All I want for Christmas is the perfect gift for my hubby

I have written a “perfect gift for my hubby” list before and many of those gifts remain the same; but since I can’t just buy those for him again, here are a few more ideas that are just awesome! You may note some of the same names appearing again, because the brands I have found for this series are so phenomenal and flexible that they cover so many of my bases for gifts!

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designed by the amazing Andrea Barras

Let’s start with a new one though!

Special moments captured by Katie Mayhew Photography
I am not sure if you know this about me, but I LOVE photographs and capturing perfect moments. My Instagram account is testament to that. There are some people, however, who have taken that love and turned it into an artform. Katie is one of those people.

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Photo of Katie and her gorgeous family

This would fall under the “ultimate gift” category. Give your hubby a voucher for a “Daddy & Me” photoshoot (from R850) and the option to have those perfect moments turned into a 3” 12 photo concertina brag book (from R400) or bespoke album (R1000).

KMP brag book

Katie studied actuarial science in university and then worked for big business for 12 years. About 7 years ago, she discovered her passion for photography and spent a few years learning everything she could in her spare time to allow her to deliver a professional service to others. In 2011, Katie started her business Magical Moments in Time Photography as a sideline to her day job. As of January 2016, she is rebranding her business and going full time ~ so I am introducing you to Katie Mayhew Photography today too! New website, new name but the same lady behind the camera!

Katie specialises in photographing people and has a portfolio full of exquisite engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, family and even a few boudoir shoots. She feels the greatest service she provides clients with is assisting them in selecting the perfect image to display on their walls at home, so that they can enjoy it for years to come.

Look at these gorgeous shots she caught of our Charly bear! How gorgeous?! I am going to get a desk calendar made up in the new year!

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IF you would rather get some great photos of your little ones and then have an album or brag book made up as the gift itself, you need to book your photoshoot by the 22 November and the last photo session is 29 November because the orders for the albums and books need to be in by 1 December, so you need to get your bookings in now! Daddy and me shoots can be bought as vouchers which can be used in Cape Town after 13 January; and she has some availability while she visits with family in Durban between 26 December and 10 January as well.

You can book with Katie through her website, or contact her through her social media pages, she is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Anything craft beer related from Beerguevera
Craft beer is a thing with many men. I can’t say I understand it, but I have witnessed the excitement and enthusiasm that Brett expresses every time he encounters a new one or a firm favourite. I can’t remember how I first found them, but Beerguevara is the perfect place to find a gift for your craft beer enthusiast hubby.Beerguevera logo

They sell everything from Beginners Brewing Workshops (R280 pp), to beer kits (R450), to “Molotov kits” (R560) that include the beer making gadgets, and then all the ingredients and equipment for brewing craft beer. Beerguevera molotov_boxI got Brett a R560 voucher that he could use to buy an American Amber Ale Molotov Kit (he fell in love with Amber Ale in the USA on our honeymoon) or for him and a friend to attend a workshop. He will likely go with the workshop and end up buying himself the Kit while he is there.

Beerguevera workshop

The service was great, they responded super fast to my queries and their website is very user friendly. They are a definite winner with us.

A Leatherman Multitool
Brett added this himself. He says it was the best gift he ever got. His brother got him one years ago and he still uses it for absolutely everything. He also insisted we buy my father one last Christmas, because BEST GIFT EVER.

It is kind of like the Swiss Army Knife of old, but made by robot masters of some sort (I don’t know, it is just bigger and shinier and has more stuff on it). Think of it as a toolbox that folds up and fits in the pocket. And it has a 25 year guarantee, so when they try to use it for absolutely everything, you can be sure they have tested it to make sure it works.Leatherman

You can get them at places like Cape Union Mart and other stores of that kind, or if you are me, you can just get it from TAKEALOT.com here. The actual Leatherman multitool ranges in price from around R650 to R1800. (Brett says this one or up is good)

A pillow from Stuff {I am including this because it DESERVES a mention, but she is fully booked until January. So maybe not a Christmas gift, but definitely a gift worth giving!}
I know I went on and on about Ceridwen’s talent in “Something handmade with love” and those beautiful character pillows deserve every single ounce of that love. And no, I am not suggesting that you give your husband a Hello Kitty pillow :) (Though I don’t judge). She can also hand paint other characters on her cushions (ONLY R150), like favourite cartoon or comic book characters or something… unique… like the man in your life.

Iron man pillow

The man in my life has a very active life online, he is a gamer and a techie and an influencer in his own right in his area. And online, he uses variations of The Son of Man (a 1946 self-portrait by a Belgian surrealist painter named René Magritte) as his avatar. So when he heard I was having unique handpainted pillows made, THIS is what he wanted… And this is what he got!

Magritte, The Son of Man, 1964, Restored by Shimon D. Yanowitz, 2009

Magritte, The Son of Man, 1964, Restored by Shimon D. Yanowitz, 2009

Brett's pillow

If your man has some attachment to some sort of character, chat to Ceridwen and see what she can do. The TALENT!!! Sorry to leave you hanging, but I couldn’t NOT mention this gift because it is amazing, it might even be worth ordering for January and giving hubby an IOU for Christmas if he has something he is crazy over. Find her here.

A hand drawn illustration from Watercolour Heart
There was no way I could talk about the perfect gift for my hubby and NOT include a Watercolour Heart illustration. Besides the amazing designs I have showed off already here and here (YOU CAN STILL ENTER TO WIN!!); Jess has designed something especially for the Dads. Isn’t it just perfect?! I can simply never get enough of the talent of this lady.

WH Dad wreath cover

 

Choose your favourite pic of your little one, a romantic or special photo of the two of you, or a precious family moment captured by somebody of additional mad talents (like, say, number 1 on this list)… and send it to Jess and get her to turn it into one of these…COPYRIGHT MLM Charly dad wreath

And then have it printed on a mug or a canvas and you have the perfect gift for the perfect man in your life.Watercolour Heart Dad Wreath 1

Happy shopping everybody, I hope I have given you a new idea for your somebody special.

Sending all the love xx

Comments

  1. says

    Comrade Mandy – Thanks for the mention. We’re stoked you enjoyed our service and site. Please keep us posted on how that American Amber Ale turns out, and Merry Christmas from the whole BeerGuevara team!

    • Pregnant In Cape Town says

      Thanks Andrew for the wishes and for making hubby’s everywhere happy :) Merry Christmas to you all too!

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