Last-minute gifts for those Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

By Renate Engelbrecht

Tuesday, Dec 12

If you’re like me, you’ve once again let the Christmas gift shopping stand over ‘til the last minute. Perhaps early Christmas gift shopping should become a new year’s resolution? Imagine shopping for Christmas gifts all year round? You might even get some great deals, with the bonus of less stress about what to get your loved ones as silly season arrives. But, for now, here is a list of last-minute gift options, ideal for those Christmas stockings that still need to be filled…

PNA is a great go-to this time of the year. Remember last year’s reel?

In addition to their Holly & Ivy Christmas Crackers and stunning Christmas-inspired table décor and serviettes, they also have numerous cool and crafty items to fill those Christmas stockings with.

For the artists in the family, pick the PrimeArt Oil Paint Starter Set, or the Derwent Inktense Wash Set.

There are also stunning Circuit Glitter Gel Pens which I am certain many members of the family – young and old – would appreciate and enjoy.

Christmas stockings gift PNA

And, for mom and gran (or perhaps your granddaughter who is keen on learning to knit) PNA also has T-shirt Yarn and knitting needles available, which will fit perfectly into those Christmas stockings.

Knit elite yarns PNA

Apart from these, a pair of socks is also always welcome. Pick and choose at Polo.

Polo socks_Sandton City

Another small, but wonderful gift to add to the Christmas stockings, is a card holder from Mango, available at their Sandton City Mall shop.

Card Holder Mango Sandton City Stockings

The Be.Bare.Life Shampoo & Conditioner range is the perfect stocking filler for Christmas, especially for those who are pro ditching plastic bottles. Their Grapefruit & Rose Geranium shampoo bar’s delicate, soft scent is reminiscent of Turkish Delight and it’s packed with natural goodness. It contains the comforting, sweet note of rose geranium (a local plant) balanced with a hint of zesty citrus oils. Grapefruit and lime’s purifying properties help to cleanse hair and control natural oil production on the scalp. Additionally, the inclusion of plant-based butter and moisturising castor oil in the product assists in softening, hydrating and promoting healthy hair growth.  

Be Bare Shampoo Bar

Spending time with the family this holiday, but nervous about the conversations that might arise? Perhaps a conversation starter kit in someone’s Christmas stocking might steer the conversation in another direction this festive season… These Cards for Conversation from Poetry could just do the trick.


Conversation cards Poetry

Techniblock’s SPF 50 75ml Active On The Go is the perfect handbag or beach bag companion. The Sun Protection Spray provides high protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is water and sweat-resistant and it consists of a non-greasy active performance formula, perfect for athletes and active individuals. It also contains no oxybenzone or octinoxate. 


Let your guy say goodbye to stubble with Tree Hut’s Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil Coconut Lime. With it, he can achieve the closest shave ever, complete with a signature scent.

Treet Hut

Treat those dear to you with some zest in their stockings this Christmas. BioMedical Emporium has just launched their first-ever Vitamin C Concentrate, perfect for freshening up your skin in a matter of minutes. It’s the ultimate product for revitalising, hydrating and evening out your skin tone and it comes with a dry oil formula, which means you don’t have to worry about any greasy residue on your skin after application.

BioMedical Emporium Vitamin C Concentrate

While I am not always a fan of canned wine, it does come in handy while travelling, on a picnic or, wait for it, as an additional stuffing for those Christmas stockings. These canned wines from Spier also fit the bill perfectly, with Christmas-themed colours adding to the festive cheer.

Spier Canned Wine

For the littles, I couldn’t resist adding this wooden ‘sleepslak’ (pulling snail) to the list. It’s perfect for newly mobile kiddos to continue building their physical strength. Ultimately, crawling and walking can be made even more fun when you have an adorable wooden snail as companion. The ‘sleepslak’ is handcrafter in South Africa from FSC-certified beechwood and features two large wheels and a neutral coloured ribbon.

Sleepslak Babylonstoren

And, which girl wouldn’t want a dress for Christmas? Pick ’n Pay clothing has a range of fun Christmas-themed matching clothes for the whole family, but also some lovely dresses for little princesses.

Princess Christmas Dress Pick n Pay

The first time I saw these natural fire starters, was at Luka Vineyards in Plettenberg Bay. I just love the idea of this and apart from it being environmentally-friendly, it’s also one of the most beautiful gifts to add to a Christmas stocking this year. They work perfectly with dry wood, being filled with clean-burning fynbos, recycled materials and wax. These Natural Fire Starters are created in Knysna by a group of entrepreneurs, which means you’ll also be supporting local.

Natural fire starters

Happy shopping for those stockings.


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