Check out our ultimate gift guide for him and her. Whether you’re looking for a classic festive season gift (fragrance or jewellery is always a winner) or something a little more unexpected, we have compiled what we think is the best and most ultimate gift guide with something for everyone. These great buys will compliment cool coastal waters and warm African sands. Think turquoise and tan; our natural heritage seaside palette. Happy holidays!
BEST: Travel Bag
Burgundy Collective The Explorer (R4, 700)
We’re all about supporting local. This luxe leather travel bag is perfect for him, but also great to share. It’s made in SA using local materials by a small team in Stellenbosch. Ideally it functions as a weekender, but it can also be used as a gym bag too. This is a must-have investment.
BEST: Statement Ring
Pomellato Rings Nudo Deep Blue (from R60, 000 each, at BHH Boutiques, https://bhhboutique.co.za)
These eye-catching rings – in the perfect sea-blue shades for beach retreats and island nights – will work with all-white ensembles, denim, navy, summer prints, you name it! 18-carat rose and white gold with gorgeous stones such as topaz, turquoise, agate and lapis lazuli.
BEST: Love Token
Chopard Happy Hearts Bangle (R51, 995, at BHH Boutiques)
Your plus one a romantic? And, if she loves collectable jewellery, this distinct yet ultra-luxe bracelet is a winner. It features two stylised hearts and 0.05 diamond set in white gold and is ideal to stack with other bracelets or simply wear on its own for a striking look.
BEST: Everyday Chain
Verus Fine Jewellery Galaxy Necklace with Turquoise (R5, 600)
For the season, and beyond, a beautifully handcrafted jewellery piece that she can wear every day makes for a treasured gift. And if she can layer it with other items – it’s the look right now – even better! Our pick this summer is the Galaxy Necklace with Turquoise, layered with a Rose Gold Disk Necklace, R 3, 800 and Galaxy Necklace with Opals, R 5, 700 (also by Verus).
BEST: Nautical-inspired Charms
For a bit of fun, add some charm to your existing bracelet – or add another bracelet to your collection. These nautical-themed silver charms are from the Silver Charms Store, an online retailer of gorgeous sterling silver jewellery. As distributors of Biagi since 2006, focus is on customer service and satisfaction. The collection includes bracelets that hold European-style beads and charms and the charms are fully compatible with Pandora, Lovelinks, Chamilia and the South African brand Donna Mia. With over 1700 different charms in the range you can create a bracelet that is all about you. Available online with a few curated collections soon available through selected outlets.
BEST: Men’s Monogramed Wallet
Zemp James wallet in Waxy Tan (R595, plus R100 for personalisation)
While a wallet may seem a tad traditional, know that Zemp is not only a local fashion brand, but a sustainable one too (in fact it was the first company in SA to use compostable courier satchels). Make your guy’s gift all the more meaningful by adding his initials onto this classic tan leather, sourced from certified tannery using minimal water consumption.
BEST: Sports Fragrance for Men
Bulgari Man Glacial Essence (R1, 995 for 100ml EDP, Woolworths).
For the man who loves the outdoors (our kind of guy right?), this woody aromatic has been created around the power of natural elements such as fire and wood. The spice of ginger and juniper berries blend with the headiness of sandalwood and cedar to create a warm, inviting masculine scent.
BEST: Summer Fragrance for Women
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia (R2, 299 for 150ml EDT, Woolworths)
Lift the mood of the past year with the sunny soft sweetness of this fragrance inspired by the vibrancy of Sicily. It’s a blend of star anise, bergamot, and orange with the iconic green almonds that the island is known for. The base is rounded off with cedar, vanilla and white musk. Delicious!
BEST: Home Fragrance
Glasshouse Fragrances Bora Bora Bungalow Candle (R999 for 380g, Woolworths)
With its meld of cilantro leaves and orange zest, this dream-island inspired scented candle not only looks chic but delivers the goods when it comes to infusing a space with scent. Together with its main olfactory notes, it also has orange blossom and clementine in it’s fragrance profile.
BEST: Local Gift to Give – and there’s ONE TO WIN!
Madame Luna Double Glass Blue Wax Candle (R450)
This is the perfect gift to give to those who love what you love: the ocean, beach days, spa days and of course the love of local. This a unisex fragrance (think bergamot-musk). These glass-encased scented candles are designed and created in Cape Town. With 61 hours of burn time, it’s a long-lasting fragrant memory suitable to any occasion.
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This ultimate gift guide was compiled by Helen Clemson.