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The Dowse Christmas Gift Guide

Author: Sasha Greig, Front of House Team Leader

Feeling the gift-giving strain and running out of inspiration? Needing some last minute gift ideas for the loved ones in your life? We have the gift guide for you!

This Christmas, support local creators and artists, and support our museum.

We have something for everyone at MINE: The Dowse Shop, from gorgeous stationery and handmade toys, to beautiful ceramics and jewellery. And,if the choices are daunting, let us take the take the hassle away and make some recommendations for what you might gift your loved ones.

For the woman in your life

Whether it’s your mother, sister, partner or friend, she is sure to love our handmade silk scarves in a variety of designs. Or perhaps a handwoven kete from Demelza Craig is more her style. For the organised woman, our stylish Frank Stationery range is sure to be a hit, and the best part is, for every book sold, Frank will donate one to a NZ child in need.

For your man

Think outside the box this Christmas and get the man in your life some homewares. We have wonderful cushions and ceramics to fit any home, from the industrial to the colourful. Or for something a bit more personal, our handmade bowties in a range of patterns and fabrics will dress up that Christmas Day outfit.

For the little ones

Steer clear of the plastic toys this Christmas, and get something a bit more special! We have lovely handmade magic wands from local woodturner Tony Pemberton. Or how about the great Seedling range with plenty of craft activities for the kids to make their own fun, we particularly love the Make Your Own Wall Weaving kit.

For the art-lover

There is no better place to get a gift for the art-lover in your life than an art museum. We are stocked full of pottery, jewellery, and books, including the brand new Gavin Hipkins: The Domain to accompany our exhibition of the same name. The merchandise range also includes notebooks, pencils, mugs, cards, fabric patches and enamel pins... truly something for everyone!

For the last minute secret santa

Those last minute small gifts for a secret santa can be a real pain, but we have plenty of smaller gifts perfect for the style and wallet-conscious. The Areaware micro cubebots are always a hit, or the new LOQI resuable shopping bags featuring artworks from museum collections around the world. Or for something a bit closer to home, we have the beautiful NZ bamboo coasters featuring designs such as Manuka, Titoki, and Pohutukawa.

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