Maybe you’re really bad at buying gifts, or maybe you’ve just left it to the last minute. Whatever you’re guilty of, here’s the answer to your problem: a list of really cool last-minute presents that do not include chocolate or socks.

 

LANTERN JAR
The soft glow of a lantern jar (R199, Superbalist) will look great in a cosy bedroom or garden. It comes with battery-operated string lights for a soft, diffused glow and the transparent Perspex lid allows for further illumination. The Vaasa Green Lantern (R325, Poetry) will also add a beautiful decorative touch – and it’s a useful alternative if you’ve left things so late that you’ll miss the Superbalist delivery date!

 

BEAR GRYLLS COMPACT MULTI-TOOL
It’s small enough to fit in your pocket but it has 10 weather-resistant tools no adventurer or handyman should be without. (R355, Outdoor Warehouse)

 

YODA USB
Flashsticks are an essential part of our daily lives. Let the Grand Jedi Master protect important documents with a cool 8GB Yoda USB. Also available for duty are: Darth Vader, Superman and Amy Winehouse (all R279, Superbalist). Available is Yoda at Musica Stores, if find him you cannot at Superbalist.

 

BRAAI GEAR
The Fireside Flip & Flavour Marinade Tray (R270, Sportsmans Warehouse) is the easiest way to marinate your meat with no mess, and the handy Fireside Extra Long Braai Tongs (R95, Sportsmans Warehouse) will keep you at a comfortable distance from the hot flames.

 

POSTAL PHOTO DISPLAY
Give a gift with a personal touch. Put your favourite memories in these nine cool postcard-inspired mini frames (R199, Superbalist), or a trendy and elegant distressed wood multiframe (R450, Poetry).

 

ZOOLA MONKEY RING HOLDER
Whether you need a safe place to store your rings or simply a decorative piece for your dressing table, this cute brass-plated monkey (R169, Superbalist) has you covered.

 

2017 DIARY
From a spectacular bling number that will fit in a handbag to a day planner with a funky cover, Typo has you covered on the diary front. You’ll be able to find one to suit everyone on your shopping list – and if you’re feeling generous, you can even throw in one of their fancy novelty pens.

 

TWO BY SELINE AND LEANDRI
MasterChef SA fans will love a copy of this clever cookbook where one ingredient is used in two ways – one simple recipe and another for the braver cook. (R199, Poetry)

POPS-A-LOT
The perfect gift for popcorn lovers, the red Pops-a-Lot bowl (R99.90 at Verimark) will make perfectly popped popcorn that takes only two and a half minutes in the microwave. Pour the kernels in the specially designed bowl, microwave and serve.

 

CHARM PENDANT
A thoughtful and understated piece of jewellery that will put a smile on the face of any of the lovely ladies in your life. (We like the Kimmi Kay Silver Fancy Puffed Heart Clip Charm for R199.55, NWJ.)

SPUR GIFT CARD
Give the gift of a Goodie burger or Cheddamelt steak at the ultimate family restaurant. Visit the Spur website to purchase an eGift card or visit your nearest Spur to pick up a physical gift card. The voucher is valid for three years and can be used at any branch.

 

* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.

 

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