It’s less than a week to go until Christmas so, ordering your gifts online is now pretty much a gamble. If the thought of braving the madness shops this weekend makes you want to crawl into a dark hole, fear not – I’ve got some ideas that will hopefully keep you in the festive spirit.
The gifts here are all things that you can buy, right up until Christmas Day. They are organised by interest so, hopefully you’ll be able to find something appropriate for all the people on your list – whatever they fancy!
For art lovers: A custom illustrated portrait
Those of you who’ve been reading for a while know about the hand-drawn custom portraits that I’ve been creating plenty of this year. People have commissioned them for their loved ones to celebrate birthdays, weddings and just because. They’ve framed printed copies and have used digital ones as photos for their social media pages and websites. The possibilities are many – it’s all down to your imagination! While I can’t guarantee having the finished portrait ready by Christmas – place your order before the 25th of December and I’ll email you a gift voucher that you can print. Place your order here.
For book lovers: Two anthologies of African writing
Africa39 is a collaborative project initiated by the Hay Festival in partnership with Rainbow Book Club, celebrating Port Harcourt: UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 by identifying 39 of the most promising writers under the age of 40 with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For fifteen years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto, "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others. The 2014 collection includes the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop.
Both of these books are available as Kindle eBooks on Amazon. If the gift recipient doesn’t have a Kindle, they can download the free Kindle Reading Apps and read the books on their tablets, smartphones or computers.
For the entrepreneurial: ClarityCall workshop
I’ve teamed up with startup coach, Danielle Anderson, founder of Step & Stone, to deliver a ClarityCall webinar on the 10th of January. Designed for entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners who are trying to turn their vision into a reality, the workshop will guide them through a powerful, reflective exercise to help translate their big dreams into a clear, actionable plan to get things off the ground. Yes, there is an alternative to the wordy, conventional (dull) "business plan”!
Book a spot for the entrepreneur in your life and take advantage of the early bird discount on tickets purchase before 2015. If purchasing as a gift, simply add their details when signing up. Find out more and book here.
For fashionistas: Sapellé gift vouchers
Sapellé is a retail shop, selling the very best of Africa's contemporary fusion fashion – merging gorgeous textiles and decorative effects with modern Western styling – perfect for women around the world who appreciate what original everyday style is. Founded on ethical principles, Sapellé is proud to say that their range of well-made original fashion and accessories in beautiful African tribal prints and other African-inspired influences, is sourced only from ethical designers, social enterprises and artisans who respect and value their employees and the environment. And you can buy gift vouchers! Do so here.
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For film geeks: The Nigerian Filmmaker's Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood
Nadia Denton’s latest book challenges what we think we know about the Nigerian film industry, one of the most thriving film cultures globally. The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood charts the emergence of a new wave of Nigerian audio-visual content – spanning indie films, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos and diaspora films. It is a well-resourced reference guide to filmmaking from a Nigerian cultural perspective, offering important advice in the key areas of finance, development, marketing, exhibition and distribution. It features 78 exclusive interviews with filmmakers and industry leaders, many of whom are changing the face of the industry popularly known as Nollywood.
There is a Kindle edition available here.
As mentioned above, remember that your recipient doesn’t need to have a kindle – they can download the free Kindle Reading Apps and read the books on their tablets, smartphones or computers.
For music lovers: Namvula’s debut album, ‘Shiwezwa’
The debut album from Zambian-Scottish singer and songwriter Namvula explores her Zambian roots, and references with ease the worlds of pop, jazz and folk. It is a homecoming, a cross-pollination, a conversation between cultures and worlds, an invitation onto a journey. The Guardian has called Namvula “… one of the most original newcomers of the year” and Financial Times gives the album four starts! Her album launch party was electric – believe me, it’s a good one! You can purchase the digital album here.
On Tuesday, I’ll be sharing colouring sheets – designed by yours truly – to keep the younger ones (in body and at heart) busy over the holidays. Sign up to the Afri-love mailing list to make sure you don’t miss them.
Got last-minute African/Africa-inspired gift ideas for other interest groups? Please share in the comments!
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