This New Zealand gift guide includes the 25 best Kiwiana gifts for people who are obsessed with New Zealand. Whether you are looking for gifts for bookworms, sports lovers, or fashionistas, you will find awesome New Zealand gifts for anyone on this list.
If you don’t have time to read this entire post, here are my top 3:
- For large budgets: Map of New Zealand (#5)
- For mid budgets: Book Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera (#19)
- For small budgets: Paua shell earrings (#22)
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Kiwiana gifts for large budgets
#1 A trip to New Zealand
A trip to New Zealand is by far the best New Zealand gift for people who love New Zealand.
Check out Skyscanner for flights and hotels or head over to Viator for fun tours in New Zealand.
If you are not sure what type of activity they would like, or when and where, you can also buy a Viator gift card, so the recipient can pick an activity himself.
#2 New Zealand gifts for fashionistas
Are you looking for true Kiwiana gifts for a fashionista? Then anything from a Kiwi fashion brand should work.
Allbirds is a sustainable brand that provides beautiful shoes and sporty/casual clothing.
The Stolen Girlfriends Club is a great brand for people who love rebellious outfits.
#3 Whittaker’s chocolate
Whittaker’s is a super popular chocolate manufacturer from New Zealand.
The company was established back in 1911 in New Zealand and has never left the industry since.
Cocoa is not grown in New Zealand, they actually import that from Ghana. But Whittaker’s has been awarded New Zealand’s most loved brand several years in a row. So that makes this one of the great Kiwiana gifts for chocolate lovers.
#4 Merino wool shirt
If you are looking for typical Kiwiana gifts, then anything from Merino wool is perfect.
Merino wool comes from the Merino sheep that graze in the highlands of New Zealand. It’s known for its odor-absorbing qualities and for the fact that it’s thinner and softer than regular wool. This makes it comfortable to wear directly on your skin.
Sheep farming is a big industry in New Zealand. It is estimated that New Zealand has about 10 sheep for every New Zealander!
#5 Map of New Zealand
I included a few cool home decor items in this New Zealand gift guide, such as this map of New Zealand. (Check out #12 and #16 for more New Zealand home gifts).
It’s a watercolor map, where you can choose from two colors; turquoise and green. And you can pick 5 different locations which you would like to be painted in gold. This is great for people who road-tripped through New Zealand for example. And to make it even better, you can also add a personalized message at the bottom of the map.
#6 Something rugby-related
Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand. So if you are looking for New Zealand gifts for men who love sports, and more specifically, rugby.
Then the rugby jersey of New Zealand’s national team (The All Blacks) from Amazon is perfect!
If you would rather give something else than a jersey, check out all merchandise items at the All Blacks Shop.
#7 Manuka honey
Manuka honey is one of the most typical Kiwiana gifts people take home as a souvenir from New Zealand.
The honey is special because it’s made by bees who use the nectar of the flowers of the Manuka tree. This tree is native to New Zealand and has been used in traditional medicine by the Maori for ages. Manuka honey has also been used for medical purposes and it’s said to have many health benefits and stop bacterial growth.
#8 Kiwi snack box subscription
Are you looking for Kiwiana gifts for someone who misses snacks from New Zealand?
This monthly subscription box is the perfect gift!
Every month the sellers curate a snack box with different New Zealand snacks. The boxes are made in New Zealand with only the best local snacks.
#9 New Zealand-themed phone case
This New Zealand gift guide includes a gift for everyone, including people who are addicted to their phones.
Because what’s a better gift for a phone addict, than a phone case with a New Zealand theme?
You can find nearly 1000 different options on Zazzle. I really like the one with the New Zealand silver fern because it’s such a typical New Zealand symbol.
Kiwiana gifts for mid budgets
#10 New Zealand cookbooks
The great New Zealand cookbook: The food we love from 80 of our finest cooks, chefs, and bakers.
This is one of the best New Zealand gifts for foodies.
333 New Zealand Recipes: A New Zealand cookbook from the heart
With 333 different New Zealand recipes, the recipient will never get bored with this cookbook.
A lighthouse keeper’s cookbook: Stories and recipes from New Zealand lighthouses
If you are looking for unique New Zealand gifts for foodies, this cookbook with recipes from lighthouses is the gift you need.
#11 New Zealand-themed travel mugs
Are you looking for Kiwiana gifts for someone who loves coffee? Then one of the 271 different New Zealand-themed travel mugs on Zazzle is the gift you need.
I loved the one with the kiwi bird and fruit combined, but head over to Zazzle for more options!
#12 New Zealand-themed wall art
This is another one of the beautiful home decor items in this New Zealand gift guide.
