Time flies! Can you believe 2014 is almost over, and its holiday season once again?!
Here at Africa.com, we look forward to this time of year and the chance to put together our annual holiday gift guide. In 2012 and 2013, we shared our favorite home goods, luxury splurges and unique presents to place under the tree. This year, we have compiled a new list with memorable purchases for children, friends and spouses at prices that range from $12 to $3,000.
Guaranteed to Be the Hippest Socks in Their Drawer
No one wants to be the aunt or uncle who gave their nieces or nephews socks as a Christmas gift. Thankfully, this pair of ankara socks are a unique exception. Created by US-based brand Llulo, each pair is manufactured in what the company describes as a “special process.” Though they may not keep you warm in the winter, they are sure to make a statement.
Gifts For The Loved One Who Likes To Bathe In Luxury
Brand: Rain Africa USA
Gift sets are perfect for this time of year. Rain Africa has a number of packages, each include signature products handcrafted and made from minerals with “African origins.” Purchase a box set of herbal bath salts, bottled aloe and avocado or an African rain shower set.
The Pop of Color For Your Man’s Everyday Wardrobe
Brand: 54 Kingdoms
Inspired by the history of the continent’s most fascinating kingdoms, Ghanaian-American design duo 54 Kingdoms created the “Kingdom Come” collection. The line includes classic African fabrics, such as Kente cloth, made into products with a modern twist. This Bonoman belt has “vibrant, multicolored patterns, geometric shapes, and bold designs” perfect for the fashionable man or woman who likes to make a statement.
Rock Patchwork Like Beyonce
Price: £99 ($155)
Brand: CHICHIA LONDON
Everyone wants to look like ‘King Bey’ these days. Chichia is helping fans get a little closer to the songstress by selling a fun, patchwork t-shirt she wore during the first performance of her Mrs. Carter tour in the US this summer. The ‘Neurotic’ Patchwork tee runs in small, medium and large.
Stay Warm And Time Travel
Brand: Kisua USA
Female vocalist Angelique Kidjo, one of Africa’s most socially-conscious artists, is the inspiration for this loose-fit coat. The ‘Benin Cocoon’ coat’s mid-weight, three-quarter sleeve style is sure to take a woman back to the 1960s, and it will make a great gift this holiday season.
Because Luxury Tea Needs To Be Poured In Style
The South African luxury brand known for making gourmet teas now sells a beautifully crafted tea set. Inspired by the Sankofa bird, the tea kettle and four cups come in a number of different color combinations, including black/gold and white/platinum. Tea lovers will appreciate this gift, a perfect addition to any home china cabinet or holiday place setting.
Give A Friend A Taste of South African Braai on the Streets of New York
Brand: Open Table Gift Certificates
Do you know someone who loves trying new food in New York City? Perhaps after returning from a visit to South Africa a friend craves signature dishes from the country? A gift card to Madiba may be a great gift for them. The hipster-chic restaurant – located in Brooklyn and now in Harlem – not only serves South African staples such as simosas and braai, but it is also a live music venue! Purchase a certificate good enough for one meal or for $100, treat the recipient to dinner for two.
The Only Reason They Will Ever Want To Draw Attention To Their Electronics In Public
Brand: Eclectic Chique
This London-based accessory brand has a great variety of covers for iPad and tablet users who want to make a bold statement or just need a subtle touch of color to brighten their daily business ensembles. Each is made of ankara fabric and lined with suede leather. It also comes with a screen wipe, helpful for removing those annoying finger print smudges.
The Perfect Place To Rest That Late-Night Cup Of Tea
Brand: The Africa House
Made by Tanzania’s Moyo Company, these coasters are made of ankara fabric and embellished on each end. The set, which comes with six coasters measuring 10×10 each, is one of a variety of products made by the small business and sold under retailer Jonathan Knocker and his wife, Hazel. Interested in buying the Kitenge coasters? They can be special gift wrapped for an additional £3 upon purchase.
It’s About Time Your Kids Relate to The Books They Read
Brand: Kio Global
What would happen if African children related to the characters in the books they read? Kio Global founder Chimaechi Ochei asked herself that question and launched the global book distribution company. On their site, you can find a variety of children’s books that “reflect and celebrate the global village we live in.” The stories not only cater to audiences of African descent, but Kio Global’s collection also includes books from Asia and South America.
Adults Deserve Good Books Too
Price: $10 (Americanah - Paperback); $11.98 (His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute – Hardcover)
Do you have a family member that loves to read? These two books, released in 2014, are collectors items! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest book is great for fans of her previous works of Half of A Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus. For fans of the late, legendary poet Maya Angelou, her tribute to Nelson Mandela serves as a tribute to her as well.
A Ghana-Must For A Girl On The Go
Brand: Ghana Bolga Baskets
These bright, intricately weaved baskets have brown leather straps that make it cute and durable enough to carry the essentials. The handmade bags are special – changing into any shape you desire after sitting it in water and setting it to dry.
That ‘Adopt An African Baby’ Trend Was So 2012. Why Not Set A New One?
Brand: World Animal Foundation
How many people can say they adopted a wild animal? Not many. The Adopt-an-Animal program, through non-profit conservation initiative the World Animal Foundation, allows site visitors to pay $35 for adoption. Each person who donates receives a certificate and information about how to protect their animal of choice. This is a great gift for the animal lover in your family circle.
Get Their Dream Online
There are not many gifts that are more meaningful than one that helps a dream come true. With an africa.com domain name and easy to use web building tools, small business owners can bring their ideas to life online. Known as “the .com for Africa,” the africa.com domain name is connecting small business owners online. For a low rate, you can register a domain for your friend or family member to get them started for 2015.
A Handmade Piece of Jewelry For The One-of-A-Kind Woman
Brand: John S. Brana
This 14K Gold African Opal chain link bracelet from John S Brana includes Amazonite round beads, textured Brown Lava and Vermeil beads. These African gems make for one unique piece of jewelry for woman in your life.
Keeping Cash Dry, Safe And Straight Doesn’t Have To Look Mediocre
Every gentleman needs a wallet to keep their pockets organized and clutter-free. Made from genuine ostrich leather by skilled artisans, this is a great, quality gift for your husband, father, brother or friend.
A Statement Piece For The Bright, Colorful Home
Brand: David Adjaye For Knoll
Well renowned, award-winning architect David Adjaye is known for drawing up the layouts for some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. This year, Adjaye used his creative talents to design this colorful collection of chairs. According to Knoll, each “establish a play between propping and balancing, so that they are simultaneously functional and sculptural.”