‘Tis the season of giving and the perfect time to showcase some brands we’ve been keeping an eye on. If you used our 2016 Gift Guide you’ll know that also means special discounts for the Circumspecte community! Stumped on gift ideas that convey your appreciation for the people in your life? Looking for something unique to make an impression? Our 2018 ‘Made in Ghana’ gift guide give you some great ideas and options from beauty steals and yummy treats to memorable experiences. Did we mention those discounts? Look out for them and use them while valid. The magic word here is “CIRCUMSPECTE”.
Food Gift Ideas
The holidays are the perfect time to indulge the sweet tooth of your loved ones with a box of creamy cupcakes from Zisung’s. With a variety of flavours and fillings to choose from, these treats can be styled up as the perfect dessert to wrap up your festive holiday lunch, dinner, or end of year soiree.
Mouthwatering? The first 12 people to mention “CIRCUMSPECTE” get a 10% discount on cupcake orders of 9 and above. Offer valid until January 2, 2019.
Think healthy food means boring, tasteless meals? Think again. With Clean Eats’ ‘healthy fast food’, you not only ensure your body has the very best nutrients nature has to offer on a busy schedule, but also that you enjoy every delicious bite and sip. From clean juices, yummy smoothies, delicious salads and healthy bakes, Clean Eats has you covered.
Order a healthy pound cake from Clean Eats via WhatsApp (+233 242 370 212), mention “CIRCUMSPECTE” and get 10% discount off. Whether you go for the banana honey cake, dark chocolate, all spice carrot or pineapple, your clean eats treat will be a welcome addition to your holiday menu.
Den & Co’s Chili Junkie is literally spicing things up on our list with their Ghana-inspired pepper sauces and condiments. These spices will make all the holiday cooking and barbecuing even more mouthwatering. Choose from their honey mustard, green chilli (Kpakposhito) or red chilli sauces and serve it hot for that friend or colleague who loves cooking or is simply a spice junkie.
The Sweet Art Company
Gift hampers will be incomplete without some original Ghanaian chocolate! These assortment of delights from the Sweet Art Company are literally oozing with chocolatey goodness. Ready to succumb? Get a customised set for your loved ones.
Get 10% off your order of at least 100 GHS when you mention or use the code “CIRCUMSPECTE” from now until January 6, 2019. How’s that for a sweet deal?
Blue Skies Ice-cream
On the hunt for crowd-pleasers? That would be the refreshing selection of delicious, dairy-free ice-cream from Blue Skies. Treat that special someone to three distinct flavours – mango and passion fruit, coconut or chocolate orange. These sweet treats are made with fresh fruit with no additives or preservatives. The perfect dessert that will have your guests gushing about your hosting skills for months to. come.
Gold Coast Cocoa Natural Powder
Like your chocolate rich, dark and au naturel? Gold Coast’s natural cocoa powder is sourced from 100% pure cocoa and made without preservatives or sugar. Chocolate drinks, cakes, and other sweet confectioneries. All you need is a bag of this good stuff and the possibilities are endless.
Kawa Moka Coffee
What’s the best gift to get a certified coffee lover? Coffee made in Ghana with all the accoutrements to make an inviting cup of coffee of course. Kawa Moka offers exactly that with their delicately wrapped hampers featuring coffee grown, processed and roasted right here in Ghana. Also look out for their yummy coffee candles.
Ready to indulge in a coffee-filled experience? Get 10% off your order when you mention “CIRCUMSPECTE”. Valid while stocks last.
Beauty & Fashion Gift Ideas
Good quality jewellery is always a safe bet for the women in your life because they’re keepsakes that convey thoughtfulness. Want a touch of unique Ghanaian culture? Check out Korlekour Accessories; a jewelry brand which uses krobo beads to create high fashion pieces while protecting the environment. Now that’s what we call an eco-conscious fashion statement!
When it comes to the ladies, you can’t go wrong with beauty picks and Evita Joseph has plenty to choose from. Our go-tos are the liptended matte liquid lipsticks, expert brow liners or the 9-piece salted brush collection – all coveted additions for any makeup collection.
You’ll get 10% off your order from now until January 2, 2019 when you use or mention the code “CIRCUMSPECTE”.
Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world! These top-notch stitched and Ankara print shoes are the perfect gift for that friend who has been wanting to jazz up her style. Better still, pair it – one for work and one that’ll get them out and about. After all, the shoes do beckon you to live a little.
Accessories are some of the easiest presents to give and these bags from Asabea Ayisi work for both men and women. Pick from a colourful and functional range of African print handbags, packs, and even laptop cases – all while supporting made in Ghana.
With their unique African pieces for both men and women, Alfie Designs brings flair to everyday fashion. Anything from this brand will be a memorable addition to someone’s closet.
Get a whopping 50% off your order when you use or mention code “CIRCUMSPECTE” from now until January 31, 2019.
Phil & Joe Men’s Shoes
Taking up the mantle for men’s footwear is Phil and Joe’s bespoke shoe brand. Made with fine leather, these formal wear shoes and sandals would be the perfect steal for the men in your life. You can also opt for a gift card to ensure he gets exactly what he wants.
If bling is what you’re on the look out for, Sue Shimmers is definitely a go-to. They have a variety of dainty and luxurious jewellery as well as their more recent tribal collection inspired by Adinkra symbols and other Ghanaian cultural motifs. Know exactly how your loved one likes their jewellery? Ask about their customisation services.
