Everyone has that one friend or family member who is impossible to shop for, because they’ve already bought everything they want.

They have all the gadgets, trinkets, and apparel they could possibly need. With Christmas just days away, if you haven’t already done all your gift shopping then panic is almost certainly setting in. Here are some gift ideas for those especially hard-to-shop-for people:

The gift of music.

They might like music, but do they have millions of songs to hand? They already own all the devices for listening, but a Deezer gift card gives them access to over 43 million tracks. You can gift them access to the streaming service for either 3 months (R199), 6 months (R360), or a year (R720). Alternatively, just buy a subscription for R59.99 per month. Either way, they will have the gift of listening to all their favourite tracks and finding some great new ones with the unique Flow facility, which builds a spontaneous playlist based on their listening habits!

Movies, books and more.

For a wide selection of movies, books, apps or music, Google Play gift cards can be purchased in selected Pick n Pay, Checkers, CNA, Incredible Connection, Game, Makro, Edgars, Dis-Chem, HiFi Corp and Dion Wired stores nationwide. All they need to do is redeem their code online in exchange for whatever they’d like.

Beautiful wrapping.

For some, beautiful wrapping is just as exciting as revealing the gift inside. Everyone loves the act of opening their presents, whether ripping or carefully peeling them apart. This year, let someone else do the hard work for you – and all for a good cause!

Shoprite and Checkers stores nationwide offer a gift-wrapping service (any gifts, not just purchased in store) in exchange for a small donation for charity. You’ll also save yourself from any nasty papercuts.

The gift of giving. 

Give them a bracelet that gives back in a big way. Relate Bracelets is a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise which makes and sells handmade beaded bracelets in support of more than 90 local causes. Individual bracelets can be purchased from retailers including Woolworths, Sportsmans Warehouse, Clicks, Sorbet, Nando’s, CNA, Tourvest (Indaba airport stores, Out Of Africa, Made In SA), Poetry, Cape Union Mart, and more – from just R39 each.

For stacks of 10, choose a cause to support from R450 a stack from the Relate Bracelets online shop. Causes include the Amy Foundation, Operation Smile SA, Shine Literacy, Ikamva Labantu, the Rotary SafeWater Project, and Goodbye Malaria. There’s also a limited-edition festive season mixed stack in support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Rhino, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Bateleur Eagle, and Pickergill’s Frog Recovery projects.

The gift of education.

Make a donation in their name to support either a teacher’s digital training or a school’s subscription to the Via Afrika Tabtor Maths programme. Via Afrika’s “I Support Education” initiative allows you to make a big impact on learning with even a small donation. You can find profiles of all applicants for funding, and provide support at http://isupporteducation.co.za/. Let them know by sharing your donation on social media and tagging them in your post.

You can also give them a nudge in the right direction if you know that they’ve been thinking about expanding their own education. Digital learning platform Educate24 offers short courses from R399, which can be taken in their free time. Whether their interests lie in business, entrepreneurship, health and fitness, IT and software, or tourism and hospitality, you can purchase a voucher for their desired course and all they have to do is log on to any laptop, mobile phone or tablet and get started!


This article was first published by Spice4Life on 18 December 2016.