All I want for Christmas

Gift Guide

Apple iPhone 5C and 5S

Available locally just in time for Christmas, the two new iPhone models top the wish list this season. Especially with the introduction of the cheap, brightly coloured 5C which has all the functionality of the iPhone 5 (a 4-inch Retina display, superfast A6 chip, 8MP iSight camera and the new iOS 7 update) – making it within the budget of the average smartphone user. The premium 5S model, which includes the much talked-about gold version, contains Apple new A7 chip, and is the world’s first 64-bit smartphone. What this means is that it has the same computing power as a high-end gaming machine. The other big feature is Touch ID, a fingerprint scanner that unlocks your phone, and also authorises your iTunes purchases with your thumbprint.

Pricing still to be announced

A little something for the gadget lover, the kitchen whizz, the adventurer, the fitness nut and even the kids

www.apple.com

iON Air Pro 2 (Wi-Fi version)

The GoPro Hero 3 has been the king of action cams, but now here is a worthy challenger. Launched in South Africa in September, the lightweight iON Air Pro 2 is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to stream the action as it’s being filmed in 1080p high definition, with a wide angle lens. It also shoots 14MP stills, up to three shots a second. Take it kite-surfing, mountain-biking, sand-boarding and even up to 10m underwater without a clunky waterproof casing. It comes with basic mounts, but there are specialised kits for bikes, boards and more available.

R4 499

www.ionairpro.com 

FitBit Flex

This soft, flexible wristband is a discreet wireless activity tracker. It monitors steps, distance and how many calories you’ve burned, and syncs this information to your computer. You can set fitness goals and the five LED lights on the band indicate how close you are to achieving them by lighting up one at a time (increments of 20%) until they’re all lit. The Flex also monitors your sleep patterns – how many hours you’ve slept, as well as the quality of your sleep (how soundly or restlessly you slept). It’s the perfect gizmo to prompt you to lead a more active lifestyle.


R1 299

www.istoreonline.co.za

Le Creuset Pie birds

These stoneware pie bird funnels from the world’s trendiest cookware range are great stocking fillers. How to use them? Place in the centre of your dish before covering it with pastry. Cut a hole in the middle of the pastry and let the birdie poke through so that steam escapes through its hollow centre. Ta-dah! Your pies will have crisp, flaky pastry every time. The pie birds are available in every shade in the colourful Le Creuset range.

R78

www.lecreusetshop.co.za

Mastrad Macaroon Baking Sheet

Pretty and scrumptious, who hasn’t tried to make their own melt-on-the-tongue macaroons at home? You’ll find it’s tricky. This silicone baking sheet from Mastrad takes the hard work out of piping perfectly circular, equal-sized macaroon halves. It is heat-resistant and easy to clean, and Mastrad makes baking sheets for two sizes of macaroons: small (56 halves per sheet) and large (18 halves per sheet).

R229.95 - R249.95

www.entrepo.co.za

Prada sunglasses

We’ve hit a big Sixties trend, and Sunglass Hut has put together a collection of its sexiest ‘mod squad’ shades for the summer. These round-lens Pradas (style number PR27NS) are the epitome of the swinging 60s and we just love the quirky, curled detailing on the frames.

R2 750

www.sunglasshut.co.za

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

One of two new compact super-zoom cameras from Canon this year, the SX170 IS allows you to get up close to the action when shooting photos. It is a 16MP powerhouse, has a generous 16x optical zoom, as well as 28mm wide-angle and can shoot movies in high definition. It’s a great camera if you’re looking to ditch your happy snapper and move onto something a little more serious. Canon’s intelligent features like Smart Auto mode that detects 32 different types of scenes will give your images that extra something. Did we mention the SX170 IS comes in red?

RTBC

www.canon.co.za

Eva Solo Fridge Carafe

The Eva Solo brand is known for subtle genius in designing homeware that’s easy on the eye and practical too. This one-litre fridge carafe fits perfectly in your fridge door, has a wide neck so that you can add slices of lemon and ice cubes, and a patented, drip-free lip. The neoprene covers keep the contents icy cool when not in the fridge.

R580

www.yuppiechef.com

Chef ’n Force Lemon Juicer

This handy lemon juicer is another great stocking filler. Halve your lemon, insert it into the bowl, and squeeze the lever down. It’s no mess, no fuss, and extracts up to 20% more juice without the annoyance of fishing pips out after you’ve hand-squeezed. There’s also a lime juicer and an orange juicer in the series.

R245

www.yuppiechef.com

Trunki

Spoil your kids this summer holiday with a fun-yet-practical travel toy – the Trunki. The excitement begins as soon as you start packing! There are interior straps to keep clothes and toys stowed securely, as well as a slide-lock. Here’s the awesome bit: the Trunki, with its roller-wheels and extra-wide base, is designed so that your child can hop into the saddle, grip the horns and “Yee-ha!” go for a ride as a parent pulls them smoothly along. Available in Trixie, Harley Ladybug and Frieda the Cow.

R625

www.loot.co.za

Nespresso U&Milk

Finally, you can now enjoy a Nespresso coffee at home, topped with a dollop of frothed milk, without having to splash out on a top-of-the-range machine. The new U&Milk has a 0.8-litre water tank, and a built-in Aeroccino, which means that you can make your own luxurious cappuccinos and lattes at home. The three tactile buttons on top let you choose your cup size (Ristretto, Espresso or Lungo), pop a Nespresso capsule in the top, close the slider and your coffee is prepared. The unit is available in the standard black and a very striking creamy white.

R2850

www.topcoffee.co.za