Stocking Fillers December 14, 2018 00:00

The joy of gift giving at Christmas is really great. Yes it can be a bit stressful negotiating the crowds in malls over December, but if you haven’t yet discovered online shopping, then now is the time!

And often I find that stocking fillers are the most fun to buy. They’re small things that show you’ve thought about someone while out and about, and they don’t carry the weight of responsibility of “The Main Gift.”

Here are a few things I’ve found and would recommend giving to your nearest and dearest.


Sleep Masks

Of course I had to start with my own goodies!

They’re made from leftover fabric to try to minimize waste and the strain the fashion places on the environment.

They’re super soft and comfortable to wear, especially over this season where you may be overindulging a bit and perhaps need to sleep a little later!

Or perhaps you’re taking an exciting, long trip somewhere and need to shut out the light to catch some zs.

Buy here.


Mist Collectables Notepads

I met Thea a few years ago and even collaborated with her on Sleepy T-shirts. I love the dreamlike quality of her work and just can’t seem to get enough.

Now she’s brought out notepads!

Pop these on your fridge and use for your grocery shopping lists, or my favourite – next to your bed to note down any thoughts that disturb you falling asleep.

I find my mind relaxes immediately once I’ve written down something that’s troubling me or that I need to remember. It’s down on paper, impossible therefore to forget, and so I can slip away into Lalaland.

I always have a notepad and pencil next to the bed for random thoughts, to do lists and jotting down quotes from books I’m reading.


Royale Pomegranate Oil

I discovered this wonderful serum recently in Stellenbosch, but they’re available online as well.

It’s thick and more viscous than any other oil I’ve tried. I’m usually really disciplined about the products I buy, but I tried this (of course it’s vegan and cruelty free) and fell in love.

I walked away attempting to be cool about it, but the feeling on my skin was just too delicious to ignore. I went straight back and bought it.

I’ve wised up to beauty products that sell youth and luminance. I know that more important is consistency in your beauty routine. But this has all sorts of side benefits which I find very appealing.

Also even though it’s an oil, it sinks into your skin leaving it silky soft and not oily at all. If I could, I would slather it over my whole body.

Read more here.


SharLeBel Mushrooms 

I met this passionate duo recently at Kamers Stellenbosch and they stole my heart, which is quite easy to do with great food.

I was wandering around looking for something to eat - a very challenging thing at this market where there is perhaps one vegan option if you're lucky - and came across this little mushroom biltong snack. 

But they could see I was ravenous and so they offered me some crackers with their superb mushroom salsa. 

Wow this stuff is good! Slightly spicy with, of course, Shiitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic and some other deliciousness mixed in with a bit of magic.

They use only Shiitake mushrooms which have endless health benefits. Here's some more info on what they do and where you can get your hands on some.


Have you found anything special that you’ve added to your stockings this year?