December 8, 2021

The Best Shops in Auckland – A Christmas Guide

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The Best Shops in Auckland – A Christmas Guide
With just a few weeks until Christmas, it's time to narrow down your one-stop shops for all your gift-giving needs!

After being in lockdown for more than 100 days, Auckland is slowly opening up just in time for Christmas! It’s time for Aucklanders to put their gift-searching boots on and brush up on the art of gift-giving.

Here’s a guide to some of Auckland’s finest spots to find the perfect gift for everyone you love.

Father Rabbit

20 Normanby Road, Mount Eden & 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay

Father Rabbit would be a great place to shop for all your relatives and friends who love carefully curated, sophisticated, and modern homewares, kitchen products, fashion, and kidswear.

You might find an elegant, extremely functional teapot for your tea-loving aunt or a “high-performance” beer cooler for your dad, while for your “white-on-white”-loving cousin, well… basically anything from the store would be a great fit for that description! 

Father Rabbit is not about grand gestures, but elevating those mundane everyday tasks.

Maggie Marilyn

The Pavilions 18 Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway, Britomart Place

This Christmas, how about being a bit greener in your gift shopping? At Maggie Marilyn, you can find fashion that is part of a mission to create a better world by putting our planet first.

You can gift everything from dresses, skirts, and pants to hoodies, jackets, and knitwear, and it’s all made from organic cotton, linen, and other sustainably and ethically obtained material.

From farms in the deep South of New Zealand to your home – your life, everyday – anytime, forever, let’s Create a Better World Together.

The Fantail House

237 Parnell Rd, Parnell Village, Parnell, Auckland

If you are searching for gifts that are New Zealand-made and Kiwiana, The Fantail House would be the best place to go. The Fantail House is a celebration of all things New Zealand, with an extraordinary range of gifts, mementos, and homeware.

You can bring a bright smile to your little niece’s face with a Pohutukawa Fairy or the Kowhai fairy decoration, or you could gift everyone in your whānau (family) a bag of all-time favourite Manuka Honey skincare products, with everything exclusively made in NZ.

We are passionate about supporting a more sustainable New Zealand & providing a wonderful space for New Zealand Artisans to showcase their wares for all to enjoy. 

Unity Books

19 High Street, Auckland CBD

As English author Neil Gaiman said, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them”. So, this Christmas, you can give such a precious gift to your loved ones from Unity Books Auckland.

With up-to-date selections of new novels, essays, and non-fiction works, Unity is packed full of incredible books from all over the world. There are over 20,000 titles in store for you to choose from. If you are unsure which genre to pick, don’t worry, you can always gift a book token, which can be used in-store or online.


205 Queen Street, Auckland CBD & 88 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Hikoco is the perfect place to buy gifts for all your friends and relatives who love all things self-care. This Korean beauty store features an amazing variety of beauty products that are produced using natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a facial mist, a sleep mask, or a hair styling serum, Hikoco stocks it all.

If you liked this article, you might like our feature on the best Christmas gifts this year.

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