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.