Festive Season Shopping: best places for that shopping spree!
The festive season seems to come around more quickly as each year passes! Some might find this exhausting while others may jump happily into the buzz of this festive time. Whether you like to avoid a last minute rush, or you’re a shopper who loves the excitement of snap choices in the heat of the moment, here are some places to explore in the coming weeks. Whether you buy sooner or later, these options will give you time to suss out some of the trendy, upmarket – if not a little unexpected – places to shop.
The Market Bazaars
Quirky, earthy and characterful, yet authentic and urban, Muizenberg’s vibrant Friday night market should not be missed, not only for the amazing craft works, but also the fabulous food on offer from steaks to pasta to delicious treats. The mix is fascinating and lively: clothes, jewellery, ceramics, as well as books and other delightful surprises presented by a gathering of artists, crafters, bakers and brewers (yes, there’s beer! And a taste or two of wine).
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This is one of those offbeat markets where you will find a range of unusual gifts handmade with love and often presented with a story. Forget those conventional presents under the tree, get something that will resonate with someone’s personality, their sense of humour or their delight in intrigue. Get the gift that’s truly rare and individual.
Where to find it: 39 Albertyn Road, Muizenberg.
Set in the surrounds of beautiful vineyards, this is a market of quality and artistry. You’ll be spoilt for choice among exquisitely designed homeware, clothing, jewellery and a host of useful possibilities for those sometimes tricky Christmas gifts for family and friends. This is a market where leisurely browsing is a gift in itself. You’re able to pick and choose amongst a host of options, making the process of finding the perfect gift a most enjoyable experience!
There’s live music and fun for the whole family while you immerse yourself in colours and fabric, design and art, ideas and the unique beauty of handcrafted quality. If there is such a thing as the perfect gift, you are more likely to find it here than anywhere else.
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Where to find it: Audacia Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch (via N2, R44)
The Upmarket and Shiny
Possibly the premier shopping precinct in the country is situated in a superb setting that showcases Table Mountain on one side and the grand sweep of the Atlantic ocean on the other. Designed as a top level and upmarket shopping centre, the Waterfront comes to the party well-dressed, well-heeled, and sparkling with trends, high fashion, seductive décor, and a truly world-class experience.
Christmas shopping in the V&A is where you are going to find that diamond ring, that perfect bracelet, that exceptionally designed new pair of shoes. And Christmas is the time that brings all that sparkle and high-worth to the fore. Chain stores boast their flagship stores here, and in between those slinky offerings you’ll find a host of select boutiques offering every kind of top-class merchandise you can imagine. For gifts that glitter in boxes that gleam, there’s no better place to find that particular gift for a very particular person. And where else can you top off a shopping spree with a pleasure cruise or helicopter ride?
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Watershed, the V&A
Still in keeping with the general glamour of the Waterfront, you’ll find extraordinary and innovative crafts at the Shed that are both luxurious but more affordable than the chrome and glass shops in the mall. The workmanship is all homegrown South African and worked to extremely high quality. Gifts across clothing, jewellery, homeware and other uniquely designed items will entrance any discerning shopper. The African culture resonates here and you’ll discover textures, colours, creativity and workmanship unlike anything elsewhere – warm, distinctive and impeccably styled.
Past Times and Travel Bugs
If you’re a collectibles fan and you love the feel of traditional, time-honoured value, then a trip down Long Street should be top of your list. Here’s a store that carries merchandise of both old-fashioned craft and high intrigue. Browse to your heart’s content. Second-hand, vintage or antique – it’s a warren of old-world charm; a place where you are bound to find exceptional gifts to suit those special people at Christmas, including high-class items from such names as: Salvatorre Ferragamo, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Mulberry, Nina Ricci or Prada. Be fun, adventurous and unexpected.
How about gifts for those who are always away cruising or on safari. Give them something made for sunshine, but also practical, classic and high chic. Shirts, trousers, hats made from high quality cotton and other natural materials in shades of the ocean and the bush. Comfortable yet elegant, versatile and convenient, you can be sure of a purchase that is both trendy and sophisticated in any situation whether at home or on holiday. Give the vital gift of shade from the sun in stylish linen, a timeless and functional contribution that any traveller will cherish. Never go out of Africa, go into it.
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