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Our Big Summer Gift Guide: Quirky, Sexy, Cool Gift Ideas For Christmas

From R48 to R1 500, this is our specially curated list of Christmas gift ideas for every person in your life.

Last Update:  7 December 2017

Wetterling Outdoor Axe
If you know a DIY guy who’s the type to fix his own pipes, reupholster his own carpets and brew his own beer, he’s sure to appreciate this high-quality axe. Whether he’s chopping wood to fuel the fire or make the braai burn, the Swedish steel used to create this premium piece of equipment is going to make slicing through timber a breeze. The axe is fitted with a state-of-the-art hickory handle and comes with a leather sheath.

 

A post shared by Just Like Papa (@justlikepapa) on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:40am PDT

Price: R1500
Where to buy: 73 Harrington St Zonnebloem | Cape Town

Ocean Aged Tripel by Drifter Brewing Company
Beer aged at the bottom of the ocean? Now there’s a really unique gift! You’ll be the favourite for going to the depths of the ocean to surprise the beer lover in your life with this. Drifter Brewing Company have just surfaced their limited-edition 2016 Belgian style Tripel. For the past year, the 900 bottles have been in the cold, dark depths of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Point, developing its flavour and getting ready to be enjoyed this summer. The Tripel is said to carry hints of banana and citrus, which is somewhat unusual for beer but sounds delicious. It can be opened and enjoyed straight away, or kept for a special occasion as it ages well on land too.


Price: R250 per bottle
Where to buy: You can grab your bottle at Quicket.co.za. Get it before they are all out!

Lady Bonin’s Tea
Tea drinkers are as passionate about their blends as their coffee-drinking counterparts are about their brews. So a gift of herbal, black, green or specialty loose leaf, found at Lady Bonin’s Tea, is a no-brainer. Festive flavours currently available are Turkish Apple, Cinnamon Bun and Spiced Chai. The store also sells teapots and infusers.


Price: R60 – R400
Where to buy: The Tea Bar | 213 Long Street | Cape Town CBD | +27 (0)21 447 1741

Carmen Xclusive’s Christmas Album
Jingle bell rock out to tracks from this festive album by Mitchells Plain-born musician Carmen Xclusive. She’s collaborated with Abigail Bagley and Adelia Douw to bring you well-known carols and Yuletide classics. This album is a gift for the whole family. Gather in the lounge and let Carmen serenade you as you decorate the tree. 


Price:
R149
Where to buy: Carmenxclusive.com or email orders@malanderstudios.co.za

Fun Filled Food Tour with Cape Culinary Tours
Cape Town is a culinary melting pot. The city is spilling over with local cuisine and fare from further afield. Why not give a loved one the gift of exploring the Mother City through food by purchasing an E-certificate on their behalf. They’ll go on a walking tour of De Waterkant and meet some local producers feeding Cape Town the freshest seasonal ingredients.


Price: R1099/p
Where to buy: www.capetownculinarytours.com

Désir.co.za
It’s a high-end adult shop carrying the most luxurious adult toys from across the globe. This local store takes pride in offering its customers a wide selection of trusted and quality body safe silicone adult sex toys and ‘sexessories’. Think seductive lingerie for him and her (suitable for all sizes), beautiful silk and satin linen, cosmetics, literature and more. Everything is of the highest standard and quality. 


Price: depends on item
Where to buy: You can shop online or book for an appointment in the shop

Table Mountain Chocolates
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. An awesome gift for locals and tourists alike, the sculptured chocolate bars are also perfect for 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. The chocolate is available in both milk and dark chocolate.


Price: R58 
Where to buy: Raith Gourmet – Constantia and Gardens Centre | Table Mountain Shop | sales@tablemountainchoc.co.za

Turkspirit Turkish Delicacies
The classic Turkish delight makes for a treat. But it’s rare to find authentic Turkish delight, made in the traditional, Turkish way. Luckily this Christmas there’s an opportunity to try the real deal. Turkspirit, a local producer of authentic Turkish confectionary since 2007, is offering you two delectable specials this Christmas. The first contains a rose gift pack of Turkish delight, and also one round box of any of our natural flavours, for only R120. The second offer is a pack of Turkish coffee and  box filled with flavoured treats, also for only R120. Get the foodie, or simply the sweet lover, in your life something traditionally Turkish and delightful this festive season from Turkspirit.
PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only valid until Thursday, 21 December 2017.


