Tis the season to be jolly … and gift people lots of cool stuff! Braving the malls this time of year isn’t a great idea at the best of times, but this year Covid-19 is making heading to crowded malls even more precarious. So, why not figure out exactly what you’re after before you get there? Or, better yet, do all your gift shopping online?
No matter where you choose to shop for your loved ones this festive season we’re making your life just a little bit easier with our list of 10 gifts for everyone on your list. Whether it’s a gift for your special someone, your mom, dad, children, or even your closest friend, you’re bound to find the perfect fit on this list:
1. A hair tool from ghd’s festive Wish Upon A Star collection
Reach for the stars this Christmas with the ghd Wish Upon A Star collection. Offering a wide range of sets featuring your favourite ghd tools, there’s a set for every type of gal this festive season. Inspired by constellations, these gift sets offer something extra special for ghd fans this to enjoy. From the ghd Glide hot brush gift set (R2,600) to the ghd Deluxe Gift Set (R5,600), there’s a gift set to make any lady in your life feel like a queen.
The ghd limited-edition Wish Upon a Star collection is available online from the ghd South Africa website as well as from leading beauty salons nationwide.
2. Endless fun with Boggle
Enjoy some fun family time with Boggle. This fun word game is an ideal gift for anyone who loves words or boardgames. Players earn points by spotting words their opponents don’t before time runs out. Shake the grid to mix up the letter cubes, players have 90 seconds to write down as many words as they can find on the grid before time is up. At the end of the round, score the words. The player with the highest score wins. The game comes packed in an easy to store travel case for fun on-the-go.
Boggle is available online from Takealot for R250.
3. A Roku Gin gift box
Japan may be far away, but at least we can give a loved one a taste of Japan delivered straight to their home! Roku Gin and SIP Exclusive have introduced a wonderful Cocktail Box which contains a gorgeous bottle of Roku Gin along with key mixers and garnishes to make delicious cocktails in the comfort of your home.
The Roku Gin Cocktail Box can be purchased online from the SIP Exclusive website for R1,449 per box.
4. A spoil from Le Creuset’s Noel Collection
This festive new collection from Le Creuset is sure to excite any Le Creuset fan. A charming collection of festive pieces, delicately scrolled and painted with favourite holiday motifs, the Noel collection features everything from mugs and kitchen tools to casserole dishes. Spoil someone special with a set of festive mugs or splash out buy the whole collection!
Shop the Le Creuset Noel collection online here.
5. A luxury Cotton Company Waffle Weave Turkish Towel
The luxury Waffle Weave Turkish Towels are new to the Cotton Company and are a great gift for a special lady or man in your life this festive season. These lightweight towels are generously sized and ever-so-soft. Made from 100% Cotton. They are just the thing to wrap around yourself after a luxurious bath. The honeycomb weave is both breathable and super absorbent, made with OEKO TEX certified yarn. It rolls up small, making it great to take with you on any outdoor adventure. Available in bright summer colours, including Wet Pebble, Slate, Oatmeal, Citron, Marigold, Petrol Blue, and Coral Clay, there’s a towel to suit any style
Cotton Company’s Waffle Weave Turkish Towels are available online at R629 each.
6. Give back with Goodbye Malaria
This festive season social benefit organisation, Goodbye Malaria is giving South Africans an opportunity to shop while also contributing to meaningful change. Goodbye Malaria’s range of causal merchandise is handcrafted by local artisans who are part of the organisation’s up-skilling programme. Spoil a special child or an adult family member with Goodbye Malaria t-shirt this festive season and give them the special gift of knowing their threads helped to contribute to a good cause. We love the ‘Be the Change’ kids t-shirt (R250) and the unisex-adult ‘True Grit’ t-shirt (R270). The easy to wear crew-neck t-shirts are 100% cotton and made in South Africa.
Shop the Goodbye Malaria merchandise online here.
7. A good read with Softening the Edge by Mimi Nicklin
You may recognise Mimi Nicklinfrom from her popular podcast, ‘Secrets of the Gap’ or her much-loved weekly breakfast show, ‘Empathy for Breakfast’. And now, her long-awaited book is finally here in South Africa! Already a best-seller in the USA, Canada, Australia and the UAE, ‘Softening the Edge’ addresses empathy in all its facets and explores how humanity’s oldest leadership trait is changing our world. A great gift for a book worm who loves self-improvement-style guides, Softening the Edge will make for the ideal stocking stuffer this festive season.
Softening the Edge is available online from Loot at R313.
8. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer
This handy rechargeable device prints any shot on your phone’s camera roll using real instant film and an easy-to-use app. It’s the ideal gift for a snap-happy teenager or anyone who loves to print out their special photos and keep them as mementoes. The lightweight printer is ideal for printing holiday snaps on-the-go and is sure to excite any gadget lover.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer is available from Outdoor Photo for R1,895.
9. A bottle of Abstinence non-alcoholic ‘gin’
This locally-produced non-alcoholic spirit is inspired by the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This sophisticated, layered, complex non-alcoholic spirit is made using a proprietary artisanal single batch distillation process similar to craft gin-making. Each Abstinence spirit variant has a distinct, indigenous hero ingredient that is unmistakeably and authentically South African. The Cape Citrus variant has Buchu and Western Cape Citrus at its core, the Cape Spice variant captures a medley of spices and Honeybush, while Cape Fynbos, showcases Rose Geranium. The ideal gift for a gin lover who is trying to reduce their alcohol intake or a teetotalling loved one, Abstinence is sure to delight this festive season.
Abstinence is available from Takealot and at all good liquor outlets including PnP Liquor, Tops @ Spar, and Norman Goodfellows at a RRP of R249.99 per 700ml bottle.
10. Get festive with a Hibachi or Konro tabletop Grill
The perfect gift for anyone who loves Japanese cuisine, or wants to braai inside their home, a Hibachi or Konro table top grill makes cooking at home fun and exciting. These compact grills come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and are easily portable, which also makes them ideal for camping trips. For fuel, the Japanese often use highly prized Binchōtan, a specially processed charcoal, but you can use any kind of charcoal, preferably a natural charcoal made without chemicals. Binchōtan is especially good for apartment grilling as there is no smoke or smell.
Hibachi and Konro Table Grills range in price from R1,150 and are available from Grills of Japan offers along with Binchōtan coal.