Christmas Gifting

Christmas time is upon us, again, can you believe it? I feel like this year has raced past us! I’m sure most of you haven’t even started shopping yet, I for one shop throughout the year and can confidently say I have wrapped up all my presents and I am ready to go! I have a thing for Christmas and get a tad excited, if you couldn’t tell.

I thought I would give you some unique ideas for brands that I love using and personally know, so you can feel better knowing you are supporting a fab small business that really appreciates its customers.

 

Bare Naturals

This mother-daughter duo create amazing organic, handmade skincare that is not only incredibly good for you, but it is really affordable too! I love this little starter kit (R250) because it is the perfect travel size, but also your person can try it out and see if it’s the right product for them without committing to a few months of products. The cleanser is my all time fav! They also have male grooming kits with beard oil which is the perfect Christmas gift for the man in your life, as well as baby products for those baby shower gifts you need. I can also vouch for the clear roller, as I use it every day as well.

Find them on Facebook and shop their website.

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Christy-Anne Jewellery

Christy has been making my jewellery for a few years now. She made my new ring from my gran’s wedding band, and right this minute she is making me another special ring with the remaining gold from my gran. I love my special pieces because she puts so much love and care into making them.

You can shop her amazing collection of ready made pieces on her website right now. I love these ear crawlers and have the exact same pair! She has rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and so many pieces that would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special in your life.

Find her on Facebook and shop her website.

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Melissa Mitchell Photography

Melissa takes the most gorgeous photos of newborns and families! I constantly find myself scrolling through her Facebook feed at the incredible moments of Joy that she has captured. She always manages to get those special candid moments every time. She also shot amazing photos of me and some goats, yes goats. (See those here)

She has an amazing special at the moment, that would make an incredible Christmas gift! Hurry because she only has one or two spots left.

Find her on Facebook and visit her website.

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Mermaids and Unicorns

Well who wouldn’t want to be a Mermaid or a Unicorn? If you have seen any photos of me in leggings, it is an 80% chance they were Mermaids&Unicorns! I own the most pairs of them with 20% of my other leggings being Puma. I love their quirky designs, the smooth feel of the material and the amazing fit. They have also brought out limited amounts of kiddie leggings! Look how adorable they are? I think they are a fab gift, and they also have gift vouchers available on their website too.

Visit their Facebook and shop their website.

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Eco Gem Gem

Gemma makes the most incredible Vegan-Friendly products. She makes bags that look like leather, but are animal friendly. She also makes amazing tops, caps, veggie bags and other environmentally friendly products that we all should own. I love her mix of fabrics and the designs she creates. She hand makes these bags, and even with that fact I find her pricing is so reasonable.

Visit her Facebook page and Instagram for some amazing products.

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It’s a Bling Thing

I can’t not mention my own brands in here! I make these awesome clutch bags that double as an iPad clutch! Who doesn’t want a dual purpose item? They’re going for R200-250 online and there are some Proudly South African designs, as well as some florals and other commercial designs. The Koo makes me so nostalgic!

You can find these on Facebook and shop them online.

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We also have awesome phone covers! They are all on sale now so if you want to get your mom a new cover that won’t cost an arm and a leg, head over here

 

We also have THE cutest baby and toddler clothes that you need! Have a look online here!

 

There you have it! A little something for everyone, shopping and supporting local and lovely small businesses.

 

If you have any questions just pop me an email jane@gijane.co.za or visit those lovely pages and they’ll be more than happy to chat.

 

Happy shopping

xxx

 

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Beat the Christmas Bulge

It’s the same worry every year. The Christmas bulge. So every year I get asked the same thing, “How do I stop myself from putting on weight over Christmas?” and I always say the same thing.

It really is only 3 days that you have the excuse of eating a lot and often. The rest really IS in your control. There are plenty of excuses flying around, but really, they don’t count. If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it!

I wrote guidelines for this very problem that you should read:

http://gijane.co.za/how-to-survive-the-holidays/

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Christmas is over! 

The food has been eaten, the presents unwrapped and used, and it’s time to reel in the festive feasting! 

Most people like to start on the 1st of January, but that’s a Saturday this year, so will you really start on a weekend? Or on Monday? How about you start making changes today so you can indulge on New Year’s Eve? 

Eat a little cleaner tomorrow, go for a walk along the promenade, go to gym, feel fresh and healthy and go into the new year feeling GREAT!

Small changes force big results

  

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Keeping it clean over Christmas

Dear Jane,

How do I stay in shape over the festive period?

A: The festive period is the hardest in terms of staying in a routine and not putting on weight. It causes stress in many people’s lives. But it doesn’t have to! This is a time to spend with your family and to relax a bit after working so hard over the year.
We all know what we should be doing and how we should be eating, so its just a case of remembering this and putting it into practice.

Even though your family might be visiting, you can still make time to exercise while they are there. Get them involved too. Take them for a run/walk around the block. That way you are still spending time together but also getting in some exercise. Aim to get in 30-60 minutes of some kind of exercise a day.
Train at home if you can’t get to the gym. A simple circuit goes a long way, especially when you are indulging a bit too much. Make up a circuit of squats, push ups, lunges, dips, sit ups, jump squats and mountain climbers, and time yourself for 30 seconds of each. Repeat the circuit 3-5 times depending on your fitness levels.

Most people don’t put on weight from eating this time of year, but from all the drinking! Limit your alcohol to a reasonable amount.
Make sure you are still eating smaller portions, a few times a day. We all know what we should be eating, so try not be too careless in that department. YOU have to work it off after all of this.

Eat, drink and be merry…. But to an extent. Remember all the hard work you have put into your body this year, don’t undo it all in a week!

Enjoy this special time with your loved ones
xxx

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