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The holiday season is gaining on us, and before you know it, shopping centres will be packed with people on a mission to hunt down the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But what exactly is the perfect gift, and how do you give someone a present you know they’ll love, rather than one they’ll smile politely at, and never use? Our solution? To think outside the box a little, and come up with fun, fresh, innovative gifting ideas. Luckily at Blue Route Mall, we have plenty of choices to spark your imagination – ones that’ll keep your family and friends engaged long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away.


Money matters. Toys are always tops on any child’s wish list, but why not add something different into the mix as well? This year, give the gift that keeps on giving by opening an account for your little ones at your choice of Absa, African Bank, Bidvest, Capitec, FNB, Nedbank or Standard Bank. Make a deposit into their account, and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to teach your children about savings, responsible financial management, and the value of money. It might not be as pretty as a Barbie or as thrilling as an Xbox, but it’s a gift your children will thank you for later on in life.


High tech. If you’ve got a techno wizard in the family, then you’ve got an endless stream of gift options at your fingertips. You may not understand exactly why your home NEEDS a 65-inch television, or why their computer NEEDS a new hard drive, but you can easily tick those items off your shopping list at stores like Dion Wired, Computer Mania and Incredible Connection. Pro tip: if a loved one is after something techy as a gift, make 100% sure you have all the correct specifications at hand when purchasing it. Just think of the drama if you were to buy the wrong item by mistake!


Go gadget go. Technology has made our lives easier for sure, but there’s more to technological advancement than staring at our phones all day long. This year, why not celebrate the positive influence of technology by giving a brand-new gadget or gizmo? Whether you have a loved one who likes paintball or hunting, taking pictures or videos, or simply enjoying the outdoors with the latest piece of equipment, you’ll be able to support their hobbies in true techno style. Try Gadget Time, Outdoor & Velocity, and Fuji for tech-inspired ideas, and prepare yourself for many, many hugs.


Getting personal. There’s nothing more innovative than giving someone a gift with a uniquely personal touch – something that you’ve put time and effort into creating, and something that they’ll treasure for years to come. If you’re a crafty-type person, think about making homemade holiday cards, biscuits or other sweet treats. Or if you’re better at finding eclectic gifts, put your effort into that, and consider engraving a message or the recipient’s name for an extra personal touch. Visit Copy Express for any cards, labels or gift tags you might want to print, or take your gifts to Barksole to be engraved, and make this holiday season a wholly memorable occasion for you and your loved ones.

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