With the festive season upon us, almost everyone everywhere is on the hunt for unique gifts that'll make their loved ones smile come Christmas day. The challenge is finding the sort of present that will elicit the ear-to-ear grin we're all hoping for.
With this in mind, we've scoured through some of the most popular #ItemOfTheDay picks from over the past year and gathered a few of them together below as gift inspiration for you. Happy shopping!
1. Giant Coffee Mugs
These super-sized cappuccino mugs from Le Creuset are perfect for the coffee lover who craves a larger-than-life caffeine dose in the mornings. Plus, they come in all of the brand’s signature colours. Get more information about these giant cups
2. Mia Widlake Scatters
Anyone who has a design eye is bound to adore the bold, geometric scatter cushions that Studio 19 designer Mia Widlake conceptualised specifically for Mr Price Home. They’re as eye-catching as they are affordable, and we love the inspirational quotes they’re adorned with. Get pricing information and read about this colab collection
3. Pretty Positive Kids’ Prints
A lovely gift idea for little ones, these whimsical prints by children’s illustration company Bright Owl include positive affirmations and words of encouragement that’ll bring joy to any kid’s room. Read more about these designs
4. Optical Bedding
Know someone who spends more time in bed than anywhere else? Why not gift them with this super cute ‘I See You’ duvet and pillowcase set from Zana? It’s quirky, fun and right on-trend. See what we had to say about the bedding
5. Sweet Dreams Fudge
Some of the softest, creamiest fudge you’ll ever taste, these slabs of goodness are a winning stocking filler idea. They come in flavours like cookies and cream, lemon meringue, liquorice and Swedish gingerbread and are all handmade, hand-cut and hand-packed. Here’s all you need to know about fudge queen Sweet Dreams
6. Unbreakable Beer Glasses
Here’s one for fans of a good ale or lager. These unusual beer glasses from Govino are shatterproof and easy to grip, making them ideal for all those rowdy outdoor braais that are likely to go down this festive season. You’ll find a more details scoop on these indestructible glasses
7. Champagne Gift Bag
We dare say there are very few out there who would say no to a bottle of elegant Moët Impérial bubbly. This year, the Maison is offering a limited edition So Bubbly gift bag, which includes a bottle of the Impérial featuring a special label that's been deconstructed amidst a cluster of gold bubbles. It's available from leading liquor merchants nationwide for R529.99 and will put a sparkle in any receiver's eye. Otherwise, you could also gift a bottle of Moët Ice Impérial, a luxurious bubbly that's meant to be enjoyed with fruit on ice and is the ultimate symbol of summer indulgence. Read more about Moët Ice
8. Brass Beauties
These brass planters and candlesticks from Swedish brand Skultuna are remarkable pieces of design and craftsmanship. They're sure to appeal to anyone who has a penchant for polished, minimalist decor with history (the company's been around since 1607), and they've only recently become available in South Africa, so they'd be a special present indeed. We've got more details about the brand and its elegant products
9. Style for Smartphones
Blending technology and design, these bold smartphone covers from local brand Handmade by Me will no doubt be well received by a friend or family member who's very attached to their cell. The range comes in an assortment of different striking prints and there are options for iPhone, Samsung and Blackberry devices. Read up on these and a range of other smartphone accessories
that would make for great gadgety gifts.
10. Mungo Throw
This pure cotton Bakuba throw from local linen and textile brand Mungo is about as covetable as they come. It's named after the patterned Kuba cloths woven by men in the Congo and is certainly great gift material for anyone who appreciates quality textiles. We've got more info on this lovely throw