I’ve loved rounding up this Valentine’s day gift guide because I feel like I can really indulge in my love of blush pink without any shame! Most of the gift are fairly simple – I say save the big ticket items for anniversaries and birthdays – but their just kind of token of appreciation I’d appreciate. I hope that there is something in here for you too!
It is that time of the year again, and if you’re anything like me you might already have finished your Christmas gift shopping! Somehow though I always end up having to get something last-minute, whether it is a distant family member joining the festivities last-minute or a friend you’re seeing around the holidays, I always end up rushing to the shops in the last few days leading up to Christmas. So gift guides are always useful to me and hopefully to you too, whether you’ve made headway in tackling your list or are only just compiling it!
Ugh! So if you still have some of the men left on your Christmas list, you can take some comfort in the fact that I know your pain. Whether it is because they always want things way out the Christmas budget (hello windsurfing gear!) or simply don’t get in the shops often enough to spot what they want, I’ve found that requests for wishlists from my brother and husband always go unanswered. So I sat my man down to help me create a gift guide – he simply yayed or nayed some of my ideas – that could hopefully help you get a special gift for your loved ones.
If the man likes his tipple, this stylish copper cocktail shaker will leave everyone happy. This beautiful Grappa and decanter (looks so much more expensive than it is) will look equally beautiful on display.
If you’re looking for something for a couple, these special gold lined tumblers (design also available in other glasses) would make a great combined gift. Heck it might even work as a wedding gift!
There isn’t much you can give a coffee snob as they most likely already have all the necessary tools, but a cute cup and yummy beans are usually safe bets. Coffee dripping is the latest thing in speciality caffeine, and although the Chemex is the device of choice I also thought this more affordable option looks cute.
I think as a couple we’re uniquely qualified for this category of gift giving, as we play more board games than most (not a game of Monopoly in sight! and I’ve read all the LOTR books. Most men would jump over the moon if you give them a quad copter (not in my budget), but this fun Lego critter would look just as cool when on display in your office.
Boardgames are tricky as we usually try to avoid getting something our friends have (Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan are popular), but Galaxy Trucker is a little more off the radar and something people of all ages can enjoy. It can even be enjoyed after an evening of excessive drinking! For the ultimate nerdy gift though, the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook is essential if they haven’t gotten into the game yet.
The men in my lifey only buy clothes when they need it (as in when something can no longer be worn and needs to be replaced). Some of the best gifts I’ve given the men in my life are clothes that facilitate maximym comfort, like a super cosy sweater or some soft PJs. As long as you know their size and taste you can’t really go wrong. Do try to steer clear of boring underwear though and make sure that items can be returned if needed.
If you’re still stumped for ideas, how about a cool print for his office or bachelor pad? I like this Star Wars one and this metallic one from Seven Swans. A pocket knife is always handy, and the original Swiss Army Knives can’t be beat. Basic tools like a drill bit set or Elm Key set are also always handy.
If you’re looking for something more personal, fragrance is always a good idea. This should definitely be reserved for the men you know very well as men are just as picky as us. This Hugo Boss Orange for Men is one of my personal favourites.
That is it from me! Happy shopping 🙂
My love language is definitely gifts! I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to select something for someone that they think they’ll like, which is something I do often as I love giving gifts. During Christmas however things can become a little crazy, so this gift guide should help you with some ideas and steer you in the right direction.
It is definitely safer to stick to colour products as there will be no guessing shades of foundation, just simply whether the person will like a shade. Whether you’re buying for a makeup lover or someone that just appreciates a little bling, there really is something for everyone. This beautiful palette from LA Girl has been a hit, but if you’re looking for something high-end you really can’t go wrong with Chanel (think something like Chanel Boy lipstick). In the middle there are MAC classics like Syrup or Patisserie. I also really like the matte lipsticks from Wet ‘n Wild.
If you’re slightly apprehensive when it comes to makeup, then brushes are a really good alternative. Real Techniques do a great line available at all Clicks and some Foschini stores, and there are also accessories like a brush cleaning glove which would be a safe bet for someone that has it all.
