Up your game for the office, friend’s group or family Secret Santa exchange with this locally inspired list of budget-friendly stocking fillers
While Secret Santa generally is a game with few rules, this list of original gifts is guaranteed to not break the bank but also to inspire that feel-good South African feeling. And get ahead of the game by ordering online and supporting local artisans and small producers.
1: Honest Chocolate spread, R95
For the chocolate lover give the indulgent South African, dairy free, refined sugar-free version of Nutella! Honest Chocolate are proudly South African artisanal chocolate makers from Cape Town, hand crafting each product in small batches in Cape Town using antioxidant rich and ethically sourced organic raw cacao.
2: Mandela tea, from R45
Few things are as synonymous with South Africa as our indigenous antioxidant rich honeybush, rooibos and buchu teas, which is celebrated in these tea packs. Not only is this a proudly South African gift but also it enhances access to education in the country through a percentage of the profits from every box of Mandela Tea donated to the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project. Available from Mandela Bangle, Faithful to Nature, Big Blue and health stores.
3: Set of six laser cut coasters, R100
These beautiful six coasters available in a floral design or tropical leaf design will enhance any home particularly for the holiday season. Available from the Kamers / Makers online store.
4: Parfum extract from House of Gozdawa, R99
The ultimate luxurious and artisanal local gift from celebrated small batch perfumery in Cape Town, House of Gozdawa. Each scent is produced using predominantly local ingredients, bottled by hand using only natural essential oils for a unique fragrance with this trial parfum extract inviting further exploration of the other five scents in the collection.
5: Sow Delicious Slab of Seeds in a range of herbs and vegetables, R69
This innovative seed slab is a proudly South African range of heirloom, non-GMO seeds, ready for planting in containers or in the garden. Perfect for the wanna-be gardening guru. Available from Yuppie Chef.
6: Soy lites massage candle, R65
South Africa’s original soy candle, free chemicals, parabens and petroleum ingredients. It doubles as a moisturising body candle to leave skin soft and nourished. Available from Soy lites.
7: Prince Albert extra virgin olive oil (500 ml), R79.95
Packaged in an iconic vintage styled yellow, black and white tin, this superior olive oil is sure to be a winner. Available from Woolworths online store, Yuppie Chef and selected retailers.
8: Inspirational cloth carrier bag “Be your own kind of beautiful”, R70
Versatile cream cotton bag printed with a black inspirational quote, useful as a shopping, beach bag or so much more. Made by the Breytenbach Centre community project in Wellington. Also available in three other quotes from the Kamers / Makers store.
9: Shweshwe passport cover, R50
Shweshwe fabric is our proudly South African cotton fabric, purposed here as a passport cover which makes for a useful and eye-catching gift when travelling. There is also space to place a credit card in the front and back where the cover fits over the passport. Available from Hello Pretty.
10: Beer Bread kit, R65
Impress friends around the braai with this make your own bread kit – just add beer! Available from in nine variations from Yuppie Chef.