Determined not to gift my family members with the usual soap and socks this Christmas I have decided to go the handmade route instead. But, when I say handmade, I’m not talking about making things with my own hands, I’m talking about buying gifts from talented craftsmen – the type of stuff that anyone would be delighted to unwrap. I can’t even knit myself a scarf (what is essentially one really long rectangle), let alone make something worthy of giving to another person. Luckily for me, Cape Town is home to a rather wide range of markets all offering some pretty fabulous gifting options and The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is one of the best of them.

One of the most popular markets in the Cape, The Bay Harbour Market is housed in a disused old fish factory at the end of Harbour Road, opposite Fish On the Rocks, and is a true gem indeed. While many might think of The Bay Harbour Market as the place to go for great market grub and live music, it’s also a shopping haven. Filled to the brim with stores offering top quality locally made goodies, there’s no better place to buy unique gifts – especially for that person on your list who has everything!

The Bay Harbour Market

Paul & Wanda Designs.

Browsing the stalls at the market is beyond fun and discovering that perfect gift is part of the thrill of market shopping but if you’re looking for some great gift ideas for Christmas then I thought would share some of my favourite finds from The Bay Harbour Market producers with you.

For the perfect gift for a yoga lover pop by the Simply Shweshwe stall for a beautiful selection of yoga mats bags, yoga mat wraps, and other yoga paraphernalia handmade made using colourful and bright traditional Shweshwe cloth. According to the tag on the yoga mat bag (which sells for R450); “each yoga mat bag that is sold affords an income to a talented, yet struggling Malawian gentleman and his family” so it’s a gift with a great cause behind it!

The Bay Harbour Market

Simply Shweshwe, Bamba Zonke, and Pedro Eyewear.

Another great find is Bamba Zonke. Selling a wide range of printed bags made in South Africa, Bamba Zonke offers the most beautiful handbags, makeup bags, shopping bags, and more for ladies who love a little bit of local flavour. The prints are beyond stunning and tell the story of the beauty, pride, and sense of humour of Cape Town and South Africa.

On the health and beauty front, there are also loads of items to gift that special someone who needs a bit of pampering. I love Zuki Massage and Body Care for their unique range of organic aromatherapy body products with an African twist. Zuki was once the personal masseuse to Madiba, who referred to her as “the lady with the magic hands” and these days she is causing a stir and relaxing the heck out of people with her incredible massages and products to take home. You definitely need to take time out from shopping at the market to experience a traditional Xhosa massage. Once you’re done, don’t forget to grab a massage candle or luxurious bath and massage oil for someone on your shopping list.

The Bay Harbour Market

If it’s something shiny you’re after then stop by Paula and Wanda Designs for unique handmade jewellery that will thrill even the fussiest family member. Paul and Wanda Designs offer a range of unique, sterling silver, semi-precious stone and gold jewellery lovingly handcrafted in Cape Town. Prices range from just R30 to R5000, so you’re bound to find something to suit your budget.

This is just a small selection of the beautiful selection of gifts waiting to be discovered at Bay Harbour Market. Pop in this weekend for a shopping spree and a bit to eat and get all your gift shopping done in one place – you won’t regret it!

The Bay Harbour Market is open on Fridays from 17:00 – 21:00 as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 09.30 – 16:00. For more information visit The Bay Harbour Market website or say hi to The Bay Harbour Market on Facebook.