If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mother or partner (or just want to treat yourself to something pretty), your limited budget probably seems like an insurmountable obstacle.
Don’t feel discouraged, though. Counting Coins has compiled a list of websites where you can find something beautiful at a reasonable price to show any remarkable woman in your life that you care.
Finding an affordable present for someone else or yourself does not mean you care less, it shows you are responsible and spent time to find the perfect gift to show your love. And after all, it’s the thought that counts…
And it’s not just about saving money. Most of the items on these sites are crafted or designed by South Africans, which mean you will be supporting our local artists and designers.
Here are a few South African websites where you can find beautiful items for yourself, or a special woman your life:
This is probably my personal favourite. Hello Pretty features art, crafts and jewellery by a collection of artists and designers, creating the “designer marketplace” for you to find something you like.
Prices on Hello Pretty range from super affordable to expensive, and everything in between.
You can order products directly from each individual designer. Each designer has their own shipping policies and prices, so make sure you factor this in when ordering.
Tip: If the shipping seems expensive, get friends to order products with you and split the costs.
Here are some of my favourites from Hello Pretty for R100 or less:
We Heart This
We Heart This is another platform for South African artists and designers to showcase their goods. However, here the website serves as the “middleman”, which means you can order from as many different artists as you like and only pay the shipping fee once when placing the order.
Prices on We Heart This range from super affordable to expensive, and everything in between.
Here are some of my favourites from We Heart This for R100:
If you like the funky products sold at Big Blue stores, you will love their website. Not only will you be able to browse ALL their products, you can find sale items at incredible prices.
Here are two beautiful products currently on sale for under R100:
Camden is another platform where you can find products by local artists and designers, and they also import goods.
All orders are processed through the website, so you only pay for shipping once, even if you order from different designers.
You can find real bargains as they frequently mark down stock.
Here are some of my favourites from Camden currently on sale for under R100:
On Superbalist you can find products from a range of national and international brands. Although some of their items are a bit pricey, there are some super well-priced treasures to be found. They also frequently have great sales where you can scoop up funky products at great prices. Also they deliver for free, which is a big perk.
Some of my Superbalist favourites for under R100:
All the prices mentioned in this article are subject to change.