Christmas gifting ideas to charm your loved ones

The season of giving and sharing with those around us is finally here and we have found the perfect gifts to make your loved ones smile!


As Santa’s countdown clock has officially begun, with many still scratching their heads trying to come up with last minute gift ideas, we can’t think of any better to way to light up someone’s Christmas than with these practical gifts. Remember the best gifts are not only personal, but also practical. As such, make sure it’s something that they will cherish for years to come and find it useful in their everyday lives. 

Yonanas, now in South Africa

A perfect gift for every health fanatic in your family, Yonanas was selected as one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things back in 2016 in the US. The latest healthy product on everyone’s lips around the world, it is finally available in South Africa – just in time for Christmas. Currently available through local retailer, Yuppiechef, the Yonanas brand is bound to become a hit with the rest of South Africa – as it was the case during the recent Dessert Expo in Cape Town, where it sold out three times and stock had to be replenished to keep up with the demand.   

Having been on the international market since 2011, South Africa joins the likes of Brazil, Australia, The UK, China, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand in stocking and distributing this phenomenal healthy dessert maker – which transforms your fruit basket into an enviable smooth ice-cream like treat in seconds but with no added sugar. 

For those looking to boost their fruit intake, Yonanas promises more than just that. “It is a perfect product for the health conscious, diabetics and gluten free health enthusiasts. Yonanas is a welcome alternative to a smoothie saturated market and we can now eat pure fruit and it tastes like ice cream,” says managing director of CaterMarket, Dawie Breet. 
Included with the purchase of this revolutionary health product is a recipe book with more than 130 recipes, which will help you create simple and elegant homemade desserts. 

It’s available in two models – classic and elite – at R995 as a starting  price.

“I’ve had sorbet almost every night since starting Weight Watchers. (Fruit = zero points!) This gadget turns frozen fruit into soft-serve with no dairy or added sugar. Amen!” — Oprah Winfrey

The gift that keeps on giving

Samsung South Africa is sharing the festive cheer this season by offering consumers a guaranteed reward with the “buy & get promotion”. All you have to do is purchase a qualifying Samsung home Appliance before December 31, 2018 and choose your reward. 

Offers range from R4000 (blue tier), allowing consumers to choose either a two-night stay at any of the participating Protea Hotels by Marriott, or a R4 000 flight voucher to be used on British Airways or kulula, or a R4 000 Uber voucher or a R4 000 Mr D food voucher.

The silver tier, at R7 000 offers consumers either a two-night stay at a Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott, or a R7 000 flight voucher to be used on British Airways or kulula, R7 000 Uber voucher or a R7 000 Mr D food voucher.

The gold tier (R12 000) comes with either a two-night stay at participating African Pride Hotels, or a R12 000 return domestic flight voucher to be used on British Airways or kulula, or a R12 000 Uber voucher or a R12 000 Mr D food voucher.

Our recommendation: The Frame TV

Perfect for family orientated individuals looking to turn their home into a perfect art gallery, The Frame TV comes pre-loaded with artworks from some of the world’s most revered artists. When switched off, this elegant 4K UHD smart TV transforms into a gallery-like art display, delivering premium entertainment experience combined with innovative and aesthetically appealing design. The artworks can be scanned and converted into a digital format, which will then be shown with different coloured mounting options according to the viewers needs.

Available at various accredited Samsung outlets, The Frame TV is currently available in two sizes, starting with a 55-inch at R19 999 to R23 000, while the price for the 65-inch (from R29 000) also varies from store to store. 

Be a local hero…buy local and stand a chance to win admirable Spider-Man memorabilia 

A perfect gift for children and any Spiderman fans alike, Proudly South African and its dedicated online shopping portal, have partnered with Sony Music SA in a special promotion ahead of the release of blockbuster movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, this past weekend. 

In a move aimed at helping boost local economies, which in turn is lekker for job creation, Proudly SA is appealing to all South Africans this festive season to be a local hero by choosing to support local products and services.

The competition, run strictly online, invites shoppers to spend R1 000 or more on any Proudly South African purchase on and stand the chance to win an RSAMade shopping voucher worth R1 000. In addition, every week – until the December 29 – lucky winners will receive a Spider-Verse hamper and movie tickets.

iPhone only

Gamevice for iPhone

Hardcore Apple fans will no doubt find this fancy, made-for-iPhone gaming controller a little appealing. Although slightly pricey (R1399 at iStore) – given that it may likely not work with future iPhone models – it’s a must have for any gaming enthusiasts looking to turn their iPhones into a well functioning hand held console. Not only does it offer truly functional hardware controls that deliver satisfying gaming for both casual and hardcore gamers. At last, users have been spared the stress of having to pair or try to balance their iPad against a coffee cup to get the right angle for playing with both hands. ABXY, L1R1, L2R2, Dual joysticks, and D-Pad are all you need to game anytime, anywhere.  

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A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.