Where to shop for the culture lover
Shopping for an art critic, cool collector, or music mogul? Head to these shops for the best creative gifts in Wellington.
Good Books: For the book worm
2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
For best-sellers, literary classics, or the hottest new poetry collections in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, look no further than Good Books on Jessie Street.
Founded by Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson, two writers who definitely know a good book from a dud, this small bookshop focuses on quality, rather than quantity. They stock everything from fantasy to romance, memoirs to poetry, art, and graphic novels, cookbooks, and children's books. Jane and Catherine believe that there's no place for snobbery in books – you love what you love.
Orient: For the culinary artist
29B College Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Buying for someone who can make bacon and eggs look like a work of art? Give them a canvas that’s worthy of their skill.
Filled with stunning modern Asian homewares, Orient is a space to go for culinary inspiration. Spend some time being surrounded by beautiful objects, including their amazing range of stunning Japanese ceramics. Get your arty foodie the perfect plates to present their edible masterpieces and, while you're there, buy a reusable Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloth to wrap it in instead of paper.
Zoë Porter Jewellery: For the jewel-junkie
65 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
From a small desk in Te Aro, Zoë Porter designs and makes a range of gold, silver, and platinum jewellery.
Zoë uses a variety of traditional and modern techniques. She takes advantage of new technologies and matches those with a keen eye and an extensive set of bench skills – this creates endless opportunities for her to make any bespoke piece you can imagine.
Materials are ethically sourced, recycling old stones and metal wherever possible. In the workshop, all processes are kept as natural as can be, minimising any adverse effects on our beautiful environment.
Miss Maude: For the crafty creator
11 Hastwell Street, Greytown
Miss Maude is a boutique fabric and haberdashery store that emphasises high-quality materials and top designers. You can find linens, organic cotton fabrics, natural fibres, winter wools, quality scissors, sewing tools and more.
Voted “Best Arts & Crafts” in Capital magazine's 2021 Best of Wellington Awards, the Greytown store was opened by Emma Smith who has a background in the creative industries. She came up with the idea when she was living at the foot of New Zealand’s Mount Maude.
Emma can help you choose the perfect pressie for a crafty creator – “A sharp and well-balanced pair of scissors, or a fine pin with a glass-blown head is sure to bring a smile.”
Page Galleries: For the collector
42 Victoria Street, Wellington
If you’re not sure what to buy, take your art collector for a wander around Wellington’s dealer galleries – with the promise of purchasing their next work of art. Each gallery has its own personality and there’s bound to be something that catches their eye.
One of Wellington’s largest commercial art spaces, Page Galleries, presents a regularly changing exhibition programme of some of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. As well as exhibiting and selling works by represented and featured artists, the gallery specialises in historical art and valuations. It’s a great place to go for a browse and the knowledgeable staff will be happy to talk art all day with you.
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