Price: R120
Where to buy:  61 Plein Street | Stellenbosch | turkspirit@worldonline.co.za

Black Insomnia Coffee
Recently named the World’s Strongest Coffee by Caffeine Informer, Black Insomnia should come with a warning sticker. This divine drink is available at select coffee shops around Cape Town, but you can buy a bag of Black Insomnia’s aromatic beans or a pack of capsules as a Christmas gift for the die-hard coffee lover in your life at one of the outlets listed below.


Price: Coffee beans: R150 – R500 | Capsules: R100
Where to buy: Shift Espresso Bar, Green Point | Haas, Buitenkant Street | Hard Pressed Cafe, Gardens | Blackinsomnia.coffee

Message Mug
This porcelain mug from local designer Love Milo is a top-notch gift for someone who gets a little dewy-eyed in response to sweet words. It comes with a ceramic pen for scribbling a little ‘P.S. I Love You’ message on the surface for a pretty touch of personalisation. The ink comes off in hot water so daily or weekly messages become a regular gift too! A great idea is to buy two of these cups and give them to a couple as a combined gift (they would be as ideal for newlyweds as they are for gran and gramps).


Price:
R165
Where to buy: Lovemilo.com

Art Classes at In The Zone
It was Al Hirschfeld who famously said, “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons”... so get them drawing early on. Cultivate the creativity in your little ones by treating them to an art class, or an art party at In The Zone. They’ll spend two mesmerising hours creating what to you might be a mess, but to them is a masterpiece. All the paint, pencils, crayons and canvases are provided and every child gets to take their art project home.


Price:
Children’s art parties: R195 per child for a two-hour party
Where to buy: Shop 7 | KFC Centre | Wicklow Road | Plumstead | info@inthezone.co.za | +27 (0)79 346 6559 | +27 (0)79 343 5953

Limited-Edition Duchess Gift Packs
The world’s first non-alcoholic gin and tonic is the ideal gift for someone with sober habits. Nursing mothers, teetotallers and religious members of your circle needn’t feel excluded from boozy festivities any longer. What’s more, the virgin cocktail has less calories – which is a nice little detail for those watching their weight too. Duchess has recently released a limited-edition gift pack that comes with a complimentary cocktail guide.

 

A post shared by The Duchess (@drinktheduchess) on Oct 18, 2017 at 4:08am PDT


Price:
12 Pack Duchess Gift Pack: R269
Where to buy: Makro, Yuppiechef and select SPAR stores

Rechargeable Handbags and Tablet Covers
These locally crafted handbags and tablet covers are a must-have for those constantly on the go. The Take Charge bags and tablet covers are designed to keep you connected and fully charged no matter where you are. A slim battery is 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 functional and fashionable accessories are compatible with most Samsung and Apple smartphones.


Price: From R280 (excluding R100 for delivery to any major town or city in SA)
Where to buy: Take-charge.co.za or email info@take-charge.co.za | +27 (0)21 434 2699

Thursdays Lingerie and Swimwear
Any big-breasted woman will tell you that finding a bikini that comfortably covers her chest, or a one-piece that can accommodate the curvature of her body, is a frustrating ordeal. Consider easing your woman’s agony – or your own – by buying her a swimsuit from Thursdays. Made to bra size, there will be no more agony about accidentally flashing upon emergence from a tumble in the waves.


Price:
Bikini Bottoms: R300, Bikini Top: R600, One Piece: R960
Where to buy: Thursdays.co.za

aFREAKa Onesies
These quirky, locally-made onesies are the perfect gift for your wackiest friends or wonderfully imaginative kids. aFREAKa Clothing stocks the most unique onesies – from dinosaurs and Pokémon-inspired characters to proudly South African springboks. If the costumes are too wild, comfy and conventional onesies are available for the more conservative customers. 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: 171 Upper Canterbury Street | Gardens | Afreakaclothing.com | +27 (0)71 260 2725

Ajeless Africa
Inner beauty is great, but a little makeup never hurt. Ajeless Africa has created Christmas gift boxes which consist of two fabulous Ajeless lipsticks (SPF 15 enhanced to both protect and nourish your lips this summer season) and two long-lasting nail polish shades. Ajeless Africa products are specifically designed to cater for African skin tones, and makes an ideal gift for anyone keen on a bit of glam and glow!


Price:
R350
Where to buy: sale@ajelessafrica.co.za or +27 (0)76 701 9571

Mischu Caffenu Bundles
We all have that one family member who cannot be held accountable for what they say before their first cuppa. Make their day by gifting them with these Nespresso-compatible capsules. Mischu’s signature creation, Isabella, is 100% premium quality washed Arabica coffee – java jargon for pretty damn good. Every bundle contains 10 capsules.


