The Ultimate South African Christmas Shopping List

Words: Robyn Samuels

Christmas is no longer around the corner, it’s officially on all of our doorsteps, which means it’s time to flock to malls and do that last-minute Christmas shopping you’ve been dreading. We’ve made a list of classic South African items we can’t imagine Christmas without, and because no-one likes having to make a second trip to the store, we checked it twice.

From Appletiser to Quality Streets Sweets, here’s our ultimate Christmas shopping list.


Who doesn’t love Champagne on a cool drink budget?

Bakers Choice Assorted Biscuits

Reserved for VIP adults – don’t even think about touching me before Christmas Day.


I’m just here to stain the rice and potatoes on your plate.

Brussels Sprouts

C’mon give us a chance. I promise, we’ve changed – unlike your childish taste buds.
Recipe for Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts with ClemenGold Dressing & Crispy Bacon

Canned Peaches

We could eat these straight out of the can, that’s if mom didn’t need it all for the trifle. Best add an extra can to your Christmas shopping list.


Glaze me up and top with bacon bits for your festive table spread.

Easter Feasting
Recipe for Honey & Chilli Roasted Carrots with Bacon and Cashews

Cocoa Powder

Can’t make those Christmas Cupcakes for your guests without a little cocoa powder.

Nulaid Free Range Eggs

Colman’s Hot English Mustard

What are family gatherings without a bit of spice? Best served with slices of ox tongue – YES.


It’s not only the festive season, it’s cherry season too, baby!

Add me to your Christmas shopping list and make this cherry-citrus glazed Roast Duck.

Fresh Cream

Stay tuned for my yearly festive disappearing act. Seriously, good luck finding me.

If you do find me, make this Festive Chocolate Truffle Trifle.

Flake Chocolate

The elusive Flake chocolate – the one item everyone needs for the ultimate trifle, but always forgets to buy up until the day of Christmas. Don’t be that person!


It wouldn’t be a South African Christmas without a gorgeous gammon, now would it?

Recipe for Pomegranate Gammon with Za’atar Roasted Radishes

Ideal Milk

If not there’s enough to spare, add a dash of me to your coffee and give yourself a break in between Christmas cooking.

Leg of lamb

Merry is the festive table that features the leg of lamb.

Recipe for Greek-style Roast Leg of Lamb

Mince Pies

Ah mince pies, the less popular raisiny cousin of hot cross buns, and equally abominated by trifle haters.

Peppermint Crisp

If you can’t stand layers of mushy trifle, add me to your Christmas shopping list and make Peppermint Crisp Cups instead.


Rivalled by broccoli, Brussels sprouts and every other vegetable.

Perfect for making these Crispy Potjie Potatoes with Herby Horseradish Cream.

Quality Street Sweets

Stuff a handful in your pocket and when your family asks, “what happened to all the Quality Street Sweets?” – wipe all the chocolaty evidence off your coated hands and face.


Do I look like biltong to you? No – then don’t leave me in the oven to dry.

UltraMel Custard

Squeeze till the very last drop and if you’re fresh out of custard, cut the bottle open and scoop every little bit – we don’t waste in this household!

Vanilla Ice Cream

I may be filled with ice cream this time, but don’t be fooled, I’m only here for the sticky toffee pudding. Post-Christmas I’ll be repurposed and filled with frozen soup.


Neglected on Christmas more than a middle child on any given day. *Friendly reminder, show some love to your vegetables and middle children this festive season – in that exact order.

vegan recipes

Want a budget-friendly Christmas? Make these DIY Christmas Crackers for your guests.

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