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Christmas Gift Ideas in Cape Town
Some quirky and cool festive season present suggestions for men, women and kids
Last Update: 20 July 2017
The cosmetics line produced in Cape Town, by Cape Town’s make-up artist turned CEO, Astrid Jonker. The Ajeless Africa lipstick is the perfect gift for a special lady in your life! With SPF 15 to protect and moisturize the lips against the climate changes experienced in Africa, Ajeless Africa puts the needs of African skin first. Upon applying Ajeless Africa’s lipstick, the nourishing texture softly caresses the most delicate skin of the face, replacing the lost moisture caused by the UV rays of the sun and dryness of the air. While focusing on the needs of the skin, Ajeless Africa caters to the excluded complexions that are unique to Africa. With a range of 10 different shades that will match every skin tone, specifically designed to bring any African skin tone (from light to dark) to life. Spoil your loved one this Christmas with the luxurious feel of healthy, gorgeous looking lips.
Note: Ajeless Africa will also be introducing their nail colours in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled to the Ajeless Africa Facebook page for more information.
Where to buy: Place your order via the Ajeless Africa Facebook page or contact Astrid at email@example.com or +27 (0)76 701 9571
Trip Handbags and Accessories
If you’re looking for a gift that showcases the beauty of Africa, check out Trip Handbags and Accessories for stunning clothing designs. Trip has a selection of wrap skirts, dresses and shirts in bold, colourful prints as well as gorgeous leather bags and purses with minimalistic Africa-themed prints. These fashionable designs are perfect for casual wear but can also be dressed up for a night out on the town.
Price: R130 – R1 200
Where to buy: Watershed | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)82 781 6793 | www.triphandbags.co.za
Coffee Vouchers from mischu
We all have that one family member, loved-one or friend who is 100% addicted to coffee. Give them anything java related and they are the happiest little beans known to mankind. Lucky for you (and thanks to mischu), we have just the gift for your caffeine-loving mates! Post them a prepaid coffee voucher or have their favourite Isabella – mischu’s signature creation – coffee capsules or beans delivered straight to their door. What's more, customers will receive R100 off their bill when buying six or more boxes of capsules from the mischu online store. Use the coupon code 'Isabella Caps' the first ten times you purchase capsules from the online store and you could save R1000 in total!
Prices: Coffee vouchers: R150 - 1000 | Coffee Capsules: R75 per box of 10 | Coffee Beans: R83.50 – R299
NOTE: Please enquire about delivery fees.
Where to buy: mischu
A selection of red wine from the Audacia boutique winery
With the festive season craze, a good way to relax over this period is in a room with low volume music, some dim lights and a glass of your favourite wine. Offer the gift of unwinding this Christmas by purchasing some cultivar wines and red blends. With innovative wine-making techniques, Audacia offers wines uniquely made with the indigenous fynbos wood. Try the antioxidant rooibos/honeybush wood preserved wines for a new experience of wine making. This unique process assists in flavour and preserving the wine naturally. Audacia’s 2013 merlot is the world’s first no-added sulphate or preservative merlot. This technology is exclusive to South African wine producers.
Where to buy: Audacia Wines
Table Mountain Chocolate Bars
Inspired by one of the Mother City’s most famous landmarks, Table Mountain Chocolate Bars are 3D chocolate versions of our city’s most iconic rock. It is a great way for people to not only remember their experience of our pretty city, but also share it with friends and family! An awesome gift for locals and tourists alike, the delectably sculptured chocolate bars are perfect for those in the hospitality industry wishing to welcome guests with a proudly Cape Town souvenir, business owners who want to gift their clients a tasty and unique treat, or tourists wanting to take a little piece of Cape Town home with them. What’s more, the chocolate is available in both milk and dark chocolate and is manufactured locally, using ingredients of the highest quality. The cocoa is from West African and no vegetable fat is used. This festive season, Table Mountain Chocolate would like to share the gift of their chocolate with those in need. When buying your chocolate, purchase an extra chocolate and the company will donate it to orphans at the Al-Noor Orphanage Centre or to the elderly at Nazareth Home for the Aged.
NOTE: Table Mountain Chocolate has recently launched mini Table Mountain Chocolate Bars that are perfect for hotels and guests houses, as they are ideal for turndowns.
