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The way this year is flying by, Christmas will be here before you can blink. Scary, but true, and I’m already starting to see those hideous junk-filled ‘Festive Season’ catalogues appearing in newspapers, so I’m guessing the corny decorations and tinny mall carols will be upon us sooner rather than later.

Do yourself a favour: start your gift shopping NOW. And don’t do it at a mall – do it at a market or a fair, where the gifts you’ll find are made by hand by creative, innovative people and not produced en masse in China/Taiwan/Vietnam.

There are so many Christmas Gift Fairs on offer this year that there really is no excuse!

One of the earlier ones is the Constantia Gift Fair, which has just kicked off its 5-day run at SARDA (South African Riding for Disabled Association).

Constantia Gift Fair

Constantia Gift Fair

19-23 October 2011. Constantia, Cape Town.

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.

There are fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items, and gorgeous must-have gifts. The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.

Come and sample superb food and drink, soak up the magical atmosphere, let your children have a ball in our kiddies play area and enjoy a sensational shopping experience with friends and family.

Location: SARDA, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Dates & Times: 19-21 October: 9am-6pm / 22-23 October: 9am-4pm
Cost: R20 – 100% of the entrance fee will be donated to SARDA (South African Riding for Disabled Association)
More info:  www.thechristmasgiftfair.co.za

Here’s a full list of Christmas Markets in Cape Town for 2011 (updated as I find them).

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