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The Big Christmas Gift Guide: Quirky, Sexy, Cool Gift Ideas + Special Reader Offers
This is our curated list of festive gift and experience ideas for every special person in your life
Last Update: 19 December 2018
Sometimes the best gifts aren’t things at all but shared experiences. This festive season, peruse our list of experiences and gifts that you can exchange with your specials.
A RUM FOR SUMMER
The award-winning pure single rum by James Copeland is bold and full-flavoured with no additives. Copeland craft rum is produced in a family-owned and family-run distillery in Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula. Fermented and small-batch distilled in the Cape of Storms, Copeland Rum plays nicely with others – from simple serves, such as fresh fruit juices or tonics, to a wide variety of cocktail favourites, such as mojitos and classic daiquiris – this white, versatile, craft spirit is the perfect thing to shake up summer.
A PAIR OF LIMITED EDITION WINES
The new irresistible merlot by Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate in Cape Town is the epitome of balance and originality. The limited edition Adam & Eve is a pair crafted to the award-winning standards of the Stellenbosch wine farm, each with a unique expression of their shared Merlot grape variety. Read more about Adam & Eve.
Price: R290 for the pair. Order online.
YOGA IN COMFORT
If you want to help your friend, colleague or family member find their inner peace, then these beautifully decorated environmentally-friendly yoga mats made from recycled natural cork will help to do the trick. The mats are naturally antibacterial and extremely grippy, even when wet. Beautifully designed with alignment and proper posture in mind, the lines help you place your hands and feet correctly and offer a guide for hip, arm, knee and chest alignment. Read more about The Om Revolution and their weekly yoga schedule.
Price: R960 online.
COUTURE ROOIBOS CAPSULES
Now available: A 24-piece luxury collection of Nespresso-compatible rooibos capsules. Already slightly sweetened with maple sugar imported from Canada. All beautifully presented in a “Couture Edition” box, ready for gifting. Two smaller versions also available: 15-capsule boxes in red rooibos and green-leaf rooibos variants. Only available for direct purchase at Coco Safar.
Cost: 24-piece R745, 15-piece R149
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YOUR SHOES, MY SHOES
Gift two people when you buy just one pair of Vosk Shoes. The South African sneaker brand donates a pair to a child in need every time you buy, so you can help combat shoelessness. You’ll leave a unique #imprintafrica tread wherever you walk, thanks to the unique sole design. Learn more about VOSK.
Reader offer: To receive a 15% discount on your purchase, use the code "CPTMAG15" or buy VOSK Shoes less 15%.
Price: R650 online (R552.50 with the discount code CPTMAG15 or buy VOSK Shoes less 15%)
FESTIVE WINE ONLINE
Are you planning a sophisticated festive dinner or an informal family get-together? Regardless, with La Motte wines ranging from classic reds to refined whites, a jubilant Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine or a sweet and sultry Straw Wine, your holiday plans are sure to be sweet. Discover more about La Motte Wine Estate and its Pierneef Restaurant.
Reader offer: For free shipping in South Africa, use code FESTIVE2018 at checkout. For free shipping in Europe, use code LAM-FREESHIPPING at checkout by 14 December 2018.
Price: Various. Use the discount code above for free shipping by 14 December 2018.
FREAKING AWESOME COSTUMES
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. The store also stocks animal caps in a range of cool designs. Read more about aFreaka.
Price: From R300–R1150 online.
GIFT FOR THE OUTDOOR-LOVER
A lolly to make you jolly is the call of summer in Cape Town. Granadilla is a fun-loving swimwear and beach accessory brand that you want to be seen in during summer in Cape Town. The premium swim shorts for men and children and the ladies’ swimsuits are all made locally. Shorts come in a groovy original tube, which is a gift in itself. Learn more about Granadilla.
MAKE A FLUTE AND PLAY IN A CLAY BAND
Macassar Pottery is a ceramic studio and business incubation space that creates musical instruments from clay. You can join a workshop and dig into the clay to create a musical instrument you can learn to play and take home. Read more about Macassar Pottery.
Price: R390 online
HAVE YOURSELF A VELVET CHRISTMAS
Think layers of moist chocolate cake, cream cheese icing, pops of caramel, a hint of mint and a smear of Swiss butter cream crowned with a stylish festive wreath made with acorns, holly, and dark green foliage. The Christmas range at the Velvet Cake Co has a wow-factor that will put a smile on the face of any recipient. Read more about the Velvet Cake Co.
Price: From R295 online or at various stores
SCI-FI FIVE-PACK AT A STEAL
Whether you’re a geek for all things time and space, or just enjoy a good book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a classic story everyone needs to read. And Wordsworth Books has got the ultimate gift to give this festive season. Get the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series in one complete volume, plus two new short stories for a steal of a price.
Price: R205 at Wordsworth physical stores in various locations
Can’t decide on what to get him this year? Let Mantality choose for you with The Mantality Mystery Box. Each box is randomly picked and filled with two to five manly goodies, depending on which size you choose. You won’t know what’s in the box, but it could contain anything from gadgets, electronics, socks and jewellery to grooming products, sauces and snacks or mugs and glasses. Take a chance on the unknown; mystery awaits.
Price: Small boxes cost R299 (2–3 items with a combined value of R399), medium boxes cost R399 (3–4 items with a combined value of R499) and mega boxes cost R799 (3–5 items with a combined value of R899) at Mantality
THINKING OF YOU
Find a thoughtful gift without all of the thinking through this online gift store that is making sentimental gift-giving quick and easy. They’ve got goods for Christmas time, plus other special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, graduation and every other gift-giving occasion you can imagine. Our favourite for Christmas is their sandblasted personalised cookie jar.
Price: Various at How Thoughtful
COFFEE CAPSULES ALERT
We all know someone who can’t function 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. Read more about Mischu.
Price: From R79 online
Remember, donations in lieu of gifts to worthy organisations – safe houses, haven shelters, animal rescue centres, the Guide Dog Association, old age homes etc. – are very valid and valuable gifts. You could even donate to Eyethu Skatepark in Hout Bay.
AN ADVENTURE BOAT RIDE
Seals, penguins, sunfish and dolphins. The goal of the Ocean Safari by Ocean Experiences is to spot as many of the Marine Big 5 as possible. All while learning about Cape Town’s marine life and oceans on the way. It’s a bucket list-worthy experience that anyone of any age (over 12) and of any fitness level can enjoy. And you get it for 10% less via our tour deals link. See more on these awesome boat trips in Cape Town.
Cost: R630pp (normally R700pp)
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