Price: R48 – R58 (Minimum order of 10 slabs – free delivery in CBD)
Where to buy: Raith Gourmet – Constantia and Gardens Centre | Table Mountain Shop | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sapphire Diamond ring from the Peacock Collection by Lind Collection
Those looking for a standout gift for a standout person need look no further than the exclusive Linde Collection’s most recent custom designs, the Peacock Collection. The high-end, hand-crafted tanzanite and sapphire diamond collection features bespoke earrings and pendants, but it is their exquisitely sophisticated rings that are unequivocally their signature piece. Inspired by bold colours, the natural white gold sapphire diamond ring features 59 round full-cut diamonds, as well as natural blue ‘checked board’ faceted sapphires. Each stone is unique in shape and colour and therefore no two rings are the same, making this the perfect gift for a loved one.
Price: R26 800
Where to buy: Linde Collection
‘Gifts that Give Twice!’ from Goodbye Malaria
Make a difference this festive season by supporting Goodbye Malaria when purchasing one of their locally made Christmas gifts that give not only once, but twice! Goodbye Malaria’s product range consists of ‘products with a purpose’, as profits from sales are used to fund the non-profit organisation’s Malaria Spray Program in Mozambique while also helping to create sustainable employment for artisans. Through sales the local artists benefit financially for their work and in turn are able feed and educate themselves and their families. Goodbye Malaria’s African-inspired product range features hand beading, embroidering, stitching and sewing on items like pyjama-style lounge pants, teddy bears, toiletry bags, 100% cotton adventure shirts (perfect for corporate gifts), as well as beautifully hand-beaded, colourful bracelets (ideal as stocking fillers).
Price: R85 – R3000
Where to buy? www.goodbyemalaria.com/shop
Allen Carr Easyway therapy
Give someone the gift of good health this Christmas and sign them up for Allen Carr’s Easyway clinic to end smoking addiction (with their permission, of course). The treatment takes the form of an intensive group therapy session that requires participation from every member of the class. Smokers will be taught alternative methods of dealing with stress and how to get rid of the fear attached to quitting. Allen Carr also has a series of books to assist people who struggle with addiction that can be purchased from Amazon. Ask around! It really works.
Price: R2900p/p or R580p/p for Discovery Vitality members.
Where to buy: www.allencar.co.za | email@example.com | +27 (0)861 100 200
Looking for something modern, informative and quirky, that is also in the form of an artwork? Well, KNOW YOUR STUFF is a striking, visually informative series of prints with wide appeal as it is aimed at both the décor and collector’s art markets. Created by local graphic designer and art director Jefferson Loffler, the series of prints presents essential information for modern living, in bite-sized compendia for homes and workplaces. It was his curiosity and fascination with everyday ideas and object that initially led Jefferson to creating these prints. From there he focused on creating infographic- style representations that were fun and lighthearted, as well as stylish and informative (not to mention affordable). There are currently thirteen artworks available in different colours in A4 (30x30cm) and A3 (60x60cm) sizes.
Price: R200 – R1 500
Where to buy: The art series is available from Cape Town retailers: The Feature Store (Cavendish Square, V&A Waterfront), Quirky Me (V&A Watershed, Biscuit Mill, Constantia Village), Threads Project, Haas, SAM, Stable, Saks Corner, Ingenuité (Montecasino, Johannesburg) as well as online at www.knowyourstuff.co
Alternatively: You can also order prints online from KIN and Mono.
Looking for a gift for someone in your life who has an impressive private bar? Add a bottle of Wilderer Gin to their collection this Christmas. The local gin distillery has a selection of award-winning liquor that is a must-have for the festive season. Gift an alcohol expert with a bottle of Wilderer’s unique fynbos gin made with a mixture of fynbos, honeybush, buchu and devil’s claw. For an even more exotic drink, try out the Grappa Shiraz, an extraordinary blend with hints of white pepper and chocolate that is best enjoyed a with a strong cup of coffee.
