Let’s face it, getting the perfect gift for a family member, friend, co-worker, partner or even kids is not the easiest task. With so many options to consider, it can become overwhelming to explore thousands of scented candles, in search of the perfect one – because “you’ll know when you find it”, right?
But this gift guide narrows your search to consider the decor enthusiast, the homemaker and the new mom. From body and skincare to kids, this list ticks all the boxes.
For the home-maker:
The Cotton Company
Founder, Madeleine Hugo fell in love with Turkish towels while living in Istanbul, and a highlight of her stay was an extraordinary road trip through the Turkish countryside where she met a family of authentic Turkish towel weavers.
Made from the finest cotton, this beautiful and versatile collection adds a touch of elegance and luxury to everyday living. 100% premium Turkish cotton makes each item superbly durable, soft and absorbent.
Our favourite – Waffle throws in citrus, oatmeal or white
The Baskiti Co.
What started as a Hanging Storage Basket in an attempt to take the veggies from the founder’s veggie tray to the wall and out of their 14 month old’s hands, has grown into a luxury brand offering storage solutions that are both functional as well as beautiful.
Locally handwoven and focusing on ethical trading, Baskiti is your Minimalist Homeware Store, offering their original Baskiti Hanging Basket, and their Wall Hooks range fits in seamlessly with their offerings.
For the Kids/New Mom Christmas Stocking:
HopiSkopi Activity Book
My HopiSkopi Activity Book was created out of a newfound challenge faced by so many families due to the coronavirus pandemic, by having to keep their children educated, entertained and motivated to learn.
The activity book, reviewed and edited by a professional school teacher, aims to make learning fun, and contains stimulating, practical, and easy-to-understand worksheets and activities for kids aged 4-7. The book itself is split up into various categories, allowing for each kid to choose their favourite task.
Messages for Mama
Messages for Mama was created by fellow mom Jana Leonard, and fashion designer Ricci JVR, with one goal in mind – to create a platform for Mamas to be encouraged and supported by friends and family while creating magical keepsakes for their babies as well.
They have stepped up the gifting game with a premium, locally designed, and manufactured range of baby accessories for those intimate moments mom and baby share. Messages for Mama will hold a new mom’s hand and support her when the going gets tough.
Each product has an encouraging embroidered Message for Mama, to remind her of her support system even on her toughest days. Choose from a variety of pre-selected messages of encouragement or personalise your message for something even more special (product dependent). Motherhood is hard, but “Mama, you’ve got this!”
Shop: www.messagesformama.com (Due to an influx of orders, the company is taking a short break to get back on track, but be sure to drop your email for updates).
For the Skincare lover:
Terres d’Afrique is a local natural, ethical and fair-trade skin and body care range that’s founded by Dr. Stephan Helary’s, who holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Wildlife Management and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Ecology.
It captures the unique power of rare African botanicals in science-driven, organic formulas that balance the skin and nourish the senses. No harsh chemicals or animal-derived additives are in any of the Terres d’Afrique products and only the purest ingredients in organically-certified formulations that nourish and balance the skin is used.
Our favourite – Omumbiri Body Butter: a luxurious rich body butter fragranced with exotic omumbiri.
Lulu & Marula
Lulu & Marula is an all-natural, ethically produced skincare brand based in Cape Town. A collection of face and body care products, Lulu & Marula creates conscious, scientifically formulated skin care that works with skin to balance and boost its natural processes.
Lulu & Marula believe that caring for our skin is a much-needed daily ritual, for our minds as much as our bodies. Endorsed by the Beauty Without Cruelty association, Lulu & Marula products are not tested on animals and ingredients are all of natural origin.
Our favourite – Calming Bath and Body Kit
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