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Christmas Gift Guide 2023

There’s no fighting it – it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

So it’s time to embrace the best of what the creative community has on offer to liven up your festive season.

Whether you’re looking for artistically-minded presents that support Aotearoa creatives... or tinsel-tinged events to get you into the holiday vibe - The Big Idea’s Christmas Gift Guide gives you a headstart of making it a December to remember!


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Timeless Elegance In One-of-a-kind Pounamu & NZ Jade Jewellery 

Explore Eszter Szigethy's jewellery—a blend of Kiwi charm and global inspiration. From kawakawa leaves, circles of life pendants to sea urchins, each piece tells a unique story.  

Shop now for jewellery that captures the spirit of Aotearoa.


Give the gift of music this Christmas

Whether it’s Bach, Beethoven, Disney’s The Lion King or Ché-Fu - give your friends and whānau an unforgettable experience with an Auckland Philharmonia gift certificate in 2024. 

Give the Gift of Music


Share The Story of "Finding Grace | Kimihia a Grace" This Christmas

A captivating bilingual picture book that celebrates our connection to nature (Te Reo Māori & English). Independently published, printed in Aotearoa/NZ with backgrounds painted by children, it's a perfect local holiday gift.  

Order at The Light Library, with free shipping and special educator discounts


Bathe Your Space In Botanical Wonder

Brighten your home this Christmas, with limited edition botanical art prints from Holly Clarke Studios. A unique eco artist influenced by nature's hues, capturing moody, exotic & rare botanical flora in her giclée prints. 

Shop here


Share the Gift of Beautiful, Locally Made, Abstract Art

Vanessa Narbey (finalist The London Art Biennale, Walker & Hall Art Awards) has released a special suite of limited edition prints of paintings exhibited this year. Embrace the unexpected with textured marks and colour relationships. Available on archival 275gsm paper. 

Shop the range


TOI 500 Exhibition

Toi Pōneke’s 2023 residents’ exhibition offers a chance to grab an art bargain!
All works are $500 or less. Ft. Anthea Hayley, David Brown, Franzeska Pound, Jane Hyder, Kedron Parker, Laura Woodward, Maria Colls, Odette Anscombe-Smith, Selene Simcox, Yon Yi Sohn, Terence Turner, Workspace Studios and more. 

Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 13 - 21 December


Hand-Made Jewellery Crafted From Reclaimed Gemstones 

Drawing inspiration from mythical creatures, bright tropical flowers and the jewellery of Ancient Greece & the Byzantine Empire, Awaroa Road Jewellery believes in the beautiful meeting of past and present. 

Defy convention and celebrate joie de vivre this Summer at Awaroa Road


The Legendary Basement Christmas Show Returns! 

Jingle Bellethon Telethon brings back the klassic kiwi telethon, with a red-hot cast of crackups and a nightly celebrity guest. Will the crew raise the money and spread the cheer? Or will the live audience, awkward celeb interviews, rollicking sketches and offbeat musical numbers create a cursed telethon from 2009!? 

Book now


Folly Journal: Beautiful. Eccentric. Ridiculous.

Folly Journal is a titillating read for all, even your dad and weird Aunt Rose who drinks too much gin. Full of strange, funny, sexy stories and commentary, Folly Journal has some of the best New Zealand writing seen this year. Folly is founded on a single question: what makes a New Zealand story? 

Find out here