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Whether you’re after an expensive one-of-a-kind gift or something small and quirky as a memento, you’re guaranteed to find a unique souvenir when visiting South Africa.
Ardmore ceramics, founded in 1985, is known for quirky, colourful and interesting pieces, from bowls and platters to vases and tea sets. The ceramics are made by local artists and each item is completely unique.
This cream liqueur, made from the fruit of the African marula tree, is possibly the best known South African drink. Serve it over ice or at room temperature and, for those that like to indulge, it’s delicious over ice cream.
Beadwork crafts are available anywhere in South Africa, from curio shops to street corners. The products are all handmade and range from almost any animal you can think of – in any colour you can think of – to flowers, candle holders and more.
Handmade baskets have become extremely popular in interior decor and South Africa is the place to take your pick. Baskets are available in all shapes and sizes, colours and styles. Check out Mia Mélange’s beautiful range, available to shop online.
A makarapa is a painted hard hat worn by sports fans. The hats are decorated with cut outs and the colours and flags of sports teams and they are sold at sporting events as well as in stores specialising in South African craft.
There are many local designers producing beautiful, quality leather bags, including many who work in ostrich leather, which is often used in South Africa. Pick up a Missibaba handbag- they’re available in a range of designs, from clutches to sling bags and backpacks, and incorporate beautiful patterns.
Rooibos tea is a South African household staple and comes in a range of different flavours, with the higher value brands being packaged beautifully. If you’re looking for a present for someone who isn’t a tea drinker, pick up some Rooibos beauty products instead as they are budget-friendly and ideal for skincare so they make great gifts.
Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, is possibly the best city in South Africa to chow down on flavoursome curries. Evidently, it’s also great for stocking up on spices if you visit one of the many bazaars or markets.
Shweshwe is beautifully patterned and coloured cotton fabric, traditionally worn by Xhosa women. Choose from ready-made clothing, cushion covers, bags and more, or if you prefer, you can simply buy some fabric cuts to take home.