Price: R170 – R350
Where to buy: Wilderer Distillery | R45 Simondium | Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 3555 | www.wilderer.co.za
Rechargeable Leather Handbags and iPad Covers
These locally crafted luxury genuine leather handbags and tablet covers are designed to keep you connected and fully charged no matter where you are. Equipped with a micro USB port and iPhone adapter, the bags are compatible with most smartphones, including all new Samsung and Blackberry devices and all iPhone models. What’s more, the TAKE CHARGE tablet envelopes come standard with a built-in powerbank with three connector heads, allowing you to charge your tablet or e-reader anytime, anywhere. The slim battery design has been cleverly placed in a secret slip pocket inside the bag (keeping the battery safe and out of the way), and allows for at least one full recharge of your phone or tablet before having to recharge the battery unit itself. The electric range now includes totes and racers and come in a variety of fashionable, on-trend designs. Not to mention, each item is accessorised with a branded bronze or gold plaque, with the optional extra of personalising a bag for a gift at an additional cost of R70.
Lady Bonin’s Tea
The herbal, black, green and specialty blends found at Lady Bonin’s Tea are an essential gift for lovers of the tasty eastern drink. Each of the teas has different characteristics that benefit the body is various ways: try the delicious Rooibos Choc Chilli Chai for a healthier heart or try the Tumeric tea to build up your immune system. Lady Bonin’s Tea can be purchased from the tea bar or various health stores in Cape Town. The store also sells cute teapots and infusers for those who don’t have the brewing equipment for loose teas at home.
Price: R60 – R400
Where to buy: The Tea Bar | 213 Long Street | Cape Town CBD | +27 (0)21 447 1741
Local Goodies from Bay Harbour Market
Nestled in the sleepy town of Hout Bay, this vibrant seaside fair (located right at the Hout Bay Harbour), is home to a variety of pop-up and semi-permanent bazaars offering an array of locally sourced and manufactured goodies, including kids toys, arts and crafts, fashion, jewellery and much more. Among the wide range of local traders on offer is Rowdy with top quality leather bags, including backpacks, and duffel and tote bags. Also look out for By Meg’s range of locally designed, handmade ballet-inspired shoes. Also look out for cool, environmentally considerate, gifts by Eco-Biz, such as laptop bags, or ‘living concepts’, like a tree presented and packaged in a biodegradable tube. Other traders include G7 Utility, Eden Art, Pedro Eyewear, May Bru, Swing, In Step and many more. We suggest you take the time one Friday night or Saturday/Sunday morning to head down to the market and have a squiz through all the proudly Capetonain goodies on offer.
Where to buy: Bay Harbour Market
Alternatively: Respective traders websites.
‘Beach to Bar’ Collection by KIKOI
Beautiful handcrafted expressions of unique South African flair in leather, hemp, canvas and/or cotton weave is what you can expect from the Kokoi ‘Beach to Bar’ collection of towels, blankets and throws. This is not only an awesome, but also a unique Christmas gift idea for all. Inspired by travel, foreign flair and flavour, all Kikoi’s products feature the Azdebele design, which is their unique take on local tribal design but with an international and modern twist. Kikoi’s collection also includes round-shaped picnic blankets, cotton towels, hemp beach throws, as well as napa leather summer wrap sandals, beach and zip bags and hats.
Price: R230 – R1 950
Where to buy: www.kikoi.co.za
Black Insomnia Coffee
Does the coffee-lover in your life want a brew that gives them an extra kick? Black Insomnia Coffee is exactly what they need. Recently named the World’s Strongest Coffee, this powerful blend gives drinkers a caffeine boost in a delicious, creamy cup of coffee. This divine drink is available at selected coffee shops around Cape Town but you can purchase a bag of aromatic Black Insomnia beans or a pack of capsules as a Christmas gift for someone special. Black Insomnia also makes a cold brew for those who prefer their coffee chilled – be warned, this drink has an even higher caffeine content than their hot drinks.
Price: Coffee beans: R150 – R500 | Capsules: R100 | Cold brew: R35
Where to buy: Shift Espresso Bar – Green Point | Haas Coffee – Buitenkant Street | Hard Pressed Cafe – Gardens | blackinsomnia.coffee
These quirky, locally made onesies are the perfect gift for your most daring friends or wonderfully imaginative kids. aFREAKa Clothing stocks the wackiest onesies under the sun – from dinosaurs to Pokémon to proudly South African springboks – you can get an outfit to suit whatever taste and style at an affordable price! If these kooky costumes are too wild for the more conservative customer, check out their range of INYE (meaning ‘one’ in Xhosa) onesies, which has a simple design of one or two solid colours. The store also stocks animal caps in a range of cool designs.
