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Shop small, shop local with these Christmas gift ideas

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

No items found.

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

Shop small, shop local with these Christmas gift ideas

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

Shop small, shop local with these Christmas gift ideas

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.

Shop small, shop local with these Christmas gift ideas

To us, shopping local doesn’t necessarily always mean shopping New Zealand made. We are champions of that, but we also know that isn’t always realistic for everyone - and there are other ways to support the local economy too. Local retail has had a particular tough year, with the Christmas shopping period a potentially lucrative and business-saving one.

Instead, we think it’s saying no to Amazon and ASOS and other off-shore giants and saying yes to spending your money in other, more beneficial ways - whether it’s with a tiny self-funded start up or a bigger company that has the privilege of employing a number of New Zealanders.

This selection of joyful Christmas gift ideas below does highlight a variety of stores and brands that, like us here at Ensemble, are small and self-employed. The owner is likely the person who creates the product, receives the ‘you just made a sale’ email, and packages up and sends out the gift you just bought. They probably do the little jig.

We know there are so many more amazing small businesses out there, and this is just a snapshot of that. We’re always on the lookout for new, fun, interesting projects and things - DM us your favourites.

Collectors Anonymous Edition 4, $25

Arowm candles, from $20 each

Turumeke Harrington Kōura pin, $25

Coffee Pen book, $60

Havilah drink bottle, $65

Dehei pillowcases, $60 each

Handmade NZ native flower earrings, $55, from Jiho Yun Store

Petley handmade wooden butter knife, $40

Hello Tanya nail voucher, from $70

MN Jnr kids apron, $65

Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem by Selina Tusitala Marsh, $25

The Residents: Made in Wellington by Lucy Revill, $60

Waves Vintage bag, $35

Fotia Collection by Cora-Allan Wickliffe ring, $220, from Moana Fresh

Beech honeydew honey made in North Canterbury, Aotearoa, $18.50, from Frances Nation

Olivia Edginton custom rug, from $360

Hydrangea Ranger Wildflower Seed Set, $28

Monmouth Glass handmade glass, $65

Companion ruffle hat made by hand by Thawil in Aotearoa, $105

Handwoven pouches made in Kutch, India from recycled plastic bags, $48, from Klay

Positive Tees Rihanna T-shirt, $45

Avara Studio earrings, $160, from Made Good

Lil Ceramics mug, $50, from Further Doings

Ruby Joy quilted cushion, $200

Made by Beth earrings, $25

Creativity, evocative visual storytelling and good journalism come at a price. Support our work and join the Ensemble membership program
No items found.