Ashleigh Levin Food – Holiday Gift Guide

If like me, you’re a last-minute Lucy and work has just been crazy and the thought of the mall is absolutely insufferable, you’ll be looking for a quick and convenient list to purchase a little something for that special person in your life.


Take a look at the below items I’ve spotted on my gadabouts. I’ve linked them so you can literally click and pay, the rest will be delivered to your door. Happy holidays, friends!


For Him:




This little Nespresso machine is the perfect gift for the man in your life. Really, what is more George Clooney than a man drinking an espresso, while reading Time magazine? Literally, nothing. He’ll love you forever and have the energy to take your kids to that children’s party when you really couldn’t be arsed. Also, it’s currently on sale at @Home for R3500.


Nespresso Lattissima Touch Face Lift - R3500


Stocking Stuffer:


Local cured meats company, Richard Bosman, has brought out a range of prized meat rubs, spices and relishes promised to enhance the flavour of your fillets this summer. Purchase the gift set as the perfect stocking stuff for your man, this Christmas.

Richard Bosman Spice Run Gift Set - R229





When it comes to parents and the in-laws, I always try to keep the gifts relatively similar and I like to do joint gift for my mom and dad. Reason being, they’ve literally got everything they could ever desire and for them, this season is mostly for the kids anyway. Since both sets of parents in our family love food and eating as much as we do, I’ll be doing baskets made of locally sourced gifts from Yuppie Chef. They’ll use them throughout the year and they’re still a spoil, since they aren’t found at the local grocer.


If you want to keep things on the smaller side this year, purchase one of the items below, wrap a big old bow around it and place it on your loved one’s place setting.


Banhoek Chilli Oil – R119


La Dalia Smoke Paprika – R72


Baleia Extra Virgin Olive Oil – R139



Maison Pebeyre Truffle Salt – R229


Chaloner - Smoked Garlic & Chilli Pickle – R79


If this all seems a bit too finicky and you’d like to streamline your life even further, YuppieChef have pre-made boxes of their own selection for you to offer. While I wouldn’t do this more my immediate family, I think this kind of box is perfect for family out of town or the kid’s swimming teacher you forgot to buy a gift for last week. Simply request the delivery is sent to the desired address and write your message in the text box at check out. So easy, so thoughtful, such a nice spoil!


Yuppie Chef Deli Gift Box – R739


Extended Family:




When I say extended family, I mean like your brother and his wife or close cousin with a small family. This picnic blanket paired with a nice bottle of wine is so thoughtful and practical. You don’t realise how much you use a picnic blanket until you actually have one, especially in SA where we spend so much of our time in the garden. I feel a picnic blanket like this, while pricey, is a potential heirloom piece that will for sure stay in the family for years to come.


Country Road Oda Small Picnic Blanket – R1090


Stocking stuffer:


Likened to the creaminess of brioche, bread and butter with hints of yellow fruit and honey, this Charles Fox Vintage Brut Methode Cap Classique, is the taste of summer. Also, they deliver for free if you order a case, which of course you should.


Charles Fox Vintage Brut Methode Cap Classique,R270


Japanese-style Linen Aprons, I’ve just received more stock of these gorgeous aprons. These linen aprons are great for cooking, painting, gardening or any other activity where you would like your clothing fully protected while remaining completely stylish.

Grab one from my online store, for R595.


Japanese-style linen aprons, R595





I love this brushed metallic cheese knife set from Country Road. It’s the perfect host gift or just a simple, “Holiday Holidays” gift. And each time your dear friend pulls them out to use at a party, she’ll think of you.


Country Road Rilki Cheese Knife Set - R299


Home Cooked & Heartwarming cook book - Ashleigh Levin knows exactly how to appeal to a younger generation of cooks who want to impress their loved ones and friends with delicious meals that don't require any formal culinary training. At the same time, more mature cooks will find a wealth of ideas to inspire even the most jaded of palates. Grab a copy off my blog for R295.


Home Cooked & Heartwarming – R295






I simply adore this Clever Little Monkey Teepee. It allows kids to use their imagination and come up with the cutest little stories about their imagery home. It also makes a fabulous combine gift for any gendered siblings. But my favorite bit is that it’s available in neutral colours, so it won’t be an eye sore in your lounge these holidays. Can you just imagine their little faces when they come down on Christmas morning to see this set up in front of the tree? Edible!



Ivory Tree Teepee – R1290