Price: Animal onesies: R300 – R875 | INYE onesies: R550 - R1090 | Animal hats: R200
Where to buy: aFREAKa Clothing Store – Gardens | www.afreakaclothing.com
Personalised jewellery from Turner Manufacturing Jewellers
Beat the Christmas rush and get your special someone an extra special gift this yuletide season. Turner Manufacturing Jewellers has a range of stunning rings, earrings, pendants and more for you to choose from. If you would rather give your partner something more personal, these innovative designs can create a unique piece of jewellery to show your loved one just how much precious they are to you.
Where to buy:Leeuwen Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 2528 | www.turnerjewellers.com
Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone in your life who exudes sophistication and savoir faire? With a 197-year history of producing the finest cognac in France, The House of Bisquit has the ideal liquor for a more refined palate. Savour the fine flavour of Bisquit Cognac and drink it neat or have it as a cocktail if you prefer a sweeter taste. The drink can also be added to a variety of dishes – enhance the flavour of your shellfish, duck, classic meats and rich desserts with a dash of Bisquit.
Price: R420 – R2 199
Where to buy: www.bisquit.co.za
Homeware from ODEON Retail Store
Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves beautifying their home? Visit ODEON at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront and have a look at their range of gorgeous homeware designs. ODEON stocks artisanal products from South African designers and their suppliers include Wonki Ware, Ngwenya Glass, Mungo, Design Afrika and more. Buy a colourful tableware set and add some pizzazz to the dinner table this year.
Where to buy: Shop A03 Watershed | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)79 220 5075 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Audacia Low-Cal Wines
These low-cal local wines are the ideal gift for people who love drinking fine wine but want to watch their figure at the same time. Audacia Winery has a range of low-calorie vinos that are sulphite and preservative-free, but still have the wondrous flavour that Audacia fans love. Try out the rooibos wooded wines selection of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz or have a natural red blend made with honeybush.
Where to buy: www.audacia.co.za
‘Braai the Beloved Country’ by Jean Nel
Nothing brings South Africans together quite like meat (or vegetables, if you prefer) cooked over an open flame. Jean Nel, who is well-known across the country for being a braai expert, has used his 15 years of experience with the flamed food to compile a list of his favourite braai recipes into one book. If chops are not your thing, don’t fret – Jean’s recipes include all sorts of meats, vegetables and even side dishes for you to cook up on your trusty braai stand. He also shares advice on the best tools to use when you’re braaing on the go. Try out some of his recipes this festive season at one of Cape Town’s best braai spots.
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
JHP Gourmet Guide
We all have that one friend who refuses to eat any restaurant that doesn’t live up to their standards. Jenny Handley has just the gift for you: the writer, food critic and owner of Jenny Handler Performance sent out a team of gourmet experts to visit the best restaurants in Cape Town, Durban and Joburg and rate their food, service and venue. Her Gourmet Guide gives descriptions of the restaurant and details on the venue as well as a photograph and recipe of the chef’s signature dish. Follow this infallible guide and you’ll never have a bad meal again.
Where to buy: The guide is available nationally at Exclusive Books, Woolworths, CNA, PNA, Wordsworth and Bargain Books. It can also be purchased online.
Superfoods Raw Chocolate
Give your friends a healthy treat this Christmas and purchase a few bars of this delicious raw chocolate by Superfoods. Raw chocolate is a great snack for chocoholics who are trying to eat healthier or manage their weight. The decadent dark chocolate gives you the same delicious, creamy goodness found in regular chocolate without putting any sugar or harmful additives into your body. If the sugar-free raw cocoa taste is too potent, opt for the original flavour that contains Balinese organic coconut nectar sugar to add a bit of sweetness to the chocolate.
Price: R69 per chocolate bar
Where to buy: www.rawlicious.co.za
Culture Club Cheese Hamper
Give a loved one something tasty this Christmas and purchase Culture Club Cheese’s divine gift hamper. Owner Luke Williams has put together a stunning selection of cheeses and treats to enjoy with them. The hamper includes: three perfectly matured cheese, a bottle of Le Lude Method Cap Classique MCC, two types of crackers, a sample of Italian salami, two Culture Club Cheese preserves, a box of artisanal chocolates, a jar of organic honey, a jar of olives flavoured with wild nasturtium pods and rosemary, an engraved cheese board, a bag of organic nuts and a bottle of organic olive oil, all packed into a gorgeous woven bag.
