Why? Because RAPT Designer Gift & Home have opened its stylish doors in Newmarket.
If you’re looking for gorgeousness for your home or a very special gift that will be ‘just right’, RAPT have got you covered. From the black and white striped wingchairs, fabulous handbags, and striking artwork to the brew making kits for the boys, there’s something for everyone in this store.
“We try to cater for lots of different styles,” says Anj Selwood, general manager of RAPT, who runs the business with her mother, Barb Selwood. The family owned business began in Botany in 2007. Anj has a background in marketing and events as well as a set design qualification and Barb has a design and retail background. “Newmarket was always on the agenda for us so we were delighted to find the old Rodd & Gunn site on Broadway opposite 277,” says Barb.
Anj and Barb added their own touches to the store, and then filled it with RAPT’s beautiful offerings. They offer a fantastic range of furniture and homewares – Anj’s set design expertise comes into its own as she loves nothing more than creating new ‘looks’. “We’re always moving things around,” says Anj. “In fact, some of our customers in Botany come in just to see how it’s looking this week!”
RAPT stocks Scandinavia’s well known homewares brand Broste Copenhagen, along with Britto and Willow Tree; the latter two you won’t find anywhere else in Newmarket. Britto is a funky range of teapots and Disney figurines, and Willow Tree are figurines with sentiment titles such as ‘Angel of Comfort’, ‘Courage’, and ‘Thank You’. In addition you’ll find some exquisite candle and home fragrances lining the shelves including Cote Noire, Scent 5 Luxe, DL&Co., Nelson brand Living Light and the New Zealand made brand of soy candles, Essence. “We like to support local brands where possible,” says Anj. “Essence are a new entrant to the market and are presented in lovely marble jars. Most people know of Living Light. They have an amazing drip effect, it looks like lace.”
Other must-haves include the Silver Tag range of teddy bears, which are limited edition and come with a certificate of authentication. “They are jointed and have a hump on their back which is the sign of a good teddy,” says Anj. Another favourite is the Rosanna range, which serves up wonderful boxed gifting. We loved the ‘Tiny Human’ small tray which says ‘congratulations on making a tiny human’, and the ‘I’m a very stylish girl” jewellery tray. You’ll also find Galway, Bohemian and RCR crystal and French Country glassware, Karlsson clocks, and a diverse range of Kiwiana, baby and christening gifting and Christmas décor. Plus they’ve just received delivery of Sunnylife inflatables and summer accessories ready for the sun.
We think it’s a bonus that RAPT offer free gift-wrapping and are happy to send your gifts nationwide for you. They also have an online store (RAPTonline.co.nz), and if there’s anything you’re unsuccessfully searching for they’ll try and source it for you.