Christmas is just around the corner, and if your year has been anything like mine, you’re probably still getting your head around the fact that we aren’t in July anymore! If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, and would like to give beautiful, well-crafted and affordable gifts this holiday season, there’s truly no better place to look than local small businesses.
As a copywriter and illustrator, I get to work with a whole lot of incredible Kiwi businesses that sell all kinds of wonderful products that are perfect for gifting this time of year!
Here are my top 5 Christmas gifting suggestions (from gorgeous, New Zealand-based small businesses that I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year):
The Adventures of Frrug
Illustrated by yours truly, The Adventures of Frrug is a maze book unlike any you’ve seen before. Frrug needs your help to navigate his pre-historic world, and avoid dangerous obstacles and hungry animals. You’ll travel up and down through holes in the book pages to navigate the maze, keep Frrug safe, and reunite him with his friends.
Perfect for the young people on your list who enjoy ponderous puzzles, you can purchase The Adventures of Frrug for $19.95 via the Through the Page Maze Facebook page or direct from the author through TradeMe.
Blooms from Blushing Feminine
Blushing Feminine offers dried flower arrangements and life coaching. Desley is one of the most caring and radiant women I know. I had the pleasure of writing for her earlier in the year, so I know first-hand how passionate she is about helping women to embrace their inner feminine, connect with other women, and bloom into their most authentic selves.
Her dried flowers make great gifts for anyone who loves flowers, or gorgeous home decor, and she has options at different price points and sizes. You can chat with Desley about your requirements and make an order through Blushing Feminine’s Instagram.
Dark Onyx Collection
Dark Onyx Collection has launched just in time for you to check off the lover of all things spooky from your Christmas list! With a range of needle minders, t-shirts and tote bags currently available, Dark Oynx Collection caters to anyone who embraces the dark and mysterious side of themselves.
Dark Onyx Collection has a few designs in the works too, so if you like what you see, definitely stay tuned for more releases next year.
Flowers by Jasmine Boutique
Flowers by Jasmine doesn’t just offer fabulous fresh flowers, their new boutique is a gorgeous space stocked with so many great gifts. No matter who’s on your shopping list, they’ve got you covered with books, teas, perfumes, candles, bath milks and more.
If you’re not in Christchurch, you can still purchase Flowers by Jasmine’s carefully curated gifts through their website.
Prints by e.g. Creative Solutions
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible business owners this year, and working on some very special projects with them, but I can’t talk about my favourite gifting options for the holiday season without a little bit of self-promotion.
My art is currently available through RedBubble. Here you can purchase art prints of some of my most popular works, as well as stickers, cups, clocks, pillows and more with my designs on them!
So, whether you need a Secret Santa present under $20 for that coworker you know loves to sew, something for your princess-obsessed niece or caveman-obsessed nephew, if you’d like to pamper those dear to you with flowers or bath products, get something to spruce up your own home, or that of someone you love, these local businesses have you covered!