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Your Simple Sustainable Gift Guide

Your Simple Sustainable Gift Guide

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Give generously this Festive Season, while still being kind to the planet.

Give generously this Festive Season, while still being kind to the planet.

Your Simple Sustainable Gift Guide
If gift-giving is your love language, the festive season can pose a conundrum for the earth-conscious consumer. But fear not, South Africa has plenty of mindful makers and curators making a way for you to give a memorable gift to each of your loved ones, at minimal cost to the environment. From retro homeware to handcrafted wooden toys, vintage finds and off-the grid experiences, there’s likely to be something special on this list to help you show your loved ones just how much they mean to you this Christmas.

Read on to learn about the local businesses making it possible for you to give generously this Festive Season, while still being kind to the planet.


FOR THE PLANT PARENT:

Plantify

A gift from Plantify is any plant lover’s dream. From gifts under R300 to rare plants to grow an enthusiast’s collection, Plantify is making it easy to keep your gifting green this festive season. As always, each Plantify purchase includes a free handwritten greeting card. Just remember to leave your message in “order notes” before you check out.

P.S. Check out their newly published gift guide to pick the perfect plant for the person you have in mind.

XL Heart Leaf Philodendrons

     
Website: https://plantify.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plantify_/


FOR YOUR LITTLEST LOVED ONES


ShopZero


It can be difficult to find toys the kids will love that are educational, fun, and kind to the environment. From wooden toys to develop your little one’s growing motor skills, to reusable travel cups you’ll find them reaching for, Shop Zero’s got something practical and fun for little ones of all ages! With vegan beauty products, bamboo sunglasses, ethical coffee beans and more, we challenge you NOT to find the perfect gift for whoever you’ve got in mind.

P.S. Each order arrives with a free spekboom cutting!


Rainbow Rocks Soy Pastel Crayons (R135) 
Ecoffee Boocup 250ml Superhero Fuel (R200)


Website: https://shopzero.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shopzero.sa/



Maven:


Started by two friends with a shared love for style and sustainability, Maven is an ever-growing collection of high quality pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories for adults and children. One of the most impressive sections of their website is undoubtedly the kids collection, brimming with cute swimwear, branded sneakers, and dresses, shorts, tops and sweaters to make any little one swoon. Like what you see? They’ve compiled the best they have to offer in their Conscious Christmas Collection, updated with new items for the whole family until 23 December to make it extra easy to shop responsibly this season. 


P.S. Sign up to their newsletter to get free shipping on your first purchase!


H&M Sweater (7 - 8 years) R80

Disney Aladdin Wallet R350



Website: https://mavencollection.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maven.sustainable/



Imagine Play


Perfect for open-ended play, Imagine Play is a family-owned and run business crafting environementally gentle, non-toxic wooden toys Rainbow shapes in neutrals and brights. Check out their Combo Value Packs to set your little one up with endless possibilities for play, and splurge on their waytoplay roads to get your little city planner started young. With balls, beads, and coins in a beautiful variety of colours, there’s something for every budget at Imagine Play’s super fun online store.

P.S. Christmas orders close on 17 December, so act fast!


Website: https://imagineplay.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imagineplay_/



Honest Toys


A collection of beautiful, hard-wearing toys that allow for imaginative play and learning, Honest Toys is organized according to age and interest by a child and family therapist. All ethically made and mindful of the environment, this store stocks a huge variety of beautiful toys, all the way from baby-appropriate to older kids.

P.S. Gift cards are available and delivered via email for the indecisive aunts and uncles out there! 


Nature Kaleidoscope by Huckleberry R195

Silk Streamers by Sarah’s Silks R339



Website: www.honesttoys.co.za
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honesttoys/


FOR THE INTERIOR EXPERT


Vogel:


Leading local furniture crafters, Vogel, have a range of sustainably made animal head wall mounts to add a little African flair to your loved one’s space this Christmas. Choose from Nguni, Ox, Oryx and Giraffe heads or opt for their little Tusk hooks, all with plenty of animal-specific pizzazz. Made exclusively from offcuts from the production of their larger pieces, and sealed with the eco-friendly sealant, ProNature, these seamless designs are as easy on a consumer’s conscience as they are lovely to look at.

