10 Smashing Mother’s Day Gifts

By Marica

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and as you know from previous posts my recent Mother’s Day track record hasn’t been so good… not that I haven’t been trying. This year however I’ve decided to keep it simple – dead simple. In fact, I’m not even going to set a foot outside my front door – this year, I’m gift shopping online!

I am so thankful for the new wave of South Africa online design and décor shops – a few years ago none existed. Now you can comfortably browse and purchase the best that South African design has to offer without leaving your couch.

I have selected ten awesome Mother’s Day gifts from a few local online stores. The items range from budget – for those with a tight pocket, to luxe – for those who REALLY want to spoil mom and can afford to. Please be sure to follow the link in each image caption to the relevant online shop – nothing wrong with a bit of online window shopping!

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Wonderful Wall Clocks

When I recently stumbled upon the creative crafts of a study buddy of mine I was instantly inspired to do a quick post on another great obsession of mine – wall clocks. Just like with scatter cushions (my primary obsession), wall clocks are excellent feature items. I have a whole Pinterest board solely dedicated to wall clocks – I specially like unusual, funky and clever wall clock designs. I thought I’d share a handful of awesome wall clocks by local designers with you…

Amy McCallum, who studied Interior Design with me, has branded her crafted lovelies under the Amy Lauren Creations banner. She creates gorgeous rustic treasures from salvaged and reclaimed items. Her two upcycled wall clocks immediately grabbed my attention – they are made out of an old fan grid cover and a discarded bicycle wheel. The result is altogether unique and funky – I love its industrial feel!

I love these quirky and colourful pop cow clocks by Smink!

Love these whimsical clock designs by Durban-based creatives, the Shaw Sisters. They’re made from 6mm CNC-cut Birch ply wood – you can purchase these from Meekel.

This little elegant beauty, designed by Woltemade,  is called the “Free Range Clock” – it’s made from maple ply and has a leather and brass stud surround. Isn’t it just beautiful?!

Found these awesome vintage map clocks on Bombshell Belle‘s website – their quite big too… about 60cm in diameter. I especially love the one on the right with the rustic rope detail – it’s got a very definite nautical feel.

The Camo Clock by Capetonian design duo, jessejames  (Jesse Ede and James Bisset) is made from durable OSB wood. OSB (Oriented strand board) uses the wood from trees that grow quickly and sustainably, so this little wall clock is environmentally conscious as well. And I love that even the clock hands are made from OBS! You can purchase this online via 5rooms.com

Below is some of the gorgeous and interesting international wall clocks I pinned to my Pinterest board… be sure to check out the board (here) for some awesome clock inspiration!