It’s a travel poster of Aoraki Mt. Cook during the famous lupin season.
#13 New Zealand beauty products
Are you looking for the best New Zealand gifts for her? Beauty products from New Zealand are the perfect gift for you!
For example this night cream from the brand Natural. It’s made in New Zealand and includes coconut oil, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, Rosehip Oil, and Argan Oil.
#14 New Zealand-themed passport cover
Are you looking for practical New Zealand gifts for travelers? Then one of the 122 New Zealand-themed passport covers on Zazzle is the perfect gift.
My personal favorite one was the passport cover with the map.
I simply love maps, but I also loved the fact that you can personalize the design. And the map is painted in the color of a Paua shell, another typical Kiwiana thing. (Check out #22 for more information about the Paua shell).
#15 New Zealand travel guides
Lonely Planet: New Zealand
If you are looking for New Zealand gifts for someone who is planning to travel around New Zealand on a budget, this is the perfect gift.
Fodor’s Travel Essential New Zealand
Fodor’s travel guides are great for any type of traveler. So this travel guide is a great gift for anyone who is traveling to New Zealand soon.
Hiking and tramping in New Zealand
Are you looking for New Zealand gifts for someone who loves hiking? This travel guide is the perfect gift for them.
#16 Kiwi bird wall art
Of course, I had to include something related to the kiwi bird on a list of the best Kiwiana gifts.
So for people who would love to decorate their home in New Zealand style, this poster of the cute and fluffy kiwi bird is perfect.
#17 Kiwiana gifts for her: spiral pendant
This pendant is one of the best Kiwiana gifts for her.
First of all, it’s a beautiful piece of jewelry. But what makes this such a great Kiwiana gift is the fact that it’s designed and handmade by the Maori.
The spiral shape stands for new beginnings, new life, and hope.
#18 New Zealand -themed jigsaw puzzle
This is the best gift idea for jigsaw puzzle lovers that you will find in this New Zealand gift guide.
It’s a 1000-piece puzzle of a beautiful sunrise over Lake Matheson in New Zealand. It’s a great gift for a New Zealand lover who can’t be in New Zealand at the moment. They can find some comfort by laying this puzzle.
#19 Books about New Zealand
The penguin history of New Zealand
This is one of the best New Zealand gifts for people who love to know more about the history of the country.
For more history-themed gifts, check out these 25 gifts for history buffs.
Pounamu Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera
This is a beautiful book for anyone who would love to know more about what it’s like to be a New Zealander from the Maori perspective.
Culture Smart: the essential guide to customs & culture in New Zealand
The culture smart books are great guides for people who would love to learn more about local customs and cultures.
Kiwiana gifts for small budgets
#20 New Zealand wine
Are you looking for Kiwiana gifts for someone who loves wine? Then a wine from New Zealand is obviously the perfect gift.
I picked a sweet Riesland by Giesen, but you can find all sorts of wine from New Zealand.
#21 New Zealand travel journal
Are you looking for small New Zealand gifts for someone who is going to travel to New Zealand?
Then a travel journal that’s specific to New Zealand is the perfect gift!
Travel journals are one of the travel essentials, which makes them super practical gifts.
#22 Kiwiana gifts for her: paua jewelry
If you are looking for typical Kiwiana gifts for her, jewelry made from the Paua shell is the perfect gift.
Paua shell jewelry is made from the shells of edible sea snails, called paua by the Maori. The sea snails are also known as abalone or ormer shells.
The paua shells are often used by the Maori in both arts and crafts, such as jewelry.
I loved the earrings with the shell in the middle. But check out Amazon for more Paua shell jewelry options, such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, or other earrings.
#23 Kiwiana-themed tote bags
The Kiwiana-themed gifts on Zazzle are one of the best sustainable and practical gifts in this New Zealand gift guide.
You can find nearly 600 different options on Zazzle, so I’m sure you can find something for any recipient.
#24 New Zealand -themed coloring book
This coloring book is one of my favorite items from this New Zealand gift guide.
It’s the perfect small gift for someone who could use some relaxation time. The book includes awesome New Zealand-themed patterns, such as the one on the cover with the kiwi bird.
#25 More New Zealand-themed gifts: luggage tag
Are you looking for more practical New Zealand gifts for travelers? Then one of the 258 different luggage tags on Zazzle is what you need.
If you need help picking a design, I would go for the one with the fern and flag of New Zealand.
It’s a cute luggage tag that combines two of the typical New Zealand symbols.
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Final note on Kiwiana gifts
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Are you still unsure which gift you should buy? Here are my top 3 New Zealand gifts: