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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: 13 April 2017
KAROO TRAVEL-COOKING CLASSES AT AFRICAN RELISH
Don’t gift stuff, gift food. Better yet, gift an experience. Even better: gift an exciting travel-cooking food experience. African Relish offers small town Prince Albert-based culinary classes, from traditional Karoo dishes to Italian, pastry to Eastern cooking, mixed with adventure tours such as gourmet bicycle adventures and tuk-tuk tours. Go further and make this a summer getaway: African Relish have several cosy and fun cottages to stay at too.
Price: from R875/p
Price for the cottages: from R860/p
Where to buy: Africanrelish.com
Just Like Papa
The people at Just Like Papa have everything for the person that has everything or wants everything. If you know a DIY aficionado who’s the type to fix their own pipes, reupholster their own carpets and brew their own beer, they’re sure to appreciate anything from this store. A firm favourite will without a doubt be the Wetterling Outdoor Axe. Whether chopping wood for the fireplace or preparing for a braai, 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.
Where to buy: Just Like Papa (Mon–Fri: Open till 7pm. Sat: till 2pm) | www.justlikepapa.com | 73 Harrington St | East City | Cape Town
73 Harrington Street | +27 (0)21 286 4374
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!
This beautifully local brand was born from the principals of quality, longevity and femininity. Founder and Cape Town resident, Shelley Lee, started her hand-stitch trade in the Karoo where she was taught the age-old craft of working with leather. Today, you’ll be able to pop over to this incredibly modern and clean online store and make a few (many) purchases of a few truly lovely and superior products. Items range from cigarette rollie pouches (perfect for Capetownians, no?), belts, camera straps and belts to her hand-stitched handbag range. Visit the site Versethelabel.com.
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.
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.
Where to buy: www.capetownculinarytours.com
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.
Where to buy: Raith Gourmet – Constantia and Gardens Centre | Table Mountain Shop | firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
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 | email@example.com | +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.
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.
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
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
Opening Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: closed | Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm - 4pm | Friday and Saturdays: by appointment only
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!
Where to buy: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Om Revolution’s Luxury Cork Alignment Mats
There’s no place like ‘aum!’ If you want to help your friend, colleague or family member find their inner peace, then these beautifully decorated yoga mats from The Om Revolution will help to do the trick. Made from recycled natural cork, this mat is the ideal surface for their Yoga practice whether they are seasoned yogis or just starting out. Beautifully designed, with alignment and proper posture in mind, the lines help you place your hands and feet properly and offer a guide for hip, arm, knee and chest alignment. The comfortable cork layer offers more than your everyday yoga mat!
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.
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.
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.
Where to buy: Bay Harbour Market
BONUS CHRISTMAS TIPS
DON'T FORGET THE TREE
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?
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
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. Shop local and support a good cause at the TEARS Christmas Market.
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