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By Lauren• 13 Dec 2017
It's getting to the business end of the year, but unfortunately it's not all about indulging in Christmas pies and marshmallow Santas – there are gifts to organise! Whether it's for your office secret santa, a hard-to-buy-for friend or your new admirer, read on to get the low-down on the top 10 Wellington gift shops to hit up this festive season.
Vessel is a purveyor of all things beautiful, and their ceramics and gift ranges are a true standout. Every time I pop in I find something new to covet, and owner Celia is always on hand to provide fantastic recommendations or source out the latest new designer she has in stock. Perfect gift-buying establishment when catering to those with a refined sense of style.
This Left Bank gift shop-cum-gallery is one of my favourite Christmas shopping destinations. Matchbox features work from local Wellington businesses, including an amazing card selection (I can't help but laugh). There's also jewellery, stationery, an extensive men's grooming and sock collection, and much more.
For the artistic friend in your life, look no further than City Gallery's new gift shop for all your Christmas needs. The new store, opened just in time for holiday season, stocks great cards, books, and quirky gifts that are right on the mark.
Filled with all things beautiful, I love wandering around this College Street store. Its range covers clothes, furniture, homeware, stationary, and everything in between, and the fun vibe is addictive. My personal favourites are the beautiful soaps and candles, as well as the bright S'well waterbottles, although everything in Shut the Front Door is sure to be gratefully received by the lucky recipient.
Ekor is a literary and culinary haven for the lucky locals of College Street; their book collection is nothing short of spectacular. Far from your traditional bookshop, here you will find fun diaries, nick nacks and children's toys tucked between the shelves. Did I mention there's also a cafe to peruse your latest purchases (serving Leed Street Bakery cookies, in case you needed any more persuading).
Tea Pea is a regular stop-off for me when I need a small treat for a friend, a cute secret santa gift, or for anything baby shower related – the stock is beautifully curated, and I could wander around for days. My most recent finds have been a delicious herbal tea for my Mum, and a great hand cream for a friend from work.
Cranfields is a city staple, and for good reason. I often find beautiful homewares, great living accessories, and furniture for friends and family – my Dad always insists we visit when he's in town, and with good reason. Plus, they stock a leather chair I have been eyeing up for years.
I am slightly obsessed with Yvette Edwards and her beautiful shop – if you haven't checked out her offerings, hop over there pronto. Her floral 'buy by the stem' table is a fantastic way to give impromptu thanks to a dinner party host, a colleague at work, or your bestie, but she also offers beautiful wreaths, floral photographs, bags, ceramics, and more.
Madame Fancy Pants makes Christmas shopping too easy – with loads of quirky, beautiful, and on-trend pieces, you can grab everything from year planners to cool clothes and more. The wide range of goodies makes it perfect for the hard to buy for. I've been eyeing up their impressive jewellery collection (hint hint).
Smack Bang is the place to go if you have an animal lover (or your own animal) to spoil this holiday season. Filled to the brim with gifts for animals, their owners, and admirers of said animals, the variety of toys, books, cards, and accessories is truly fantastic. Plus, your chance of running into a very cute pup while in-store is particularly high, which is always a motivator for me.