Fragrance is another good choice, but if you aren’t certain whether a person will like a scent stick to a smaller 30 ml. The Jo Malone fragrances are a good option as you can combine them with another one to make your own custom scent, so the recipient could possibly make it suit them by combining it with another scent. They also offer gorgeous candles and luxurious gift sets! My personal favourite fragrance is the Peony and Blush Suede, but with so many new holiday scents to choose from it could become tricky.
Clothes can be hard to gift as you have to get the size and fit right, whereas accessories still fall into the same category but are so much easier to gift. I like giving (and receiving) jewellery that I think fits the person’s personality, but in general you can’t go wrong with quality like real silver or gold plated pieces with cubic zirconia (lets not pretend we’re giving Tiffany’s on an Accessorize budget!). Places like Lovisa, Colette and Accessorize all offer these type of pieces at varying price points. Favourites include these classic gold plated diamante studs, these ear crawlers and a classic tennis bracelet.
Handbags and purses are also good options, especially if you know things like whether the person prefers cross body, gold or silver hardware, etc. Aldo (Derogali pictured) is one of my favourite places to browse handbags but my realistic dream bag comes from Fossil. Forever New and Forever 21 also have beautiful bags.
I have a Takelot book wish list that is about a mile long (desperately waiting for something to go on sale!) so I obviously think a book would make a great gift! If you know what genre the person likes, a fiction/non-fiction would be great. I personally prefer coffee table books ranging on topics like home decor, food and style. There literally is a book for every interest though, which makes it such a versatile gift.
Typo usually has a wide selection of beautiful diaries and calendars that is equal parts pretty and functional. This diary and this nerdy calendar are some of my favourites, but there are even more in store.
Bath and shower products from Lush and The Body Shop are also always welcome. Think fun scrubs and holiday scents from The Body Shop (on 3 for 2 until Christmas!) or pink bubbles courtesy of Lush (seriously though, these bubble bars are so much better value for money than they look).
Lastly don’t forget about subscription services like magazines and flower delivery (seriously there are so many options right now – Blossom On, All Things Bloom which delivers in beautiful boxes and Bouwer Flowers). This is truly the gift that keeps on giving!
Woohoo it is time to start shopping for all your loved ones! I love the process of searching, buying, gift wrapping and then finally giving someone their gift. Although my biggest weekness is keeping quiet once I’ve bought something! I hope that my gift recommendations might spark an idea and help you find that perfect something for someone else, or yourself. Because who said you can’t buy something from Santa to you?
- If Garance Dore’s book is anything like her blog, I’m sure most will love it. Beautiful photographs paired with her sense of humour is a winning combo!
- Salad servers might not be high on everyone’s list, but these hammered copper beauties from Woolies will be.
- These playful golden polka dot mugs are perfect for a festive warm cuppa!
- If you loved Gal Meets Glam’s Baublebar collection, you’ll be happy to see that @Home has a very similar jewellery stand at a fraction of the price.
- Guys who love to play mixologists will appreciate a metal shaker and girls will love it for it’s class.
- If there is one recipe book that everyone’s mentioned this year, it is Deliciously Ella. Perfect for health freaks and great for those looking to enjoy slightly healthier meals.
- A denim shirt is timeless and this one is a steal from Mr Price.
- Trinket boxes don’t get much cuter than this one.
- Stripes look good on everyone, including on mens swimwear
- A marble cheeseboard that doesn’t cost a fortune! Great for lovely hostesses.
- Giving art might be a little personal, but if you know the person well enough these prints from Superbalist are amazing value (starting from only R80!), come in various designs for every style and you can even choose to frame it!
- Every man needs a good weekender bag. It doesn’t have to be leather, designer or super expensive. Woolworth’s W Studio and some luggage stores have more cost-effective alternatives.
Wow, I can barely believe that it already Mother’s Day. Where has this year gone? Anyway, it feels like this holiday crept up on me and if you’re like me you can do with a little help in this department. We rarely go big with gifts for these “Hallmark holidays” but I still enjoy the sentiment. I am sure my mother would be happy with any of these gift, in fact she might have already gotten one of them… So here goes my relatively compact gift guide for Mother’s Day 2015…
- Some pretty yet comfortable pyjamas (who can resist polkadots!) from Spree.co.za
- Handcream that does the job whilst packaged all innocently from Woolies
- An orchid, or any plant or flower really. This is where the personal touch comes in!
