A Curated Gift Guide To Festive Shopping In Cape Town
This festive season, more than ever before, we should be shopping responsibly and in a considered fashion. Supporting our local artisans, makers, creators and small businesses who have been beavering away during lockdown to design and make their treasures is the new way to go about gifting. We may not be in as close proximity as we’d like to be this season, but let our gifts do the hugging for us! Whether you’re after something snug and cosy, a bit of sparkle or a special piece of cloth to put a smile on someone’s face, there’s masses of inspiration this festive season. Without further ado, let’s saddle up African Santa’s fleet of graceful gazelle and go shopping!
For Those Who Can’t Live Without Their Knits
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Miss Knitwear’s SHAGGY SHRUG is a luxuriously handcrafted, award winning piece created by local designer Candice Johnson from ethically sourced mohair boasting over 500 fringes. Guaranteed to make you believe you’re a Hollywood diva, but will also keep you super toasty.
For Those Who Want Their Chocolate And Eat It
JACK RABBIT CHOCOLATE STUDIO
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Internationally acclaimed chocolate studio Jack Rabbit is famous for their whimsical approach to creating the most delectable, impeccably precise and artful chocolate creations, using exotic ingredients like Mexican guavas and blood oranges.
For Those Who Want To Put Their Best Foot Forward
COAST AND KOI
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Without a doubt Coast & Koi produces the most divine foot art fashion in Cape Town. Every pair is a one-off creation, stunningly embellished and in the boldest of colours. The dilemma is, it’s very difficult to choose just one pair!
For Those Who Believe Life Is A Beach
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Cape Island is at the heart of African luxury and creates fragrances that ooze exotic elegance. CLIFTON BEACH with tones of sun-warmed coconut, layers of soft white flowers, sea salt, vanilla and fresh lime, is a holiday in itself.
For Those Who Want To Give Back To Our Planet
Sealand’s epic range of sustainable, upcycled bags and carriers are made from old yacht sails, hemp and organic cotton. The ROAMER BREEZE rucksack is highly functional, durable, comes with a lifetime warrantee and last but not least, a feast for the eye.
For Those Who Believe Cooking (And Life) Never Need To Be Dull
Say hello to Shineshine’s JULIE JUU apron. Quintessentially African with a modern twist, this range of Cape Town textiles – fabrics, moon bags, hats, beach towels and more – is an explosion of all things vibrant and local.
For Those Who Adore All Things Skandi
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Alexandra Hojer designs and manufactures limited edition pieces that reflect modern nostalgia from a quaint Cape Town city centre studio. Throw on this burnt sienna PEACE frock in the morning and it’ll take you dancing at night.
For Those Who Like To Keep Their Animals On A Very Short Leash
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With their finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary street fashion, The Lot’s snazzy one piece leopard print swimsuit will sizzle in the Southern Hemisphere heat. Now off to the beach!
For Those Who Covet The Midas Touch
KIRSTEN GOSS JEWELLERY
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South Africa’s undisputed queen of ultra-glam statement jewellery, Kirsten Goss’ spun-gold, modern-tribal earrings transform the lucky wearer into African royalty. This particular piece was inspired by a trip to Ghana, with its magnificent contrasts of form, colour and texture.
For Those Who Respect Ubuntu (‘Togetherness / ‘Humanity’)
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In buying a MAL product you actively help build a beautifully designed library in an under-resourced part of South Africa. Quintessentially African, a product like this luxe Xlarge knitted cotton blanket is ethically made, from scratch, in collaboration with small partners.
For Those Who Live In The Hope That Life Can Be An Eternal Safari
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Undeniably Urban Street, Leaf Apparel’s padded leaf green GILET waistcoat speaks volumes of the brand’s commitment to comfort, style and quality.
For Those Who Like To Look Like Their Best Friend
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Well known for their very distinctive, uber chic homeware textiles, creator Heather Moore has recently ventured into scarf design. FORTUNA and PROMENADE scarves are printed on cotton-silk for the ultimate 50s glam.
For Those Who Crave Their Arm Candy
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The KALEIDOSCOPE FLAPPER bag certainly wants to make you jump for joy. From the stables of Missibaba’s Chloe Townsend, this, like all her creations, is made in Cape Town, using local leather and oodles of feel-good inspiration.
For Those Who Have Perfected The Art Of Lounging
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It’s hard not to look glamorous in this playful and graphic satin lounge gown that’ll take you from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Dinner at The Ritz. Equally fabulous at home!
For All The Woman Warriors, Wherever You Are
Pichulik’s PLENTY FULL bracelet is a bold piece for a brave woman. Made in her Cape Town studio, Katherine-Marie Pichulik’s pieces are inspired by ancient traditions and cultures. This piece promises to empower its wearer with sacred feminine wisdom!
For Those Who Believe That Every Day Is A Reason To Celebrate
A LOVE SUPREME
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A Love Supreme explodes with fresh, playful, whimsical and quirky designs inspired
by the beauty of nature. Whether it’s a cushion cover like the PIN CUSHION PROTEA, beach umbrella, bomber jacket or tea towel you’re after, this brand will add a good measure of love to your life.