For this special edition of Father’s Day, we shine a light on local entrepreneurs for great gifts ideas that are sure to win over your dad or better half and make his lockdown more bearable. From grooming and oral care gifting to collector-worthy booze, and some handcrafted goodies to see him through winter.
If your dad is as passionate about the Franschhoek Winelands as we are, he must be missing the occasional trip to the region’s finest wineries and restaurants. Luckily Boschendal is bringing a taste of their farm-style produce with a goodie box for Father’s Day filled with artisanal treats.
The box includes 800g of grass-fed and hormone-free Black Angus sirloin steak, a Shiraz Salt Grinder for some seasoning, and 4 freshly-baked chocolate brownies for dessert. The gift set also boasts with some Black Angus beef biltong and Kalamata olives and feta, perfect for that late afternoon snack.
Boschendal’s Father’s Day Box is available for pre-order and collection at the Pop-Up Farm Shop in the Werf on 20 June between 12-16:00. While you are there grab some more goodies from the shop if you like. Wine sales will not be open on the weekend of pick-up so be sure to order your favourite Boschendal wine to pair with this box, in advance. Play it safe with a Boschendal 1685 Shiraz or Sommelier Pinotage which is bound to go over a treat with a perfectly grilled sirloin for Sunday.
Pre-orders can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 870 4273.
As we brace ourselves for winter, what better way to boot up than with a pair of handmade boots or ‘velskoen’ shoes to celebrate our local heritage?
Strassbergers is a family-owned footwear brand specialising in handcrafted leather stitch down shoes since 1834. Nestled at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains, this business is one of the oldest footwear factories in South Africa and still owned by the founding family which spans over five generations.
Their collection consists of approximately fifty different styles, available in a variety of colours to suit both the classic or quirky shopper. In keeping with traditional manufacturing techniques which spans over 180 years, the majority of Strassbergers manufacturing process is still carried out by hand through expert craftsmanship and quality materials.
While the range can be bought via most co-ops nationwide, you can also have a look at their online store for a full scope of what’s on offer for nationwide delivery.
Stay in touch with their Facebook page to see the latest special offers and new releases.
Why not ditch the mass-produced jerseys this Father’s Day and invest in something more special while still supporting local artisans? Nomvula’s Knitters is an indie brand operating from the Eastern Cape with reasonable prices and sustainable practices in place.
The team is headed by Frances Becker, and a group of creative and passionate women (and a male knitter) who own a percentage stake in the venture.
Update your dad’s wardrobe with some chic winter essentials such as a classic V-neck pullover for an evening indoors, or make up your own winter warmth gift set with a man-snood, handcrafted socks, and a beanie from Nomvula’s Knitters.
All their garments are completed by hand and every piece is unique, with ribbing or similar detailing depending on the customer’s request. And they only use natural and locally sourced wool from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Orders can be placed from their online store or customers are welcome to supply their own designs or labels.
One of the pioneers of the craft gin game in South Africa, Hope Distillery (formerly known as Hope on Hopkins) launched its gins at a time when crafted spirits were relatively uncommon in South Africa. Founders Leigh Lisk and Lucy Beard started small in 2014 and now distil not only their own products but gins for other gin brands including Musgrave, Bloedlemoen and Clemengold.
Although currently closed for Tastings, the Distillery is open for bottle sales when lockdown rules allow (currently Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, during Level 3). Head over to the Hope Distillery website for the full range of their products on offer for delivery. Spoil your dad or top up your liquor trolley with one of their three flagship gins, a small-batch vodka and Esperanza agave spirit, as well as the gins they distil for others and the recently launched Hobbs Gins.
Be sure to give them a follow on social media to stay in the loop with some great cocktail ideas for stay-at-home drinks and special offers.
If your dad enjoys spending time in the kitchen, a kitschy spice gift set from Funky Ouma is guaranteed to leave a smile on his face this Father’s Day.
This new cool kid on the block is, in fact, the brainchild of a very funky ouma that’s been playing around with food and spices all her life, but only decided at 67 to start her own brand with her youngest daughter Johannita. The result is a range of healthy everyday spices, sauces and other condiments which taste as good as it looks.
Funky Ouma’s line of items is entirely natural and vegan-friendly, and is free from MSG, preservatives, and colourants.
We recommend the ‘Bederfie’ Gift Box which includes trendy tins of African rub to jazz up grilled vegetables or a decent steak and Braai salt that captures some of the great Mzansi flavours, and a bottle of homemade tomato sauce, all packed in a wooden box he will want to keep.
Wrapt Knitwear is a small fashion label specialising in knitwear for both women and men, using natural, sustainable fibres such as pure Merino wool. This fashion label was started in 2018 by former television executive, Hannelie Bekker and is manned by a small team of young South Africans. Bekker maintains that though her choice for sustainable fibres has obvious ecological underpinnings, it is as much for the sake of the beauty, tactility and durability of natural yarns.
Their men’s collection is a recent addition which features tried and tested staples for work and play, each boasting with a twist. Think a merino wool crewneck with subtle contrast colour around the neck, a cardigan with colour blocking elements, or a long-sleeved tee made elegant by the texture of linen yarn.