- A beautiful dish with a few sweet treats like nougat and turkish delight from Woolies
- Still not sure? How about a luxurious lipstick in an everyday colour (Chanel Adrienne?), a yummy candle or the best of all – a home cooked dinner that she didn’t have to lift a finger for!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there.
If you’re like me shopping for the men in your life might prove to be a tad more difficult than you’d care to admit. So this year I decided to reign in my fiancé to help me narrow down a gift list that will leave any man with a smile on his face. Unfortunately he proved that ‘boys toys’ usually exceed budget, so I added a few pocket friendly options which received his approval. Ranging from classic novels to the latest technological toys you’re sure to find something for the man that has everything!
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller from R375 (Kalahari.com)
- A selection of striped tees from R70 each (mrp.com)
- Fitbit Flex watch from R1199 (Superbalist.com)
- Leatherman Super Tool from R1658 (Kalahari.com)
- Humble & Mash Cased Braai Set from R499 (Yuppiechef.com)
- Leather Satchel from R1799 (Superbalist.com)
- Western Digital TV Live Hub from R2229 (Incredible.co.za)
- Powerstick+ from R349 (Superbalist.com)
If you’re looking for unique, affordable gifts for a man in your life, we’ve got you covered! Whether its something for the inner-child, the gadget-lover or anything inbetween, we’ve got you covered! And thanks to my boyfriend who helped me compile this guide.
- SAGAFORM Set of Whiskey & Drink Stones available from R250 (set of 9) from yuppiechef.com
- RoBottle Corkscrew available from R145 from superbalist.com
- Selection of Woolworths Polo Shirts available from R110 from woolworths.co.za
- Woolworths USB Hub and Cellphone Charger available from R120 from woolworths.co.za
- Sennheiser Closed Back Stereo DJ Headphones available from R450 from dionwired.co.za
- Häzz Coffee Beans (the best coffee blend) available fr0m R60 for 250g from Häzz Coffee Roastery and Espresso Bar
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Shave Cream available from R125 from thebodyshop.co.za
- The LEGO Ideas Book available from R152 from kalahari.net
- Pink Faux Suede Courts from R149,99 available from mrp.co.za
- Gitter Strap Square Watch from R250 available from woolworths.co.za
- Ladies Rope Collar Statement from R69,99 available from mrp.co.za
- Sparkling Citrus Hands and Nail Cream from R49,95 available from woolworths.co.za
- Essie Nailpolish in Minimalistic from R110 from essie.com
- Typo A4 Spinout Notebook from A$4.85 from typo.com
- Porcelain Dotted Side Plate from R19,99 available from mrphome.co.za
- Chevron Small Pouch from R75 available from zanaproducts.co.za
I haven’t abandoned my blog, I’ve just been super busy with finals. Give it a few more weeks or so and I will be back to my regular posting schedule. In the meantime I thought I’ll compose a list of basic, affordable Mother’s day gifts. I don’t believe in giving big gifts for superficial holidays and prefer to spoil the person by spending quality time with them. Nonetheless the act of gift giving is so satisfying, so here goes:
- Poetry Tuberose Scented Candle in a Box (R120): Such a beautiful gift that can make bath time so much more special. I know my own mother would love this.
- Woolworths Animal Print Belt (R69,95): For the fashion conscious mother I would recommend buying an accessory that you’ll be certain will fit. This cute animal print belt fits the bill as it will also suit any personal style.
- Woolworths Turkish Delight (R79,95): An alternative to the predictable chocolate, treat your sweet toothed mother to her favourite sweets, whatever it may be. Bonus points goes to this as it features a cute tin to use afterwards.
- Mr Price Small Frame (R59,95): Create a personal gift by printing a special photo of the two of you or of your entire family and frame it so that it is always there to appreciate.
- Woolworths Potted Plant (R34,95): Plants really are the gift that keeps on giving (avoid orchids for this reason). If your mother has green fingers why not spoil her with flowers that won’t wilt after a week.
- Woolworths Pretty Handcream (R49,95): The scent and packaging of this hand cream really does distinguish it from the rest. A pretty gift that is useful will always be valued.