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Shop Local This Christmas


Stuck on gift ideas for Christmas this year? Are you looking for those final few stocking fillers or presents for extended family? To help you out we've put together a few shopping suggestions to help you shop local this festive season. Manawatū is filled with businesses offering locally made products that make perfect gifts. Below are just a few suggestions to give you an idea, with the bonus of supporting local businesses.

pork chop hill

Who doesn't love a good T-shirt? Established in 2014, the Pork Chop Hill label originated when old school friends, inspired by a local landmark, created their own brand. Referring to themselves as 'Homebrewed in Aotearoa,' the Pork Chop Hill T-shirt Dispensary sells quality shirts with original designs.

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The Square Shop

Stocking a range of works by 34 local artists, this is your one stop shop to find the perfect gift. From pottery and textiles, jewelry and handmade books, find the perfect investment piece or gift and get warm fuzzies from supporting local artists and crafters.


Bruce Mckenzie book store 

Locally owned Bruce Mckenzie Book Store is a stalwart on George Street and has been described as one of New Zealand's leading independent bookstores. The vast collection of books means there's something for everyone, from the latest delicious cookbook to children's books, biographies and beautiful coffee table books, to page-turning, can't-put-down thrillers that are the perfect gift for a holiday read.

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Monday Silks

Give the gift of luxury, without breaking the bank! The locally designed silk pillowcases from Monday Silks are hugely popular, known for their beauty and skin benefits. The cot and bassinet sheets keep babes at the right temperature, and the silk scrunchies and eyemasks make the best stocking stuffers.

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Zappy pet things

For the four legged family member, make sure they look their best this summer with a stylish collar and leash, designed right here in Palmy. From bright colours and funky patterns, you'll find the perfect match to suit your pets' personality at Zappy Pet Things.

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Delicious Local Food Products

We are spoiled for choice in Manawatū with places to shop for gourmet local products. Our local food producers offer so many tasty-treats that are sure to go down well with whoever you're buying for! We know this list is only scratching the surface, but here goes:

Health, Wellness and Self Care

From skin care and immunity boosting tonics, to active wear designed and made locally, check out this list of ideas.

Voucher Ideas

Why not grab a voucher to your favorite cafe or restaurant to shout your loved one a meal out? Or check out some of the activities on offer in the region to give the gift of a memorable experience.

>> Makoura Lodge
>> Hiwinui Estate
>> Awastone rafting adventures
>> Focal Point cinemas
>> Off the loop cable wakeboard park
>> Check out the range of deals available here


Manawatū is a treasure trove of gifting ideas and this list is just a taster... For even more spectacular shopping, visit this list of Manawatū boutiques.

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