When money’s too tight to mention, Christmas gift buying can be come a stressful affair. I’ve trawled some stores to find gifts that don’t cost the Earth, to make the season a bit more festive. Happy shopping!
Dove mini gift set
This toiletry set is ideal for hand luggage and has cream, shampoo, conditioner, aerosol and body lotion, all under 100ml. Someone who’s always on the go would find this quite useful. R69,99 available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
Cape Union Beach Mat
It’s summer time so why not treat your loved one to a visit to the beach and let them chill in style with a beach mat that converts into a lounger. It has a backrest so you can chill for hours. R60 at Cape Union Mart.
Four-piece cheese knife and board set
For the trendy cheese connoisseur who loves bright and funky colours, this set will brighten up any dinner party. R99,99 available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
Travel room spray
Rain has a range of room fragrances that now also come in a compact travel version, for those times when you’re forced to stay in a dodgy, smelly space, use public toilets or even in your car. Scents include saffron with tangerine and black amber. From R39,95 at Rain.
** If you’d prefer to add something else to it, pair it with the home fragrance candle. R55 at Rain.
Not only is this an attractive gift, it’ll also make any house smell amazing. Simply place the bamboo sticks in the bottle and voila! Smells divine. We recommend the Ocean Breeze scent. R89 at @Home
Lanterns make great gifts and beautify any occasion. There are various options available but I like this ‘Home’ lantern from @Home. It’s R69 and you can get a cheap (but sweet-smelling) candle for your lantern at Mr Price Home. From R9,99
Something sweet and simple
Fill a jar with sweets (I like the Douwe Egberts coffee jar) and wrap pretty ribbon around to make a cute treat. If you don’t have an empty coffee jar, Pick ‘n Pay sells Consol jars from R9,99. The cost of treats to fill the jar may vary, depending on your generosity.
Body butter trio
Feel good and smell great with shea butter, mango seed oil and almond milk body butter, conveniently in a three-pack of handbag-sized containers. R69,99, available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
Wet bikini bag and flip-flops
For the girl that loves the beach, get a wet bikini so she won’t have to shove her wet costume in a plastic bag. To round off this gift, add a pair of beach flip flops. Bag R59,99 and flip flops R29,99 (total R89,98), available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
Hand held massager
Travelling can sometimes be stressful, so if you can’t make it to the spa for a massage, a handy Safeway mini massager may do the trick while you’re on a flight, in your hotel, or even in a meeting. R39,99, available at selected Clicksstores while stocks last.
Camping kids will love these colourful character camping chairs. They may look fun but they’re not just child’s play as they’ve got a solid steel frame and include a cup holder. R99 at Cape Union Mart.
The Cape Union Titan Multitool will make a cool gift for anyone who rates themselves a bit of a MacGyver. It’s said to be the strongest tool in the Cape Union range, so this one’s pretty tough. R60 at Cape Union Mart.
Hair clipper set
The Wahl Homepro Basic Hair Clipper Set will ensure that he keeps his hair trim and tidy without having to mission to the barber. R99,99, available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
This handy pouch will keep all your documents, little essentials and even phone or camera safe and neatly contained without you having to lug around a bulky bag. R90 at Cape Union Mart.
The Grid-It small organiser is a neat holder for your iPod, camera, pens, charging cables and other personal belongings. Conveniently sized for a handbag, laptop bag or backpack. R99 at Cape Union Mart.
It may look like a Christmas tree (OK, it is one) but this wooden stand can be a handy jewellery stand and has the added bonus of being a festive ornament. R99,99 at Woolworths. They’re available in red and white.
Activity sticker books
Keep kids busy with these activity books that include 2000 stickers to decorate your doodles, puzzles and scenes. R69,95 at Woolworths. Available in boys and girls variations.
Boys love their fun and games so why not add some entertainment to his home with a dart board. R79,99 at Mr Price Home.
The Sway Mini Hamburger Speaker is a compact, portable speaker that you can plug into you MP3 player or phone for a bit of music on the go, without having to use headphones. R99,99, available at selected Clicks stores while stocks last.
The Lowepro Melbourne 10 camera pouch range is funky and colourful and makes for a great gift for anyone that gets snap happy with their compact camera on holiday. R75 atCape Union Mart.
If you’ve got buddies you like to play pranks on, get sodoku or dollar toilet paper. It’s the only way they’re going to be able to wipe with cash. R29,99 at Mr Price Home.