Oh So Heavenly

Gift your loved ones with a heavenly gift of Oh So Heavenly. Every year, this brand releases special gift packs containing their most sought-after products. You can't go wrong with this brand, it leaves skin, hair, face and body feeling pampered and cared for. While the brand is endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, not all of the products are vegan. So, read the labels and look out for products marked as vegan and steer clear of anything with milk or honey in it. This gift is available exclusively at Clicks.

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Chocolate

We all enjoy a little chocolate every now and then. And there is nothing better to spoil a loved one with this Christmas than this luscious treat. While a slab of Nova Chocolate is always appreciated, why not go the extra mile and really spoil them? Get them their own specially crafted box of designer chocolates from The Chocolatiers. These handmade chocolates contain natural organic ingredients. The Chocolatiers are 100% plastic free, only using compostable and recyclable packaging. You can find this product at retail outlets across Joburg. To see available stockiest, click here.

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Wine

There is no better way to be festive and celebrate the season than with a good bottle of wine. Unfortunately, not all wines are vegan. But that doesn't mean vegans don't get to enjoy a bottle or two every now and again. Joburg has a wide variety of great wine that's free of animal products. Our favourite is from the Warwick Wine Estate. Based in Stellenbosch, this winery offers a range of quality vegan wines, such as Warwick First Lady and Three Cape Ladies. But refrain from gifting a vegan with any Warwick Sauvignon Blanc, as these do contain animal by-products. You can find these wines at Pick 'n Pay, Checkers, Spar and Makro, among others.

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The Good Stuff

Another South African beauty brand, The Good Stuff, has loads of beauty products on offer. From shampoo and bath goodies to deodorant and skin care, they have a product for every beauty concern. They also have pre-packaged gift sets available featuring some of their most luxurious products, such as fragrances, body wash and body cream. Like Oh So Heavenly, they are endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty. They also have both vegan and non-vegan ranges, so keep an eye on those labels. To find these gift sets, visit your nearest Dischem store.

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Vegan Gift Box

For a truly unique gift, why not put together your own gift box for that special someone? This way, their gift will be specially made just for them, containing all their favourite treats. Get a large box or basket and fill it up with a range of vegan-friendly items. Some great treats that are vegan include Beacon Sparkles Fruit Mix, Jelly Tots, Skittles, Oreos, Bakers Romany Tarte and Beacon Midnight Velvet chocolate bars. You can also include some vegan biltong, available at The Fussy Vegan and a bottle of vegan wine for an even more spectacular gift.

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The Whippet Gift Card

Linden's favourite coffee shop is now offering up delightful vegan options. Featuring a wide range of tasty vegan treats, The Whippet is a must-visit for anyone following a vegan, vegetarian, plant-based or flexitarian diet. With items ranging from the Crisp Golden Tofu Breakfast to the Corn and Green Chilli Poppers, there is something for every palate. So, why not gift a loved one with a Gift Card to this diverse eatery? When all the Christmas leftovers are gone and we're in the middle of the January slum, they'll get a chance to visit the best Linden has to offer.

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Candles

Not only are candles a wonderful gift, but with Joburg's power outages, they are also a very useful one at that. SoyLites crafts candles that are hand-poured, long burning and expertly blended. Each candle contains aromatherapy oils to improve moods and create a relaxing ambiance. These candles, which are plant-based and cruelty-free, burn at low temperatures. This means that the wax can then be used as a fabulous moisturiser. Pick up something from the Massage Candle Range or the Soy Body Balms range to gift your loved one with a relaxing full body treatment. Other options include the Coconut Candles, Soy Crayons and Soy Wax Melts. SoyLites are available online.

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Give To The Needy

Most vegans have huge hearts. So, why not make a small donation in their name to a special charity? If you'd rather gift your loved one with something they can unwrap, then stop by at your local animal charity store and purchase a heartfelt gift for them. Browse through a wide selection of good quality books, select a quirky trinket, find a treasure trove of unique decor items you won't find anywhere else or have their very own mugs or Christmas baubles made just for them. These gifts will not only be meaningful keepsakes, but the funds collected will go towards feeding, housing and caring for an animal in need.

Find Animal Charity Stores here.

Woolworths Beauty

For a personal touch, gift your loved ones with a gorgeous bottle of perfume, makeup or a selection of brightly coloured nail polish. Not sure where to get all of this? Then head to your favourite Woolies branch. Here, you'll find a range of fragrances, makeup, hair care, skincare, nail care and bath goodies. And the best part? All of these products are now 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Not only will your loved ones be getting a gift that is completely harm-free, but they will also be getting good quality gifts from a trusted brand.

Find out more about the WBeauty brand here.

