By Melissa Cohen
The Christmas cheer is almost here, but before the celebrations can begin, many South Africans find themselves wondering around shopping centres nationwide in total confusion as they don’t have a clue what to buy their loved ones for Christmas. This list should be able to take the pressure off the last minute shopping run and provide you with some great gift ideas suitable for the whole family.
For the kiddies
• Leap Reader- This interactive game is the perfect educational gift for boys and girls, which will keep them entertained for ages and will help them improve their reading and writing. Go check out any specialised kids’ retailers. Price range starts at R699.
• Fast Lane remote control boats – Seeing as though the weather encourages us to be outside, why not get the boys a toy that is perfect for the summer. This remote control boat works well in any small body of water so lots of fun can be had in and around the pool. This gift can be found at all major kids retailers. Prices start at R299.
• Water combat gun – This water gun is a perfect stocking filler for girls, or boys. Play time in the sun can be made fun with this refreshing water gun. Find this gift at Toys R Us for R39.
• Creations Hot Heels – This gift is perfect for little girls between the ages of six and 12 as it gives them the opportunity to decorate and design their own pair of heels. Although the heels are too small to wear, this gift encourages creativity and could be where the next great South African designer got her start. Find these gift at all good kiddies retailers for R249.
• Barbie BMX – This bike is suitable for the new riders who are Barbie fans and like to ride in style. With or without training wheels, this bike is an ideal gift for the adventurous Barbie girl. Available from Makro for R800.
This one’s for Dad
• LED Braai Tongs – This gift is essential for the dad who loves the outdoors and a good “chop and dop”. These tongs are unique as they have an LED light built into them, which makes braaing at night much easier. These tongs are also perfect for camping, ensuring perfectly cooked meat every time. Find them at Cape Union Mart, priced at R220.
• Biltong Storer – Get dad something that the whole family can enjoy. This gift is a good way to encourage dad to cook. This storer is great for drying out any type of meat so for those that don’t like red meat, that includes chicken. For more information, visit Makro.
• 2 in 1 flip soccer and pool table – This multi-purpose table is great for the whole family to enjoy. The table can be flipped over to suit any occasion, be it a soccer tournament with the kids, or a games night with the gents. For more information visit Makro.
And of course not forgetting mom
• Kobo pure Soya bean candle – This gift is a great way to spoil the special women in your life. Not only is it a candle that lasts for over 80 hours, but the wax can be used as massage oil. This gift can be found at Entrepo for R249.
• Menu red and white wine breather – This gift is excellent for moms who enjoy a good glass of wine after a long day. This product fits on to the wine bottle and once turned over, the wine transfers in to the breather and ensures that the once cheap wine tastes like an expensive bottle of imported wine. This gift can be found at Entrepo for R1999 for the set (red and white).
• S.T.A.M.P. watches – These watches are a lovely gift for mom as the watch faces (which look like stamps) can be changed and fit securely on any of the straps from the collection. There are various funky designs which are suitable for the hip and happening mom, or the more conservative type. This gift can be found at Spilhaus, starting from R350.
• Digital photo frame – A thoughtful gift to keep old memories fresh, and of course to add new ones. There is a variety of different frames available, which is suitable for just about any pocket. This gift idea can be found most electronic stores around the city, starting from R400.
• Popcorn maker – This gift is not only affordable, but is perfect for those who love to relax on the couch with their loved ones and watch a good movie while tucking into some fresh popcorn. This machine is small and easy to use and makes watching movies on the couch more fun because not only is the company good, but so is the food. This can be found at Clicks for R104.
• Tandem Paragliding off Signal Hill – A lovely way to enjoy some quality time with your partner while soaring above the city. This is the perfect gift for those looking for a bit of adventure. Rates start from R1200. For more information, visit www.celestialgifts.co.za.