Seriously, this is what I really want totally last minute self-indulgent Gift Guide

What i REALLY want Gift Guide by Miss Moss

people have been asking whether i was going to do gift guides this year, and to be honest we are having a really small Christmas this side – our families on either side are getting so big that shopping for everyone becomes a really expensive affair. so mostly, we just try to keep things small and simple. yet i am still receiving harried texts and emails from loved ones asking – what do YOU want for christmas? it’s a tough question because i don’t really want anyone to buy me anything. give me a bag of christmas cookies and i’m good to go.

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as cheesy as it may sound, one of the highlights of my childhood was coming downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all the colourful presents under the tree. i was under no illusion that Father Christmas had put it there, i knew it was my mom. but it was special nonetheless! now-a-days i find the wrapping almost as exciting as what’s inside, and i always appreciate special wrapping paper or when someone has really gone to the effort of making the package look beautiful.

UK based Wrap Magazine has a winter collection of wrapping paper & gift cards created by illustrators such as Charlotte TrounceHanna Konola, Harriet Seed and Nicholas John Frith amongst others. the rest of their wrapping paper is rad enough to pass as holiday wrapping as well, i think. enough with all the red white and green, let’s change things up!

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Gift Guide No.4

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i received a comment the other day from a fellow south african asking for more local gift ideas, which made me pause and reflect for a second. personally i only buy local products for christmas. i think we have amazing designers & makers and i am lucky enough to live in a city that brings all that to the fore. i usually go do my shopping sometime in the week before the 25th so that i absolutely leave everything to the last minute and stress myself out as much as possible. kidding. i like going out and buying gifts, looking at things myself, discovering new places and new people! around this time of year we have great pop-up shops and markets selling the wares of a multitude of designers. i will always ask if their products are available online, sometimes they are – but a lot of the times they aren’t. that’s the only reason why i don’t make solely south african gift guides.

that said, i don’t want to leave you hanging. so i made an effort to peruse some local online shops and find products from a few designers that i like – if you are too scared to leave home and brave the masses this holiday season. here are some pop ups in Cape Town where you can buy local gifts at the moment: South African Market in Bree Street, Present Space at the Lifestyle Centre in Kloof Street, The Fleet in the Bo Kaap and Fabricate in Cavendish. also be sure to check out my City Guide for more shops to visit.

see the rest of the gift guides here.

Gift Guide No.4

Tote
by Soil Design

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Mali Neckpiece
by Pichulik

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Aftershave + Body Wash
by Naturals Beauty

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Quuasar 5 Print
by Lauren Fowler

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Ghostie Tote Bag
by Spookasem

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Prints
by Katrin Coetzer

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Limited Edition Fox Sock
by Feat & Lauren Fowler

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Nirvana Bag
by Rowdy

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Golden Moon Necklace
by Steffany Roup

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No, It Is
by William Kentridge

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Cut Out Coin Bracelet
by Oh Dear Megan

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Breadbin
by Pedersen + Lennard

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Calming Bath Oil
by Lulu & Marula

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Bokkie pot
by Marina Walsh

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Suede Tote
by Ilundi

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Scarab iPad sleeve
by Missibaba

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Brancusi Stripe Cushion
by Skinnylaminx

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Leather Sunglass Case
by Wolf + Maiden

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Raw Chocolate
by Honest Chocolate

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Ceramic Herb Jar
by Vanilla Stone Earthware

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Message Plates
by The Detailsmith

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Jormungandr Print
by Essie Letterpress

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Life of Pi rings
by Dear Rae

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Canvas Duffel
by Dark Horse

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Table Shard
by Cinderwood

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Stellenbosch Prints
by Fanakalo

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Plastic Shopper
by Design Afrika & Joya

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Wise Cat Wise Dog Notebooks
by Past Present

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Tribal Triangle Mug
by Love MIlo

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Dippy Egg Board
by Alice May

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Rider Backpack
by Chapel

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Coffee Mug
by Be Kind

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Milnerton Market
by Dave Southwood

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Toiletry Bag
by Chartermade

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Flapstand
by Kraftisan

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Colander Bowl
by Chandler House

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2014 Artist Almanac
by Essie Letterpress

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Eye Print Tee
by Adriaan Kuiters

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Kimberley Rug
by Airloom

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Serving Bowls
by Sarah Ord

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Stella Bag
by Jane Sews

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Fiela Lamp
by The Artisan

Give Some Art

my go-to gift, and also my favourite to receive, is a print or a piece of art for my wall (or floor, or shelf, or wherever i can squeeze it in due to impending space issues). 20×200 has a great gift guide going at the moment, which i think is perfect for the holidays. they specialise in limited edition prints at affordable prices, and you get them framed too so it’s a sweet deal all round. these are some of my favourites in their shop.

Christmas Stocking

it’s a public holiday today in south africa and i’m officially on holiday! which means i now have to start doing my christmas shopping. as much as i inwardly groan thinking about the crowds, truth is i love giving people gifts. and, well, i enjoy receiving gifts too… here are a few things from my sponsors i would love to find in my christmas stocking.

a special secret edition necklace by Erica Weiner for Of a Kind – you have to be a subscriber to their newsletter to shop this one. i love receiving their newsletter every friday to see the new editions.

new pink marbled leather pieces at Ann-Ya. YES!

MOR perfume oils at Eden. i would want these based on packaging alone.

vintage brooches from Jean Jean Vintage

any and all dresses at Edelweiss by Sarah.

ruby lingerie set at Fortnight Lingerie (high waisted panties = yes)

 

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it’s almost a month till christmas. and if your supermarkets are anything like ours, you’ve been bombarded with christmas music since october. if only they’d play this holiday album from target, filled with tunes from rad bands like wavves, best coast and coconut records amongst others. you’ll be able to download the songs for free on 28 november.

