The stores are shut and all non-essential businesses are closed during New Zealand's lockdown to combat COVID-19, but that doesn't mean birthdays, anniversaries and special personal occasions don't still happen! So we've curated a list of great retailers from the city centre who offer online gift cards so you can send your loved ones something virtually. While delivery of goods ordered online will take place when lockdowns have lifted, there's something exciting about knowing there's a great package on it's way when couriers are back in action.
Shut the Front Door
A favourite gift and homewares store on High Street, Shut The Front Door is home to an eclectic, fun and ever changing range of the coolest homeware and gift products from all over the world. Their Online Gift Cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout on their online store - perfect for when you can't leave the house!
At Aesop's online store, you can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. Their digital gift cards are suitable for all, and elegantly presented to a recipient via email with a personalised message. Get a digital gift card here.
Britomart Gift Card
Here’s a gift of an idea: a gift card of any value of your choosing, valid in more than 65 of the coolest bars, restaurants and designer stores in Auckland. The Britomart Black Gift Card is valid throughout the Britomart precinct and can be loaded with any amount between $50 and $999. It will give your loved one something to look forward to - a shopping trip in one of the best shopping and hospitality precincts Auckland has to offer once we are back open again. See the list of participating retail stores, bars and restaurants the gift card can be redeemed at.
The Facialist e-voucher
These uncertain times will be stressful for many of us - so having a luxurious spa treatment to look forward to at the end of all of this is a great gift for a loved one. There are a plethora of The Facialist e-vouchers to choose from - see them all here. We like the sound of their bespoke 1 hour facial and complete de-stress package, but you can also create your own e-voucher with a custom amount for your loved one to choose their own treatment.
Gift a membership to Auckland Art Gallery
History, heritage and culture are brought to life at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Founded in 1888, it remains New Zealand’s largest visual arts experience. A gift membership is a gift that keeps on giving, with benefits of a membership including free unlimited entry to paid exhibitions, exclusive previews of Gallery exhibitions, invitations to regular talks or behind-the-scenes tours, regular updates on Members-only events and the use of the Members lounge and a wide range of discounts. And while your loved one is waiting for the doors to gallery to reopen when our COVID-19 alert levels drop, they can view some exhibitions online in the meantime.
Zoe and Morgan virtual voucher
We can't wait to pay a visit to Zoe & Morgan's flagship store in the city centre when the lockdown lifts, but until then we're happy browsing their website and admiring their stunning collection of earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and fine jewellery. If you have a friend, family member or siginficant other who is a fan of the Zoe & Morgan brand, they have virtual vouchers available. Choose an amount, or enter a specific value if you know they've had their eye on a special piece. You can send a personal message which the recipient will receive via email along with their unique gift voucher code to use online.
We're now in autumn, and all of a sudden it will be winter, so if you've got a loved one having a birthday or celebrating something special, consider getting them a gift voucher for a great new pair of shoes. Pat Menzies is the original stockist of Converse, Dr Martens and Vans and also specialise in other leading brands including Birkenstock, Havaianas, Windsor Smith, Florsheim, Palladium, Caterpillar and Clarks. No matter what their style is, a Pat Menzies Gift Card is the easiest way to give them what they really want. The code will be emailed to a recipient of your choice who will be able to redeem the code at the Pat Menzies website.
Smith & Caughey's gift cards and 'Make this a Gift' service
One of New Zealand’s oldest and best loved department stores, Smith & Caughey’s stocks three levels of the world’s best brands. With renowned international fashion labels beauty brands as well as a huge selection of children’s wear, jewellery, beauty, luggage, giftware and homeware shopping at Smith & Caughey’s, whether you're in store or online, is a pure indulgence. Gift cards are available to purchase online and they also have a great 'Make this a Gift' option for when you've found the perfect item for a loved one. Click the 'Make this a gift' button when you're about to make an online order, and Smith & Caughey's will gift wrap the item with a personalised card, and deliver it to the gift recipient's address when deliveries via courier are back operating.