Christmas comes early in Johannesburg, mainly because the schools finish for their main summer holiday at the start of December and soon after everyone flees. My first year here I found it lonely and sad with the lack of Christmas Festivities. My favourite home comforts (Christmas Songs on the radio, Christmas parties, Christmas Specials on TV) weren’t here. Now I actually find it quite refreshing, and low key, with the celebration being about holidays and family time rather than the whole commercial take that there is in the UK and US.
What I have come to love about Christmas Shopping here, is the ability to buy your presents from local small businesses, through the wealth of Christmas Markets that take place across Joburg (for a list of markets see Top 10 Christmas Things to do in Joburg) :
This year I have managed to go to Glenshiel Christmas Fair in Westcliff, and Hyde Park Food, Wine and Design, here are some of the great gifts that you can look out for at the up and coming markets, or order directly if you want to get your presents locally this year.
Every gift needs one of these! Make sure you get your presents wrapped in the incredible paper and cards from a love supreme
Babys - Kapas Baby and Toddler, beautiful clothes and accessories, from Memory Cards to cute muslins and these beautiful blankets. They were also rapidly selling out of their cute clothes too.
Ostrich and Emu / South by South - These guys will become a firm favourite of mine for gifts, from beautifully designed sun hats, dresses, skirts, cute aprons, bibs, blankets, I even asked for their bunting (which was for their display) and they are making it for me - there is nothing they can't do. Go take a look at their website, they are based in Craighall Park.
Pool Pillow - Hours of fun in the pool, or use it as a sun bed. These are just great for the whole family. R850 each
How can I not include the beautiful Henrietta Botha - I adore every single item! From necklace's to her ear rings, and bracelets an item and price tag for every family member! She now has a shop in Parkview, or you can purchase online here
From Zimbabwe, these exquisite items make the ultimate luxury gift. Stores on the Fulham Road, London, Harare, Mauritius, and Nairobi. This is a brand you want to start collecting. I dream to have a dinning table with one or two of his sculptures in the centre one day. If you missed him at Glenshiels they are having a Christmas Exhibition at The Peech Hotel, for more info contact them here.
For Sibling / Friend
Riverside Organics I brought a beautiful centre piece for our stoop table. They have wonderful herbs, flower boxes, and wooden planters, table boxes, stilts and boot racks.
For the holiday - Stitch and Social Enterprise - cotton picnic blankets, in variety of styles.
Online Shops / Stores
Whilst post in SA isn't the most reliable, more and more retailers are coming online - including the wonderful fair Kramers ! So if you want to shop online this year - these are our top picks:
- Nonna (great selection of gifts for him, her and kids!)
- Kramers - based in Cape Town, but head up a few times a year to run markets showcasing the best South Africa designers.