Cheeseboard

Christmas is the season for indulging, and what better to indulge in than a cheeseboard? With this gift, you can put together a selection of your loved one's favourite treats. Think crackers, biscuits, artisan bread, jam, marmalade, preserves and a selection of pickles, nuts and fresh or dried fruit. Add some vegan cheese and arrange this on a customised board, and you have a gift that will make even Santa envious. NetFlorist has a wide range of gorgeous engraved cheeseboards on offer.

Find our favourite selection of vegan cheese here.

We at Joburg.co.za wish all our readers a merry Christmas and a joyous festive season.

Santa Cause For Paws

What started out as an animal charity collecting donations for Christmas has now evolved into a full online store. They sell many unique items, such as mugs, baubles, blankets, toys, jewellery and bags, all of which are wonderful gift ware. Most of these adorable handmade items can be customised with a name, while the mugs are fully customisable. Simply choose your print, colour and text, order it and you're good to go. Collection from Kempton Park or Weltevreden Park is free, but you can opt for delivery at an extra charge. And best of all, all sales go towards animal charities around the city.

Contact details: 083 777 7498 | [email protected] | https://www.santapaws.co.za/

Netflorist

Besides offering a huge range of delightful gift options, Netflorist also offers personalised gift ware. Have your choice of photo printed on a delicate flower vase, get a fluffy monogrammed gown, your very own crafted chocolate box or even pillow cases specially made for you. Other personalised items include alcohol and liqueur crates, baked confectionery, baby apparel, gourmet snacks, gifts of faith, homeware, kiddies goodies, electronic gadgets, bath goodies, clothing and even something for your four-legged friend.

Contact details: 087 135 0005 | [email protected] | https://www.netflorist.co.za

Silvery

This Durban based online store offers personalised jewellery for him and her. Not only can you get your rings, bracelets, chains, earrings, pendants and key rings specially made for that special someone, but you can also design it yourself for the ultimate gift. Crafting time takes two to three days and delivery, which is free of charge, will take three to five working days. But you can opt for an Express Courier Service, which will take one to two working days, or opt for an urgent next day delivery, for an additional cost.

Contact details: 031 569 4119 | [email protected] | https://www.silvery.co.za

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Honeybunch 

For a personalised selection of aprons, canvases, cushions, door mats, mugs, bottles, embroided apparel, ribbons, slippers and toddler chairs, check out Honeybunch. All of their gift ware is unique and diverse with the option of customised names, dates and slogans. Their wedding ware is a bestseller and includes bridal party and wedding gifting items such as slippers, gowns, baubles, signage, cups, tumblers and canisters, among the many others. Other popular merchandise include Christmas gift ware and goodies for the little ones.

Contact details: 072 145 5005 | [email protected] | https://www.honeybunch.co.za

Cotton On

This clothing store has become the go-to for Joburg residents looking for affordable yet stylish clothing, footwear and accessories. But, did you know that they also offer personalised gift ware online? Their range includes an eye mask and pillow set, journals, denim jackets, plush gowns and even tights. These are available in various colours and you can get them engraved or embroided with your name, initials, title or a quotation. You can also choose the colour and positioning of the engraving.

Contact details: https://cottonon.com/ZA/gifts/personalised-gifts/

Engelsrufer

Engelsrufer creates specialised guardian angel pendants encased in a 925 sterling silver basket, plated with rhodium for increased comfort. Inside the basket is an exquisite sound ball, that is available in ten different colours; white, black, brown, green, red, turquoise, blue, purple, gold and pink. The charm is available in a choice of small, medium and large sizes. Each charm has a unique sound, specific to a guardian angel. Apart from these pendants, they also offer a variety of other intricate pieces.

Contact details: 011 089 6007 | [email protected] | https://www.engelsrufer.co.za

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Exploding Box

For the record, this gift doesn't actually explode. Instead, it blooms like a flower, revealing hidden treasures. Like all the gifts on this list, it can be customised to fit any occasion with colour and content. Choose red and black for Valentine's Day, green and gold for Christmas or pink and white for Mother's Day. It can be filled with photos, quotes, special messages from loved ones and even music lyrics or poems. Check out Instructables to find out how to make your own.

Candle Making

Not only does this make a delightful gift for any occasion, it is also fun to make. Personalise this gift by changing the colours, adding special scents or even a few items like flowers. You can also vary this gift with the jar you use. Think old mason jars, tea cups or styled glasses. See Candle Deli for a tutorial on how to make your own soy candle as well as other tips and tricks.

Customised Candles

If making a candle seems like too much work, why not customise an already made candle? This blog shows how to personalise a pillar candle using only a heating tool, candle, paper, wax paper and tissue paper. You can use photos, printed designs or even drawings to add to your candle gifting piece.

Quilling

Quilling is a fun craft that involves rolling paper into shapes to form a 3D artwork. The process is quite easy. Simply draw your pattern of choice on a board, then roll coloured paper strips into shapes and attach to the board. The end result is quite stunning. The Spruce Crafts will make you a quilling pro in no time.

