With the festive season approaching faster than a sleigh full of Reindeer fuelled by mince pies, it’s always good to be prepared. As fun as Supermarket Sweep is to watch on the television, it might not be quite as fun to re-enact in real life at 6pm on Christmas Eve. Instead of tripping over screaming toddlers and weaving through stressed parents at the shopping mall, why not do your shopping in front of a Christmas film with a glass of eggnog? … Yes, eggnog is objectively quite disgusting, but the taste of being prepared is so sweet it might even make chilled egg yolk mixed with bourbon bearable. That’s right; kick back, relax and fix yourself an ill-advised festive drink while we round up our favourite gifts for everyone on your list. Forget the stress of last minute shopping for material objects, and give them some memories they’ll truly treasure.
What could be a better gift for the people that raised you than a day out filled with wine and food? Thinking about it, would it be rude to add yourself onto the voucher…?
In all seriousness, a great way of saying ‘Hey, thanks very much for that time when you brought me into existence and spent 18 years raising me to be a not-terrible adult human’ is with an experience gift. Your parents can use this in their own time, at their own convenience, giving themselves a break from the stresses of everyday life!
During this incredible full day tour, your lucky parents will have the pleasure of travelling by tuk tuk, a suitably unique form of transport for a unique adventure! Throughout their day, they’ll enjoy tastings from South Africa’s premium vineyards. Stellenbosch is the epicentre of South Africa’s wine industry, and your parents will get to experience some of the most notable farms and vineyards that the stunning landscape has to offer. They’ll be picked up from Stellenbosch Information Centre, and begin their journey through five unforgettable locations. Highlights include a chocolate and wine pairing session, a delicious lunch, a cellar tour, Biltong tasting and cheese pairing. If you’re looking for a special gift, then look no further.
No idea what to get your parents this year? When in doubt, hamper. Nobody can resist a basket of aesthetically-pleasing edible goodies, and in particular we like this cooking rubs and spices hamper for parents who are handy in the kitchen. If they’ve a sweet tooth, a chocolate-themed hamper is a great way to go, but choose whatever you think they’ll like! If your parents have particularly eclectic taste, why not assemble them a hamper yourself? (I for one would love to see Dad’s rum obsession represented right next to Mum’s penchant for cheese crackers… now there’s a party.)
… because if anyone wants to throw your sibling out a plane, it’s you, right?
This tandem skydive in Parys is a funny Christmas gift to give your sibling, but once they actually experience the unforgettable joy of freefalling through the air, they’ll be the one who’s laughing!
This skydive takes place in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Area, at the centre of the world’s largest asteroid crater. Sounds pretty cool, right? Upon arrival, your sibling will be given a full safety briefing before being fitted with a tandem harness, jump suit and goggles. You can watch from the ground as they make their ascent to altitude in the aircraft. Meanwhile, their heart will be racing as they wonder why they ever agreed to this! …But they can relax knowing that they are in the hands of an expert instructor who has safety at the forefront of their mind. Once they reach the necessary height, they’ll dive out of the plane attached to the instructor, beginning their exhilarating free fall. The sensation will be indescribable, and one they’ll remember for years to come!
Give your sibling the gift of a new hobby with this private surfing lesson for 2 in Cape Town. During this 2-hour session, they’ll learn all the basics they’ll need to get started on the waves. If they’ve already tried surfing before, they can also use this lesson to brush up on any existing ability. They’ll be paired with expert instructors and provided with a wetsuit, surfboard, leash and wax, so all they need to do is show up! Taking in the scenery of either Bloubergstrand or False Bay, this idyllic lesson will make a great day out.
You can’t really go wrong with a good cup of coffee (…unless you’ve already had five), and this coffee subscription box will keep your sibling in beans for months at a time. If they’re a total coffee snob, their hobby will be encouraged with boxes of fresh artisan coffee beans delivered on a monthly basis. If they can’t go without their morning cup but think that Nespresso is as artisan as it gets, show them the light! Their mind will be forever changed after sampling some proper coffee. Get them started with a 3 month home subscription and smile as the ‘Best Sibling Ever’ award is hung rightfully around your neck.
Now that you’re (presumably) no longer a kid… kids are difficult to buy for, right? Once they get past the point of being overjoyed by peek-a-boo and the inevitable materialism starts to creep in, it’s hard to know what to get the discerning little ones for Christmas.
Luckily, we’ve got something to save you from the migraine-inducing toys and games floor of the department store. Yes, we know. You can thank us later.
Instead of a plastic toy which will get discarded in a few years, why not buy them an experience they’ll remember forever? This half day safari in the Addo Elephant National Park is just that experience. If the little one in question is an animal lover, this four-hour safari ticks all the boxes. They’ll begin at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa’s third largest national reserve. There, they’ll have the opportunity to spot over 600 elephants, endangered black rhinoceros, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards, various antelope species and more. They’ll also learn all about the animals and their natural habitat whilst travelling through the park in a closed vehicle. Light snacks and drinks are provided, and they’ll pause for a braai at lunchtime. The perfect day out!
