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GREAT BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS In thes e frantic festive days, there’s nothing as easy as wrapping a b o ok. And a b o ok makes a p erfe ct gift for s ome one if you know what their tastes are and if it is chos en with great love and wis dom

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FOR PEOPLE PERSONS It seems that there’s nothing quite like peeking into someone’s life and the memoir has become the most fashionable book this year. Here are a few of our favourites: Inside Out by Demi Moore (HarperCollins) Moore’s life reads like a car crash — the schadenfreude is real. It’s fascinating to find out what happened with Ashton Kutcher and Bruce Willis as well as her recent near suicide after imbibing a drug cocktail. I am Ndileka: More Than My Surname by Ndileka Mandela (Jacana Media) The name Mandela carries an inordinate amount of weight, expectation and duty, something that Ndileka has struggled with throughout her childhood, trying to find her own way and her own voice. She writes with clarity and forthrightness on how she dealt with death in her family, patriarchy, motherhood, depression, being homeless and surviving rape and abuse.

Beast by Tendai Mtawarira and Andy Capostagno (Pan Macmillan) Why would you not want to read an autobiography from one of our Rugby World Cup Heroes? Beeeaaassssttt! Catching Tadpoles by Ronnie Kasrils (Jacana Media) In this memoir, Kasrils recounts his childhood against the backdrop of apartheid. Through his memories, he tries to answer: “What made a young white boy give up privilege and join the liberation struggle?” Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews (Orion) Her first memoir Home was about her difficult childhood and becoming a theatre star. This is the one to read if you want to hear the good stuff about what happened when she starred in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, etcetera. Andrews tells it with her usual charm and sparkling wit. Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life by Sarah Edmondson with Kristine Gasbarre (Hardie Grant) This one makes for maddening and scary reading. Maddening

because you keep on asking how an intelligent woman like Edmondson became involved in the NXIVM (NEKS-ee-am) cult, recruited members and stayed there for years. And scary how her search for “enlightenment” overrode her sense of self-preservation. OTHER MEMOIRS Unfollow by Megan Phelps (Quercus) The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power (William Collins) Acid for the Children by Flea (Headline) Over the Top by Jonathan Van Hess (Simon & Schuster) FOR THOSE WHO LIKE THEIR COCKTAILS WITH A SLICE OF CRIME Jack Reacher: Blue Moon by Lee Child (Delacourt Press) Child’s Reacher is in a nowhere town run by Albanian and Ukranian gangs. He gets himself dragged in to help an old couple who need to borrow money from the loan sharks. This Reacher, however, is experiencing

major ennui, with absolutely no mercy for the gangsters. The body count and the level of violence is astounding, but Child still manages to write a lekker skop skiet en donder. Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré (Viking) Critics are calling Le Carré’s new novel, an indictment of Brexit, a masterpiece. At the age of 88, this is no mean feat. Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Serpent’s Tail) The second instalment of her Highway 59 series takes the reader to Texas again with Texas Ranger Darren Mathews, where the reader is confronted by the people of the state and their complex race problems. Can be read as a standalone. OTHER THRILLERS The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer (Hodder & Stoughton) The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritson (Ballantine) The Grid by Nick Cook (Bantam Press) This Dark, Little Place by AS Hatch (Serpent’s Tail) Jennifer Platt

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‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose’ Dr Seuss, children’s author

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5 4 1. Fujifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera R1,089 takealot.com 2. Go 2 portable speaker R599 superbalist.com 3. Swimming shorts R180 clicks.co.za 4. Kids’ teepee R1,399 takealot.com 5. Weber toy braai R399 loot.com 6. Cuddlebug Springbok travel pillow R250 capeunionmart.co.za 7. Chuck Taylor All Star street sneakers R749 superbalist.com 8. Mepal Bento box R279 superbalist.com

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FIXER-UPPER ‘It takes half your life b efore you dis c over life is a do-it-yourself project’ 5

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1. Multifunctional tool wallet ninja R199 capeunionmart.co.za 2. Blomus stainless-steel 3m tape measure R699 makro.co.za 3. Bosch 550w impact drill R690 loot.co.za 4. Tork craft 11-pocket leather tool belt R286 takealot.com 5. Jiuxun 60 in 1 DIY household home repair tool set and tool box R1,499 loot.com 6. Hoover wet and dry hand vacuum R859, clicks.co.za 7. Garrett distressed peak R250 oldkhaki.co.za 8. MTS all steel cantilever drawer tool box R492 ggstore.co.za

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HANDYMAN COURSE The perfect gift for anyone who wants to improve their home maintenance skills in and around the house. From quick repair jobs to highly skilled tasks, these handyman courses offer comprehensive training, plus teaching you all you need to know about health and safety regulations at any level, Courses from around R5,000.

