Check out the Crush Team’s Annual List of Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas
Christmas is around the corner and if you haven’t started shopping yet, what are you waiting for? If the thought of reams of sweaty people and crowded malls makes your skin stand on end, fear not! The Crush team has come to the rescue. We’ve collaboratively come up with a nifty bunch of Christmas gift ideas to help you out. Yes, we love food but our interests stretch way beyond that. We’ve got gifts for guys, gals, fashionistas, crafty folk and more. Take your pick.
Christmas Gift Ideas for One and All
Harck & Heart DIY Kit Gingerbread House
December school holidays can get long (not ours, but somehow it always feels like kids are constantly on holiday). Spend some family quality time making this Gingerbread house complete with trees, garden path, window, door and chimney.
Price: R 400
Robin Sprong Wallpaper
DIY is a great concept, until you get to the ‘Y’ bit… We’ve found the easiest way to transform your space with minimal effort and little commitment. Robin Sprong Wall Tile stickers can be placed (and removed up to 20 times) on kitchen and bathroom tiles. One of those Christmas gift ideas that keeps on giving.
Price: R 499
Wine Carrier – Els & Company Fine Leather Craftsman
Looking for a gift with soul? Something that has been beautifully and meticulously crafted? Look no further than Els & Company’s selection of handmade leather goods. This 2-bottle wine carrier is the perfect gift for the wine drinker who has it all. At Els & Co. they are passionate about reviving the lost art of leather craftsmanship and they produce beautiful, well designed yet practical products that you’ll only have to purchase once in your lifetime. This is a statement piece that any wine appreciator will be thrilled to own.
Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015 White
More than 30 years ago a crèche was started on the Roos family farm, Rust en Vrede, in Stellenbosch with the aim of providing education to the children of those working on the farm. Since then, not one child has had to repeat a school year, which goes to show how important those formative years are. The grapes for this wine range (which includes a red as well) were grown on the farm and the wines were also made, matured and bottled onsite. Die Skoolhoof White 2015 is an elegant blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Gift a bottle of this to the wine appreciater on your gift list.
Hiroshi Fujiwara: Fragment
Have you’ve ever seen a t-shirt, shoe or jacket released by your favourite brand and wondered how it was made? Well, if you’re a fan of Hiroshi Fujiwara, this book gives you insight into some of his most celebrated work and the evolution of the Fragment Design logo.
Sol Sol x Levi’s Trucker Jacket
Sure, we know we’re heading into summer and it doesn’t seem like there’ll be much call for a jacket but a classic like this trucker never goes out of style. Keep it around for those odd cool evenings and before you know it, it will become your staple autumn and then winter wardrobe item. The jacket is the result of a cool collaboration between local design mavericks, Sol Sol, and global denim giant, Levi’s.
Moët & Chandon Golden Sparkle Collection
With a bottle of its champagne opened every second around the globe, Moët & Chandon celebrate the enchantment of the season in style with this year’s glamorous Moët & Chandon Golden Sparkle Collection.
Share the elegance of the season with the Moët Impérial Festive Sparkle Gift Box, or, if you are a Rosé fan, the Moët Rosé Impérial Festive Sparkle Gift Box, which holds a 750ml bottle. The attractive gift box’s sparkling burst makes it a perfect on the table at festive celebrations, holiday parties, and gift-giving moments.
Moët & Chandon Golden Sparkle Gift Box, from R529.95
Moët & Chandon Rosé Sparkle Gift Box, from R649.95
Available from leading liquor merchants nationwide.
Yotam Ottolenghi Sweet
Those who covet Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe books do so because they are always beautifully shot, accessible and they champion simple ingredients. Sweet is the latest book in Ottolenghi’s range,(2-years in the making) and is a must-have for any avid cook or collector. It’s page after page of sweet indulgence and it will make you want to dive into your kitchen and start baking up a storm immediately. This is one of those Christmas gift ideas that becomes a treasured keepsake. WIN A COPY
Price: R 529
Girl Teddy from Lindt
It’s been far too long that the famed Lindt Christmas Teddy has been on his own; a sweet partner has been long overdue. Well the wait is over – introducing Lindt Teddy Girl complete with pink sweater, bow on her ear and of course a creamy milk chocolatey inside that we love.
RSP: R 49.95
Sneaker Lab Premium Shoe Care Kit
Sneaker culture is at an all-time high. What began as an underground cult-like obsession has evolved into our everyday lives. Nothing lowers a person’s street cred quicker than dirty kicks, which is why Sneaker Lab’s shoe care range is the perfect gift for staying fresch! Easy to use and renews tired kicks in an instant.
Price: R 390
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sock
Classics are classics for a reason and this suave leather version of the beloved Stan Smith is for when you need to don something a little more than just a sneaker. The iconic shoe (named for tennis player, Stan Smith) is a coveted addition to your sneaker shelf.
Price: R 1699
The craft beer industry really is the gift that keeps on giving. Creative and talented people are working together to create amazing brews with cool concepts and epic design. This beer is a colab that sees the guys from Beer Country partnering up with Darling Brewery. Thirsty is Greg’s Series 3 Landy and she’s the third cast member of Beer Country. Thirsty Black Lager is a tribute to the legendary 4x4s that conquered the jungles, deserts, mountains, and plains of Africa. It’s a full-flavoured brew, with a complex yet subtle blend of malt sweetness, roasted coffee and campfire smoke flavours. Like most 4x4s, this brew is best enjoyed off the beaten track.
Moleskin Beer Journal
If you have a beer appreciator in your life, then you probably hear about the merits of great beer a great deal. Like all the time. That’s why this is the perfect gift for that guy or girl – a speciality beer journal that has spots to make notes about their favourite crafty brew, as well as tips and interesting information throughout.
Price: R 269
Amit Shimonii Mandela Print
Gone but never forgotten, Mandela’s infectiously-cheeky personality lives on in Israeli artist Amit Shimomi’s ‘Hipstory’ range. We’re particularly fond of Madiba’s 90s fade haircut.
R 499 A4 framed print (other sizes and unframed options available)
Gizzi Erskine x Polka Pants Trousers in Leopard Print
Polka Pants, based in the UK, has taken the culinary industry by storm for creating pants for women in the industry that actually fit them. Food writer and chef, Gizzi Erskine, collaborated with Polka Pants to design this awesome range, they’re too nice to stay in the kitchen. A great Christmas gift idea for the lady chef in your life.
Our friends at Greenpop have a cool way for you to give a gift to a friend if consumerism is not high on your list this year. Gift anything from 1 to 100 trees, which will be planted in their name in an area that needs greening.
Price: 1 tree R120
We Care Collective – Bamboo Straw and Sleeve
We love this as a gift for pretty much anyone. Nix the use of plastic straws and spread the bamboo straw love with these babies from We Care Collective. You can even purchase a handy sleeve so you can keep yours ready to use at all times.
Pins and Patches from Ghost Goods Co.
We just love the fun of these pins and patches that come in all shapes and colours, and with plenty of happy-go-lucky messages. Designed locally by Capetonian Nicole Dalton, they are almost too cute to gift but it’s okay, no-one will judge if you gift to yourself. Buy online and also available in-store at Fabricate in Gardens Centre, Cape Town.
Llama Selfie Phone Cover Set
If you know someone who changes their phone cover like they change their underwear then this is the gift for them. A set of two so you can choose depending on your mood. Available for iPhone and Samsung models.