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8 great gift ideas for the festive season

Finding ideal gifts for your friends and family during the holiday season can turn into a stressful affair, but it needn't be. To inspire you, we've compiled a list of slightly more unusual gifts for your loved ones to enjoy.

For the art enthusiast

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Those with penchant for African art and design will love a year's membership to Zeitz Musuem of Art Africa in Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. With unlimited free admission to exhibitions, preferential queueing at the entrance, special member events including talks, tours and extended opening hours, a 10% discount on selected items and special offers at the Zeitz MOCAA food, coffee and shop as well as priority ticketing for special exhibitions and education programmes, the annual membership is the perfect gift for art aficionados – and it's only R250.

For the gin fan

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Hendrick's Gin's new Secret Order gift pack is just up a gin lover's alley. Available only at selected retailers for R399, the gift pack contains a 700ml bottle of Hendrick's Gin and a playful porcelain teacup and saucer. The packaging offers a few innovative ways to unlock the flavour of cucumber – gin's best friend – and a secret menu of gin-based cocktails to try out at home.

For the foodie

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Even for a non-vegan, experiencing a truly plant-based meal can be an indulgent one. You and your guest will enjoy a multi-course meal that celebrates fresh local fare in a private home in Green Point Village in the Mother City. Special treats include a vegan cheese platter and handmade chocolate.

For the tea drinker

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Tea drinkers can look forward to a journey through the history of tea while sipping on unique South African flavours. The experience includes a tasting of six herbal teas and blends in a beautiful ceremony room on Long Street in Cape Town, accompanied by decadent tea-infused treats.

For the maker

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Spend the afternoon with the founder of Nomi Handmade and craft traditional shweshwe fabric jewellery pieces to keep as a memento. Techniques such as thread wrapping and filling fabric with rope will be taught. Afterwards, guests will visit one of Cape Town's top textile stores and finish off the day at a surprise local restaurant to enjoy authentic African cuisine.

For the chocoholic

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The ultimate treat for a chocolate fundi – a chocolate class at the Lindt Studio. From truffles and cupcakes to fondants, macarons, mousse, pralines and chocolate cake, Lindt Master Chocolatiers provide deliciously informative classes. For a less hands-on experience, attend the chocolate and wine tasting for a memorable afternoon.

For the wine lover

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There's no better way to experience wine than with a graduate of the Cape Wine Academy. Give a special someone a guided wine tour around Stellenbosch, where they will be introduced to the history of the oldest New World wine country, allowed to explore the cellars of iconic wine estates and taste straight from maturation barrels. Guests will also experience an organic winery and pairings of cheese and chocolate.

For the design conscious

A subscription of House and Leisure

Keep your friends and family up to date with all the latest in South African design and interiors by purchasing a year-long subscription to House and Leisure magazine. To celebrate the season of giving, we are offering a 12-month subscription for yourself and a friend – in which you pay for one only.