…or maybe they’re not an animal lover. You can still win Christmas with this Kids’ Sandboarding Experience in Port Elizabeth. During this 3-hour experience, they’ll ride down some of the largest and least degraded sand dunes in all of South Africa; a magnificent endeavour for an adventurer of any age! They’ll start their experience with a short but scenic boat ride along Sundays River to the famous Alexandria Dunes. Upon arrival, their expert guides will talk them through the basics of sandboarding. After they’re familiar with the equipment, the little ones will be sandboarding like a pro in no time with the help of their experienced instructors. They can take on the steepest dune or simply slide down the sand hills on a belly-board… Whatever their ability or skill level, laughter is guaranteed.
Apart from in a few very specific circumstances, you can’t really go wrong with alcohol. Getting your boss a nice bottle of wine is a lovely gesture, but why not take it up a notch by giving them an alcohol gift box instead? A great whiskey paired with a cigar in a beautiful presentation box, or a nice champagne with chocolates both make for a lovely, thoughtful gift for the boss who likes a tipple.
Treat your boss to a deluxe spa day in Fourways, the ideal escape for overworked individuals. During this luxury spa day, they’ll enjoy full access to the award-winning spa’s leisure facilities, and receive four premium treatments – guaranteed to leave them feeling revitalised!
Their experience takes place in one of Gauteng’s most distinguished spas, whose facilities include a heated indoor pool, Swiss shower, steam room, and Himalayan salt room. Your lucky boss will be free to swim a few gentle lengths or detoxify in the salt room both before and after treatments. They’ll also receive a tension-relieving Swedish massage, a classic sixty-minute facial, a signature manicure and pedicure. At the end of their visit, they’ll feel like a whole new person!
This Christmas, give your significant other the gift of time away with this two-night luxury couples’ break at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town.
The professional and friendly staff will greet you on arrival, showing you to the Classic room where sparkling wine and a basket of local delicacies awaits. Over the next two days you'll get to enjoy an incredible helicopter tour over the ocean, a three course set menu and wine tasting, a full English breakfast with sparkling wine and oysters in the beautiful Azure Restaurant on a morning of your choosing, and a cocktail with live entertainment in the evening. On top of this, you'll each receive a signature massage at the spa, with full access to the various facilities including a salt water floatation pool and tranquillity lounge.
One way to truly make sure your gift stands out is to have it personalised. Whether your partner is in desperate need of a wallet (that elastic band is only going to last for so long) or in desperate need of some chocolate to stuff in their mouth in order to avoid talking to drunk Uncle Jerry about politics, adding their name or initials turns a good gift into a great one. Here are some ideas:
Help them feel stylish and well put together this Christmas with a monogrammed wallet or card holder. Every time they pay for something - a piece of fruit, a bus ticket, that Rick Astley CD they've had their eye on for a while but don't want you to know about - they'll think of you.
If there's any time of year when it's acceptable to stuff your face with as much chocolate as is humanly possible, it's Christmas. The only difference between Christmas Day and say, Tuesday, is the festive packaging. We're very fond of this understated, wooden Christmas box with a personalised inscription, making the daily - uhh, we mean annual - ritual of gorging yourself with chocolate just a little bit more special.
The following statement is not legally binding: This gorgeous personalised towel might even deter your partner from chucking it on the floor after a shower and leaving it there! (Like we said, not legally binding.) Towels are a lovely way to subtly upgrade your daily routine and add a tiny bit of luxury to your life. Ditch the cheap, scratchy towels and give your partner the morning routine they deserve.
There’s nothing quite like catching up with your best friend over brunch, and this unlimited bubbly brunch cruise in Cape Town might just be the best way to do it. You and your lucky best friend will depart from the pier head at 9am, where you’ll be greeted by friendly waiting staff and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Once you’re shown to your table, it’s time to enjoy an afternoon-tea-style 3-tier breakfast platter. (Best sentence ever?) This includes cold cuts of meat, bread, fresh fruit and cheese, plus your choice of hot breakfast including flapjacks, scrambled eggs, croissants and more. While you’re feasting away you’ll be served ice cold sparkling wine which will keep flowing until the end of your two-hour cruise – plenty of time to enjoy your food and take in the amazing views of Table Mountain!
The only thing that compares to brunch with your best friend is dinner with your best friend. This vegan dinner voucher entitles one person to a delicious pop-up vegan feast, supper club style! Your best friend will have the pleasure of feasting on an inventive tasting menu of vegan dishes, which change with the season but are always delicious. Past favourites have included chilled pea and mint velouté, vegan lox, apple crumble with almond cream, caramel panna cotta and handmade chocolate truffles. The best part of this dinner experience is its social setting, conducive to making friends as you feast!
…and that concludes our favourite gifts for everyone on your list. From your best friend to your significant other to discerning young giftees, we hope we've covered everyone on your list. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, browse hundreds of unforgettable experience gifts here. You’re bound to find something for that difficult-to-buy-for person! Feel free to contact us with any festive questions, we’d love to hear from you.