How to Get Your Christmas Shopping Done Early


With Christmas approaching you might be dreading shopping for your entire family and significant others. It may seem like you can never quite find the right thing for your mother-in-law, or your little nephew. Maybe you're tired of giving gifts that are put in the back of a cupboard to gather dust or be re-gifted.

We’re also tired of stressing about what goes under the Christmas tree. So we took to the Kamers Vol Geskenke Market in Stellenbosch to create a gift guide for those who are impossible to shop for.

Everything that we’ve added to this list should be available at the Kamers Market in Irene from the 5-10 December, or you can find our suggestions on the Kamers online marketplace.

The Teachers

Finding the perfect gift for you child's favorite teacher can seem impossible, and maybe you've defaulted to a trusty Top Deck too many times.

For the Misses and Mrs we've picked out the stunning 2018 Planner from Alexa Lily. The luxe design and intentional detail that went into creating these incredible weekly planners makes them a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any busy lady.

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Long gone are the days of being disappointed to find socks under the Christmas tree. This year Sir is getting some Sexy Socks. These fun socks are part of a much bigger mission to put socks on the feet of children who can't afford them. For every pair you buy, Sexy Socks gift a pair of school socks to a child in need. When you're checking out, why not pick up a pair for yourself too?

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The In-Laws

These are the people that you need to impress with your gift giving skills, which sometimes seems like a daunting task.

For mother dearest, we suggest an addition to her lovely home, or maybe some luxurious skincare. Ark Paper Studio has stunning homeware covered in illustrations of flora and fauna. The images are taken from old designs which span the centuries. On their new website you will be able to trace each element of the design back to its original source image. We fell in love with the scatter cushions and tea towels!

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A local favourite, Skin Creamery, is full of the finest organic ingredients. This range honours good environmental practices from start to finish. The products are wonderful, and a welcome addition to any beauty routine. Skin Creamery has released a travel set this season, with mini versions of our favorites.

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We've collected some funky accessories for men that we came across at the market. Is your father-in-law a bow-tie-guy? Houtkappers has great novelty wooden bow ties. Should he lean more toward the traditional side, Non-European has some great everyday patterns. Houtkappers also have a popular wooden men's wallet, which can easily be paired with their outstanding bow ties.

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Maybe he's carried the same, ratty wallet for the last 30+ years, and it's time for an upgrade. The Burgundy Collective has an incredible leather collection which includes wallets, travel books, backpacks and weekend bags.

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Leefi Haute Design has lovely cork wallets, accented with synthetic baobab leather, which can be worn with their trendy cork belts. It's definitely possible to impress without breaking the bank.

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The Boss

If you can't possibly imagine what your boss gets up to on the weekend, and if you have no idea what their favourite colour is, we have a solution for you! We suggest that you check out their office space and gift them a decor piece that fits in with their style.

We found a few options that might work for you if you're looking to get your boss a gift for their office this year. Dayfeels has a lovely, raw ceramic collection, as well as a variety of simple prints to choose from. We love the interesting details of these pieces, and they're a great addition to a workspace.

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If your boss enjoys delicious smells or scented candles, we recommend Cape Island. Their luxury range of candles and hand creams are inspired by the beauty of Cape Town. Between Safari Days, Constantia Heights and Clifton Beach, you're bound to find the perfect scent.

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The kids

With a seemingly endless supply of toys already scattered across their bedroom floor, sometimes the kids can be the hardest to shop for. They already have everything they want!

Since summer and Christmas go hand-in-hand here in the South, we've put together some beach items for endless fun in the sun.

We found patterned board shorts from Temple Of Reason and Granadilla Swim, which certainly put the “fun” in functional!

Pair those boardies with a towel from Granadilla, or a beach bat set from Houtkappers and you've got a winner gift!

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Maybe the kid you're shopping for tends more towards the crafty side. You could pick up a sewing kit from Afternoon, and a lovely note book to go with it!

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If you're giving gifts to babies this year, we suggest picking something up for the Oh-Lief range. These incredible products are gentle on you baby and the environment.

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Or maybe you want to get a beautiful blanket from Blankets From Africa collection. By buying from this local business you're able to be part of supporting women in the Karoo who would otherwise be unemployed, and you're gifting a blanket to a child who will cherish it for years to come.

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The Uncles

Uncles and other men in your life can be complicated to shop for, but this year we would encourage you to forgo the obligatory bottle of wine, box of chocolates or bag of biltong for something a bit more personal.

If he's into adventuring outdoors, get him some gear from Frontier Provisions. From clothing to cooking utensils, they've got your back.

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Maybe he's more of an indoors guy? Woodstock Laundry has super-comfy artisanal loungewear, which is perfect for days spent relaxing at home.

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The Aunts

She will love whatever you get her, because she's just the sweetest, but maybe you want to show her how much you care with the perfect piece!

There were so many incredible and affordable jewellers at Kamers this year. We have collected some of our favourites, to make picking the perfect gift simple for you.

Iloni has interesting and unique pieces, for those who are bold and expressive.

Yellow Jewellery has a mix of elegant simple designs and trendy fun pieces which all share the same minimal aesthetic.

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Lorne is a collection of earring designs made up of simple, clean lines. Whether her style is bold or understated, you can find a great set for her here.

A Bird Named Frank sports minimalistic geometric designs across their stunning range.

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Famke’s work is inspired by geometric and organic shapes, and includes beautiful gemstones in some collections. You can read more about her here.

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With so many incredible vendors at Kamers this year, it was difficult to pick which things to put on this list. If you still have no idea what to get that special someone, why not by them a ticket to Kamers in Irene, load up one of the show’s cashless shopping cards and set them loose to pick something they love.

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Don't forget that Kamers/Makers gets going in Irene, Pretoria, on Monday, 4 December 2017 with their special opening night in aid of MAD Leadership Foundation and runs until the Sunday 10 December. Make a day of it and invite someone special to join you as you support local small businesses while tackle your shopping together.