Prices: Coffee bundles: R395
Where to purchase: Mischu.co.za

Cooking Classes at African Relish Cooking School
If you’re looking for a gift that can be shared with others, consider signing up the foodie of the family to African Relish Cooking School’s cooking classes this summer. The Prince Albert-based school has got a range of classes that include traditional Karoo dishes as well as Italian cuisine, pastry courses, Eastern cooking, and gluten and sugar-free meals. Go further and make this a summer getaway: African Relish owns some cosy and tastefully decorated cottages on the same street as the school, which makes for a great mini-break.


Price:
from R550/p
Price for the cottages: from R750/p
Where to buy: Africanrelish.com

Om Revolution TPE Alignment Mats
There’s no place like ‘aum,’ if you want to help your friend, colleague or family member find their inner peace. The beautifully decorated yoga mats from Om Revolution will help to do the trick. Whether they’ve been practicing for years or just started out, a true yogi will appreciate this gift that comes in either green, blue or purple with a floral design. In the true spirit of manifesting a legacy of love, R15 from every mat sale is donated to the Philani Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Project.


Price: R550 – R890
Where to buy: Theomrevolution.co.za

VIP Membership at Marianne Wines
Give a wine lover the gift of never having to see the bottom of their glass again. Marianne Wines is offering a year-long membership package that affords the club member discounts on purchases, bookings at the Marianne Wine Estate Country House, and meals at the Floreal Brasserie on the estate. Club members also receive free delivery anywhere in the country when ordering more than 12 bottles of wine, a complimentary wine pairing, tasting and blending sessions too. Additionally, members will be invited to Marianne Estate events all over the country.


Price: R2000/p
Where to buy: Mariannewines.com | +27 (0)21 8755 040 | info@mariannewinefarm.co.za

 

Turner Manufacturing Jewellers
If diamonds are forever, why not immortalise your love for someone special in your life by spoiling them with a pair of stunning earrings. Alternatively opt for an exquisite pendant, a charm for their bracelet or a sophisticated signet ring? If you would rather give your partner something more personal this season, the talented jewellery designers at Turners can create a unique piece to show your loved one just how precious they are to you.

 

A post shared by Turner Jewellers (@turnerjewellers) on Jan 26, 2017 at 2:28pm PST


Price: Varies
Where to buy: Leeuwen Street | Cape Town | Turnerjewellers.com | +27 (0)21 424 2528

Local Goodies from Bay Harbour Market
This vibrant seaside fair, located right at the Hout Bay Harbour, is home to a variety of pop-up and semi-permanent bazaars offering a scratch patch of locally sourced and manufactured goodies, including kids toys, arts and crafts, fashion, jewellery and much more. If you’re on the hunt for unique gift ideas, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this weekly market. Keep a lookout for Rowdy Bags, By Meg (their locally designed, handmade ballet-inspired shoes are divine), Pedro Eyewear, In Step shoes, Eden Art, and more. And it gets even better - December will be hosting four additional nights when the market will be open: 20 - 21 and 27 - 28 December, from 5pm - 10pm. The night's will feature an exclusive line-up of live entertainment on the KWV Sound Stage (Nomadic Orchestra, Empire Alight respectively, Jimm Harrison Project and The Bootleggers Blues Band) and DJ Eben on decks in the Beach Yard playing groovy seaside house music. As always, there’ll be more than 100 stalls, various bars and a mix of delish dining experiences.


Price: Varies
Where to buy: Bay Harbour Market

BONUS CHRISTMAS TIPS

DON'T FORGET THE TREE

Trendy Trees
Part of the festive cheer of this season is decorating the Christmas tree as a family and we’ve got some tips on where to find the… well, trendiest, tree. Trendy Trees sell a gorgeous selection of Christmas trees as well as an array of decorations that will add more than a touch of sparkle to any space. You can buy a tree or just rent it for the festive season, so when the holidays are over Trendy Trees will come to collect the tree. No mess, no fuss and no need to store a tree until next year.


Price: R2850 – R3000 for a tree, while decorations range from R80 to R500
Where to buy: Trendytrees.co.za

COOKING NOT YOUR THING?

UCOOK
If you’re a natural host(ess) but your prowess in the kitchen resembles Bambi learning to walk, this dinner kit delivery service will put your mind (and nerves) at ease this festive season. UCOOK and local chef Franck Dangereux have collaborated to create a Christmas meal that will leave you and your guests wanting more. The festive food box comes complete with all the ingredients and recipes you’ll need to prepare a meal for up to 16 guests.

