Simplifying the Silly Season

Every year around the festive season, the pressure sets in to find unique gifts for friends and family – something that will be memorable and original without adding to the clutter. Secret Getaway Gifting brings together a selection of the best experiences in each city across South Africa from top establishments guaranteed to leave a lasting and luxurious impression.

This year simplify your end-of-year shopping and avoid chaotic stores, by selecting from a menu of memorable moments: from a spa experience at a luxury hotel and an iconic high tea, to wine tasting or a fine-dining lunch – all of which are presented as beautifully designed gift vouchers valid for an entire year.

Making the experience of giving the gift as seamless to do as it is special to receive, the curated portfolio is divided into city and price bands, starting from R450 for two people. The selection is limited to the ‘Best of’ in each location to make the process even easier for time-conscious shoppers.

Originally inspired by the struggle people living abroad had in sending physical items reliably and on time, the service also fills a gap for local audiences in search of a high-end option in keeping with the Secret Getaway ethos of encouraging locals to be tourists in their own town and enjoy what each city has to offer. Corporate clients are also set to benefit as they seek to differentiate themselves in what can be a very generic, impersonal niche.

The commitment to curatorship is taken right the way through the process to the final step of presentation. The voucher can typically be emailed, but there is also the option for personal delivery of a beautifully printed and packaged card. This offers an added special touch and reinforces the whole concept and the team’s belief in the power of experiential gifting.

Up to five percent of all sales for the Christmas period will be donated to the Santa Shoebox Project, keeping the joy of giving alive throughout the year. Trustee Irené Pieters had the following to say: ‘I love that it’s a way to give gifts of experiences and memories that also do more by supporting local hospitality businesses, and that it still keeps this time of year about generosity and joy. We are thrilled to partner with Secret Getaway and the hotels that support their initiative.’

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