P.S. Pop into their Paarden Island showroom to peruse the collection in the flesh!



Website: https://vogeldesign.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vogel_furnituredesign/


Solder Retro:



There’s no purchase as ethical as a pre-loved present. Thankfully, we have Solder Retro, stocking a collection of unique items to beautify and quirk up your home, ranging from post war to post modern. Bigger ticket items include original Frystark furniture, kitsch cool Tretchikoff prints, and Bauhaus lighting. You’ll also find plenty of glass pieces, from 70’s Pop Art handblown vases to Swedish crystal paperweights, Regency sculptures in brass and china, and a host of other treasures that will leave a lasting impression this December.

P.S. Prices aren’t published on their social media, so be sure to pop them a DM to find out! 


Solid brass Hollywood Regency flamingo

Scandinavian freeform glass bowl by Magnor

 

FOR THE YOGI IN YOUR LIFE


Earth Warrior:



Determined to reduce the use of PVC in the fitness and yoga space, Earth Warrior works exclusively with biodegradable cork, cotton, jute, and other 100% natural materials. Cork is one of the most sustainable materials the earth produces; its bark is harvested by hand by highly skilled workers, leaving cork trees completely unharmed. It is non-slip, anti-microbial, naturally anti-fungal, and beautiful to look at too. Head over to Earth Warrior’s digital store to find the perfect earth-loving present for the yogi in your life.

P.S. The cotton yoga straps make a cute stocking filler!



Cork Yoga Block (R230) from Earth Warrior


Website: https://www.earthwarrior.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthwarriorsa/


FOR THE FREELANCER


The Joinery:


A local company committed to finding solutions to social and environmental problems through design, the Joinery creates longwearing luxury items from recycled bottles. Using exclusively local sewing co-ops in South Africa’s informal settlements, job creation is built into the fabric of what the Joinery does, following through with their philosophy of ‘Africa by hand’ through to the finest detail. Their selection of office and tech accessories prove that they’ve really thought of everything. Laptop and iPad sleeves, desk organizers and hanging storage, a gift from their collection will add a sense of style to your loved one’s day-to-day.

P.S. Indecisive? There’s a gift voucher option to help your recipient select something they’ll love!


Future Felt™ Laptop Sleeve R690 - R695

Desk Organizer R585


Website: https://thejoinery.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejoinerysa/



Kuro-Bo


Give the gift of a 100% natural water filter this Christmas! The sleek design, sustainable and scientifically proven method, and affordable price puts the family-run business in a league of its own. Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler or treating a loved one to a home office water cooler upgrade, Kuro-Bo’s got just the right gift for you.

P.S. Kuro-Bo Koins start at as little as R169 for 3+ months of daily naturally purified water on the go!


550ml Charcoal Filter Bottle (R395)

8L Bamboo Water Filter (R1999)



Website: https://kuro-bo.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kurobocharcoal/



FOR THE COFFEE CONNOISSEUR 


Bean There Coffee


African Arabica coffee at its finest, Bean There is an award-winning local business selling beans, brewing equipment, coffee accessories and more. This is a company that personally seeks out Africa’s best single origin coffee to sell on a direct fair trade basis, approved by both Ecocert, Fairtrade, and the Rainforest Alliance. As a result, the varieties you’ll find at Bean There are exclusive to their shelves, and roasted to perfection right here in Cape Town. Coffee gift packs are available, ranging from R240 for the classic Bean There Blends, all the way up to R4200 for the Moccamaster Combo, and beyond.

P.S. Gift someone a subscription to the Bean There Tribe and they’ll receive fresh beans delivered to their door each month. Sign them up in December, and they’ll get six sachets free!

Bean There Blends Coffee Gift Pack R245

Moccamaster Combo R4200

       

Website: https://beanthere.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beantherecoffee/


THE GIFT OF SELF CARE


Skin Creamery


A local skincare brand that is both kind to the earth and kind to your skin, a gift from the Skin Creamery’s range is both luxurious, calming, and earth-conscious. With a view to allow users to create a sustainable daily ritual of mindful skincare, their products are completely natural, sustainably packaged, and designed to support skin health while embracing every stage of life.

P.S. Head over to their website for comprehensive tutorials on how to use their products.