Price: R1 995 per hamper
Where to buy: Culture Club Cheese | 215 Bree Street | +27 (0)21 422 3515 | email@example.com
Greenpop Tree Rings
This Christmas, Greenpop is giving nature-lovers a chance to contribute to their reforestation project while giving a cute gift to a loved one. For only R140, Greenpop will plant a tree on your behalf and in return you will get a bamboo key ring with the GPS coordinates of your tree engraved into the wood, so you can visit your tree whenever you want! The organisation also has personalised e-Tree Cards which contain the GPS coordinates of the trees you’ve helped plant.
Price: Tree Rings – R140, e-Tree Cards – R120
Where to buy: www.greenpop.org
VIP Membership with Marianne Wines
Give a wine-lover an extra special gift this Christmas with Marianne Wines. The wine estate is offering a year-long membership package that allows access to their most exclusive offers. Club members will receive discounts on additional purchases from the cellar door, bookings at the Marianne Wine Estate Country House made via their website and meals at The Floreal Brasserie on the estate as well as free delivery anywhere in the country when ordering more than 12 bottles of wine, complimentary wine pairing, tasting and blending sessions. Additionally, members will be invited to Marianne Estate events all over the country.
Where to buy: www.mariannewines.com | +27 (0)21 8755 040 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Blokes Hair and Broads Hair Gift Boxes
We all know a handsome bloke and gorgeous babe who can’t leave the house without making sure they look flawless from top to toe. If you need help finding Christmas presents for these glamorous people, check out Blokes Hair’s great gift for the metro man and stylish woman in your life: a care package that contains the best products to keep your hair and skin healthy. The Blokes package contains hair drops, beard drops and face balm while the Broads package contains hair drops, face drops, night repair drops and hand balm. These amazing balms are sure to make anyone’s hair look perfect for Instagram.
Price: The Blokes Care Package is priced at R800 and the Broads Care Package is R900.
Where to buy: www.blokeshair.com| email@example.com
Cork Alignment Mats from The Om Revolution
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or just started out, it’s perfectly normal to struggle with proper foot placement and alignment. The Om Revolution is here to help you with a range of innovative cork and non-toxic TPE yoga mats. The mats were made using natural cork and are available in beautiful colours such as blue, green and purple with a gorgeous floral design. R15 from every mat sale is donated to Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project.
Price: R550 – R790
Where to buy: www.theomrevolution.co.za
Cooking Classes at African Relish Cooking School
If you’re looking for a gift that can be shared with others, try out one the African Relish Cooking School’s cooking classes this summer. The Prince Albert-based school has got a range of classes that includes traditional Karoo dishes as well as Italian cuisine, pastry courses, eastern cooking and gluten and sugar-free meals. Make a booking for any of the summer cooking classes for two people and a third person can join you for free. This offer is valid until the end of April 2017.
Where to buy: www.africanrelish.com
Who could say no to a glass of chilled Amarula Cream on a summer’s day? Made from the marula fruit indigenous to southern Africa, this creamy drink is the ideal gift for someone who appreciates African excellence. Amarula has recently launched a new drink called Amarula Gold, a variation of their award winning liquor that doesn’t contain any cream – which makes it suitable for vegans as well.
NOTE: Amarula is teaming up with WildlifeDirect to raise awareness on the conservation of elephants. Visit Amarula.com to choose, design and name your own elephant. For every elephant named, Amarula will donate $1 to WildlifeDirect.
Price: R124 - R160 per 750ml bottle
Where to buy: Various stores in Cape Town
BONUS CHRISTMAS TIP – DON'T FORGET THE TREE
Fact: you can’t celebrate Christmas without the tree. Another fact: Trendy Trees sell a gorgeous selection of Christmas trees and decorations that will add sparkle to any festive gathering. Whether you are on the hunt to purchase or rent a Christmas conifer, Trendy Trees has something for every budget. What’s more, when the holidays are over, Trendy Trees will come to collect the tree gain. No mess, no fuss and no need to store a tree until next year. Even better, the company’s collection of outdoor and indoor fairy lights is also ideal for birthdays, guest houses or for simply adding a little extra sparkle to your space.
Price: R2850 – R3000 for a tree, while decorations range from R80 to R500
Where to buy: www.trendytrees.co.za
Sorted for Christmas gifts but still not sure how to celebrate the day? Have a gander at our overview of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunches, dinners and events in Cape Town.
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