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The Joy of Giving: Meaningful Handmade Christmas Gifts

As the holiday season approaches, the yearning for home becomes more poignant for South African expatriates residing in the UK. The festive season is a time for joy, cheer and warmth but being away from the familiar traditions of home can make the longing for South Africa even more difficult. However, there's a silver lining— a myriad of talented artisans and handmade businesses who create unique and heartfelt Christmas gifts that not only add a touch of home but also make the holiday season in the UK feel truly special.

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Saffa Jewellery in the UK

These stunning jewellery pieces are made from Sterling Silver and Gold which will last a lifetime and they are hand polished. Give someone the gift of jewellery to remind them of their true home from Saffa Jewellery in the UK.



Look at these gorgeous bags and pillows made by Scatterlings UK as well as the Christmas ornaments – perfect for any expat. The Big 5 is beautiful and would look lovely on any tree!


Mom’s Mosaics

Mom’s Mosaics make the most beautiful items using mosaic patterns. I absolutely love the Christmas range including the stars, stockings, Santa hats and wreaths. A new addition to the range is a Do-It-Yourself mosaic rainbow kit - you could make your own or give it as a gift to someone who loves to do their own crafts.


Handmade by Craftlia

Handmade by Craftlia makes wonder home decor, seasonal decorations & wide range of gifts such as these Christmas decorations, table settings and these Gingerbread Puddings…aren’t they so sweet?

Be quick to order as the last order date for Christmas delivery is 1st December 2023.


Crafty Jaxx

Crafty Jaxx makes personalised items such as stocking fillers, bags, baubles, Christmas stockings and so many other items. I especially love the personalised pet baubles for those with fur babies.


Sloane Baxter Designs

I absolutely love these South African themed colouring books made by Sloane Baxter which are available on Amazon through their print on demand service. The covers are so vibrant and if you have seen on our social accounts, we have given quick glimpses of some of the beautiful images inside the books that you can colour in. These books are sure to keep the children busy during the festive season.

Sloane Baxter Designs also make a range of other books such as an Air-Fryer Recipe Book (for single and dual drawers) – how handy is that – as well as a range of notebooks and other colouring books too.


The Baking Saffa

Here at The Baking Saffa, we have a Christmas Treat Box which includes 4 of our popular products, as well as a Gingerbread Cookie and a handmade crocheted Christmas tree decoration. We also have a little Gingerbread gift box which is a cute little addition to any order.

As usual, we also have a wide range of crocheted items made by Kims Colourway that can be added to your order too. Have a look on the shop page or on the special Crochet page.

Our last date for posting this year is 11 December 2023.


I hope enjoyed our small list of South African businesses in the UK who are making items for Christmas to make the distance to SA that little bit shorter. If you buy from any of these businesses, don't forget to let them know how the gift was received and leave a review to let others know.

T&C's : The Baking Saffa accepts no responsibility on any transactions between you and the businesses mentioned above (except our own). The Baking Saffa has no deal made between any of these businesses, we are only trying to help promote each other.



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