After a year like no other before it, special occasions with loved ones hold extra significance and the festive season is a time for most to spend their precious holidays with those most precious to them. And while the true gift is quality time with those close to us, it’s also an opportunity to show them how much you care with thoughtful, unique gifts that celebrate more than just the material. So, whatever your love language, we have a lineup of items and experiences – that range from special keepsakes to immersive moments – that will make your family, friends and significant other feel truly cherished.
The breath of fresh air gift
The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch is a magical space where art comes together with nature. A magnificently sculpted and planted series of spaces, created over years, the landscape itself has been carved and moulded by the artist, evolving into a man-made paradise with a natural mountain backdrop, punctuated by Lewis’ masterful works in bronze. A destination that offers equal parts inspiration and introspection, it’s a true masterstroke and a place where the curated and carefree, wild and tame meet. Lewis himself holds tours of this breathtaking destination – a beautiful, meaningful gift for the garden and art lover in your life and an ideal festive season excursion.
The you-only-live once gift
Louis Vuitton is a brand that understands the art of living, the notion of joie de vivre. Optimistic, upbeat, vibrant and bold, it’s a brand that celebrates the intersection of craft, art and fashion, and perfect choice when deciding on a gift for the girl, or boy, who has everything. The limited-edition and ultra-exclusive (only 200 will be released) 2021 Artycapucines Collection – LV’s third release in the series – sees six more leading contemporary artists bring their unique visions to Louis Vuitton’s timeless, feminine classic: the Capucines bag. The new artist-design pieces encapsulate unbridled creativity and luxury and showcase the diverse talents of six internationally acclaimed talents – Gregor Hildebrandt, Donna Huanca, Huang Yuxing, Vik Muniz, Paola Pivi, and Zeng Fanzhi.
The feed-the-senses gift
Arguably nothing holds more memory-making power than good meals shared with people you love. Whether it’s long lazy holiday lunches, candlelit dinners for two or casual picnics on the beach, summer is the perfect time to linger over food and wine. Peter Tempelhoff’s newest dining destination, beyond, located on the achingly picturesque Buitenverwachting Wine Farm in the Constantia Wine Valley offers the trifecta of excellent dining, a beautiful location, and superb wine. Celebrating fresh, local, seasonal produce, Chef Peter’s signature celebration of beautiful ingredients shines through in unpretentious and delicious, yet elegant dishes, complemented by spectacular vineyard views, exquisite décor and a stellar wine selection. A truly idyllic setting for a special lunch with a loved one.
The celebrate life gift
Champagne is the quintessential symbol of celebration – a vibrant, joyful exclamation of vitality and enjoying the present. It’s not reserved solely for special occasions but is especially apt as a way to mark them. As a gift, it says, ‘we celebrate you’ – an ideal expression of love. Here are our top festive champagne picks:
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Radiating Retro
For the nostalgic among your crew, the limited-edition Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Radiating Retro is inspired by the 60s, and makes a great looking, and tasting gift. And in true Veuve Clicquot style, it comes so beautifully presented that no wrapping is required!
The classic festive accessory
Moët & Chandon Impérial
Moët & Chandon Impérial Nectar and
Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé
The annual limited edition gift bottles and boxes by Moët & Chandon are always awaited with anticipation. Fun, festive, and iconic, Moët & Chandon Impérial is also the house’s signature champagne, created in 1869 to embody a seductive palate and elegant maturity. And for those heading to Nelson Mandela Square this holiday season to visit the Moët & Chandon Golden Tree, why not personalise your effervescent champagne purchase at the Moët & Chandon pop-up store until December 23rd, from 12pm until 6pm. The Moët & Chandon Golden Tree will shine its light over Sandton until 3 January 2022.
Magnificently presented in the Maison’s innovative and ecofriendly new second skin, the Ruinart Brut is the kind of stylish and indulgent conversation starter that will have your family envying whoever got you as their Secret Santa.