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WOOD Based in Cape Town, The Mercury School of Woodwork offers courses for all skill levels and ages, with small group classes to ensure a good balance between shared learning and individual attention. The fees for all three levels in the Foundation in Woodwork phase are currently R1,500 per course, including all materials.

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1. K-Way men’s Drake ’18 down jacket R1,599 capeunionmart.co.za 2. Country Road vintage tote R699 woolworths.co.za 3. Malouf lavender-scented memory foam travel pillow with temperature regulation R299 vencasa.co.za 4. Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera with 15-45mm lens R4,989 Takealot.com 5. Sorbet double-ended brush set with pouch R220 clicks.co.za 6. Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones R4,499 Takealot.com 7. Adidas Sambarose pale nude with chalk purple R1,599 superbalist.com 8. Herschel Supply Co. Retreat offset backpack R1,999 superbalist.com

For those who like to use their ears S o m e t i m e s y o u n e e d t o p u t o n y o u r e a r p h o n e s , s h u t e ve r y o n e o u t , t a ke a b at h o r a w a l k , o r g o fo r a l o n g d r i ve a n d j u s t L I S T E N Get revved up by Everything is F*cked! A Book About Hope by Mark Manson (HarperCollins). The man behind the The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck will talk you through your malaise and try to help fix what is hurting, but in a no-bullshit way. Only Bill Bryson can make biology this lol and in The Body: A Guide for Occupants (Doubleday) he not only breaks down what walking miracles we are but also gives funny snippets, dispels dangerous myths and terrifies one with what we are doing wrong — but in a good way. Then, if there’s anyone who could be the King of Inspiration, it would be the culture/ heart guru from Netflix’s Queer Eye. To have Mr Brown read his memoir Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope (Simon & Schuster) in his smooth, velvety voice is simply soul food. It feels like Elton John becomes your best friend when he reads his autobiography Me, with Taron Egerton (who played Elton in the film Rocket 6

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Man). The superstar’s life is fun, ridiculous, amazing and emotional. Best known for her hit film Always be my Maybe and stand-up special Baby Cobra, comedian Ali Wong gives advice to her two daughters in Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life , covering everything they need to know (how to date men) as well as some TMI stuff (how she trapped their dad). It’s hilarious. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Hutchinson) is narrated by Jennifer Beals with an A-List cast that includes Benjamin Bratt and Judy Greer. This is a VHI behindthe-music type book about a fictional band in late-’70s Los Angeles. It’s so vivid, you wish they were a real band and that you could listen to their music. Last, you just might find it easier to listen to The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Ann Dowd than to read the Booker Prize winner. — All available on audible.com


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FOODIE “Pe ople who love to eat are always the best kind of people” Julia Child, chef, author and TV personality

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1. The French Affair by Hendrik van der Westhuizen R395 loot.co.za 2. Green round marble board R220 poetrystores.co.za 3. Baleia cold press extra virgin olive oil 375ml R165 poetrystores.co.za 4. Protea print fabric dish and bowl covers in set of four R420 spazastore.com 5. Oxo Good Grips garlic press R319 yuppiechef.co.za 6. Amrita table cloth R599 poetrystores.co.za 7. Greenpan PTFE-free Mayflower 5-piece cookware set R2,149 yuppiechef.com 8. Philips XXL Twin Turbostar airfryer R5,499 Takealot.com

Homemade, the very best brand of gifts F i ve i d e a s t h at w o n’ t b r e a k t h e b a n k , b u t w i l l i m p r e s s t h e r e c i p i e n t s CHEESY Put together a small hamper containing a jar of green preserved figs, a wedge of cheese (vacuum packed is best), some nuts, dried fruit or a jar of chutney. Add a packet of oat biscuits or any savoury biscuit. Pack onto a wooden board, wrap in cellophane and tie up with string or raffia. SWEETIE PIE Take a glass jar with a lid and half fill with caramelised condensed milk. Top this with an equal amount of chocolate hazelnut spread. Seal. Add marshmallows and a packet of Marie biscuits and you have the kit for delicious fireside S’mores. SAUCY SALADS Make up a jar of homemade salad dressing and include the recipe. Add a bottle of balsamic, rice wine or apple cider vinegar and a good local olive oil to the mix. Take 100ml olive oil, add 1 clove of crushed garlic, 5ml (1 tsp) readymade Dijon mustard, a pinch of chilli flakes (optional), a pinch of mixed herbs or 15ml (1 tbsp) fresh

chopped herbs and 25ml of water. Shake together well. Pour in 100ml of vinegar. Seal. For extra flavour, add one onion finely sliced in rings. Store in the fridge. Include beautiful organic produce like lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, peppers and a cucumber. MEATY AND MANLY Clean an empty 400g tin, remove the label and ensure there are no sharp edges. Decorate with some fabric, string or buttons and glue the items onto the tin. Fill with a selection of biltong, salami or other smoked meat sticks. Add toothpicks tied together and wrap in cellophane or a new decorative dish cloth. THE BAKER You can never have enough wooden spoons or spatulas. Take a pair of new oven gloves and fill one with a set of wooden spoons, the other with spatulas in different sizes. Add a favourite baking recipe, then wrap and tie with raffia or string. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary on top. Hilary Biller 7

