63 Rutland St, St Albans, Christchurch 8014


What a crazy couple of weeks it has been – who would ever have believed we would have lived through a lockdown! After those weeks of not trading, we need to start on recovery, which means we need you more than ever. Here’s what shopping local means at Coco Gifts, and where your money goes …….

I employ local people – Andrea and Blossom both live in St Albans. They shop local, Edgeware fruit and vege, Peter Timbs butcher, Meshino for coffee. Even though I live inBurnside, I still buy my milk next door at Jacksons dairy, and my daily coffee from Meshino.

I donate to local schools and organisations – I don’t think I have ever turned down a donation request from the local schools – St Albans School, Paparoa St School, St Albans Catholic, Mairehau Primary and St Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Sports teams from many secondary schools, including Villa Maria College and St Andrews. Every year I donate to a pamper evening at the Champion Centre, a specialist parenting support centre located at Burwood Hospital.

I buy stock from local people – The Boughmans Bees (bees wax company with their own hives actually in Weston Raod), Keith on Hawkesbury Ave who makes wooden pens, and Linda who sews ponchos.

I buy stock from local wholesalers – Stellar Haus for sparkly lights, Waxglo for candles, Archer House for jewellery & scarves & accessories, Imbellished by Bella for handbags. Local companies employing local people. Then there are the numerous wholesale companies from around NZ who have sales reps based in Christchurch, buying from them means income for the sales reps.

So, during the next few months while we are all trying to recover from the lock down, try to support the small businesses in your neighbourhood as they really are the backbone of the local economy.

Live, shop, love, local 🙂