With less than six weeks to go until Christmas (don’t panic!), we’re getting organised in the gifts department. Forget the cliché “World’s Best Grandpa” t-shirt and ho-hum mug — this year, surprise him with the unexpected. Here are some of our favourite earth-friendly gift ideas that are sure to make dear old Gramps smile.
1. Organic Cotton Handkerchiefs, R52
Who doesn’t love ultra-soft and luxurious pure cotton handkerchiefs? Replace disposable tissues with these lovely organic handkerchiefs from The Pure Cotton Shop and help Gramps cope with sniffles and sneezes in style.
2. Hemporium Hemp Socks, R45
These soft hemp fibre socks from Hemporium are not only the sustainable choice but wonderfully durable, breathable and odour-resistant. A pleasure to wear, they’ll keep Gramps feet dry and comfortable all day.
3. Solar Light Bulb, R175
Funky and compact, this little solar light is ideal for camping, hiking, braais and late-night reading. It’s the cleaner, greener and safer alternative to candles, kerosene lanterns and high-consumption lights – and handy during load shedding, too.
4. Organic Fairtrade Pinotage, R63
This quintessential South African wine from Earthbound is juicy on the palate with traces of smoke and wood that leaves a lingering aftertaste. Great to pair with red meats, cheeses and dark chocolate.
5. Moonbeam Soaps Gift Pack, R95
This set of two soaps comes in a beautiful box and includes a Spicy Soap bar made from delicious cinnamon, and an Olive and Lemongrass Soap bar that’s fresh, hydrating and perfect for summer.
6. Badger Beard Oil, R280
Soften bristly beards and keep unruly whiskers in check with this organic beard oil from Badger Balm. The botanical blend is made with babassu, myrrh and black pepper oils, enriched with vitamin E and fragranced with sandalwood for a warm, masculine scent.
7. The Braai Master, R135
This Braai Master gift set – with chemical-free firelighters, organic spices, Himalayan salt and a natural braai cleaner – has everything you need to make your family’s next braai sizzle.
8. Pure Simple Shaving Soap Mug, R85
This shaving soap is rich in olive, coconut and avocado oil with added clay that allows the razor to glide over the skin for a super-smooth, super-close shave. Choose from three delicious fragrances: Ginger Lime; Cedar Lime or Orange Spice.
9. Raw Honey Chocolate-Coated Espresso Beans, R59
Crunch your way to your daily coffee buzz with these little Ethiopian espresso beans from Native SA, smothered in a yummy, healthy shell of naturally nutritious chocolate that’s sweetened with raw honey.
10. VacuVin Waiter’s Corkscrew, R155
The Waiter’s Corkscrew from VacuVin is conveniently designed to remove corks of any size and length, with minimal effort and fuss. This VacuVin corkscrew is compact and lightweight but also highly durable, plus it includes a foil cutter and bottle opener.
11. The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock, R395
Wholefoods chef and nutritionist Dale Pinnock will introduce you to the concept of medicinal cookery, which harnesses the power of beneficial foods to help you ward off ailments, boost energy levels and improve your wellbeing, simply by eating right.
12. Hunk-a-licious Gift Set, R192
Make sure Gramps is well groomed with this handpicked gift set, which includes African Bliss Men’s Soap, Pure Beginnings Shave Créme, and Soothing Sandalwood After Shave, lovingly wrapped with tissue paper in a natural hessian drawstring bag.