Price: R1 100 (4 guests) - R3 800 (16 guests)
Where to buy: Ucook.co.za

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For other festive finds, check out our overview of other fun things to do in December. We’ve also got a guide to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

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Cape Town Events Calendar
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Reconciliation Day: MCQPThings to do for the Day of Reconciliation in Cape Town

Recognise the past, celebrate the future and make the most of the Day on Reconciliation this year

Oude 2Enjoy a night of entertainment with the family under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Picturesque views form the backdrop to this open-air Oude Libertas theatre. It’s just waiting to host you and your family for a night of delight

Dinos Alive 2017 1DinosAlive Dinosaur Exhibition and Play Park

Grab the kids and jump back to the Jurassic period at this awesome interactive edutainment activity

Darling Brew - 2The Darling Summer Beer Festival is Back

Because beer festivals this time of the year just make sense…

Runstacle 4Run, Jump, Crawl and Walk all With Runstacle the Obstacle Course Fun Run

Enjoy a trail run with obstacles suitable for all ages, with Runstacle

Corne and TwakkieCorne and Twakkie are Back with The Most Amazing Show

The once-popular The Most Amazing Show, featuring Corne and Twakkie, is back and it promises to be an evening of laugh-a-minute fun!

Gugulethu Seven Monument Reconciliation Day RaceRCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Day Race

Trot through the streets of one of Cape Town’s largest townships this 16 December

Corona bungalowCorona SunSets Festival Returns to Cape Town for the Ultimate Beach Party

Jonas Blue, Klingande, Mi Casa, TIMO ODV and more to perform at the Corona SunSets Festival returning to Cape Town on Saturday, 16 December

Tea 5Stompers Unite for the 13-Hour Multi-Genre Tea in the Tree Music Festival

Sister festival to Into the Wild, Tea in the Tree is a music extravaganza consisting of acoustic, electronic, disco, house, techno and melodic electronica

King Kong MusicalKing Kong is back in Cape Town for its Final Run

Celebrate the comeback of this historic musical. WATCH: Video footage of the original King Kong Musical

saflag1Day of Reconciliation (Public Holiday)

Different racial groups stand together for the sake of the future of South Africa

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Ratanga Junction Cape TownRatanga Junction Open for the Summer Season

The home of the Cobra offers thrill seekers one last ride.

Queen in Exile 2Athi-Patra Ruga's Queens in Exile at WHATIFTHEWORLD

The renowned artist’s latest body of work is about telling better stories, ultimately creating a world where the exiled can reign again (watch trailer)

MCQO - 1It’s MCQP Party Time Cape Town… Is Your Outfit Ready?

Get your suit of armour ready people, it’s all about the Dungeons and Dragons at Africa’s biggest and longest-running costume party

Palm Black TattooHand Poke Tattoo Techniques in the City

If it was good enough for the Romans, it’ll be good enough for you

Bay Harbour MarketSoothe Your Soul with Live Music at Bay Harbour Market Every Saturday

Celebrate our unique South African spirit with live music at one of Cape Town’s most vibrant markets every Saturday

Kirstenbosch Summer ConcertsThe Annual Carols By Candlelight at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Sing along to popular Christmas songs at Cape Town’s historic gardens this December

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell TheatreDinner and a Show with Rockwell Theatre

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Cape Town gets told to your mom, dad, tannie, ouma, second cousin and neighbour down the street

Wine FliesWine Flies Give You an Experience Like No Other

Take the road less travelled with this boutique touring company

Bay Harbour MarketYoung Saturdays at Bay Harbour Market

The new Young Saturdays programme at the Bay Harbour Market promises hours of creative fun for their youngest visitors

MAReSOLSatisfying Specials at MAReSOL Restaurant

Food that will make your palate and pocket happy

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownKids’ Party Special with Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag

Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

kiff kombi toursCraft Beer Safari with Kiff Kombi Tours

Get a 15% discount on a Kiff Kombi Craft Beer Safari Tour when booking for five people or more

The Backyard Grill Lounge RibsBBQ Ribs Special at The Backyard Grill Lounge

Savour succulent, sticky ribs for just R150 per kilogram on Wed, Sat and Sun

The Queen and PeasantThe Queen and Peasant Weekend Meet and Greets

Treat yourself to a tasting of fine wines, beers and spirits this weekend

HintHuntHave a Happy Birthday at HintHunt

Trade Table Dancing and Bottle Service for a Birthday You’re Sure to Remember

Radisson-Blu-Waterfront-Nov-2014-139.jpgSaturday Seafood Grill at Radisson Blu’s Flagship Restaurant

This three-course seafood buffet is Saturday night done the right way

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