A Christmas gift guide for both indoor and outdoor adventure lovers


Gifts that excel in design, utility and the joy of using them

Words: Adam Blackwell

Our little team at Blackwell and Sons is excited to help you find the perfect gifts for the cyclists, gardeners, picnic lovers, analogue gamers, outdoor entertainers, campers and travellers in your life this Christmas. Trish, Michelle, Shane, Young Adam and I are looking forward to meeting you, our NZ Life & Leisure reading guests, in person or if you can’t visit us, packing up your online orders for delivery.

And while Millie is also very busy across the road at her bookshop, we love that feeling of satisfaction when we can sit together on our balcony at our Greytown home to catch up on the day’s news. We’re in businesses that bring our guests so much happiness. And that makes us happy too. We raise our festive martini glasses to you and your families this Christmas!

FOR THE OUTDOOR EXPLORER

BAREBONES RECHARGEABLE LIGHTING, FROM $59.90
Timeless design and modern technology create beautiful lighting options in a range of colours for indoor and out.

EIGHT-SPEED PASHLEY BRITANNIA, $2,455 (DELIVERED)
The most beautiful British bicycle in the world, available in a range of colours. Also available with electric assist.

BUDDY RIDER, $289.90
Take your buddy for a ride if he/she is 11.5kg or less, cradled safely between your arms.

EIGHT-SPEED ELECTRIC PASHLEY PRINCESS SOVEREIGN, $4,495 (DELIVERED)
British-made step-through beauty meets the latest battery and motor tech. Available in black or green.

MVP RETRO SERIES RUGBY BALL, $149.90
A collector’s edition for the sportsperson who appreciates 100 per cent leather beauty.

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BLACKWELL AND SONS ORIGINAL TEES, $49.90
All-original designs, exclusively available from Blackwell and Sons. Perfect gifts for hard-to-buy males.

FOR THE INDOOR ADVENTURER

HEIRLOOM EDITION MONOPOLY, $899.90
Stained walnut cabinet, tiger maple and rosewood veneers, solid walnut houses and hotels.

LUXURY EDITION CLUE (CLUEDO), $499.90
Beautiful wood cabinet with burled veneer panels with three-dimensional mansion rooms displayed under tempered glass top.

MYSTERY DATE VINTAGE TIN, $69.90
Decorative tin with built-in storage, graphics inspired by the 1965 edition! Buy it before they ban it!

MAN BAR SUPER-SIZED PREMIUM SOAPS IN LUXURY PACKAGING, $19.90
Amongst the most luxurious soaps in the world, with scents like cedar and sandalwood, redwood and clove or spiced tobacco.

GREYTOWN DISTILLING COMPANY GIN TRAILBLAZER SELECTION, FROM $49.90
From Greytown’s own award-winning gin distillery, a brand new release of incredible summer gins. Available inside the Blackwell and Sons emporium or online.

DON’T GO NEAR THE CREEK, $29.90
A brand new slightly scary adventure book for children aged four to nine, written by Adam Blackwell and illustrated by Paul Rees.

FOR THE GARDENER AND FORAGER

BAREBONES HORI HORI CLASSIC, $99.90
Vintage-inspired Japanese design with durable walnut handle and stainless steel tang.

BAREBONES HARVESTING AND GATHERING BAG $129.90
Vintage-inspired orchard design with a waterproof liner, multi-way straps and bottom drop-out for easy unloading. Available in grey or khaki.

BAREBONES FIELD HATCHET WITH SHEATH, $129.90
A blackened steel blade complemented by a handsome hickory handle. Includes sheath. Handle and head can be reset.

BAREBONES WILDERNESS CHEF KNIFE, $199.90
Ideal for cutting, dicing, slicing, chopping, rosewood handle and includes a full-grain cow leather sheath with steel belt clip.

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BAREBONES GARDEN TOOLS FROM, $49.90
Rust-resistant, heat-treated stainless steel, ergonomically designed with walnut handles. Properly cared for, these will last a lifetime.

BLACKWELL HERITAGE HARVEST SEEDS, $8.90 PER PACKET
New Zealand’s most reliable seeds in the world’s most beautiful seed packets! A set makes a wonderful gift.

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