I’m not trying to be pretentious, but I wanted to preface my gift guide with this disclaimer. Just because most of the items on the list are expensive, does not mean that these gifts are more desirable or valued. Gift guides should serve as inspiration and often cheaper alternatives are not available online, so please take each suggestion with a pinch of salt but also know that each gift I’ve chosen to feature has been carefully selected.
For me a personal gift means so much more than just rushing out to buy the latest fragrance! Don’t get me wrong, a favourite fragrance or one that you think someone will love is a great gift, it just isn’t the only great gift out there. A lot can be said for thought and presentation. For me the process of selecting the perfect gift for someone begins long before my first trip to the shops. Paying attention to obvious hints and also observing and noticing things that could simplify or make their lives more enjoyable.
Intention can also make a basic gift incredibly meaningful. Expressing your wishes for friends to enjoy a delicious truffle fillet at your favourite steakhouse when gifting them a meal voucher or explaining why you chose to gift someone plain white plates (when they had previously complained to you about their patterned ones) makes all the difference.
Finally and least important (but still making the cut), presentation! Nothing excites me as much as a beautifully wrapped present! If someone took the time to make their gift’s exterior appealing it always makes me incredibly excited about what is inside.
I’m so excited that I’ve already bought about half of my Christmas gifts and am still scouting the other half.
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.
Whilst my fiance and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day I still appreciate all the beautiful pink and heart-shaped items.
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Whether you are treating yourself or a friend one of these bright and cheery items will definitely put a smile on anyone’s face! Has anyone tried the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother? They seem to be a dupe for the Clarins Insta Light Lip Perfectors at a quarter of the price.
I hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day!
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)
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This holiday season I am really enjoying the festive yet simple appeal of white and gold. Who am I kidding!? I’ve been enjoying it since last year. It is classic and elegant yet can also be playful and rendered in stripy form it is practically perfect. Throw in some black and it is as classic as it gets!
I wouldn’t mind being at the receiving end of a few of these gifts and the best part is that most of them are super budget friendly!
The beautiful earrings pictured in number two comes with a matching chain, how cute huh? And I’ve been eyeing a pair of lace Supergas for quite a while but the price kept my card tucked safely in my wallet, but for these Mr Price lace sneakers it will make a special appearance. I also desperately need a new beach towel as mine has sadly met too many chlorine speckles.
I’ve always wanted to own a Essie nailpolish and I think I’ve finally found the perfect one – the glitter chunks gets me every time!
Lastly, can we take a moment to discuss how cute these gold rimmed plates are? If you can’t imagine using them daily, at least get them for Christmas dinner. I think they might even make my favourite avo toast look fancy!
Have you made your Christmas wishlist yet?
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.
Give me a stationery store with a love for all things pink and glitter and I am happy! Typo, being the latest of a slew of Australian stores to hit our malls, offers us the simple aesthetic of Australian design with a spin of hipster style in the form of stationery and home accessories.
They have the cutest mugs and flasks!
I love their cute gift wrap and card selection! Notepads are certainly one of their specialties with a large section of the store dedicated to them. Sure they are a bit pricey, but this one’s paper can be replaced when it is empty. I am also lusting after the golden mail holder. Whose office space can’t do with a bit of bling?
I also adore the cute tablet, laptop and celphone covers they have. Not all their products are geared towards Apple users, so Samsung girls can also indulge in a little bit of glitter.
They now have stand-alone stores in both Canal Walk and Tygervalley Centre in the Western Cape.