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Christchurch Central Unwrapped - Top Spots for Christmas Shopping

Get your gift on and find that special present to keep even the fussiest of friends and family happy with CHCH Central Unwrapped picks of the best places to purchase your festive gifts. Keep it local and check out some of these favoured places. 

Ballantynes

An iconic Christchurch department store and a landmark of the inner city, this family business has operated for 165 years and is well known for being the place to go for the best brands and labels, with plenty of options. Unanimously the best one stop shop for all things Christmas, step inside and you’ll immediately recognise that you have entered the city’s leading retail store. Exceptional service, quality products and an enjoyable shopping experience is a given here. Within the three-storeys you can discover gifts for all from the latest fashion to must-have homewares along with the best in cosmetics and fragrances, and an outstanding selection of food, wine and cookware.

Hapa 

Nestled down a laneway in the central city BNZ Centre lies one of the most authentic gift stores in Ōtautahi. Showcasing a carefully curated selection of local design (with the exception of a few international items that have made the cut), HAPA is your one stop shop for the considered Christmas gift. Step inside and you’ll instantly feel welcomed by the beautiful and inviting store. Here you’ll find traditional pounamu pendants next to contemporary jewellery and handcrafted brooches, an impressive selection of art prints, quirky and cute children’s toys nestled alongside books and skin care products, and an exciting number of goods of all kinds that celebrate and promote Te Reo Māori. With a focus on local design that supports  New Zealand creatives, buy knowing you are backing the local scene and picking up something truly unique.

Shut the Front Door 

Quickly becoming a favourite in gifts and homewares, Shut the Front Door has brought a bit of fun to Christmas shopping with a fun and eclectic range of products from all over the world. The place to go when you don’t know where to start with the present for the distant or hard to buy family member, behind the door you’ll find a diverse range of products from quality brands such as Ashley & Co, General Eclectic, Middle of  Mustard, White Moose, Nowhere Mustard, Ethique, and more. 

Infinite Definite 

For the best of local and international fashion offerings, plus a well considered accessory range, Infinite Definite definitely gets the aesthetic right for any present or fashion-conscious receiver, as many of the brands they choose to stock use ethical practices to make their garments, meaning quality not quantity is the focus. Take pleasure in knowing you’re supporting local, as these guys started trading on High Street all the way back in 2008 and are still going strong. Sneakers, caps, t-shirts, swimmers, coats, jewellery, fragrance and porcelain means there’s ample options to choose from in this store, that’s always effortlessly cool with an array of colour and texture.

Frances Nation 

Nestled in the beautifully restored Arts Centre, Frances Nation sells useful goods made by New Zealand artists and makers, all of which have been personally scouted. From potato mashers to tool boxes, hand thrown ceramics to harakeke baskets and hand forged fire pokers, the shop is full of made-to-last items and is much loved by anyone who comes into contact with it.  The aroma of beeswax, handmade soaps and candles alone are enough to lure anyone up the beautiful wooden Arts Centre stairs an, once there, the space provides a collective of Christmas gifts with a story to tell. 

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