Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

It is that time of the year again! If you haven’t purchased gifts for all the ladies in your life yet, then perhaps some of these ideas might serve as inspiration.

Home

I’m starting with my favourite category, home goods! H&M Home and Poetry are usually my first stops. A beautiful plant (cactus or orchid) with a pot is one of my favourite gifts to give. This one from H&M fits the bill perfectly. I also recently bought two very pretty plant pots for under R200 each at Weylandts (not available online), so definitely worth a look. You also can’t go wrong with a marble cheese board. This one from Poetry is sold out online, but the wooden one is similarly priced and just as pretty. Occasional cutlery also makes a beautiful gift and I just purchased this cake fork set for myself. These golden tea spoons are just as pretty from H&M.

Books

I love my book collection and most recently added but this book, It’s Beautiful Here by Megan Morton. Next on my list is Dream, Design, Love by Paloma Contreras. It is a beautiful decor book that seems to have the perfect balance of inspirational and educational content. I’m also sure that Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi will be one of the most popular cooking books under Christmas trees this year. P.S. I have taken to ordering all my books on Raru as their pricing is generally great and I haven’t had a problem with quality yet (fingers crossed)!

Accessories

Pretty hair slides are making a big comeback and this sparkly one from Woolworths is sure to make any recipient smile. It doesn’t hurt that it looks so much more expensive than it is! If gifting for someone slightly more daring, you can’t go wrong with a pair of tortoise shell earrings. Mine are from Woolworths (can’t find them online to link), but I am trying to convince myself that I don’t need this pair as well. The Woolworths ones are the perfect medium size and the Zando ones look like they will be too. Both Woolworths and Zando have larger styles as well.

Beauty

Beauty gifts can be quite personal, so if you don’t know someone very well I think a beautiful hand lotion and nail polish are your safest bet. These hand butters from Woolworths are absolutely beautiful and come in a variety of scents and packagings. You’re sure to find one to suit everyone! Plus it is often on offer, either a three-for-two or their 20% off beauty offer. Whilst choosing a nail polish colour can be quite personal, I think you’re safe with either going with something similar to what the person has worn before or a classic red or nude. My favourite nail polishes are by Mavala as they are free from some nasties found in other nail polishes and their colour selection is impressive.

If you’re feeling flush, a beautiful scent can be the ultimate gift. I’m currently using Diptyque’s Do Son which is an intense tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine fragrance that wears down quite beautifully throughout the day. Other favourite scents include Chanel’s Chance and Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede. But be warned, fragrance is a very personal gift so try not to veer to far away from what the person is currently using.

Pyjamas

Lastly you can’t go wrong by giving the gift of comfort, especially if it is beautiful to boot! Poetry make some of the prettiest summer robes around, like this one. If you fancy a satin slip that I promise will last you years, these are the ones you’re looking for. I just recently replaced my previous ones that has lasted years with the floral monochrome one. Edgars also has some pretty PJ sets in stock at the moment. Their online selection is very limited in comparison, but I like these as well.

Creative

A good gift idea for the lady that already has everything is a creative workshop or some basic supplies for her chosen hobby as these are always needed. Workshops can be pricey, so it is worth giving some thought as to what she might enjoy most. CK-Ramics give ceramic classes in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs, Creative Arts in Durbanville offer artist workshops and Sweet Lion Heart often offer baking workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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