Buy Local This Christmas
You may have heard a lot of people talking about buying from local suppliers and wonder, why the fuss? There are lots of great reasons to shop from the South African owned companies. When you buy from a local business, you are helping to support businesses and help secure jobs in their area. There is a knock on effect, local businesses deal with local book-keepers, local suppliers etc.
When it comes to buying food from your local business, you can also rest assured you are getting fresh produce. Local shops also tend to be more flexible, if you are looking for something in particular, let them know. Often they may be able to source it for you.
Here are a few great spots to stop on the N3 Gateway to buy those stocking fillers or Christmas gifts.
Lilac Crane – this cute little shop in Nottingham road, is a treasure chest of gorgeous gifts. The shop supports local artist and crafters and here you are likely to find a range of hand made and personalised gifts for everyone in the family.
Tasha’s Fudge – for anyone who has a sweet tooth this divine fudge shop has so many flavours to choose from. The aroma of sugar and melted butter will seduce you as you walk into the shop – nifty gift packs and cute stocking fillers – this is a great shop. Tashas is located within Hilton, KwaZulu Natal.
Zulu Lulu Art House – a stunning showroom of art and sculpture and anything exotic in between – home of the famous Dlamini figurines. This gallery has a wide range of beautiful gifts and showpieces. From sketches to colourful oil paintings you have a variety to choose from and their ceramic range is very popular. You will find this treasure trove at Piggly Wiggly on the Midlands Meander.
Lime & Roses- Nottingham Road– Bespoke bed linen, sleepwear, ceramics, paintings, furniture, quilts and cushion, this decadent store can assist your needs this Christmas. Situated in Nottingham Road.
Funtasy, Toy Shop at Nottingham Road, The Junction.- Funtasy offers a wide variety of different toys and games, most of which are not offered in commercial toy shops. Situated at The Junction on the Midlands Meander, the quaint store offers carefully handcrafted toys for both boys and girls.
Canaan Cellars Coffee and Gifts, Winterton – Placed on the R74 in Winterton, Canaan Cellars is a great destination to browse for gift ideas; with all sorts for the home and kitchen on offer, plus beautiful South African print scarves. Canaan also serves light meals and coffee’s.
Cathedral Peak Wine
Surprise your friends and family members, with an award winning bottle of 2015 Pinotage, grown and produced in the Central Drakensberg. This wine is not available in your local store, so this makes it an even more desirable gift.
Thokosiza Shopping Complex – Situated in the Central Drakensberg, near Winterton. Thokosiza offers you a relaxed environment to purchase gifts for your family, a space for men to relax whilst the ladies shop and the children play.
Groundcover Leather– Just off the N3, in Currys Post, you will find Groundcover Leather which offers finely handcrafted leather footwear and accessories. Staff are all recruited locally and Groundcover support local entrepreneurs establish their own leatherwork businesses.
Wikit Candles, Clarens
Handmade candles made in various shapes and sizes, using exotic fragrance wax blends. You will be spoilt for choice with the range of aroma’s to smell.
Talana Museum, Dundee– Situated in the Talana Museum, lies an extensive range of historical books; Zulu beadwork; locally produced quality Mlaba curios; Afritan products such as Nguni and Springbok skin products plus John Lamberti Nguni prints and furnishings.
Ignite Designs– Buy locally-made corporate gifts and brighten up a rural family’s Christmas. Give special gifts to your business associates, clients and friends this Christmas by buying lovingly handcrafted products made by AfricaIgnite’s network of rural women from across KwaZulu-Natal; mostly mothers and grandmothers who use the income from handwork to support their families.
Drakensberg Chocolate Memories– Drakensberg Chocolate Memories makes fine chocolate bars in the Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg. You can accompany your chocoalate tasting with a glass of chocolate water, hot chocolate or coffee with truffles and chilli essence. You can chose from milk, dark, white, and even sugar free chocolate slabs.