This Christmas why not shop small and support local artisans from all over New Zealand. There are so many talented makers, doers, creators and artisans out there producing some amazing things - in sheds, spare rooms, home offices and workshops.
Here, in their own words, are just a few:
My tiny business is handmade toys. I make them out of socks, but they're bot standard sock-toys. I create my own patterns and make them look really pretty and stylish. I also take great care for every detail to make them absolutely safe for babies (such as no buttons, doubled seams etc). Though I believe my Sleeping Buddies are good enough for any age! You are very welcome to visit my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mypinkbasket
Puzzle Beetle puzzle and crossword books - great little Christmas presents
Volume 2 is jam-packed with theme-based crosswords to keep the brain cells whirring. Plenty of fun wordy challenge.
Volume 3 is a fiendish mix of original word puzzles, with a couple of crosswords thrown in for good measure. Bound to put a bright spot in the day.
Only $14 each (plus P&P). Perfect gift for summer holiday chill-out - for friends and family or just for you. www.puzzlebeetle.co.nz/order-puzzle-books/
Uku Chic is synonymous wuth creating kids clothes ans home decor, but I have recently branched out into decoupage and upcyclying of household detritus.
Take a wooden dish, used NZ stamps, paint and the dish no longer looks like something from the 70s. Sticking down stamps is no fun, but loving this style of decoupage and no luck finding scrapbooking paper it was time to make my own. Two themes of NZ stamp collages are now available to papercraft fans everywhere - as a digital download. Expanding on this theme I now offer my first set of "kiwiana" cards see ukuchic.com
Classic Cool started with a pair of Hightops and a word of encouragement. I had a love of Crochet and I wasn't 80 years old! I found a pattern that incorporated the Classic art of Crochet, with the Cool fashion of a Converse look-a-like Hightop boot. After a friend saw them and asked if I sold them, it was then that Classic Cool was born. Over the past 3 years that we have been around and my babies have grown, we have broadened our range from just baby shoes and sandals to Cowl Hoods, Beanies, Christmas creations adult wear. The latest range being soft toys - Maarley has been a hit!
My Pinterest boards are jammed full of idea to expand Classic Cool into the realms of jewellery, scented toys, high-end crown and so much more, It's just about finding the time - Always the way!
Keep an eye out at www.facebook.com/classiccoolcrochet and on IG www.instagram.com/classiccoolcrochet
Little Lil - lil' bit knotty is a small business making unique handmade necklaces which are suitable for every occasion. The necklaces are simple in design, yet striking in appearance. This is especially due to the contrast of bronze metal and brightly coloured cord. The inspiration comes from past and present cultures as well as current happenings and nature. The are certainly fun to wear.
The Mud Mates personalised Swim Bag is a multifunctional drawstring bag ideal for togs and towel, using as a sports or activity bag, a library bag or even an overnight bag.
Available in a range of bright colours to stand out from the crowd and customisable with your child's name to help them identify it easily and others to return it to them if it gets lost!
Proudly handcrafted in New Zealand.
My love affair with tie dye stemmed from a trip to America. The festival stalls selling baby tie dye caught my attention. They were completely different to your average baby clothes. I decided then that that's what I would like to do.
Three years later I delved in. Busy Me was born and I haven't looked back. Please visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/busymetiedye/
Alba Rosa for carefully handmade small-batch soap and skincare products.
Soaps to create an indulgent bathing experience - creamy and bubbly. Naturally coloured with herbs, flowers, spices, teas and clays. Fragranced with pure essential oils.
Balms and salves to heal and soothe. Beard oils and balms for manly grooming. Luxurious bath treats.
Home Decor, Gifts (for kids and adults), Toys, Jewellery, Health and Beauty, Books, Photographers, Accountants, Clothing and more. So much choice from an amazing collections and makers and doers, backed up with amazing customer service from The Hive Team.
And you can shop in your PJs!