Limited Edition Travel Set x Sealand R740


Website: https://www.skincreamery.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skincreamery/



FOR THE HOME CHEF


Unwrapped Co



A package free, zero waste online store, the Unwrapped Co has a range of gift-worthy products that will delight your loved ones and help them to up their everyday sustainability game. Sustainably packaged treats, bits and bobs to reduce kitchen waste, pretty printed eco-coffee cups and more are just a few clicks away.

P.S. Check out their newly published gift guide on Instagram for some more delightful options.

Website: https://theunwrappedco.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unwrapped_co/


Spice Blends (R48 to R657)

Mini Dish Cover Set (R145)



FOR THE ROMANTIC

Give the Gift of an off the Grid Getaway:

Ecotreehouse 


A solar-powered escape just outside of Swellendam, a night’s stay at the Ecotreehouse is the perfect gift for your nature-loving partner (and yourself!). An off-the-grid escape among the treetops, you’ll be giving the gift of quality time surrounded by nature’s most idyllic sights and sounds. Slip into the woodfired hot tub with a glass of wine after a day of birdwatching, books, games, and perhaps a therapeutic session in the infrared sauna if that’s your thing! Stay here for a festive season to remember.

Website: https://www.airbnb.co.za/rooms/39401085
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecotreehouse/


P.S. Don’t forget to pack your swimming things! The property borders a dam where you’ll most definitely want to take a dip. 





Copia Eco Cabins


Limited reception, clear, bright stargazing and a woodfired hot tub overlooking the untouched Bot Rivier Valley. Solar-powered and waterwise, Copia Eco Cabins is the perfect place to take some uninterrupted time out with your loved one, with no minimal impact on the environment surrounding it, or beyond! Give the gift of a stay under the stars this Christmas.

P.S. Reserve your spot in advance. They book up fast!


Website: https://www.copiaecocabins.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/copiaecocabins/



Still struggling with that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Consider a sustainable bottle of wine from Backsberg, South Africa’s first carbon neutral winery. Or put your creative skills to use with a drawing of your loved one, or bake some Christmas treats and stash them in a recycled glass jar. With a little research and creativity, it’s easier than you may think to show your appreciation this festive season. 


If gift-giving is your love language, the festive season can pose a conundrum for the earth-conscious consumer. But fear not, South Africa has plenty of mindful makers and curators making a way for you to give a memorable gift to each of your loved ones, at minimal cost to the environment. From retro homeware to handcrafted wooden toys, vintage finds and off-the grid experiences, there’s likely to be something special on this list to help you show your loved ones just how much they mean to you this Christmas.

Read on to learn about the local businesses making it possible for you to give generously this Festive Season, while still being kind to the planet.


FOR THE PLANT PARENT:

Plantify

A gift from Plantify is any plant lover’s dream. From gifts under R300 to rare plants to grow an enthusiast’s collection, Plantify is making it easy to keep your gifting green this festive season. As always, each Plantify purchase includes a free handwritten greeting card. Just remember to leave your message in “order notes” before you check out.

P.S. Check out their newly published gift guide to pick the perfect plant for the person you have in mind.

XL Heart Leaf Philodendrons

     
Website: https://plantify.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plantify_/


FOR YOUR LITTLEST LOVED ONES


ShopZero


It can be difficult to find toys the kids will love that are educational, fun, and kind to the environment. From wooden toys to develop your little one’s growing motor skills, to reusable travel cups you’ll find them reaching for, Shop Zero’s got something practical and fun for little ones of all ages! With vegan beauty products, bamboo sunglasses, ethical coffee beans and more, we challenge you NOT to find the perfect gift for whoever you’ve got in mind.

P.S. Each order arrives with a free spekboom cutting!


Rainbow Rocks Soy Pastel Crayons (R135) 
Ecoffee Boocup 250ml Superhero Fuel (R200)


Website: https://shopzero.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shopzero.sa/



Maven:


Started by two friends with a shared love for style and sustainability, Maven is an ever-growing collection of high quality pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories for adults and children. One of the most impressive sections of their website is undoubtedly the kids collection, brimming with cute swimwear, branded sneakers, and dresses, shorts, tops and sweaters to make any little one swoon. Like what you see? They’ve compiled the best they have to offer in their Conscious Christmas Collection, updated with new items for the whole family until 23 December to make it extra easy to shop responsibly this season. 


