The gift season has officially begun. What’s super exciting is that local businesses have bloomed throughout the course of 2020. We found a couple of young entrepreneurs who didn’t want to be left behind.
Here’s a short, inspiring introduction to some local businesses we have discovered. And how these can be your go-to for creative Christmas gift ideas.
Oops! Snap drizzle and pop – there’s a world of slime waiting. It’s colourful, it’s sparkly and it’s definitely gooey.
Zippy Slime started out with a little bright-eyed 6-year-old, Zipporah Atarah Babbage, watching YouTube. She was instantly fascinated by slime and decided she needed to learn how to make it herself.
The journey began with lots of plops, drops and literal flops – the right glue was needed, Sunlight liquid soap didn’t last a day, contact lens solution – it was all a world of crazy to an enthusiastic 6-year-old.
Zipporah remained diligent and persevered until finally a world of exciting fun was born out of the gooey goodness now known as Zippy Slime.
The little cupcake of laughter and bright eyes now had a winning formula. A never fail, snap, drizzle and pop slime.
How Zippy Slime Became A Business
The pull, stretch and calming effect of perfect slime couldn’t remain hidden in the closet. Zippy decided that she had to share the perfect slime with her friends and classmates. Before she knew it, her passion grew into slime workshops, slime parties and a brightly coloured brand, that brings smiles and laughter to kids everywhere.
Zippy is now 7, knocking on the door of 8. In a short time, she’s grown into an astute business kid who wants to spread her passion and joy through slime. And inspires her friends to start their own fun businesses in the homes.
Watch out for more adventures from Zippy Slime this Chrismas, it’s cloudy with a chance of slime.
Find Zippy Slime on Facebook.
More Local Businesses To Check Out For Christmas Gifts
We love this young entrepreneur, Roy, who was determined to make extra pocket money to buy Robux.
The Fantastik greeting cards by Roy, are hand made and add a personal touch to your gifts for any occasion.
Kids (and some adults) love these Botswana custom made embroideries and hand-sewn gifts from BB & Flo. They also have on offer embroidery kits, unique invites and decorations for all events.
But it doesn’t end there, how about you gift your loved one with sewing lessons in Gaborone?
Contact: [email protected]
Zawadi Made It is breaking down barriers this Chrismas and we love it.
Their collection of Neo dolls is always growing. Their cute little clothes make them as fashionable as your little one. And you can customize them as you like.
Standard price for a doll is P150.00
This local gem specialises in custom made woodworks – kitchenware, furniture and so on.
We all know that it can be heartbreaking to tear away gift wraps so we love their customised gift packages.
Contact: +267 71 922 627
This creative graphic designer and paper enthusiast offers all things creative regarding art and design.
Her works include handmade paper flowers, banners, photo booth props and themed event decor, invite designs and anything that can be made from paper.
We love these Christam themed candle holders they did for a recent corporate event.
Contact: 71 658 212
This gem is hidden in Ruretse just behind Phakalane.
Dalientjie’s is your go-to place for antiques, second-hand furniture, gifts, Tjoko paint, Granny B, stencils, embellishments, Christmas decorations, fairy lights, wooden blanks for mosaic craft, serviettes, table runners, paper placemats, artificial flowers and more.
Contact: 76 057 222
This one is for the art lovers.
Mmoloki does portrait and landscape oil paintings on canvas. We love his nature-inspired pieces that capture the beauty of Botswana. An all year round getaway hanging on the wall of your loved one.
We know that new clothes and family gatherings are a Christmas tradition in Botswana. Surprise and impress your loved ones with these bespoke menangaso as a gift.
Contact: 74 909 359
The place to go for all your leather gifts.
Their list of products is impressive. They make leather bags (travel, laptop bags, briefcases, crossbody shoulder bags, messenger bag, etc), horse bridles, sandals/rafters flip flops, dog harnesses, belts, wallets, purses and much more.
Contact: 76 557 511
We love this self-taught crocheter who turned her hobby into a business she’s passionate about. If you’re looking for handmade gifts made with love, look no further.
These crotchet gems from Gifted Hooks are what you need to add on to the festive joys in your home.
Find them on Instagram for more details.
Mmamontle in Molapo Crossing is the place to find all things local. Literally, everything – from hand woven traditional baskets,
Give them a call to place an order or inquire about their extensive list of local products.
Contact: 71 891 937
Oodles of Caboodle is a one-stop children’s toy & gift Store. They sell quality products at affordable prices.
They sell brands such as Melissa & Doug, Galt, Sylvanian Families, Tamiya and SandArt and many other quality lines.
Contact: 71 642 138
So how about it? This Christmas support local by gifting your loved ones with locally produced gifts. If you know any more amazing gift ideas email [email protected] so we can include them in this roundup.
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