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Keen to buy African? We present our latest discovery of gifts with an African connection: you should find something in here for most people you love!

Beach pillow

Here’s a great addition to any beach lover’s bag. A brand new creation by two Cape Town students, this stylish pillow made from neoprene (wetsuit fabric) is hardy, handy and has a secret pocket in which to store your valuables. Free delivery in Stellenbosch and within 5km of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, or arrange to pick up in Constantia.

How much? R350
Where? Order from billopillows@gmail.com or call Tim on 0609466174

‘Cheeky dungas’

South African graduate Julia Armstrong is determined to clothe women with dignity, helping them ‘feel good, full of life and inspired to live whole lives’! She designed these sleek yet cheeky dungarees to celebrate the true story of her friend Nophiso who, while despairing in LA, came across an American guardian angel who ended up helping her in staggering ways. How did they start talking to each other? The lady loved her dungarees!

How much? R750
Where? Contact Julia at kit.realclothes@gmail.com or +27 84 497 3537 or visit Kit Clothes on Instagram

Cool socks, bru

BRAhSSE was originally started by university students with the aim of uniting different cultures and backgrounds – an important initiative for South Africans! So why not sport a brand that not only reflects street trends but supports the country’s multi-heritage landscape? Get in now before everyone’s wearing them.

How much? R95
Where? Purchase online at www.brahsse.com The company charges R40 delivery anywhere in the Cape Town area, or you can collect from Bishopscourt or Stellenbosch for free. And yes, they can post to elsewhere in South Africa and international deliveries are in the pipeline.

Calabash light

How seductive are the warm freckles of light and joyful patterns spread by these calabash lightshades? And they’re eco-friendly, too, darlings. Every shade is made from the gourd of a calabash fruit, making it a one-of-a-kind work of art. Bring a touch of Africa to your home with the hanging lightshade, or get one without the electrics to jazz up your space as a freestanding ornament.

How much? R550 – R1200
Where? Dismoi has stores in Cape Town and Pretoria, South Africa, and also Windhoek, Nambia: check its stockists page for details. Otherwise, shop online at www.dismoi.co.za

Laptop life

It could be hard to find a laptop bag as sustainable as this one. And you’re right if you thought the cover design looked like a PPC cement bag: it used to be one. The bag is one of a number of biodegradable items made from treated paper by Wren Designs. We like!

How much? R950 – R970

Where? Online at www.thewrendesign.com. If you want to feel it first, visit The Collective at The V & A Waterfront’s Watershed, Cape Town. Otherwise make an appointment and head to 10 Rhodesia Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town for a nice little look around the studio.

Child’s play

A beautifully illustrated book, Train to Kalk Bay tells the story of a boy’s adventures around the city of Cape Town with his family. Small people all around the world are likely to enjoy this (and their parents too).

How much? R119
Where? We found a copy at takealot.com

Prickle-free porcupine

These Africa-inspired babygrows are adorned with different animals and available in various colour combos. The arresting original illustrations by Lyndall McCarthy are screenprinted onto 100% cotton. The babes might be too young to appreciate them, but you can bet the parents will.

How much? R295
Where? Shop online at hellopretty.co.za

Dotty cushion or the napkin life?

Pop up your life with retro cushions or quality napkins screenprinted onto 100% cotton base cloth in South Africa’s Mother City.

How much? R350 for the cushion, R245 for a pair of napkins
Where? Head to indigidesigns.com to purchase these and other Indigi items.

Coin purse

Lined and made by South African ladies, these coin purses are great for a tinier family member. Or for people of any age to pop into a beach bag or use for cash and a single credit card on holiday. That way if you lose your purse on holiday, you’re not losing the rest of your life along with it…

How much? R90
Where? Shop online at hellopretty.co.za


Don’t teeny booties make you want to find a baby’s thigh to squeeze? No? Oh go on, babies are cute, at least for a while. Made by That Kid Cole using Skinny laMinx fabric cut offs, the shoes have leather soles and soft cotton elastic. A cool way to treat your gurgler or someone else’s.

How much? R250
Where? Shop these shoes and more at skinnylaminx.com or visit their store in Bree Street, Cape Town.

For dem cool guys

Add flair and individuality to the wardrobe of a guy you know with these vintage-inspired tees designed and produced in Cape Town. Creator Adrian Henke has been in the tailoring industry for more than 25 years and had the privilege of dressing Richard Branson so we’re satisfied regarding his expertise.

How much? R350
Where? Find BillyNOW outlets at Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock and Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. Alternatively, shop online at billy-now.myshopify.com

Mandela centenary t-shirt

So here’s another t-shirt option as you may not want to miss out on being part of this attractive initiative. One hundred years since the birth of iconic giant Nelson Mandela, a Mandela 1 Million T-Shirt Campaign has been launched by Cape Town’s TCI Apparel Design Centre. It’s manufacturing a million of these shirts to distribute globally, kitting out people all over the world with Madiba’s lovely words. So you’ve got a message of peace plus significant job creation: maybe don’t turn this one down!

How much? R150
Where? Available in retail stores in South Africa including Edgars, Woolworths or get one couriered by TCI Apparel (overseas orders welcome). Call +27 21 508 5700 or email: mandela100officialtshirt@TCIapparel.co.za

Balmy army

We all know people who can’t live without moisturising their skin. This one’s for them: Hydrate and Repair Body Balm by Cape Town’s Wasskin, made with botanical oils for intense hydration and also, they say, stiff muscle relief. Never tested on animals, only the Wasskin team, their friends and test volunteers.

How much? R280
Where? Get to wassskin.com to purchase body balms and lots more

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