If there was ever a place for one-stop Christmas shopping, The Base is it! And if you can take your gifts home wrapped and ready to pop under the tree, you can tick another job off your list and find a little more time to be merry yourself!
For a gold coin donation – or eftpos donation, get your gifts wrapped by our chosen community group. Thank you for supporting Volunteering Waikato, who get all of the proceeds from your donation.
About Volunteering Waikato
Volunteering Waikato was established in 1993 and has two main objectives – to ensure community groups get the volunteers they need, and to ensure that volunteers get the most out of their decision to give their time, energy and passion.
They do this by matching volunteers with the organisations where they will have the greatest impact, enjoyment and sense of contribution.
They provide services throughout the Waikato Region including the Waikato, Waipa, Thames/Coromandel, Hauraki, Matamata/Piako, Otorohanga, Waitomo, South Waikato and Taupo Districts.
Dates and times:
From Thursday 10 December to Thursday 24 December, 10am – close. You can see our centre opening hours here.
You can find our gift wrapping booths:
- Outside Farmers
- At the north end of the centre near Santa’s Kiwi Forest
Meet Evie Kemp, Gift Wrap Designer
Evie Kemp is an Auckland based artist and designer. A lot of her work is in textile or surface design; she spends her days applying her love of colour and pattern to almost anything she can get her hands on!
For our Christmas paper, Evie was given the brief to create an iconically “Christmassy” design but without the typical (and off-season) imagery of snowy scenes. Evie instead incorporated the icons of a kiwi Christmas… “because our Christmas traditions are important too, they’re just different!”
Evie’s favourite icon on the wrapping paper is the fish and chips! “My favourite!” And the cheeky Pukeko stealing a chip! Whilst Evie loves a kiwi Christmas now, it definitely wasn’t the case when she first moved to New Zealand!
“My Family moved to NZ [from England] when I was 14 and we were living up in Red Beach [on the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland]. My parent’s insisted on the “Christmas Day at the beach” thing as it was such a novel idea for them. The weather (typically) though wasn’t playing ball and it was rainy and as a very grumpy teenager I just went and sat in the car!”
Evie has since come around to enjoying and embracing the positives of having a Christmas lunch outdoors!
Evie loved creating our wrap knowing it would be beneath trees on Christmas Day! “It’s a real thrill to see everyone getting their gifts wrapped in it at the wrapping stations in the run up to Christmas. It feels like after the year we’ve had there isn’t a better time to truly celebrate the uniqueness of a kiwi Christmas!”