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just had to show you the way my sister-in-law wrapped all the homemade stollen & cookies that she gave everyone at christmas (cut-out reindeer tags!):

i ate those cookies all at once. AT ONCE. more cookies (note the vanillekipferl / almond crescents, my favourite):

and some more holiday pics, just cos i miss it:

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ho-ho-ho-holy crap it’s christmas already!

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(that’s me, obviously happy with my christmas loot)

i hope you have a lovely day, whether you’re in the snow or the sun… my christmas is going to consist of opening gifts sometime late morning (or rather, watching as my young nieces and nephews tear open their presents, and then ask if they can open mine too).

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then setting the table & helping my mom make all the food – which will consist of a huge roast gammon (served cold in thin slices, with the most amazing mustard & condensed milk sauce – it sounds weird but it’s delicious!) –  and probably a leg of lamb, a beef fillet or coronation chicken with roast almonds (or all three, yep, probably all three.)

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PLUS various salads and other side dishes.

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this will be followed by dessert… maybe strawberries & ice cream, or crème caramel or even a trifle (or all three).

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and THEN coffee and homemade biscuits made by my german sister-in-laws.

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after that? a long nap, followed by a walk on the beach – and then leftovers. oh yes, christmas day is nice.

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tearing through presents in my awesome one-sie pyjamas, enjoying the christmas spirit.

happy holidays!

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kris·miss·moss gift guide

victoria secret

i’m thinking about christmas already. sigh. my family has instituted a one gift per person R100 limit (to combat the “meltdown“). i told them R100 is almost impossible, so i’m shooting for under 200 bucks. anything handmade is great to me, and anything i can order online is even better. if i can walk to a shop – wonderful, but that kind of limits you geographically & since i’m out in “the sticks” (as some might say) i welcome e-commerce with open arms (i’m also lazy). PLUS i’d also like to inject some christmas cheer into the south african postal service (i have faith!) – herewith my south african friendly online shopping gift guide

local shops:

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marisa girardi – take it from me, you’ll be hard pressed in finding a lovelier and more accommodating person to buy from! marisa made my couchie especially and popped him in the post the same day he was ordered. she also has a range of jewellery, brooches & art.

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skinny la minx – well known local designer whose textiles have been featured many times on blogs like design spongedecor8 and many more. her shop is on etsy, but if you’re south african you can get in touch with her directly about local orders

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the wren – handmade bags & purses (also on etsy & flexible with south african customers)

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beatnik bazaar – hells yes, a wide range of beautiful goodies from this stanford based shop (order by email) – if you’re in that area i reckon actually paying her shop a visit is a good plan, too (note: she also stocks skinny laminx & the wren goods)

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jezze prints – another uber talented local designer (looooooove that cushion)

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kim gray – i absolutely covet the springbok bags, but budget wise there are some nice necklaces & other treats for under R200 (she also stocks smith’s rosebud salve! nice!)

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shine shine – i’m not 100% sure if you can order online but the fabrics are rad

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franzart – my sister in law sells her wee oil paintings on bid or buy – they are cute & well-priced. (not much in the shop right now, but do contact her if you see something you like in her sold items or if you want something specific)

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buycool – there is nothing handmade about this shop, but it stocks earphones under R200. i always lose or break mine, and my iPod deserves to be heard (can’t do without it on a treadmill, hence the sporty clip type). wait… am i buying gifts for myself? ok you can buy it for me.

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take2.co.za – this is my go to online shop for books & dvds. their selection is great, their prices are good & they deliver quickly & without mishap (in my experience, anyway). the books, from left to right, are: over & over: a catalog of hand drawn patterns (R268) ; The New Terrarium: Creating Beautiful Displays for Plants and Nature (R192) andItalianissimo : The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best (R154). the dvds are: 30 rock season 2 (R193); mad men season 2 (R183); paul simon graceland: the african concert (R220)

international, but they ship here:

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threadless – they deliver to SA and their prices are so reasonable considering the quality of the t-shirts you get (american apparel – they are very soft, trust me) and also the choice of designs are immense. (a wee bit over R200 if you incl shipping, i’ll give you that. buy in bulk?) etsy – you’re probably thinking “obvious”, but you can’t beat it for one of a kind affordable products & great interaction between sellers and customers. i think just about everyone on etsy ships internationally – so go forth & have fun buying. i have my eye on the following:

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caitlin quiet’s prints (pepperminte)

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pomadour’s japanese sewing books

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deebeale’s prints

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janet hill’s prints

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katie daisy’s prints

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j davis studio jewellery

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dores jewellery

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engrave your book – double my budget, but still awesome. these are custom engraved leather covers for moleskines, perfect for writers, artists, scribblers and anyone else who loves a good journal.

victoria secret

victoria’s secret – i’m really only including this because they have some amazing swimwear (something i feel is difficult to find here – nice swimwear anyway) and it’s around $20 (R150) for each piece (they sell them seperately, so let’s say R300-400 for a swimsuit) and they ship here so… why not? maybe go in on one parcel w/a friend – the more items in one order the less the shipping works out (also eco footprint etc!) and lest you forget, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere (for all of you who might think i’m crazy to consider swimwear in the holiday season)


wow i might have to do a second installment of this gift guide as i haven’t even touched on some of the stuff available online (i don’t mean everything – only the places that ship to SA). i also realised that it’s all things i love – for chicks. so, if you’re a dude, buy nice things for your girlfriend and/or mom – okay? i might have to focus on something for guys, next time. playstation games and leather-bound books? wait, that’s also stuff i love.