Scroll through our roundup of the best stocking fillers and cheap and cheerful gifts you can find around the heart of the city. From socks to tealights, playing cards to crayons, get something unique without breaking the bank. 

Smith & Caughey's

Festive Favours Hand Cream | $9.99 | Smith & Caughey’s | 253-261 Queen St

This little stocking filler is both a nourishing hand cream as well as a treat to the senses, with its delicious flavouring of sparkling mimosa. Created by The Aromatherapy Co., the festive hand cream doesn’t just smell good, it is also enriched with hydrating shea butter. Give this to the person you know will be enjoying a mimosa on Christmas morning and have a laugh!


Native Insect Playing Cards | $20 | Pauanesia | 35 High St

Heading to the bach, or going camping this summer? Even a trip to the beach can be made better with a pack of playing cards and these ones are great for nature and insect lovers featuring fascinating designs of native insects! A project by New Zealand insect expert Dr. Leilani Walker, this pack of cards was also funded by the Entomological Society of New Zealand. 


Fresh Pine tealight set | $19.95 | Ecoya | 21 Queen St

The most iconic scent at Christmas time is without a doubt fresh pine. Regardless of where you are in the world, fresh pine conjures up feelings and memories of the festive season. These tealights have a complex scent profile, with notes of fresh pine needles, newly sawn forest woods, as well as citrus and rosewood. With five natural soy wax tea lights, these make a great gift for that candle-loving friend or family member.


Shape Up socks | $16 | Gorman | 16 High St

You can usually expect some form of socks in your stockings at Christmas time, but these socks from Gorman are a cut above the rest. A comfortable cotton blend sock, Gorman consistently creates both eco-friendly and unique designs full of personality.


Hara Wash Bag | $29.90 | Citta | 21 Queen St

The Hara Wash Bag from Citta is an ideal gift as both a fun and a functional piece of storage for everyday essentials. It is able to be used as a toiletry storage unit in a bathroom, or an extra piece of organisation in a handbag. This cute stripy number is a cotton/linen blend, and the stripe pattern was originally painted in Aotearoa by Citta’s in-house textile designers.

Lotus flower tea towel

Lotus Flower tea towel | $15 | Trelise Cooper | 2 Te Ara Tahuhu

Dame Trelise Cooper has brought out this special tea towel as a support of Tomorrow’s Foundation, which is a charity working to improve conditions for children in underprivileged areas of India. Not just a stocking gift, this is also a way of contributing to some positivity in the world during the festive season.


Fragrance Lip Balm retaW X Fragment Design White| $25 | Fabric | 2c Commerce St

A Tokyo based fragrance band, retaW formed in 2009 and aims to deliver both care and sophistication to the body. This product is an ideal stocking filler, with its fresh citrus scent and its combination of three essential oils and six plant extracts. Even with the harsh and dehydrating summer days, this lip balm will protect its wearer with the use of squalane and Vitamin E, as well as chamomile and calendula.

Creative and Brave

Crayons | $15 | Creative & Brave | 21 Queen St 

Whether its a stocking filler for a young person or an adult, this crayon set will no doubt get the creative juices flowing this Christmas. It’s always fun to have a wee doodle, and these crayons from Create & Brave are made here in Aotearoa, and are labelled in both English and Te Reo.

Last updated: 25 December 2020