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10 Impressive Last-Minute Gift Ideas

For those who've left their Christmas shopping until the week of, we've rounded up a number of gift suggestions for you so you don't have to waste any more time deliberating. Most of the options below are available online, so if you put in your order immediately, you have a good chance of getting it on time.

for the leather-loving professional

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This timeless toffee leather laptop bag from South African lifestyle brand Freedom of Movement is a statement piece that’ll put a broad smile on the face of anyone with an appreciation for good craftsmanship. There’s an option to personalise it with an 18-character etched message too. It’s available online at the FOM store (price: from R1 395)

for the art appreciator

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This handcrafted blue glass vase is a winning gift idea for anyone with an eye for beauty and a taste for the finer things in life. It would look lovely as a decorative ornament on a shelf or with a few stems in it. Get it and other similarly striking vases from Weylandts stores for R1 795.

for the bearded bloke

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Know someone who's particularly proud of his bristles? He'll most likely be overjoyed with this beard grooming pack from The Captain's Beard online shop - it includes a small bottle of beard oil in musk or vanilla apple spice, a bottle of premium beard wash and a sleek beard brush for R450. Some of The Captain's Beard's products are also available from Barnet Fair in Cape Town and Freedom Hair in Johannesburg.

for the competitive at heart

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  Addictive observation game Dobble requires players to spot matching symbols on two different cards as quickly as they possibly can. The concept is simple, but playing it is incredibly entertaining for both kids and adults. Get this unusual gift from The Big Box Cafe's online store or physical storefront on St John's Street, Cape Town for R250.

for the food fanatic

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We can't think of anyone who wouldn't be over-the-moon to receive a generously packed hamper from Melissa's. There are a number of different options that each include a different curated collection of the food shop's delicious products, including marmalade, nougat, fudge, olive oil, meringues and much more. Prices range from R230 to R635 and all hampers are available from the Melissa's online shop.

for the audiophile

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If the to-be-gift-recipient is a music maniac who's always lost in their own world of sound, these wooden headphones from Cape Town brand Houdt will probably be right up their alley. They're durable, functional and they exude understated cool. Pick them up for R799 from the Houdt online shop.

for the aspiring chef

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The ideal cookbook for anyone with a love for fresh, honest, seasonal cuisine, Mariana's Country Kitchen includes recipes for some of the top dishes sold at adored food personality Mariana Esterhuizen's eponymous restaurant in Stanford as well as recipes from her childhood. It includes photographs of the food and the gardens where Mariana picks her veggies, fruit and herbs, and is available from for R250.

for the magpie

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These sterling silver stack rings from Cape Town-based brand Famke are a brilliant option for a loved one with a taste for elegant geometric jewellery. If your budget is tight, you could buy just one, and if you're up for really spoiling someone, you could purchase a whole set. Get them from the online Famke shop for R270 each.

for the craft beer devotee

League Sign your loved one up for a membership at The League of Beers' Monthly Club and they'll receive a mixed case of the latest craft beers every month on their doorstep. The package includes brews from top microbreweries and online tasting notes and a monthly video. You can choose to treat the special person to a case of 6, 12 or 24 beers for between R225 and R630 per month. Sign your person up at

for the nostalgic scrapbooker

DIY Ideal for kids and grown-ups, the DIY album kit from Typo is a fun gift for sentimental creative types who are keen to make up their own scrapbook of memories. There are various different themes available, and all the kits go for R250 from Typo stores.