Local is definitely lekker for us here at Sugar & Vice. In fact, local is die lekkerste! Many of our designs are inspired by things that are uniquely South African, like Table Mountain. I’m also pretty obsessed with Proteas, our national flower. The silhouette of the African continent makes for a spectacular graphic and has found a home on everything from our tees to our coasters, plates and mugs.
This might be biased, but we definitely live in the most beautiful part of the world. I can wax lyrical about this for days, which I actually have done in blog post before.
So of course we have a selection of products that make for great souvenirs. They’re iconic, representative of beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and Africa, they’re lightweight, and there’s nothing about them that says cheesy curio shop.
Here’s our curated selected of 10 stunning South African souvenirs:
1.) Protea Silhouette Jewellery Plate
A little something for a personal space, like your dresser. A beautiful contemporary souvenir to remind you of South Africa daily.
2.) African Tales Vase
Add a beautiful bunch of flowers and surprise someone special with an African souvenir and delightful travel stories!
3.) Nkosi Sikilel’ iAfrica Mug
“Sounds the call to come together.
And united we shall stand.
Let us live and strive for freedom.
In South Africa our land.”
We may have one of the most beautiful anthems in the world, and this mug can serve as a daily reminder of not just a great song, but a great country.
Who ever said that a soap dish has to be a boring and utilitarian? Not us, add a little bit of dreaminess to your washing routine… and it doubles up as a beautiful reminder of the national flower of a beautiful country.
5.) Royal Kaap Platter
Entertain like royalty with our Royal Kaap Platter. The ideal souvenir for anybody who loves entertaining, or simply as a striking feature on a coffee table or against a wall.
6.) Hand-Built Luna Platter
Built by hand in Cape Town, South Africa – this will sure be a conversation starter around the dinner table.
You actually have to look quite far to find a flower as majestic as the Protea. Take it with you, wherever you go in the world, in the form of a very handy storage jar. It works as well as a vase, as it does for storing stationery, kitchen utensils or makeup brushes (if you have a lot!).
8.) Royal Kaap Art Print
Pretty, small and lightweight, so easy to fit into your luggage. This also makes for a great first wedding anniversary gift, as it is tradition to gift the couple with paper on their first wedding anniversary – especially if they celebrated their honeymoon in Mzanzi.
9.) Bohemian Cat Butter Dish
Ok, so we can’t claim cats as our own (they belong to the internet!), there are dozens of cat lovers here… and a Cape Town is a very cat friendly place. But this butter dish is handmade in Cape Town, which already makes it unique. The butter dish holds 500 grams butter and is the ideal souvenir for a foodie (or a banter!)
10.) Cacti Planter
Those with green fingers are sure to love this pretty planter. South Africa is a dry country so we have the ideal climate for cactus. And in Cape Town in particular, where we’ve been experiencing a severe drought, this little gift can serve as a daily reminder of the importance of saving water, our most important resource.
All the designs are hand-illustrated by Natalie in Cape Town, South Africa, which makes it a special story to share.