All their knitting is made by order to guarantee a great fit. The usual timeline for production is 5-8 working days, but Wrapt’s personalised service makes it possible to accommodate requests for quicker turnaround. Orders over R1,000 are delivered free of charge anywhere in SA. The Wrapt Knitwear website gives the dimensions for each garment and Bekker recommends that the best way to determine what size to order is to compare the measurements to an existing garment whose fit you like.
And for those who cannot settle on what to choose for a picky dad, the Wrapt Knitwear gift card is a perfect winter spoil.
WhiskyBrother is a proudly South African whisky aficionado and specialist retailer which is slowly becoming a haven for enthusiasts of this golden coloured tipple. No matter your dad’s taste preferences or level of knowledge, the expert team can help with making an educated pick of the perfect whisky to suit your budget and his palate.
From humble beginnings in 2012, WhiskyBrother has since opened the doors to their concept store in Johannesburg and operates an online shopping portal that offers nationwide shipping on a daily basis. Earlier this year their passion and dedication were rewarded at the international Icons of Whisky awards in London with the prestigious global title for Best Single Outlet Whisky Store in the world.
Both the online and brick-and-mortar stores boast the largest selection of whisky in South Africa which includes local favourites, impressive international labels, and some of the most sought-after limited releases that will leave fellow whisky lovers green with envy. If you’re at a loss on what to choose, consider one of their Exclusive Releases which were bottled exclusively for the store.
Keep in touch with their social media for new developments and the latest in whisky releases.
Whether your Dad’s beard needs a bit of love and tender care, or you fancy to treat him to a grooming day, Sorbet Man boasts a variety of products and treatments suited for just this occasion! If you’re looking to provide good hair care, they have a wide variety of hair care products with brands such as American Crew, Hairy Eye Beard Care, Morocanoil and Nioxin. Sorbet Man also has their very own range of Skin, hair care and bath and products.
There’s also a variety of facial products for exfoliation and daily skincare such as Dermalogica to leave the skin looking clear and smooth. If he’s into grooming his beard, they have their own Sorbet Man Beard Care Range to take care of things. Finally, to top off the perfect father’s day gift, Sorbet Man offers gift card options if you are at a loss on what to buy him and the perfect amount of grooming essentials to add to his gift.
As a father’s day special, Sorbet Man is offering 20% off American Crew South Africa products from 1- 30 June 2020, from select Sorbet Man stores countrywide. And no need to fret about how you’ll get these gifts on time. While their stores are closed, Sorbet Man offers delivery services for retail products delivered right to your door. Or you can send your dad an e-voucher if you head over to their website.
*Good news is that Sorbet Man will be open very soon to welcome their guests back to the barber chair and treatment room!
Plantify is South Africa’s first online plant shop with a retail space based in Gardens, Cape Town. The business is run by a small team of plant fanatics who are keen on making plant ownership more accessible.
Plantify’s mission is to create an exceptional “Plant Experience” for city dwellers, focusing on the needs of people that are living modern, urban lifestyles. They’ve even coined a term for it: An Urban Plantery.
The distinctive service offered by Plantify embraces five key objectives:
– Quality: Each plant is hand-selected. The root health, shape and colour of the plants are monitored.
– Selection: Plantify goes to extraordinary lengths to find the plants that people want, keeping a stock of on-trend Instagram-worthy indoor plants.
– Care Instructions: Detailed electronic care instructions are provided, to give folks the guidance they need to tend to their greenery.
– Convenience: Bespoke packaging and a vetted network of couriers ensures that plants can be sent safely anywhere in South Africa.
– Personal touch: Hand-written cards with a personal message are included every order. Perfect for Father’s Day.
In addition to the wide variety of plants, a carefully curated selection of hand-crafted planters are available to match the tastes of their style-conscious clientele. Some of Plantify’s planters include locally designed and crafted ceramics, stylish cotton-cord planters, rustic Mango wood pots, and colourful Ashanti cotton pot covers.
The Flying Pan delivers ready-made, healthy, and delicious dishes to doorsteps in the City Bowl, Atlantic Seaboard, and Southern Suburbs areas, so you can save time, money and food waste while prepping meals.
They’re prepared by chef Mathew Hoepner and delivered during weekdays, so you can simply pop your meals in the oven or microwave for comforting classics like spaghetti meatballs, Cape Malay chicken curry, and roasted tomato gnocchi, ready in a matter of minutes. And, to top it off, it’s a pretty affordable option in these wild times, with meals starting from R75. A Vegetarian and a Low Carb menu are also available where The Flying Pan hones in on nutrition with a creative edge.
How does it work? Each week The Flying Pan reveals its menu online where you can order dishes that best suit your taste and lifestyle – just be sure to order by Friday 12pm for the following week. Select how many meals you’d like to gift — from one or a few — and your dad will have dinner sorted for when he’s stuck in work duties or tasks.
The Flying Pan is also running a monthly meal subscription deal, with a 10% discount off your entire bill if you order four week’s worth of meals in advance.
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