Christmas gifting? Sorted

Yuletide gifting still not done and finding yourself in a fluster? With days to go, we help you out with our curated edit of four failproof gifts guaranteed to bring festive cheer. You can thank us later.


No Cape Town shopping spree is complete this summer without a visit to the newly opened House Of Chommies concept store (110 Hatfield Street, pictured above). Dog-friendly (so bring along your four-legged friends), the store is housed in a national monument, its Georgian exterior revealing little of the colourful transformation inside. We guarantee you’ll be seduced by the patterned murals, bespoke wallpapers, bright ceilings and innovative shop fittings, all of which masterfully unite to make House Of Chommies the city’s warmest and most welcoming shopping destination. And if we’ve failed to mention the merch, that’s because we know you’re well versed in the brand’s artisanal dog leashes, collars, harnesses and more, that beautifully combine beading, rope work and leather.


We can’t get enough of British designer and artist Luke Edward Hall’s enchanting work. Followers of his Instagram account, we marvel over his interiors, his ceramics, and designs for fashion label Chateau Orlando. And if all that weren’t enough, this festive season you’ll find us marvelling over A Kind of Magic, The Kaleidoscopic World of Luke Edward Hall (published by Vendome Press). A whimsical volume dedicated to Hall’s creative endeavours, the book is divided into three sections – country, studio and London – and includes photographs by Hall’s bestie, Billal Taright. Interior lovers that you are, you’ll love the book’s short essays on Hall’s passions (everything from gardens and flowers to clothes and cooking). Garden chair at the ready, escape summer’s heat in Hall’s cool and magical kingdom.


Ever the fans of American legacy brand Coach’s fragrances, we couldn’t be more certain that the label’s latest men’s scent, Coach Open Road, makes the (seasonally) perfect addition to his eau de toilette shelf. It is summer’s sense of adventure and yearning for the open road neatly packaged in a masculine bottle that pairs a gunmetal cap with pale blue liquid (think languid coastal afternoons). He’s going to love the refreshing top notes of red apple and lemon Primofiore. Next up is an energising hit of spicy Sichuan pepper, followed by a blend of lavender and clary sage. All that heady sweetness dries down to a manly pairing of patchouli, vetiver and woody cedarwood. Toiletry bag at the ready, convertible’s roof down, it’s time to take to the road and indulge his sense of adventure.


We know you – the no-help-needed type when it comes to Jamie’s, Yotam’s and Nigella’s latest releases! So, instead, we say why not shake up your book buying this festive season. We’ve judged this book by it’s beautiful cover and we weren’t wrong – A Brief History of Pasta (published by Profile Books) is the perfect holiday read, be it poolside or to the soundtrack of beach bats on Clifton 1st. Between its hardback covers is a wealth of information comprehensively compiled by culinary historian Luca Cesari. He promises to serve up the secrets behind ‘the creamiest carbonara, the richest ragù alla bolognese and the tastiest tortellini’. From centuries-old recipes to exacting footnotes, Cesari’s pages explore the history, legend and cultural adaptations of all things pasta from the top to the toe of Italy’s boot.

Words and production: martin jacobs
photography: supplied