Super 6 Jozi Presents For Christmas

Expat Life

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.

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2) For Him 

Hip Kit - Belts imported from Argentina (they also sell dog collars) 

Melville and Moon - Great place for something a bit different, handmade safari luggage, camping chairs, Leather bags, portable drinks cabinets. Based in Kramerville.  

Simon and Mary - Beautiful hats made here in Joburg. 

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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.

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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.

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 5) For Sibling/Friend

I adore these beautiful throws, table linen and blankets from Mungo - if you are in Joburg you can pick them up from A Beautiful Life in Parkhurst.

For the holiday - Stitch and Social Enterprise - cotton picnic blankets, in variety of styles. 

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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!

What else do you recommend?? Leave a comment or let us know on our Facebook page!

The best of Christmas In Joburg

Expat in Johannesburg will have to get used to celebrating Christmas so early! Christmas markets and fairs start early October and run until start of December, 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 favourite 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. Some are better than others, but here is our list of whats on when over the next few months!  

Christmas in Johannesburg

FESTIVE MARKETS & SHOWS

By Word Of Mouth Festive Market - Sunday 6th And Monday 8th October  

Hosted at The Polo Room at the Inanda Club. Word of Mouth host fantastic workshops sharing, decor looks, edible gifts and weaths, along with christmas food ideas. 

Sanlan Handmade Contemporary Fair - 11th - 14th October 

If you only get to one Christmas Market, make sure its this one! They alway curate the best of South African design (plus food and drink is amazing!)  

Glenshiel Christmas Market- Westcliff 25th - 28th October 

Catch the tail end of the Jacaranda's in this spectacular property. This annual fundraiser for St Johns Ambulance service hosts a high end carefully curated market and tea garden.   

 

November 

Bryanston Organic Christmas Night Markets - Every Tuesday From 20th November 

Parkhurst Late Night Christmas Shopping - Thursday 22nd & 29th November 

Parkview Christmas Market 30th November - 2nd December

Community Market, with carols sang by the local primary and high schools. Lovely outing for the whole family.  

Boutique Christmas Market - Hyde Park -  24th- 25th November 

Melrose Arch Christmas November 2nd - 3rd January - place to go and see beautiful christmas lights!  

 

December 

Linden Market - 1st & 2nd December. 

Linden market is a local boutique market, they have managed to source some of the best products out there. Set in Emmarentia Dam, its a beautiful setting with kids play area, and great food and drink venders there is something for everyone. 

Kamers - 4th - 9th December Pretoria. 

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From fashion to food… skincare to ceramics… jewellery, lifestyle, music and more – at Southdowns College, a trendy venue that perfectly reflects this uniquely South African event. 

44 Stanley Christmas Market - 7th December - Date TBC 

Christmas with Richard Cock - 8th & 9th December Join the the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra for a Christmas carol concert at the Linder Auditorium

The Sheds 1Fox St Christmas Carols Market - 7th December
Monte Casino - Christmas Village - 12th December - 17th December

(+ outdoor screen showing family christmas movies) TBC

Fourways Christmas Day And Night Market - 9th /10thDec & 16th/ 17th Dec Date TBC 

The Neighbourgoods Market - Saturday Morning & 1st Thursday Of The Month  

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HAVE WE MISSED ANY MARKETS? PLEASE LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW