Made here: Wellington gifts to show you care

Wellington is full of talented people making, brewing, baking, and creating – so why not spread the love with some locally made gifts?

Havana Coffee Works coffee
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Havana Coffee Works

Havana Coffee beans

163 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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It’s a well-known fact that Wellingtonians are a caffeinated bunch. With an excellent flat white around every corner, we rely on a good coffee hit to get us through the day.

One of the original pioneers of the capital’s coffee scene is Havana Coffee Works. They’ve been pumping out freshly roasted beans from their Tory Street roastery since 1989, and can grind them any way you like. Pick up a bag or two for the perfect Wellington gift or, if you have a three-plus cups a day friend, grab them a coffee subscription to fuel their addiction.

Penny Foggo

118 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

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Whimsical, playful, and utterly cool, Penny Foggo jewellery is a unique gift for that trendy friend or cool aunt. Penny makes all her jewellery by hand from her studio in Kelburn, and sells a beautiful range of earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Funk it up with a pair of geometric, colourful earrings or keep it classic with a pair of gold hoops with pearls or flowers.

Penny’s pieces are stocked at a range of Wellington stores, including Iko Iko, Wanda Harland, and Miss Wong, or you can buy direct from her website.

Penny Foggo flower necklace
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Fortune Favours beer

7 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Wellington is almost as crazy about beer as it is about coffee (well, depending on who you ask).

Make it a very hoppy holiday with a local tipple from Fortune Favours under the tree. Visit their brewery on Leeds St or shop online for their range of beers and gift packs. If you’ve got a fussy friend, mix it up with a Taste of Summer pack, or keep it classy with a glass and a cannon – your choice of flavour, that they fill fresh on-site in their specially made cans.

Capital magazine subscription

Pirie Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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What’s more Wellington than a magazine about Wellington? Give the stories of the city to your proud Wellingtonian mate, or friendly neighbour. You can gift them a subscription to the magazine, which comes out every other month, and includes interesting stories of art, culture, cuisine, and cool people in the capital.

All gift subscriptions purchased before 22 December will receive a free tea towel. Illustrator Suzanne Lustig says her design for the tea towel was inspired by joggers pushing through a northerly on Wellington's windy waterfront. It doesn’t get more Welly than that.

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Now or Never new slips September 2020
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Now or Never silk dress

Now or Never

30 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Now or Never is a local independent lingerie label that’s designed and made in Wellington by two friends, Emma Lodge and Olivia Lacey. Using best-quality silk and subtle but flattering designs, their pieces feeling incredibly luxurious and will become lasting favourites in your wardrobe.

In September 2020, Now or Never launched a new collection of silk slips focused on all things local. The material is bought from The Fabric Store on Garrett Street, the garments are made in Wellington and the instead of professional models they asked locals to the modelling including DJ Amy Jean,French White and writer Nina Katungi.

Six Barrel Soda

Lukes Lane, 40 Taranaki Street, Wellington

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Wellington's favourite soda was the dream of two mates, Joe and Mike. They had a mission to shake up a flat soft drink market with experimental flavours and a new level of quality. 

Six Barrel Soda make their soda syrups from scratch in their factory on Lukes Lane in the heart of the Wellington CBD, using natural ingredients, fresh fruit, organic fair trade cane sugar, and filtered water.

Pop into their cellar door to sample a flavour or two, and grab a mixed syrup pack for the cocktail or mocktail enthusiast in your life. For something a little extra, gift a subscription, so they can enjoy next-level drinks year-round.

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Shop Front at Mandatory on Ghuznee Street


21 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Loved local menswear label Mandatory’s combined retail and workshop space offers a unique shopping experience. From t-shirts to suits, Mandatory make affordable custom pieces that will become lasting favourites in your wardrobe. The small-scale and local nature of the label means the team can offer custom fit and tailoring, personal stying, wedding suits, resortwear, limited edition designs and capsule collections alongside their main range. Mandatory’s clothing is made with the finest quality cloth and by skilled manufacturers, meaning the garments are made to last (great news for the reluctant shopper!)

Looking for more Christmas inspiration?

Check out our shopping guides, pop-up shop, and Advent Calendar for festive ideas.

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