Johannesburg The festive season has arrived and shopping is about to become a nightmare, but regardless of how you feel about it, gifts must be bought. Here’s a list of top buys from local stores...
For the adornment aficionado
* Bell & Ross watch – R58 000 (Bellagio Cresta)
This vintage collection watch has a strap made of baseball leather. It ages well as the leather softens and darkens.
* French citrine (5.8 carats) and diamond (0.26 carats) pendant and chain – R13 995 (Bellagio Cresta)
* Nomination’s You-Cool bracelets – R699 (Bellagio Cresta)
This gift is great for young adults who want to add colour to their funky outfits but wish their look to remain simple.
For the kids
* Chatimals – R249.90
This cute toy will be lots of fun for both kids and adults. It’s been a best-seller for the past three years because of the laughs you get from your furry friend mimicking everything you say.
* Furby – R799
An electronic robotic toy resembling a hamster/owl-like creature.
* Hairmonies doll – R199
This doll sings and plays an instrument while you comb her hair.
* Amazing Band Keyboard – R99
Great for little budding musicians.
* Thundercats Lion-D – R199
* Barbie Tablet – R499.90
Your little ones can now have their own touch-screen tablets to play with and learn from while you are busy with your own (real) tablet.
* Leap Pad Explorer – R1 499.90
* Baltorinas unique babies – R800 to R1 795
For the gadget fiend
* New iMac 21 inch – R13 699.95
* inCarBite iPad mount – R799 to R999.95
This mount is great for keeping back-seat passengers entertained during the drive. It includes a keyboard stand.
* Shox Max – R199 to R219.95
These pocket-size speakers come in all colours to suit different moods.
* Wii U basic pack – R4 119.95; premium pack – R4 599
* Xbox 360 pack – R3 199.90 (Reggies)
This gift pack includes three games and an extra controller.
For the outdoor devotee
* GoPro Hero3 – R999 (Incredible Connection)
The perfect camera with which to capture all your adrenalin-pumping adventures. It has built-in wi-fi and takes quality HD videos.
* Garmin Forerunner 10 – R1 300 (Incredible Connection)
A simple GPS running watch that tracks your steps, your distance and your calories burnt.
For the beauty buff
* Body butter lollipop – R225 (The Body Shop)
This lovely lollipop-shaped gift pack includes five fragrances of body butter.
* Atlas Mountain Rose gift box – R250 (The Body Shop)
In a book-like package, this gift needs no wrapping and the scent will surely make the receiver extremely happy. The luxurious pack includes perfume and body lotion.
* Knomo laptop bags – R600 to R1 000 (Incredible Connection)
These designer laptop bags are also sold at Harrods and come in a number of colours to complement your look and suit your mood.
For the homeware admirer
* Cantilever Platter – Crouching – R3 875 (Carrol Boyes)
This piece would make for a great way to serve your platters at a Christmas lunch.
* Pen Revolution – R290 (Carrol Boyes)
A great gift for an aspiring writer, a loved one or a colleague. - The Star