I’m always a bit stumped when it comes to gift giving.

Recently, I received a wonderful PR box filled with delectable treats. When opening it I thought to myself, “this is the perfect gift for just about anyone.”

A hamper of yummy treats works for all sexes, most ages, and can be customized to your budget. I love the idea of supporting local brands because really, there are so many to choose from that have outstanding products.

Find a box in a colour you like. Line it with some plain or patterned paper and fill it with yummy treats.


Pop in an artisanal cordial, or two. Do try Two in A Bush Rooibos Cordial. Aside for its cool packaging, this cordial is crafted from natural ingredients in an old-fashioned way. There’s no added sugar, preservatives, or artificial additives and it’s made using only certified organic Rooibos and Honeybush tea brewed with natural spring water and blended with botanicals, spices and natural fruit. Enjoy it as a refreshing soft drink blended with some sparkling water, or in a cocktail or mocktail.

R95 for a 500ml Honeybush Cordial BUY

R110 for a 500ml Peach infused Rooibos Cordial BUY

You can’t go wrong with a jar of farm made jam; and what better than a tomato and chili combo? Chaloner craft some of the yummiest goods, but it’s their jams and marmalades I really LOVE. This Vegan jam is produced in small batches and made from only the very best ingredients. Pair it with cold meats or cheeses or use it as a glaze for grilled dishes.

R72 for a 200g glass jar BUY

Get into the spirit of things by popping in a bottle of gin. African Botanical Gin from Hope Distillery is distilled from local grain spirit and infused with eight botanicals including Kapokbos – a wild, sweet Rosemary, and Buchu – a shrub that lends punchy blackcurrant notes.

From R135 for a 200ml BUY

The Three Fish Pantry’s mouthwatering Peppadew Muhammara will elevate any aspiring chefs chicken game. Packed with flavour, this spicy and sweet blend takes chicken marinade to a whole new level of delicious. You can serve this on its own as a dip with pita chips, crackers or fresh veggies.

DM the brand on Instagram (@threefishpantry) for enquiries

Support small business like the mother and daughter team from Pretoria called Razia’s Pickle   who make delish pickles, sauces and spice mixes. The Mutton Curry Spice Mix, and all Razia’s Spice mixes come with an easy-to-follow recipe and enough spice for around four or five cooks. I cannot wait to try the brands Mango and Lemon Pickle!

R95 for a 150-gram packet BUY

Musanya Honey Co. Rooibos + Cinnamon Superfood Tea is an innovative honey beverage that’s loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients. The honey used is sustainably sourced from small-scale African beekeepers. Simply add a teaspoon or two to hot water and enjoy this healthy drink.

Cost: R79.99 for a 325g jar BUY

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