P.S. Sign up to their newsletter to get free shipping on your first purchase!


H&M Sweater (7 - 8 years) R80

Disney Aladdin Wallet R350



Website: https://mavencollection.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maven.sustainable/



Imagine Play


Perfect for open-ended play, Imagine Play is a family-owned and run business crafting environementally gentle, non-toxic wooden toys Rainbow shapes in neutrals and brights. Check out their Combo Value Packs to set your little one up with endless possibilities for play, and splurge on their waytoplay roads to get your little city planner started young. With balls, beads, and coins in a beautiful variety of colours, there’s something for every budget at Imagine Play’s super fun online store.

P.S. Christmas orders close on 17 December, so act fast!


Website: https://imagineplay.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/imagineplay_/



Honest Toys


A collection of beautiful, hard-wearing toys that allow for imaginative play and learning, Honest Toys is organized according to age and interest by a child and family therapist. All ethically made and mindful of the environment, this store stocks a huge variety of beautiful toys, all the way from baby-appropriate to older kids.

P.S. Gift cards are available and delivered via email for the indecisive aunts and uncles out there! 


Nature Kaleidoscope by Huckleberry R195

Silk Streamers by Sarah’s Silks R339



Website: www.honesttoys.co.za
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honesttoys/


FOR THE INTERIOR EXPERT


Vogel:


Leading local furniture crafters, Vogel, have a range of sustainably made animal head wall mounts to add a little African flair to your loved one’s space this Christmas. Choose from Nguni, Ox, Oryx and Giraffe heads or opt for their little Tusk hooks, all with plenty of animal-specific pizzazz. Made exclusively from offcuts from the production of their larger pieces, and sealed with the eco-friendly sealant, ProNature, these seamless designs are as easy on a consumer’s conscience as they are lovely to look at.

P.S. Pop into their Paarden Island showroom to peruse the collection in the flesh!



Website: https://vogeldesign.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vogel_furnituredesign/


Solder Retro:



There’s no purchase as ethical as a pre-loved present. Thankfully, we have Solder Retro, stocking a collection of unique items to beautify and quirk up your home, ranging from post war to post modern. Bigger ticket items include original Frystark furniture, kitsch cool Tretchikoff prints, and Bauhaus lighting. You’ll also find plenty of glass pieces, from 70’s Pop Art handblown vases to Swedish crystal paperweights, Regency sculptures in brass and china, and a host of other treasures that will leave a lasting impression this December.

P.S. Prices aren’t published on their social media, so be sure to pop them a DM to find out! 


Solid brass Hollywood Regency flamingo

Scandinavian freeform glass bowl by Magnor

 

FOR THE YOGI IN YOUR LIFE


Earth Warrior:



Determined to reduce the use of PVC in the fitness and yoga space, Earth Warrior works exclusively with biodegradable cork, cotton, jute, and other 100% natural materials. Cork is one of the most sustainable materials the earth produces; its bark is harvested by hand by highly skilled workers, leaving cork trees completely unharmed. It is non-slip, anti-microbial, naturally anti-fungal, and beautiful to look at too. Head over to Earth Warrior’s digital store to find the perfect earth-loving present for the yogi in your life.

P.S. The cotton yoga straps make a cute stocking filler!



Cork Yoga Block (R230) from Earth Warrior


Website: https://www.earthwarrior.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthwarriorsa/


FOR THE FREELANCER


The Joinery:


A local company committed to finding solutions to social and environmental problems through design, the Joinery creates longwearing luxury items from recycled bottles. Using exclusively local sewing co-ops in South Africa’s informal settlements, job creation is built into the fabric of what the Joinery does, following through with their philosophy of ‘Africa by hand’ through to the finest detail. Their selection of office and tech accessories prove that they’ve really thought of everything. Laptop and iPad sleeves, desk organizers and hanging storage, a gift from their collection will add a sense of style to your loved one’s day-to-day.

P.S. Indecisive? There’s a gift voucher option to help your recipient select something they’ll love!