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1. Stylist detangling hair brush with hair towel R100 clicks.co.za 2. Sunglasses R249 superbalist.com 3. Cape Union beach chair R499 capeunionmart.co.za 4. Three-tone sunhat R559 zara.com/za 5. Country Road Byron small cooler bag R549 woolworths.co.za 6. Sixth Floor beach umbrella R349 superbalist.com 7. Tretchikoff trunks R990 granadillaswim.com 8. Printed scarf R899 Scotch & Soda 011-784-3233

Beach reads Fo r t h o s e w h o l i ke t o t a ke i t e a s y What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand (Hodder & Stoughton) Irene Steele found out when her husband died that he lived a double life — he had another family on the island of St John. She goes to the island to find out the truth about the man she supposedly knew but discovers some truths about herself as well. Country Lovers by Fiona Walker (Head of Zeus) Horses, the Cotswolds, handsome stud men, passion and humour. Nuff said. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (Penguin Fiction): The Me Before You author has managed to write another bestseller. This time it’s about five women in Depression-era America who become part of a team of women who deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new travelling library. They become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. Based on true stories, Moyes has written an epic and heartwarming tale.

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The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly (Orion): It can only get better when the first paragraph of the description on the back makes one laugh: “Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career and a new house. But that's on the outside. On the inside, she's got Mildred — the name she's given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we're not good enough.” This is a warm, feel-good bookhug. Borderline by Marita van der Vyver: (Penguin Fiction) The author writes sublime romance with bite. A letter belonging to her dead husband sets Theresa on a journey to Cuba, where she begins to discover what it was like for young men to be conscripted to the Border War in Angola. Other beach reads: Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley (Pan Macmillan), On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl (HarperCollins), Akin by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan) Jennifer Platt


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1. GoPro Hero 7 Action Camera R4,989 takealot.com 2. Malkin Refractor 50-111x Telescope R4,599 capeunionmart.co.za 3. Maxhosa MSH3 Shorts R1,700 maxhosa.africa 4. Salomon Woman’s Speedcross 4 shoes R1,999 capeunionmart.co.za 5. Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Sapphire GPS Fitness watch R11,999 capeunionmart.co.za 6. Victorinox Huntsman 91cm 15 function Swiss Army knife R532 takealot.com 7. Govino Plastic beer picnic glasses R349 superbalist.com 8. Barnaby Fisherman’s Hat R250 oldkhaki.co.za

5 ways to give memories, not stuff 1. A GETAWAY Gift Experience (giftexperience.co.za) has 394 experiences on offer, many of them travel related. Choose from two nights in a wigwam in Paternoster for R5,009 to a rock-star stay on a yacht plus a helicopter flip over Cape Town for R115,000 (for two). 2. A DIVING COURSE If your loved one loves the ocean, the ability to explore it more deeply will be a gift that pays off for years. Scuba.co.za sells gift vouchers ranging in value from R50 to R5,000. The amount can be put towards any of their diving courses — which take place in Joburg — or gear. See scuba.co.za. 3. A HOT-AIR BALLOON FLIGHT Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris offers gift vouchers for flights over the Magaliesberg in the Cradle of Humankind, followed by a champagne breakfast. You only pay 50% of the R2,855 to get the voucher — in a pretty box with a bow — for

the unwrapping. The balance is due the week of your flight. See https://balloon.co.za/ 4. A PLANE RIDE Claimed to be the world’s only cross-airline gift card, Flightgift lets you give someone credits towards a flight to the destination of their choosing. They can be redeemed with over 300 airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Qantas. The recipient gets to choose and book their flights. See flightgift.com. 5. SOMETHING DIGITAL Is your loved one a tree hugger or a twitcher? Options like The Tree App (for identifying trees, thetreeapp.co.za) and Sasol eBirds of Southern Africa (penguinrandomhouse.co.za) will lighten their bags and broaden their minds. Road trippers? How about a subscription to a music service like Apple Music or Spotify, because a road trip without a playlist is just a long drive. Elizabeth Sleith 9

