Whether it be a birthday, thank you present or a treat for that special someone, Wellington’s got you covered. Catering to a range of budgets and tastes, Wellington is home to a huge selection of awesome local businesses, offering a variety of unique presents and experiences.
Wellington is an ideal place to shop for that original gift idea, but with so many options where do you begin?
This guide uncovers our top picks for unique gifts in Wellington, as well as where to find them.
Note: We are not affiliated with any of the following companies, we just really appreciate their Wellington offerings.
Wellington Chocolate Factory
Perfect for: The love for chocolate sees no boundaries, meaning this gift is perfect for just about anyone!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The Wellington Chocolate factory offers a range of quirky chocolates, from something safe like Milk Chocolate – to something more adventurous like a Chili Peanut variety. Ranging from $9.00-$13.00, this option makes a perfect small gift idea, or a little something extra to ‘buff up’ your gifts.
Wellington Chocolate Factory chocolates are made using artisan methods reaching back to the 18th century, using the finest organic and ethically traded cocoa beans – resulting in a seriously tasty bar.
Something we particularly love about this chocolate is the beautiful packaging used, each variety having their own unique wrapping designed by a New Zealand artist.
Perfect for: A range of people including creatives, people in need of some ‘me’ time, expectant mothers or perhaps a sporty family member or friend, looking to soothe those tired muscles.
Entrepreneurs Kevin and Samantha set up Float Well in Wellington after being absolutely mesmerized by their own experiences with floating.
Floating is a form of sensory deprivation, where the water is largely made up of Epsom salt which enables you to float effortlessly in your heated, soundproof pod. You can choose to play music during your float and there’s even the option to have sensual lighting throughout or float in complete darkness.
Floating offers every individual something different and the benefits range from muscle recovery, relaxation, stress relief, sports recovery and magnesium absorption, right through to enhanced creativity and a better night’s sleep.
This gift is a unique and unforgettable experience. There’s even the option to float with a friend or partner!
Price: $95 Casual Float
The Occasional Brewer
Perfect for: The perfect gift for Dad/Brother/Bestie (or any true lover of Wellington craft beer).
Occasional Brewer is a brewery based in Mt Cook in Wellington, situated on 85 Adelaide Road. With their own professional equipment, ingredients, facilities and expertise you can make your own great craft beer from scratch – no experience needed.
An Occasional Brewer ‘brew station ticket’ entitles up to three people one 40L brew, that you can make yourself with the help of their brewing experts. You can choose what type of brew you want, and even print custom labels for the bottling process. This process is a really cool day out, and results in a fridge full of around 10 dozen of your own 300ml bottles of custom brew – a dream come true.
Price: A brewing session costs around $159.00-$200.00, however this experience can be shared by up to three people.
Perfect for: A particularly good gift idea for the ladies in your life (think Mum, Sister, Girlfriend). Offerings include natural skincare products, fine tea and luxury candles. For more of an experience based gift, there’s also skincare workshops, massage treatments and holistic facials, ideal for those longing to be pampered. If you’re not sure what they’ll prefer, there are gift cards available too.
Born in 2014 Wellington Apothecary is the brainchild of three friends and health practitioners Jemma Scott, Chantal Cropp and Laura Jansen. A holistic paradise on Cuba street, it has a wonderful range of skincare products and herbal blends to choose from.
Products are natural and handmade, using the finest herbal ingredients, most of which are presented in stylish lab-like glass containers, environmentally and stylistically on point.
Bonus: Gift wrapping is available and it looks gorgeous.
Price: Face masks from $16.00 (Cheaper options are available, as well as opportunities to splurge).
Little Yellow Bird
Perfect For: Any lover of ethical and sustainable made clothing.
Little yellow bird is a local Wellington business with a serious passion for creating clothing of the highest quality, using ethical and sustainable means. Their range includes uniforms (work shirts, aprons, even hospital scrubs) and casual clothing (shirts, hoodies). All these items being made from 100% organic rain-fed cotton – seriously cool. Grab a gift-card ($50.00) and let that special someone look and feel like a million bucks.
Price: $50 giftcard
Let us know if we are missing any of your favourite original Wellington gift ideas in the comment box below. We’re always looking to add to our list.