Future Felt™ Laptop Sleeve R690 - R695

Desk Organizer R585


Website: https://thejoinery.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejoinerysa/



Kuro-Bo


Give the gift of a 100% natural water filter this Christmas! The sleek design, sustainable and scientifically proven method, and affordable price puts the family-run business in a league of its own. Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler or treating a loved one to a home office water cooler upgrade, Kuro-Bo’s got just the right gift for you.

P.S. Kuro-Bo Koins start at as little as R169 for 3+ months of daily naturally purified water on the go!


550ml Charcoal Filter Bottle (R395)

8L Bamboo Water Filter (R1999)



Website: https://kuro-bo.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kurobocharcoal/



FOR THE COFFEE CONNOISSEUR 


Bean There Coffee


African Arabica coffee at its finest, Bean There is an award-winning local business selling beans, brewing equipment, coffee accessories and more. This is a company that personally seeks out Africa’s best single origin coffee to sell on a direct fair trade basis, approved by both Ecocert, Fairtrade, and the Rainforest Alliance. As a result, the varieties you’ll find at Bean There are exclusive to their shelves, and roasted to perfection right here in Cape Town. Coffee gift packs are available, ranging from R240 for the classic Bean There Blends, all the way up to R4200 for the Moccamaster Combo, and beyond.

P.S. Gift someone a subscription to the Bean There Tribe and they’ll receive fresh beans delivered to their door each month. Sign them up in December, and they’ll get six sachets free!

Bean There Blends Coffee Gift Pack R245

Moccamaster Combo R4200

       

Website: https://beanthere.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beantherecoffee/


THE GIFT OF SELF CARE


Skin Creamery


A local skincare brand that is both kind to the earth and kind to your skin, a gift from the Skin Creamery’s range is both luxurious, calming, and earth-conscious. With a view to allow users to create a sustainable daily ritual of mindful skincare, their products are completely natural, sustainably packaged, and designed to support skin health while embracing every stage of life.

P.S. Head over to their website for comprehensive tutorials on how to use their products.


Limited Edition Travel Set x Sealand R740


Website: https://www.skincreamery.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skincreamery/



FOR THE HOME CHEF


Unwrapped Co



A package free, zero waste online store, the Unwrapped Co has a range of gift-worthy products that will delight your loved ones and help them to up their everyday sustainability game. Sustainably packaged treats, bits and bobs to reduce kitchen waste, pretty printed eco-coffee cups and more are just a few clicks away.

P.S. Check out their newly published gift guide on Instagram for some more delightful options.

Website: https://theunwrappedco.co.za/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unwrapped_co/


Spice Blends (R48 to R657)

Mini Dish Cover Set (R145)



FOR THE ROMANTIC

Give the Gift of an off the Grid Getaway:

Ecotreehouse 


A solar-powered escape just outside of Swellendam, a night’s stay at the Ecotreehouse is the perfect gift for your nature-loving partner (and yourself!). An off-the-grid escape among the treetops, you’ll be giving the gift of quality time surrounded by nature’s most idyllic sights and sounds. Slip into the woodfired hot tub with a glass of wine after a day of birdwatching, books, games, and perhaps a therapeutic session in the infrared sauna if that’s your thing! Stay here for a festive season to remember.

Website: https://www.airbnb.co.za/rooms/39401085
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ecotreehouse/


P.S. Don’t forget to pack your swimming things! The property borders a dam where you’ll most definitely want to take a dip. 





Copia Eco Cabins


Limited reception, clear, bright stargazing and a woodfired hot tub overlooking the untouched Bot Rivier Valley. Solar-powered and waterwise, Copia Eco Cabins is the perfect place to take some uninterrupted time out with your loved one, with no minimal impact on the environment surrounding it, or beyond! Give the gift of a stay under the stars this Christmas.

P.S. Reserve your spot in advance. They book up fast!


Website: https://www.copiaecocabins.co.za/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/copiaecocabins/



Still struggling with that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Consider a sustainable bottle of wine from Backsberg, South Africa’s first carbon neutral winery. Or put your creative skills to use with a drawing of your loved one, or bake some Christmas treats and stash them in a recycled glass jar. With a little research and creativity, it’s easier than you may think to show your appreciation this festive season. 


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