I love this time of year. It’s Christmas lights and carols, markets and just a festive atmosphere in general (apart from all the running around and trying to get things done before closing off the year). Still, gift shopping is not always my strong suit and I always leave it for the last minute. If you’re like me, this list of Christmas gift ideas might just come in handy this season…
Carrol Boyes – a Christmas gift full of grace
Carrol Boyes’ large canister (R529) from the Sketchbook Black collection will add a contemporary touch to any kitchen. The Sketchbook Black canister is adorned with the popular ‘full of grace’ design from the late Carrol’s personal drawings and it’s perfect for storing coffee, tea, sugar and more.
Available in Carrol Boyes Retail Stores and online.
Beautifully crafted décor pieces
Ethos Store’s focus is on high-end quality, which is why you’ll easily find something unique and special from their carefully curated homeware, bespoke décor and stylish apparel. Layer your spareroom bed with luxury from Ethos’ cosy linen collection and cotton-knit throws. They come in beautiful designs, knits, weaves, colours and patterns. They also have the most beautiful scatter cushions, which will bring warmth and charm into your home with the snap of your fingers (or rather the swipe of your card). In addition they have lovely serving boards and platters, as well as bowls and servers for the Christmas table.
Sally Williams Turkish Delight
Sally Williams recently launched their new Turkish Delight flavours, including cherry, orange and lemon and I love it! It’s the perfect Christmas gift idea for when you’re doing Secret Santa this year, or even for a Christmas stocking. Of course, they also have their special Christmas-inspired nougat packaging, which is an easy fix for dessert when you’re celebrating Christmas on the road, or even as a late-night treat.
Amanda Jayne Soy Wax Candles
These scented candles are not only beautiful, but also the perfect, practical Christmas gift idea this year. The candles’ scents are evocative and can easily transport you back, reminding you of someone special or of a special occasion – like this Christmas. The receiver of this Christmas gift will be able to take these scents into the new year, which means the impact will linger for far longer than just Christmas eve.
Amanda Jayne has just launched some beautiful festive candles, a collection complete with her best-selling scents: Greenhouse, Night Bloom, Ginger Cake and Seasoned. They have been hand-poured into gold tins and accented with beautiful, festive-inspired labels.
Black Betty and Poetry’s new jewellery range
Black Betty and Poetry recently collaborated to bring a brand-new range called ATOLL. The collection consists of locally handcrafted jewellery made from Sterling Silver, inspired by coral islands and coastal living. It pays homage to oceanic beauty with a stroke of modernity, taking many shapes comprising of metallic silhouettes and textures. Each piece is reminiscent of coral reefs, moving waves, ocean creatures, and shell structures enveloped in folds. The range is exclusive to Poetry and you’ll find it online or at select Poetry stores, including Canal Walk Shopping Centre, V&A Waterfront, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Sandton Mall and Brooklyn Mall.
Black Betty also has numerous other collections fit for your preferred Christmas gift budget this year. From the silver bar stud (R295), the polki gemstone ring (R550) and circle studs in silver (R580), to a mini sapphire stacking ring (R925) and the Chained Keshi Petal Pearl Earrings (R1850).
Reyneke Wines – The perfect Christmas gift
Opt for one of South Africa’s well-known organic wines as a Christmas gift this season. Reyneke Wines reflects a less is more approach with wines that are approachable and balanced without being overly complex. Their organic range’s grapes grow at a slightly lower altitude, resulting in wines that are fruit driven and well balanced. All the wines in the Reyneke Organic range are organically certified (Ceres certified), vegan- friendly and the ideal go-to wine for enjoyment any day of the week.
Banhoek Chilli Oil
This one is the ideal Christmas stocking filler, or even the perfect gift for a foodie friend. The Banhoek Chilli Oil will surely set your Christmas dinner party alight. Combine it with a wooden braai board or some other local foodie finds for a useful and innovative corporate or Christmas gift.
TRY IT WITH ONE OF THESE RECIPES
Elixir Fusion Oils
Elexir Fusion has a couple of really great Christmas gifts up their sleeve this year. The amazing range of natural skin and beauty products will most likely take much of the stress of Christmas shopping out of the equation this year. For those nomads in the family, opt for the Elixir Fusion Travel and Go gift pack, complete with Elixir Fusion’s most essential products to keep your skin glowing, bright and nourished this holiday season. It includes Multi-Active Enzymatic Exfoliator, Regenerating Anti-Ageing Cream, Balancing Cleanser and Hydro C Oil. There’s also an Elixir Fusion Hands and Heels combo, (including Sun Defence Hand Cream and Heel Balm), a Christmas pack for men called Festive Moods for the Masculine Factor, and many other carefully curated Christmas packs.
Nespresso and Pierre Hermé’s Christmas gift to you
Nespresso and world-renowned pastry chef and chocolatier Pierre Hermé have joined forces and recently announced a capsule collection for the festive season. The limited-edition collaboration builds upon Pierre Hermé’s extensive background as an expert of flavour, putting forth a collection that deepens the indulgence of the palate by relishing in the shared joy that we experience with friends and family. So, gather, discover and delight in unexpected surprises – from the visceral pleasures of tasting a new coffee or pastry to the combined laughter between friends.
Probably one of the best Christmas gifts you could get me, is their black single origin coffee from Colombia, the Infiniment Espresso, which is sourced from the new supplying region of Tolima. The farmers there mostly use natural methods and prioritize low-impact agriculture, benefiting the land and its inhabitants. The Arabica beans available in both Original and Vertuo as the Infiniment Double Espresso bloom with vibrant red fruit and smooth cereal notes, expressing an impressive depth of flavour and an elegant mouthfeel.
And, who says it’s too late to buy this season’s Original and Vertuo Advent Calendars, containing 24 coffees and a surprise gift for the last day? The giftable advent calendars contain the three co-created Nespresso | Pierre Hermé coffees, as well as favourites from the Nespresso permanent range, offering a different coffee behind each door, all presented in an exquisite, reusable box.
A Christmas gift from UGG
UGG South Africa’s options are endless when it comes to Christmas gift shopping for special family members, especially if you don’t know what to get. From UGG Mens Neumel Black, which has become an icon of street style for its soft wool lining and chukka silhouette, to the cute pink UGG Scuffette II Shell with its fluffy collar perfect for rainy weather, a book and bubbly. They even have an option for kids! The UGG Kids Classic Short II Chestnut has a barefoot feel with soft sheepskin and a super light, cushioned Treadlite by UGG™ outsole. Kids can therefore run, jump and play in them all day. Find them online here.
Nina and Bianca Duarte’s locally produced leather products are also a great option when it comes to Christmas gifts this year. with a special touch. It was the Kamers market that gave Journey Leather its big break and they have now settled with an office in Constantia, Cape Town, supplying personalised Journey products across the country from their online shop.
Journey’s premium leather items include anything from handbags, wallets, duffel bags and lipstick holders to wine carriers, laptop sleeves and more. These can all be personalised with embossed monograms or names.