With the festive season around the corner, it’s easy to be captivated by the sales of all the mass-produced items of corporations. But what about the local shops? These are the local gifts that are quirky, special and interesting. The ones people actually want but probably have no clue that there is a local shop that provides that gift. Dear reader, we give you this local gift shop guide to help find the best personal gift for any circumstance.
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Saint Siena, located next to Kalk Bay station, is a unique boutique shopping experience and offers products created by local designers and artisans.
The shop is boutique in style as it curates fashionable and desirable products from South African artists, fashion designers, artisans, and jewellers. These items feature more than 40 local suppliers such as Nguni, Gypsy Girl, Eco Punk Kids and Eve Art, just to name a few.
With the help of friendly staff, shoppers can browse through clothing, ceramics, décor, jewellery, art bits and bobs to find something special. Why not make a day of it? Kalk Bay is a lovely town with plenty of quaint eateries and a beach nearby.
Where: Kalk Bay Station, 77 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
When: All Week: 9am – 5pm
Plants add several benefits to our lives. Whether it’s to brighten up a room or brighten up your mood, they can help alleviate stress, and bring a bit of colour into your life both decoratively and mentally.
Plantify is a store that offers services ranging from plant care advice, repotting plants, consultation regarding plants and their benefits, and of course, the gifting of plants to make that special someone feel even more special.
Their catalogue ranges from pots, accessories, and a vast array of plants that serve numerous and various purposes. Simply browse through their stock, choose a plant, and they will deliver it to your door, or desk in case you want to improve your office space.
Speaking of office space, Plantify also offers corporate gifting for large-scale plant orders or gifts for business big and small.
Where: 6 Roodehoek St, Gardens, Cape town
When: Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 1pm
Planned Gifts was a dream that came to life during the pandemic of the year 2020. The founder, Nomahlubi Hewu, started the company with the notion of building up small businesses that will help the youth and unemployed thrive in our country. She is also a property valuer by profession and a co-founder of ASANA Beauty Hair Salon.
This luxury gift store is based in the popular town of Woodstock and focuses on roses and bouquets, balloons, and last but not least, gift boxes. What can one expect to find in the boxes you wonder? Well, Panned Gifts specialises in selling locally made items by other small businesses and startups to help and support the entrepreneur community. Essentially, these are items such as beauty and care products, soaps, scents and all sorts of trinkets to treat yourself or a loved one.
Where: 1 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm | Sat: 9am – 5pm | Sun: 12pm – 3pm
Situated in one of the historical buildings of Hout Bay (the iconic Old Post Office), The Collective offers the ideal outing by boasting something of everything, from shopping, beading, and ice cream, to a local eaterie and even a kid’s play area.
These hand-crafted gifts, ceramics and art pieces, come from over 200 various crafters and will keep you browsing in delight. If you find yourself mesmerised by a waft of incredible smells, it could be that you found some of the home fragrances or artisanal soaps available in the store.
If you prefer a more natural approach to gift-giving, the Collective also sells plants. Take a trip to this local gift shop and see why it made our local gift shop guide.
Where: 35 Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
When:Mon – Sat: 8:30am – 5pm | Sun: 8:30am – 4pm
Paint by Numbers South Africa is the ultimate all-in-one art kit that allows everyone to experience the joy of painting. Each fun kit consists of printed canvas, paint and paintbrushes. Everything one needs to create a masterpiece without the stress of tinting and mixing colours.
How does this work? It’s an easy step-by-step system. The numbers on the paint pots and the canvas corresponds. So the painter simply applies the colour to the suggested corresponding number, making it easy to lose yourself in painting.
Paint By Numbers South Africa can help make your inner artist emerge regardless of your age or skill. Please note that the kit does not include a beret, polar neck or long skinny cigarettes. Encourage someone to get back in touch with their artistic side or motivate them to try a new hobby with this easy gift for people of all ages.
When: All hours
The PopUp [Concept] Shop has a permanent home in Canal Walk and we cannot be any happier. The store offers a new and fresh change in the retail experience as it supports local and independent brands.
Every few months, the shopfront and decor, along with the selection of store items in stock, are changed to match the season’s mood in line with the new concept. This ensures that patrons are always getting something new and current regarding trends.
The stocklist of fashionable apparel contains the work of local creators from all corners of South Africa. These are items from lifestyle products, clothes, eyewear, jewellery and other accessories which are on-trend and new.
Follow their Instagram page here to stay up to date with what’s new in the store.
Where: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City, Cape Town
When: All week: 9am – 9pm
Banhoek Chilli Oil is handmade in small batches using the finest non-GMO, Overberg-farmed canola oil and Thai chillies. This results in a perfect balance between heat and flavour that enhances dishes without overpowering them.
Suitable for vegan, halaal and kosher diets, Banhoek Chilli Oil’s wrapped bottle edition, makes for an ideal gourmet gift for your “foodie” friends, cooks, or braai lovers.
We all have one friend that can use some tips in cooking, or learn about the combination of flavours. Why not use this subtle but non-aggressive gift to hint and mainly improve friendly-dinner nights?
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Where: Old Banghoek Rd, Kylemore, Stellenbosch
When: Always open
The Hideaway is a unique space situated in a working factory in Maitland. They offer a wide variety of furniture, décor, accessories and imperative to this article, gifts.
View the wide catalogue of handmade storage and decorative baskets, outdoor furniture, and other home accessories. Hideaway’s range consists of earthy, bespoke décor and gifting goods that are crafted at the factory or sourced from local artisans and traders across the country.
While browsing through their selection of beautiful products, guests can enjoy a cup of coffee and something to eat from their on-site café.
Where: 47 Berkley Rd, Maitland, Cape Town
When: Mon – Sun: 9am – 4pm | Sat: 9.30am – 2pm