How to stay out of the malls

Whilst the holiday season holds many treats and treasures, one of the most stressful errands is shopping for gifts. Finding the perfect gifts for your family, friends and colleagues isn’t a simple job. In addition to trying to find thoughtful and affordable gifts, battling the queues and parking frenzies only adds to the stress.

Thankfully you can do your shopping from the comfort of your own home – online. Finding the best online gift sites is now one of the first things that come to mind when people shop.

If you’re trying to find something awesome fast – try these sites out first.

Yuppiechef offers the latest leading kitchen cookware for less. Founded in 2006, this online gem is best for finding novel items to stock up the kitchen and living area or for the perpetual entertainer who ‘has everything’.

They also offer a 30-day return policy as well as a newsletter which has exclusive information on latest releases and sales events direct to your inbox.

For the fashionistas in your crew, this is where you will find an impressive selection of trendy clothing brands at affordable prices. They are ideal if you’re looking for fashion labels you can give as gifts without breaking your budget.

Zando also offers free delivery on all orders without any minimum spend as well as seven ways to pay. You get up to R200 off when you sign up for their newsletter and they also promise easy collections and returns.

This online store sells everything, from the latest tech to clothing, camping gear and cookware. Consider them your online wholesaler with a massive catalogue which includes books, entertainment systems and games.

With Takealot you get free delivery with purchases over R250 and they run superb daily deals.

Exclusive Books

South Africa’s leading book retailer’s website is loved by bookworms because the wide range of book genres that they offer, from history to fiction, from self-help to spiritual gurus, you’ll definitely find international and local best-sellers all on their list.

Sure, few things beat the experience of smelling a book and perusing the aisles of a bookstore on a lazy day, but when it’s busy… it’s way less fun. You qualify for free delivery when you make a purchase of more than R350, with which you also get 21-day returns.


Another store that has a variety in their stock. You get a fantastic range of gym and sports equipment, outdoor gear, kids’ toys, necessities and groceries. If you’re looking for gaming consoles, TVs, computers and other electronics then check out Makro.

You have the choice of collecting your order in-store at your convenience or having it delivered to you. If you’re running out of time and simply want to bypass the queues, this is a good option.


Woolworths is another premier option for all your apparel, home accessories, food, and generally great gift ideas. They have a handy gift guide for him, her and the kids.

For first time order they offer free delivery. There’s also a 60-day return policy and food items will be available for next day delivery.

Order from Woolworths online and skip the supermarket checkout queues and get all your gifts delivered to you.

Remember, it’s the thought that counts – so if you don’t have the budget or the means, a handmade gift, home-baked goods or handpicked posey often mean so much more!

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