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Get your fill of festive inspiration

Maryke van Rensburg


The festive season is only a few weeks away - as if we need reminding! - and with it comes a growing urgency to prepare, prepare, prepare! While it's all in the name of fun and family, the House and Leisure team knows that it can be a little overwhelming trying to come up with inspired ideas for those end-of-year celebrations, which is why we've put our heads together to come up with a few really amazing ideas, from gifts for a range of pockets to incredible recipes, wines, decor and more.

Here are three reasons you'll find flipping through HL this month an inspiring endeavour:

Gift guide galore

From the HL team's own recommendations on page 12, to some of the most stylish South Africans such as Pearl Thusi, Stefan Frylinck and DJ Black Coffee recommending their favourite things (page 43), you'll be spoilt for ideas on what to get your loved ones.

Laid-back recipes

Think fresh and festive summer slaw, an indulgent salmon dip and a deconstructed (fancy-talk for 'easy to put together') tiramisu from our hot-shot chef and food stylist Brita du Plessis, and if that isn't enough, page to 'Three ways with quail' where Pellie Grobler offers up three lipsmacking recipes fit for Christmas celebrations.

On the drinks menu

This month, we've inserted a handy wine supplement on page 127 to help you with making a decision on what wines to try over the season - there's even a wine popsicle that might be fun to serve your guests...

And that's just three of the almost 30 stories - including four home stories that will leave you feeling totally inspired - to check out in HL's December issue, on sale now!