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The Luxury African Christmas Gift Guide

The Luxury African Christmas Gift Guide

It is this time of the year again. Christmas is a month away and if you are anything like me, you haven’t even started your gift shopping yet. Bad, I know! But I when it comes to Christmas, I live by the saying ‘better late than never’. Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. So for all the late shoppers, we are here to help and have collaborated with Tapiwa Matsinde, the author of Contemporary Design Africa and Master blogger at Atelier Fifty-Five, the premier design and lifestyle platform in contemporary African lifestyle design, to present you our ultimate Luxury African Christmas gift guide. If you are looking for gift inspiration, our handpicked items will help you find the perfect gift.

The Sonji teacup and saucer set by Dar Leone is made in Stoke on Trent and features a contemporary take on the golden regalia worn by pre-colonial African royalty. The patterns reflected in the Sonji collection recall the “soulwasher” badges worn by royal officials in charge of purifying the souls of the royals.

The Papyrus Storage Box by Midways perfect for your home or office is made by groups of local artisans in Madagascar.

The Ula Geometric Pendant Light by Dounia Home, which is on my shopping list, pays homage to the companies Moroccan heritage with its high-quality metals. This stunning pendant light combines geometry and intricate Moroccan craftsmanship. Its pattern casts a sense of regal tranquillity, directing movement of energy throughout the space.

I absolutely love this unusual double-sided horn pendant ‘African Star’ necklace by Savannah Chic hangs on an adjustable length handcrafted chain.

Our purple Okuta make-up bag is both liked by men and women and perfect for your lotions and potions or notebooks and pens. It is handmade in London and comes with waterproof lining and our signature round zip puller.

And for men who love a relaxed tailored cut to sleep or lounge in, look no further than the Wave pyjamas set by Tales of Thread. The shirt is tailored to show off all the best assets while being roomie enough to still be comfortable. And the flattering trousers have a drawstring and elastic waistband for maximum comfort. Part of the Ashanti Collection, the wave print is inspired by Ghana’s mighty Atlantic coastline.

The Queen Idia candle by Liha is made from clean-burning sustainable coconut wax with base notes of Geranium and Frankincense, top notes of Lavender and hibiscus invoking the fragrance of soft African Moss. We love the wooden wicks and the recyclable and reusable container.

If you want to express your individual style, then this stunning Margaret bracelet by Adele Dejak is for you. Handmade from recycled brass, it can match any outfit.

For the readers amongst you, why not subscribe to Radiant, a thoughtful health magazine dedicated to the discerning African woman and her journey to wellness through health, beauty and culture.

And last, but never least, if you want to give a little light to someone, have a look at our bright yellow Aluro lampshade from the Falomo Collection. The lampshade is hand-made in the UK and comes with a mirrored copper lining, which will add a warm glow to your setting.



Jan 17, 2018

Hi Eva,
I am a HUGE fan and absolutely adore all your work and collaborations! I would love to see if you also do projects over in the US.
Ive worked with artisans from Africa and other regions so would love to connect.


Nicole Pitter Patterson

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