IF you are still stuck for ideas on what to gift your friends and loved ones, here are some ideas:
FOR THE FAMILY: Gift a household with these practical offerings:
According to media reports, we are headed for more load shedding inconvenience. Why not gift a family some of these useful blackout aids:
– Magneto Solar home lighting system - R599 -Game.co.za
* Dual charging via solar panel or AC cable.
* 3 Lighting options – spotlight, floodlight and 3 x light bulbs.
* Rechargeable, long-lasting 6V, 4ah battery.
* Up to 18 hours of light on a single charge.
* Built-in discharge and overcharge circuits for battery protection.
* Wall-hanging mounts for inside cupboards or under stairs etc.
* Emergency USB port charges most mobile phones. - Game.co.za
– Ellies Multi-Plug With Surge Protection (8 Way) - R301 - Loot.co.za
Help them protect appliances with this surge protector:
* New design, no single pin insertion
* Built-in home wiring tester
* Built-in safety shutters act as a preventative measure against children inserting fingers or objects into plug sockets
* R20 000 Warranty (T&C apply)
* SABS approved
* Provides power protection for up to 8 appliances, including a convenient schuko socket
* Absorbs up to 16 000 Amps on live &neutral and 13 000 Amps on earth
* 0.5m Cord
* Overload protected
Recurring water cuts are becoming more of a norm, with households often stuck for a source of H2O for days. Consider gifting a family with a water tank to help get them through the dry patches. You can also get a bigger or smaller tank – depending on the size of the household and what you can afford.
*Eco Water Tank 260L Vertical - Cape Green - R650- (Builders.co.za)
* UV resistant.
* Made from virgin, food-grade material.
* Algal retardant.
* BPA free.
* Available in chemical grade tanks.
* 2 layers – core layer and outer coloured layer.
* Colours: Available in 6 x standard retail colours.
* Reduced slime (biofilm) on inside of tank.
* Reduced contamination in water.
* Stops growth of bacteria which adhere to the walls of tank.
* Odourless and colourless treatment.
* The triple-layered UV stabilised tank has an insulated middle layer to keep the water cooler even in the heat of summer.
* Made from 100% virgin FDA approved polyethylene.
* Completely safe for drinking water.
* Month and year of manufacture on each tank.
* Maintenance free.
* 10-year guarantee
*Leisure Quip Water Carrier (10L)(Blue) - R40 (on sale at the moment) - (Loot.co.za)
It’s almost becoming a norm to find queues of people on the streets waiting for their turn to get water from a municipal-supplied water tanker during water outages. Instead of lugging a heavy bucket about, these water carriers are a nifty aid.
Blue 10L water carrier for use in camping, picnics or at home.
1 Year warranty
Air fryers are all the rage this season. Loot.co.za has a wide selection of brands and prices to suit your pocket. Remember, if mom is cooking for a bigger family, invest in an XL or XXXL size (increased litres capacity) if you are packed to the rafters at home!
*Milex Hurricane Air Fryer (11 Litres) - R1999 - Loot.co.za
The Hurricane air fryer cooks quicker than conventional ovens, cookers or deep fryers while saving up to 70% of electricity. Through minimal oil usage, it allows you to have tasty meals that are healthier than conventionally deep- fried meals. The heat emitted from the lamp is powerfully driven around the bowl by the fan, enduring an even distribution of heat throughout for best results.
* Tongs to remove the racks, tray or other accessories from the bowl
* Baking pan for baking cakes and casseroles
* Fry, braai, dehydrate, grill, steam, toast, reheat and roast
*Maisonware Foldable Laptop Stand with 4 USB Ports - R399 - Loot.co.za
This high-quality laptop table is foldable, portable, ergonomic and elegantly designed. This is a must-have in your home whether you are reading, working or simply surfing online.
High quality material
* Strong steel base frame
* Heavy duty MDF wood board with 0.35" thickness
* Powder coating finish on the legs
* Foldable space saving design
* Ideal for laptops, pads and reading
* Tilting main work surface accommodates most laptop computers
* Dust or wipe with a damp cloth for easy cleaning
* Equipped with four skid-proof foot pad
* 4 USB Ports
* USB fan and LED light included
- The bucket hat: While superstar Rihanna brought this trend back when she was spotted rocking a Prada bucket hat earlier this year, in South Africa (more commonly referred to as a ‘floppy’), we have been rocking it for generations. Try these on-trend statement bucket hats:
White ‘Awe’ hat - Mr Price - R99 - www.thefix.co.za
Yellow - ‘Conquer’ hat - The Fix - R99 - www.mrp.com
-Lumina RGB 150 LED Light Strip with Remote (Set of 2)(5m) - R609 - Loot.co.za
LED strip lights can transform your youths bedroom into their personal lumo getaway. Or use them to create a vibey ambiance around their TV and gaming sets. The bonus – this set has interactive settings for music and changes colour:
* Colour changing LED strip lights offer a wide range of colours that change with the beat of the music for hours of visual fun and excitement!
* These lights are encased in flexible silicone for better bending and waterproof performance.
* Premium ultra-high brightness 5050 LEDs offer more than 50 000 hours lifespan.
* This LED tape light kit comes with 2 reels of 5m light strips, a power supply, IR receiver and 40RGB Colour options remote.
* This led light strip can detect any sound easily with the built-in high sensitivity microphone. It will change colours according to the beats and the rhythm of the music.
KIDS (Boys and Girls)
If there is one thing the Covid pandemic has taught us with regards to schooling, it is that kids having their own device (like a tablet, laptop or computer) for online or hybrid learning is essential. Devices are also a great way to complement learning at school with interactive activities related to what they are learning.
And, of course, devices can be a relief in terms of keeping them busy. Just be careful to monitor what content they are accessing and how much time they spend on their devices per day.
* 7" Smart Kids Tablet Bundle (comes in blue or pink) - R1,699.90 - toysrus.co.za
Features and Benefits:
* Android Smart Kids Tablet
* Built-in Educational Software
* 16GB Storage
* Android 6.0
* Bluetooth and WiFi
* Up to 5 hours working time
-Dog Ball Launcher - R393 - Loot.co.za
The pet ball launcher toy is sure to bring you countless hours of outdoor bonding enjoyment. Easily adjust your launch distance to accommodate your dog's exercise needs. With additional storage in the handle, this toy can entertain more than one dog at a time and will surely become everyone's favourite new toy.
* Makes playing fetch fun for you and your pet, Works with standard tennis balls. Includes 2 tennis balls.
* Adjustable travel distance helps you determine how far you want to shoot your tennis ball.
* Extra storage for more balls, so you can shoot multiple balls for your pet to fetch in one setting.
* Made of durable moulded plastic, lightweight and durable with hands-free pick up.
* Shoulder strap for convenient travelling and comfort.
* The ball launcher is intended for outdoor use. It’s the perfect toy for hours of playtime and exercise in your backyard or at the park and beach.
* Note: Please allow 1-2cm error due to manual measurement.
-Smart Choice Cat Self Grooming & Play Arch - R224 - Loot.co.za
* Cat arch with self grooming bristles
* Hanging toy mouse
* Carpet scratch pad and catnip
*Prices as at the time of going to print. These could change.
*For more ideas check out the handy online Festive Favourites catalogue at Loot.co.za here.