COMPILED BY Robyn Alexander PHOTOS Justin Patrick, The Artists’ Press, Supplied
From inspiring artworks and books to cool fashion accessories, luxe local fragrance and perfect decor touches, here’s our pick of 2021’s most-wanted gifts.
The latest collection of L’MAD Collection art scarves sees the luxe brand collaborating with a number of up-and-coming artists from the Latitudes online art platform, and the results are ideal for your art-loving friend who already has everything!
From R2300 | latitudes.online
A DOG’S LIFE
The chicest dog blanket in the land is the perfect gift for pampered pooches – and their doting owners – everywhere. Mungo’s practical yet fabulous Moholo blanket is available in two sizes, and four of the characteristically bright and beautiful colourways the brand excels at designing and weaving at its Plettenberg Bay mill.
From R520 | mungo.co.za
Thabiso Mjo’s delightful PAC-MAN table lamp, created for her proudly local design firm, Mash.T, simply never fails to bring a delighted smile to our faces. Inspired by the classic video game, and available in limited edition colours like Muted Green, Rich Orange and Blush Pink, these petite lamps make perfectly playful gifts.
R3100 | shop.visi.co.za
Arguably the ultimate in Mzansi style statements, the bucket hat just got a premium update from local makers Simon & Mary. Their towelling version comes in five exuberant colour combos; the red and yellow and white and orange options are our favourites.
R500 | simonandmary.co.za
A FRIEND INDEED
Pichulik’s Amie necklace, from the brand’s breezy 2021 Kokomo collection, will be sure to charm your BFF. We especially like the way multiple versions of this piece can be combined to create a unique look – plus, there’s a bracelet option too.
R1150 | pichulik.com
Mungo’s latest pure cotton tea towel, the Slate Cotton Waffle Weave, features a hard-wearing waffle construction and is available in four beautiful and sophisticated colourways. A gift that will give lasting, everyday pleasure, these are great to give in multiples.
R135 | mungo.co.za
A SPECIAL MOMENT
Our favourite among Cape Town-based specialist print studio 50ty50ty’s latest offerings is “Moment”, a mesmerising work by Marna Hattingh. Combining instant appeal with a detailed complexity that becomes increasingly thought-provoking the more you look at it, this piece will make an extra-special gift.
R4600 | 50ty50typrints.com
Available in three styles – The Taper, The Spiral, and The Sphere – and six up-to-the-minute colours, Melle Candles are designed, individually poured, and hand finished in the brand’s Johannesburg-based studio. We listed a box of each shape (and in every colour!) in our 2021 letters to Santa.
From R195 per box of two candles | melle-studio.co.za
COOL BY THE POOL
Local outdoor design studio Sprung has designed two new colourways of the Deck Mate table, exclusively for VISI. Made from galvanised steel, the Deck Mate is ideal for outdoor (or indoor) spaces. Position the Deck Mate next to your pool lounger (it’s the perfect platform for your drink, snack or book), or place two back-to-back to create a low side table. The Deck Mate can also be mounted on a wall and turned into a shelf.
R1399 | shop.visi.co.za
The ideal gift for the interior-design obsessive in your life, By Design: The World’s Best Contemporary Interior Designers (Phaidon) showcases all the most exceptional interior designers – both established pros and rising stars – working today, as nominated by industry experts.
R1492 | phaidon.com, loot.co.za and selected book stores countrywide
These UNDEFEATED x Converse Half Chuck 70 sneakers combine SoCal cool with military motifs in a limited-edition rework of Converse’s premium icon. The mid-cut shape, tiger-stripe camo print and pop of blue on the outsole make this a super-stylish gift for the sneaker head in your life.
R1499 | converse.co.za or shelflife.co.za
As sculptural in appeal as the rest of this ultra-collectable designer’s extensive body of work, Bone is a solid brass Tom Dixon bowl that also has a light and effortless visual appeal – its open structure means it works just as well as a display platter as it does as an unusual table-top piece.
From R6305 | cremadesign.co.za
ON THE SCENT
One of local boutique fragrance house Apartment’s unique – and unisex – offerings is sure to appeal to the perfume lover in your life. One of our faves is The other details were hazy, which the brand describes as “A stomp through a damp overgrown garden at dusk.”
