thank you, or a special something for that special someone you’re guaranteed that Wellington will have your back. But, gift shopping in windy capital can sometimes be overwhelming, and it’s even more frantic when life gets ahead of you and suddenly you’re looking at a last-minute purchase.

Don’t worry. 

Sit back, get yourself a nice icy beverage and chill because we’ve got you sorted. Whether it’s the beginning of a well-planned gifting schedule or a last-minute grab, this Wellington gift guide will walk you through a range of nifty gift ideas for any budget or taste.


The Perfect Wellington Gift for Your Craft Beer Enthusiast. 

Hopbox brings the best of New Zealand craft beer right to your doorstep. Using only the highest quality of ingredients, brewed by only the most passionate of brewers, you can enjoy every unique sip of deliciousness. Combined with the stories and fantastic artwork that intertwine every bottle this will be a gift to remember for any craft beer enthusiast. 

In each box, you’ll receive eight unique and tasty brews that showcase the very best from the New Zealand craft brew scene. Impress your buddy with tasting notes, food pairing guides, and brewer stories packed in with every box. Make their day the easy way with free delivery anywhere in New Zealand! 

Price: $79 for a box, or $79 per month for a subscription. Free Delivery!!

Fix & Fogg

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Foodie Looking for Their Next Fix, or Their Favourite Flavour.  

They say that food is the way to the heart, so choose from the scrumptious range of Fix and Fogg deliciousness and slather your foodie in peanut butter affection. These cute and colourful cardboard canisters hold a whole lot of tasty for $$ and are ideal for breakfast, dessert, or to indulge in a range of crafty cooking.

Choose from unique flavours like Coffee and Maple, Smoke and Fire, Fruit Toast, or your classics like Smooth, and Super Crunchy. Made locally in Wellington, the only hard thing about choosing Fix and Fogg’s is not to devour it yourself. 

Price: $9 each, so buy one for the whole squad!

Weta Workshop

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Movie or Make-Up Buff

Time to get your hands bloody with an introduction to special effects make-up workshop! This ultimate Wellington experience is a perfect gift to do as a duo or as a group. Add a little movie-making magic to your friendship, and learn to how to create convincing wounds, sculpt and colour scars and scrapes, all with the wonderful Weta Workshop crew. 

Weta Workshop is world-famous for their contribution to films such as the iconic Lord of The Rings, King Kong, and District Nine. Visiting the Weta Cave is a serious must-do for anyone in Wellington! 

Price: $79, or upsize and combine with the Weta Workshop Tour for only $99!

Garage Project

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Craft Beer Lover with One Too Many Blank Walls.  

Do you know a craft beer lover who is the bee's knees? Consider giving them a Garage Project poster for that special occasion! Quirky artwork and beautiful collabs from Garage Project and a range of local artists is the perfect gift for any flat warming or to add a little taste of Wellington culture to a wall.

Garage Project is your coolest local brewer. Found in Aro Valley they have a wide range of funky, eye-catching artwork and great tasting craft beer. 

Price: $10 for A3, or $20 for A2

Gift Cards are also available.

Canopy Camping

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Glamourous Camper

Give the gift of glamping! Boho Bach is just one of the many escapes listed on Canopy Camping. It's quirky, full of personality, and perfectly positioned as a secluded oasis right in the middle of Karaka Bay in Wellington. This gorgeous bach has been described as tonic for the soul- the perfect gift around Wellington for disconnecting from the rush. Sleeping up to two people and dog-friendly this is the perfect escape for a long weekend. With expansive views overlooking the Wellington harbour and a cosy fireplace, this fantastic location is ideal for curling up during the long evenings to watch the scenic sunsets. 

If this beautiful little bach is unavailable, Canopy Camping has a fantastic range of glamping escapes and gift cards for the ideal gift. Canopy Camping features beautiful glamping locations all over New Zealand, so there’s sure to be a location for everyone.  

Price: from $225 per night, check availability and book early!

Gift Cards are also available.

The Good Registry

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Compassionate Friend, Wanting to Make an Ethical Impact on the Community. 

Give simply with the gift of good. The Good Registry is all about making it easy to give, with a range of impactful charities to choose from with a strong focus on caring for people and the planet. 

How does it works I hear you ask? Well, it’s super simple. Choose from a range of charities (and yes you can pick more than one), enter your donation, fill out your personalised e-card and let the goodness fill you up. With six categories of charities to choose from ranging from animal welfare to international charities, there is sure to be a cause close to the heart. This is perfect for an easy, and empathetic gift!

Price: $10 and up for an ethical impact and a compassionate gift. 

Little Yellow Bird

The Perfect Wellington Gift for any Lover of Ethical and Sustainably Made Clothing.

Little Yellow Bird is your local Wellington business with a serious passion for creating clothing of the highest quality, using ethical and sustainable means. Their range includes uniforms (work shirts, aprons, even hospital scrubs) and casual clothing (shirts, hoodies). What’s seriously cool about giving a Little Yellow Bird gift is that all products are made from 100% organic rain-fed cotton! Any gift from Little Yellow Bird is sure to be a success! Check out their site for a great range of products. 

Price: $20 and more. 

Havana Coffee Works

The Perfect Wellington Gift for the Coffee Connoisseur Always Looking for One More Perfect Cup. 

Fuel your special someone with a coffee subscription with Havana. Every time they take a sip from that first delicious morning coffee or afternoon boost, they will be thanking their new favourite friend. Havana Coffee Works is your local Wellington coffee roasters with a Cuban flair. Known for their carefully crafted roasts and bold, sensational flavours it’s a go-to for any coffee lover.

The subscription covers a monthly delivery of 1kg of beans to their door for three months up to a year! Choose from single roasted, blend, or roasters choice and receive four 250g beautiful bags sealed to maintain their fantastic flavours. 

Price: Starts at $110 for a three-month subscription.

Like all good things, this has come to an end. Let us know if there was any we missed? We’re always looking for more to add to the list!

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