What does it really mean to support local?
Supporting local helps more people than just a shop, it supports all that supply it, it supports customers, it supports the staff that work there. Items that are supplied by hard working people who create products that are not mass produced, they often have meaning, thought and love in them that you will not find at any chain store.
They are made to last, they have a lower carbon footprint and they are made with purpose.
Please this Christmas think about supporting local for your Little.
Buy something unique, that has a NZ connection or is NZ made.
Please take a look at some of our favourite local New Zealand baby and toddler products stores and businesses who have a sustainable product or business approach and support local this year.
Children of the trees – Wooden abacus, xylophone and custom painted toys –
Expressions of winter – Wooden puzzles, toys and blocks
Needle and Nail -Handcrafted wooden toys
Moo & The Gang – Wooden crafted toys
The Great New Zealand Toy Store – NZ themed toys
Enzo and Fox – Plastic free musical toys for babies and toddlers
Isla & Olive – Zero waste items, wooden toys
Chip of Nature – Natural, open ended wooden toys
Early Bird Toys – Beautiful natural toys and resources
Kraken Crafts – Amigurumi (small, stuffed crochet yarn animals).
Lille Bee Creations – Toys, clothes & heirloom items
Childer – An online marketplace for quality second hand babies and kids wear.
Earthlings – Organic & ethical baby and kids clothing
Live Love Lend – Second hand clothing for babies and kids
Pretty Childish -Busy books
My Quiet Books NZ- Fabric quiet books
Tu Meke Tūī Book – New Zealand Birds, bravery and friendship
Sunflowers don’t Grown in Winter book – A book about Nature, determination and hope
Creative/Open ended play
Little Monkey NZ – chalk, wooden puzzles, crayons
Imagine Box – Educational box for infants and toddlers
Honey Sticks – Crayons
NavyBaby – Heuristic play sets
Outside or activity based play
The Rubbish Whisperer – Zero waste products, Reusable water water ballons balloons.
Rock-it board – Rock-it board
Sweet Petite – Baby Milestone cards
Little Grippers Store – bedroom prints for kids
Little Cashew – Artwork prints for bedrooms
Lola and George – Natural earthy Bedroom Prints
The Nude Alchemist – Baby balms, baby massage oil
Little Fern – Teethers for baby, quilts & natural toys
Little Ethique – Baby shampoo, massage bars and gift sets
Rinse and Repeat – Reusable zero waste products and wet bags for kids
Baby It’s Personal – Personalised enamel mug