R1490 | aptaptapt.co
ON THE CURVE
Made from opal glass with a rippled surface that gives it huge textural appeal, Ferm Living’s Vuelta Table Lamp uses an LED light source that emits a soft, diffused light – with an adjustable dimmer for ultimate ambiance control. A gorgeous display piece that will also light up a collection of books in serious style.
R4600 | cremadesign.co.za
FOR LINEN LOVERS
Combining classic luxe with a playful coloured selvedge border in Teal, Mustard, Coral, Light Grey, Black or Forest Green, Mungo’s 100% linen White Selvedge Serviettes are also gloriously oversized at 55x55cm.
R200 | mungo.co.za
Searching for a seriously special art gift? Consider a Sam Nhlengethwa print from The Artists’ Press at Latitudes – Nhlengethwa is a true jazz aficionado, and his evocative works featuring the genre’s top musicians are among his most desirable pieces.
R12500 | latitudes.online
This delightful Babylonstoren Quintessentials gift hamper has something for everyone, from the estate’s flagship wine to their Bitterlekker aperitif, garden preserves, shortbread and chocolates – plus, the covetable Babylonstoren 2022 calendar.
R1950 | shop.babylonstoren.com
TAKING A VIEW
Light Space Life: Houses By SAOTA (Thames & Hudson) is a lavishly illustrated first monograph from South African architecture studio SAOTA. It features 23 of the firm’s exceptional buildings, which are well-known for forging powerful connections to their extraordinary settings.
R975 | loot.co.za and selected book stores countrywide.
GET THE MEMO
Flåm – the newest gender neutral scent from Memo Paris – whirls around tops notes of bergamot, bitter orange, aromatic clary sage, and sambac jasmine, before settling into a warm, comforting scent of mineral amber and sweet white musk.
R4615 | skins.co.za
A must-give for your green-thumbed friends: this limited-edition textured white and gold Minilux planter, created by VISI in collaboration with Plantr and locally designed and made in Cape Town. Available in Small and Medium, they are a luxurious and contemporary way to show off smaller indoor plants.
From R399 | shop.visi.co.za
POP THE CORK
Hand-blown from 100% recycled glass and manufactured by Ngwenya Glass in Swaziland, these utterly covetable tumblers and carafes by Laurie Wiid are available in either clear or amber glass, and each carafe is fitted with a custom hand-turned light cork closure.
From R184 for a short tumbler in clear glass | wiiddesign.co.za
For anyone intrigued by ikebana (or who simply wants to showcase a single bloom from the garden) the subtly gleaming tactility of a petite Gem vase by Cape Town-based ceramicists Vorster & Braye is just the ticket. Available in Aquamarine, Jade, Alabaster and Tigers Eye glazes, this is the perfect stocking stuffer.
R290 | vorsterandbraye.co.za
Know someone who’s as serious about her water intake as she is about her wine? Get her a BIBO bar, the next generation in water purification and dispensing: think instant access to filtered and purified, ice cold or boiling hot water. Plus, it’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and incredibly stylish too.
From R13495 | bibo.co.za
The new range of candleholders by local ceramicist Mervyn Gers combines bold organic shapes with the studio’s wide range of earthy colours and tactile glazes – there’s an option perfect for any table setting. Give a set of several styles and sizes, all in the same glaze, together for maximum appeal.
From R134 each | mervyngers.com
One of South Africa’s most important abstract painters, Walter Battiss (1906–1982) “lived life to the fullest… [and left behind] a myriad of extraordinary artworks that we could draw inspiration from,” says ceramicist Mervyn Gers, who has created a limited-edition set of bowls and platters featuring the artist’s imagery, in collaboration with The Walter Battiss Company.
From R2400 | mervyngers.com, walterbattiss.co.za
Effectively two gifts in one, Avoova’s luxe scented candles are housed in Fabergé-inspired containers ideal for storing treasures when the candle is burned through. Their exclusive scents were developed by Cape Town perfumery Wild Olive African Artisans, and are 100% natural, containing the oils of mostly Cape indigenous flowers and shrubs.
R2150 | avoova.com
AT THE TABLE
Nothing less than future heirlooms, these exquisite new white linen tablecloths from Babylonstoren – complete with detailed embroidery and old-school scalloped edges – have shot straight to the top of the VISI team’s wish lists.
From R2000 | shop.babylonstoren.com
Looking for more local buys or gift ideas? Here are 18 great gift ideas (and stocking stuffers) under R250.