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 favorite 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 Christmas Events for 2019)
Here are my top brands to shop from on Christmas:
1) For Anyone
A Love Supreme - Wonderful South African brand, I have just purchased one of their beach umbrellas - but also check out their cute gift tags.
3) For Kids
Kapas Baby and Toddler - Beautiful clothes and accessories for the little ones, from Memory Cards to cute muslins and these beautiful blankets. They were also rapidly selling out of their cute clothes too.
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
Yummy Baby - Great selection of kids toys on 4th Avenue, Parkhurst
PlayToys - This is a smaller toy shop that focuses on great wooden toys, educational games, and high quality playthings. Good from baby to teenager-or older! Shops are now located in Kyalami, Menlyn, and Blubird Center.
4) For You
Patrick Mavros - 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.
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.
6) Online Shopping
Whilst post in SA isn't the most reliable, more and more retailers are coming online…
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.
Hello Pretty - Online network of crafters, artists, and designers across South Africa. Kind of like a local Etsy site!