A Guide to Unique Gifts

It’s beginning to look a lot like a classic Kiwi Christmas. And while you may be getting into the holiday spirit, no doubt you’ve also got gift giving on your mind, especially for that ‘hard to buy for’ person in your life. We hope you can find a nugget of inspiration from our list of favourite ideas.

Hip Group Voucher

For the foodie in your life (who doesn’t like to eat?) think about popping a Hip Group voucher in their stocking. Head down to any of the central city spots - The Store, Ortolana, Milse or Amano, or online[1]  to purchase this voucher to the value of your choosing. The best part? You’ll probably be invited along as the plus one!

An indoor plant, from $40 and above | Monstera

Perfect for apartment and city dwellers, Monstera offers a large selection of indoor plants sure to brighten up your recipient’s room, and add a bit of glam into their life. The store focuses on indoor greenery, succulents and cacti, bonsai, and orchids, as well as having an ample supply of pots and stands.

Flower Subscription, from $55 | Scarecrow

Sign up your ‘hard to buy for’ recipient to a subscription to Scarecrow Flowers. Truly a gift that keeps on giving, you can decide on an amount to spend and how often they are delivered.

The Sky Tower SkyJump, $175 - $225

Is it time to take your gift giving to new heights? Book your buddy in for the SKY Jump off the Auckland Sky Tower. The lucky owner of this ticket will get to see breathtaking views of the city before falling 192 metres and landing in the heart of Auckland. Definitely an unforgettable experience.

Le Labo and Diptyque Fragrances, from $109 | MECCA

For a classic present with a unique twist, head down to MECCA on Queen St. Shop the Le Labo collection at MECCA for bespoke, personalised fragrances. Diptyque is another legendary perfumery that is sure to please your giftee. Both brands are exclusive to this store, and aren’t available anywhere else in New Zealand.

Tickets to Disney’s Aladdin the Musical, from $60 per person | Civic Theatre

If you’ve got someone on your Christmas list who is a musical lover or simply can’t go past a Disney classic, be sure to purchase tickets to Aladdin at the Civic for this January. With rave reviews from overseas, this is a gift that will provide a treasured experience.

Cooking class at the Seafood School, $80 per person

Master the art of summer seafood flavours with a cooking class at the Seafood School. After around 2 ½ hours of sizzling and sautéing, you will be a pro.

Holey Moley gift card

What goes together like wine and cheese? Mini-golf and a bar, of course. Holey Moley has just opened up on Quay St, so go in and grab that hard-to-shop-for friend a gift card to redeem in store.

Barbecue Multi Tool, $64 from Smith & Caughey’s

The swiss-army knife for your barbie, the Barbecue Multi Tool from Smith & Caughey’s is a must have for the summer season.

To find out where to park for $2 an hour on the weekends click here or for the best public transport options to get into the city centre this Christmas click here.

Last updated: 28 December 2018