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1. Swimsuit R1,249 Beachcult.co.za 2. Witchery headband R1,099 woolworths.co.za 3. Smeg Dolce&Gabbana kettle 1.7L R8,499 woolworths.co.za 4. I love you I hate you book R440 lovejozi.com 5. Araci necklace R1, 950 pichulik.com 6. Chanel Coco Noir 100ml EDP R2,570 woolworths.co.za 7. Missibaba Pineapple lux traveller bag R8,900 missibaba.com 8. Stiletto R18,050Prada 011-326-7517

The gift of giving P e r h a p s y o u w o u l d r at h e r g i ve t h a n r e c e i ve t h i s f e s t i ve s e a s o n — h e r e a r e s o m e i d e a s t o h e l p y o u p a y i t fo r w a r d : Books needed for Nal’ibali’s tuk-tuk libraries Nal’ibali – SA’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has launched four mobile tuk-tuk libraries in townships in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and Gauteng. The libraries are eager to receive donated books of good quality – children’s and adult books in all South African languages are needed. Please mail Patti McDonald at patti.mcdonald@tisoblackstar.co.za. Patti will get back to you in order to collect them. Frederic Place Home for the Aged (28 Riversdale Street Coronationville: NPO 070-674) Frederic Place ( 011-673-3204) is home to 85 aged and destitute residents. It cares for men and women 60 years and older, indiscriminate of race, colour or faith. You can check each month to see the home’s current needs (https://fredericplace.org/), or donate: Standard Bank Northcliff — account number: 002546523, branch code 00630500 12

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Pride Shelter Trust This nonprofit provides short-term shelter to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Cape Town community during crisis periods in their lives. The trust has a wish list on its website that includes items such as kitchen equipment, office supplies, garden equipment, toiletries, cleaning supplies, first-aid kits, bedding and more. Cash is also welcome. Contact: pridesheltertrust.com or 021-423-2871 or matron@pridesheltertrust.co.za The Princess Project Donate pre-worn finery — ball gowns, matric dance dresses, wedding frocks and bridesmaids confections — to girls who don’t have the resources to get their glam on for their special day. Three organisations making sure everyone gets to go to the party: The Princess Project info@princessproject.co.za; The Fairy Godmother epicfoundation.org.za; and The Cinderella Project admin@jff.org.za


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1. Glass bottle with juicer 500ml R64 clicks.co.za 2. Sunglasses R249 aldoshoes.co.za 3. Fitbit Versa 2 Smart watch R3,989 Takealot.com 4. GetUp Power kettlebell 10kg R335 Takealot.com 5. Knit golfer R3,800 maxhosa.africa 6. Adidas soccer ball, R249 Takealot.com 7. Hightop R4,999 diesel.co.za 8. Volkano loop series sports headphones R310 Takealot.com

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‘Design is not just how it looks and fe els like. D esign is how it works’ Steve Jobs

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1. Diesel utility jacket R9,999 diesel.co.za 2. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rose Gold edition toothbrush R2,299 clicks.co.za 3. Google Home Hub R2,999 superbalist.com 4. Universal Smartphone telescopic lens R199 takealot.com 5. Skullcandy Push true wireless in-ear headphones R1,999 superbalist.com 6. Apple Watch series 540mm GPS only R7,999 takealot.com 7. Ray-Ban polarised aviator sunglasses R2,990 takealot.com 8. Bagsmart two-layer accessories and gadget organiser R689 takealot.com

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“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home” Goethe, poet, playwright, novelist, scientist

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For those who like big books Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (Orion): It seems that Chbosky fitted in everything he wanted to say for the past 20 years in this 700-page novel. Yes, it has been that long since The Perks of Being a Wallflower was released and he decided to follow that up with some old-school horror. Deep River by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic): Marlantes’s debut novel Matterhorn is lauded as a modern war classic and his new novel will probably become an epic classic. It’s an 820-page saga of a Finnish family who emigrate to America in the late 19th century. The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina (The Bodley Head): The New York Times journalist investigates the hidden world of the ocean, where there are no laws and pirates, bandits and mercenaries rule. Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition - An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Froer et al (Workman Publishing Company): If you revel in adventure via the armchair or have the need to travel, Atlas Obscura can take you to curious and unusual

destinations. When the first edition was published it expanded our sense of the world. This edition includes two special features: 12 city guides and a foldout map with an itinerary for the ultimate round-theworld roadtrip. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown): Farrow’s narrative of how he pursued uncovering the truth about Hollywood predators (Harvey Weinstein and co) reads like a thriller, but these are real-life situations in which the bad dudes have equally bad, powerful friends running news empires and who have entered a conspiracy of silence with each other that is like no other. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (Simon & Schuster): Wendig is exceptionally good at spinning social commentary threads into his novels and he does this throughout his new dystopian, apocalyptic tome. He takes science and science fiction, politics and heartwarming personal stories and blends them into a must-read 800-page thriller. Jennifer Platt

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