Gift something truly thoughtful with an item specific to their favourite hobbies. From the budding chef to the avid gardener, we have ideas to suit the range of unique activities from city centre stores. 

Art Out of the Box, $30 | The Auckland Art Gallery Store

Let their imagination run wild with Art Out of the Box! Art Out of the Box mixes zany drawing suggestions with eccentric techniques – for hours of unpredictable creative entertainment. With over 80 possible drawing prompts, this fun illustration activity game is perfect for all ages and all artistic abilities. Buy here now.

Sophie Conran - Garden Trowel, $69.99 | Shut the Front Door

Combining designer flair with practicality, this garden trowel is a delight to use. Smaller and lighter than some hand trowels, it offers excellent control and comfort in use. Buy here now.

Homecooked: Seasonal Recipes for Every Day, $49.99 | Whitcoulls

Beautiful, honest and useful, Homecooked is the debut by an award-winning food writer that will satisfy the hunger for seriously cookable New Zealand recipes. Buy here now.

Imperia titania pasta machine, $179 | The Kitchen Shop

This original, all in one Imperia pasta machine is all they'll need to make deliciously fresh lasagne, spaghetti or fettuccine pasta. It has stainless steel adjustable rollers and 2 cutter attachments for cutting different widths. Buy here now.

Alvarez RF26CE Acoustic w/Pickup and Bag, $399 | Music Planet

The Alvarez RF26CE Acoustic w/Pickup and Bag is a great option for beginner and intermediate players alike, while packing the features and playability of a much more expensive guitar. Buy here now.

Logitech G335 Wired Gaming Headset, $150 | EB Games

Lightweight and cool. G335 is where colour and comfort combine. Featuring a suspension headband design with an adjustable strap so they can choose their most comfortable fit. Easy plug-and-play and built-in controls let them quickly connect and jump into the game. Buy here now.

Lezyne Macro Plus GPS Cycle Computer, $169.99 | EVO Cycles 

The perfect device for casual to serious cyclists that just need the main essentials of a cycling GPS computer. In addition to its full GPS recording capabilities, it fully ties in with the GPS platform when paired with the Lezyne GPS Ally phone app. When paired, the device offers full turn-by-turn navigation, phone notifications, Lezyne Track (live tracking), Strava Live Segments, training integration and device customization. Buy here now.

TKD Double Paddle, $48 | Auckland Martial Arts Supplies 

For those getting into martial arts, the Daedo kick paddle is a must for anyone wanting to refine their kicking techniques. Hand held with a strong handle, attached also with a nylon wrist strap. Buy here now.

Last updated: 25 December 2021