I know exactly what you're all thinking.
Christmas is in a week, I haven't bought a thing, I'm so stressed out and I'm STILL at work and I don't want to go to a mall and and and...

I'm here to help.

For the past couple of weeks, I've been keeping my little eyes open for rad gifts to buy friends and family that aren't mass produced and lame. I've also included quite a few unisex or male type gifts as we all know that getting guys socks and bottle of whisky is so unimaginative.

No. 1
Everyone enjoys a cup of coffee or tea, but a box of joko and a can of nescafe just isn't gonna cut it. Enter Rosetta Roastery. I found out about this little coffee roastery a couple of days ago at the Freeworld Design Centre Artisan market. Their coffee is tasty and complex.
I bought a gift box of this coffee for R225. Inside, there are 3 different types of coffee. You can make up your own box and order it online on their website, here.

For those of you who enjoy a peaceful, ritualistic kind of tea, Lady Bonin is your woman. Jess' romantic take on tea has changed the way we see this anytime beverage.  Each tea is wrapped in muslin and placed is a glass clasp jar. Check out the different teas and their prices hereJess can deliver in the CBD or your tea may be collected from Observatory in Cape Town. Alternatively, you can have it couriered to you for an extra cost.

No. 2
So, you don't wanna buy chocolate that's gonna make someone feel guilty, fat and under appreciated. This is where Honest chocolate solves everything. The two chocolatiers, Anthony and Michael, have gone to great lengths to bring us a sugar free, dairy free, guilt free, raw, beautifully packaged chocolate. They use agave nectar instead of sugar as well as vanilla pods and coconut oil to bring out the awesomeness in the raw, organic cacao. They have a range of 3 products: Bon Bons; Slabs (my favourite is the 88% 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'); and Chocolate spread. Find out more about the chocolate here.

No. 3
If you know me, you know that I love craft beer. And Union Craft Beer that is. Buy a 4 pack from the And Union beer salon on Bree St for R90 or purchase some of the fine wines, sure not to disappoint any friend or family member.
More info here.

No. 4
Rattlesnake Books in Muizenberg is one of my favourite little shops. They stock beautiful old books as well as gorgeous engravings, maps, quirky objects and paintings. You can get it all here. They're very new, so their site is still under construction here, alternatively you can see some pics on their facebook page, here.

No. 5
A man looks his best when his hair is treated with kindness. The good folk down at Barnet Fair give old fashion barber cuts, hot towel shaves and beard trims. They take the time to make a man feel his best. Ladies, this is the mani-pedi for your man. Vouchers are available on request, get more info here.

No. 6
My prints have been selling quite well over the last week to men as well as woman. You can purchase a print, ranging between R350 to R450. Have a look at what's available here. I've also just released another two prints which are shown above.

No. 7
Inkheart Jewellery has interesting, original pieces. Each piece is hand crafted from silver, all handmade and not your run of the mill iconography. Nina's jewellery boasts octopus pendants, owl rings, solid silver umbrellas and snowflakes. Pieces range from R250 to R800 Keep up with Nina's new pieces here.

No. 8
Heather Moore doesn't need any introductions. A tea towel, an apron, a cushion cover, all the home essentials. The new Skinnylaminx shop can be found at 201 Bree St, Cape Town. Yay! Or order online here.

No. 9
My new favourite restaurant is found at 133 Bree Street, Clarke's bar and eatery is the best place for a burger and a beer. Whoever you take here is going to love every minute of it. With fresh clean white walls, windows full of plants, Deluxe coffee and pretty, friendly staff, what's not to like? More info here.

No. 10
Sessi Bee creates the cutest handmade bowls. Each one is totally different, I can't think of a reason why no one would like these. Find Sessi Bee's Blog here and here Facebook here.


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