For the love of batakari, Shaaliwud makes contemporary outfits and accessories from the distinct handwoven fugu or ‘batakari’ strip cloth from Ghana’s North. From pant suits for both men and women to stylish tops and even fringe skirts, you’re bound to find something comfortable for that end of year office party or school reunion. You can also indulge a colleague with their one-of-a-kind batakari laptop sleeves someone who loves to mix up their style with diverse African fabrics.
Also check out Fugu Plus for a wide range of casual wear options for the family getaway you’ve been planning.
Shopping for detail-oriented people can be a challenge; these handwoven sandals and bags by WemoCraft are perfect for anyone who loves intricate patterns. A matching bag and sandals or separates might just be the combination to make someone feel special over the holidays
Art by Afropole
These batik prints by the Afropole are definitely on our list for easy breazy harmattan wear. Choose from pants, tops and other accessories made from high-quality batik and ross this off someone’s (or your own) wishlist.
Grab their batik wear at the Elle Lokko 10th anniversary event on December 22, mention “CIRCUMSPECTE” and get 20 GHS off a purchase of 150 GHS or more. Offer only valid at the event.
If African print designs are on your mind, Bayabs Accessories has tons in store. Select from a wide range of dresses, blazers, skirts, and accessories to complement the stylish, bold women in your life.
Mention “CIRCUMSPECTE” for 20% off all orders on Bayabs Women’s wear from now until January 10.
Home, Arts & Crafts Gift Ideas
Kaeme may be Ghana’s best kept skin care secret, but their newly released candles and bathroom accessories are doing all the talking. A perfect de-stressing treat for someone who needs a pick me up after working hard all year or for anyone who loves a little serenity as part of their self-care routine. Yes, we mean you.
Order a minimum of 150ghs worth of Kaeme products with the code ‘Circumspecte’ and qualify for 10% off from now until December 30, 2018.
Gold Coast Miniatures
Home for the holidays? Grab a handful or souvenir goodie bag of these miniature Ghanaian tourist sites and keep a bit of home with you wherever you are. Better still, package it up for someone who appreciates historical references as accents in their home or office.
Have a hard time finding gifts for the kids? You’re in luck. Acclaimed afrobeat artist and “New Africa” advocate Fuse ODG has just launched his Nana Dolls as part of his self-love revolution. And what’s there not to love about them? They’re adorable! We have no doubt Nana Kuti, Nana Nchanda, and Nana Makeba will put a smile on the face of any child they end up with. Grab one at any Game store or at The Shop Accra in Osu.
Connect with Nana Dolls: Instagram
House of Aerin
Set the mood with the perfect accent to any cozy holiday set up: these inviting ‘Anloga’ diffusers from House of Aerin which pay homage to Eweland. Did we mention that part of the proceeds from their sales goes towards supporting children with cancer right here in Ghana? How’s that for spreading some good cheer?
These souvenirs celebrate Ghanaian culture with collectibles such as mugs, postcards, and posters bearing Ghanaian names, sites, and symbols. This would make a thoughtful gift for friends, colleagues or family visiting over the holidays.
It’s harmattan season in Ghana, and that means being extra diligent about skin and hair care. Give the gift of self-care with Freya Living’s range of skin and hair soaps, lotions, and oils made from natural local ingredients that protect, heal and repair to keep a loved one’s skin and hair healthy and beautiful all season long. Need something to keep your hair and scalp moisturised? Ask about their Sheba lemon-grass and hibiscus-infused essential oils.
Experience Gift Ideas
Circumspecte Digital Skills Training
Looking to amp up your digital skills in 2019? Get a personalised digital skills training session for yourself, a friend or colleague and learn the art and science of social media marketing. Each session is led by our editor, award-winning blogger and digital netizen Jemila Abdulai.
Use promo code “CIRCUMSPECTE” to sign up for the ‘Social Media Primer’ for yourself and a friend and get 100 GHS off your order from now until January 15, 2019.
FitVolution with Maabena
Know a friend who has been meaning to start a fitness routine for a while? FitVolution is the perfect place to start, with boot camps, work out sessions and meal assessments tailored to specific needs. This fitness regimen will be the perfect gift for anyone aiming to kick-off the new year on the right note.
Midunu Nomadic Dining
Who doesn’t love good food? Once a month Midunu curates pop-up nomadic culinary dining with different locations and people in Accra. Book a seat at the next meal for you and that special someone for a one-of-a-kind experience of West African food in a different and exciting light.
Libreria Ghana Membership
Know a book lover who anxiously waits to lay their hands on bestselling books? Libreria has a subscription service for adults and children that allows you to borrow a certain amount of books from their library of fiction to non-fiction. Take it from us, getting a subscription for your bookworm kid or friend will keep you in their good books throughout 2019.
Legon Botanical Gardens
For the adrenaline junkies and outdoors lovers, the Legon Botanical Gardens offers perfect fun outdoors activities including two options for a robust rope course, a children’s playground, canoeing, and bird watching all set in a serene environment. Make this an unforgettable day out for the team, family or squad.
Curated by Germaine Bombande and Jemila Abdulai.
Circumspecte is a digital platform and company dedicated to capturing meaningful insights, teaching digital skills, spurring interaction and inspiring creative action on/for/by Africa(ns). Created in 2007, we offer business and digital marketing services, create projects, and embark on partnerships which influence the experience and narrative around Africa and Africans. We also create offline experiences geared at sparking conversations, connections, and social impact.