Uncovering Wellington’s quirkiest gift ideas for the last-minute Christmas shopper
Wellington’s gift to us this year is it’s huge range of awesome small businesses, providing a variety of nifty presents and experiences; perfect for those looking to snatch up some of the best last minute Christmas gifts that Wellington has to offer! Our Christmas survival guide covers a range of budgets and Wellington based gift ideas, allowing you to bring joy to all (Yes, including something for that awkward relative).
Wellington Chocolate Factory
Perfect for: The love for chocolate sees no boundaries, meaning this gift is perfect for just about anyone!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The Wellington Chocolate factory offers a range of quirky chocolates, from something safe like Milk Chocolate – to something more adventurous like a Chili Peanut variety. Ranging from $9.00-$13.00, this option makes a perfect small gift idea, or a little something extra to ‘buff up’ your gifts.
Wellington Chocolate Factory chocolates are made using artisan methods reaching back to the 18th century, using the finest organic and ethically traded cocoa beans – resulting in a seriously tasty bar.
Something we particularly love about this chocolate is the beautiful packaging used, each variety having their own unique wrapping designed by a New Zealand artist.
Time: Open until 4:00PM Christmas Eve
Perfect for: An ideal Christmas gift for a range of people including creatives, people in need of some ‘me’ time, expectant mothers or perhaps a sporty family member or friend, looking to soothe those tired muscles.
Entrepreneurs Kevin and Samantha set up Float Well after being absolutely mesmerized by their own experiences with floating.
Floating is a form of sensory deprivation, where the water is largely made up of Epsom salt which enables you to float effortlessly in your heated, soundproof pod. You can choose to play music during your float and there’s even the option to have sensual lighting throughout, or float in complete darkness.
Floating offers every individual something different and the benefits range from muscle recovery, relaxation, stress relief, sports recovery and magnesium absorption, right through to enhanced creativity and a better night’s sleep.
This gift is a unique and unforgettable experience. There’s even the option to float with a friend or partner!
Price: $79.00 for a Christmas Special Float
The Occasional Brewer
Perfect for: The perfect gift for Dad/Brother/Bestie (or any true lover of Wellington craft beer).
Occasional Brewer is a brewery based in Mt Cook, situated on 85 Adelaide Road. With their own professional equipment, ingredients, facilities and expertise you can make your own great craft beer from scratch – no experience needed.
An Occasional Brewer ‘brew station ticket’ entitles up to three people one 40L brew, that you can make yourself with the help of their brewing experts. You can choose what type of brew you want, and even print custom labels for the bottling process. This process is a really cool day out, and results in a fridge full of around 10 dozen of your own 300ml bottles of custom brew – a dream come true.
Price: A brewing session costs around $159.00-$200.00, however this experience can be shared by up to three people. There is also the option to buy Christmas gift vouchers, so you can pitch in as little or as much as you want towards this experience.
Perfect for: A particularly good gift idea for the ladies in your life (think Mum, Sister, Girlfriend). Offerings include natural skincare products, fine tea and luxury candles. For more of an experience based gift, there’s also skincare workshops, massage treatments and holistic facials, ideal for those longing to be pampered in the New Year. If you’re not sure what they’ll prefer, there are gift cards available too.
Born in 2014 Wellington Apothecary is the brainchild of three friends and health practitioners Jemma Scott, Chantal Cropp and Laura Jansen. A holistic paradise on Cuba street, it has a wonderful range of skincare products and herbal blends to choose from.
Products are natural and handmade, using the finest herbal ingredients, most of which are presented in stylish lab-like glass containers, environmentally and stylistically on point.
Bonus: Gift wrapping is available and it looks gorgeous.
Price: Face masks from $16.00 (Cheaper options are available, as well as opportunities to splurge).
Time: Open until Christmas Eve
Little Yellow Bird
Perfect For: Any lover of ethical and sustainable made clothing
Little yellow bird is a 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). All these items being made from 100% organic rain-fed cotton – seriously cool. Grab a gift-card ($50.00) and let that special someone enter the New Year looking and feeling like a million bucks.
Pick up a Christmas gift package ($70.00) – full of sustainable produced goodies. Get your hands on a Organic unisex cotton tee, a Jar of fix & Fogg peanut butter, Organic Noble and Savage Tea alongside a bag of Aotea Blend Kokako Coffee. This package is only available for a limited time, so would need to be picked up at their Wellington office by the 21st Dec at the latest.
Price: Gift options ranging from a $50 giftcard, to $70 Christmas Package.