Etched Glass

Glass etching is a fun way to make endless creative gifts for the people you love. With this technique, you can create custom glasses, mirrors or anything made from glass. Simply paint a design on a piece of glass using etching fluid, allow to dry, wash and you're done. Etching fluid is available at select PNA stores. Practically Functional has a helpful etching blog.

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Engraved Wood

All this DIY gift entails is a piece of wood, a soldering iron and a design. Simply draw your design on a piece of wood, heat up a soldering iron and then burn in the design with the iron. We suggest practicing on another piece of wood before starting. Once you're done soldering, erase any traces of the original design drawing, and your gift is done.

Bath Goodies

Most of us love a relaxing bath, filled with essential oils and minerals that leave us feeling refreshed and gorgeous. So bath time goodies always make an appreciated gift. Make your own bath salts, bath bombs or even bath oil. Pair this trio with the aforementioned candles for an extra special gift.

Hot Chocolate Jars

This gift is really easy, yet spectacular. All you have to do is fill a jar with hot chocolate mix, either homemade or bought, chocolate pieces and marshmallows. That's it. Try using flavoured chocolate, such as peppermint, for a gourmet hot chocolate. To add a little something extra, include a small bottle of liqueur or cookies on the side. The Loopy Whisk has recipes as well as nifty decorating ideas.

Cookie Kit

We love cookies, baking and the luscious smells wafting through the house. So this makes an awesome gift for all cookie lovers. Fill a jar with a cookie mix, add some chocolate chips, attach a recipe and you're good to go. Sally's Baking Addiction has a few delicious cookie mix recipes as well as a printable recipe card.

Personalised Mugs

Coffee and tea lovers will adore having their very own unique mug. Purchase a plain mug and draw patterns, write names and colour in designs with a Sharpie Marker. Then bake the mug to make the design permanent. You can include names, special dates, puns, jokes or even a few drawings. Check out this DIY guide from Like Mother Like Daughter.

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Chocolate Bark

We love chocolate bark because it's easy to craft and oh so yummy. It is also very easy to make it your own. Start with a base of melted chocolate, either white, milk, dark or caramel chocolate. Then top the chocolate with an assortment of ingredients like nuts, sweets, dried fruit, cookies and sprinkles. Crazy for Crust has six recipes to spark your ideas.

Edible Bouquet

Edible bouquets are show stopper gifts that are relatively easy to make. All you need is a jar and some edibles on kebab sticks to make a fantastic arrangement. Edibles can include fruit, sweets, cookies, cake pops or cupcakes. Fill the jar with oasis floral foam, Styrofoam, maize meal or flour to hold the sticks in place, then arrange the edibles and finish with an elegant bow. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration.

Gift Boxes

After going through all that effort making the perfect gift for your loved ones, you probably want to present it beautifully too. Getting the right sized gift box or bag can be difficult and cost a pretty penny. But you can make these yourself too. The Spruce Crafts has 15 astounding DIY gift bag ideas or make one of the origami, printable or foldable gift boxes from Gathering Beauty.

Ribbons

Perfect your gift with an alluring eye catching bow! These can be tied with fabric ribbon, plastic ribbon or even yarn and twine. Add a flower sprig, cinnamon quill or some art and craft pieces for the pièce de résistance. The knot has a handy guide explaining how to tie four magnificent bows.

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Planner/ Journal

After graduating, graduates will need help organising their goals, meetings, interviews and partying. Help them stay up to date and plan their future with an adorable journal from Typo. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also small enough to fit in a handbag. And you can get a matching pen while you're there.

Magnetic Board

This DIY gift is great for any graduate. They can use the board as an organiser, craft it into a wish board or even use it as a memory board, displaying all their mementos from university. Check out Modern Magnetics to learn how to make your own magnetic board.

Alarm Clock

Getting out of college means getting a job. And unfortunately, that means getting up earlier. Make this a breeze by gifting graduates with a quirky and helpful alarm clock. Some of these also display helpful information about the weather and humidity. Takealot has all your clocking needs.

Graduation Trinkets

Get something fun a personalised as a memorable gift. Want It All offers personalised graduation clocks, decanters, photo frames and even blankets. These can be personalised with names, dates and even professions. Check out all their weird and wonderful trinkets here.

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Wallet / Purse

Now that the graduate in your life is ready to start earning the big bucks, they'll need a safe place to store all their cash, cards and receipts. So get them a nifty wallet or purse that will serve them for years to come. We love all the variety available at Frasers Luggage.

Work Bag

The days of briefcases may be long gone, but we still need a bag to carry our laptop, charger, phone, new wallet or purse, stationery, planner and lunch. Find the perfect work bag for him or her online at Luggage Warehouse and have it delivered to your door.

Watch

Nothing says "up and coming professional" like a good quality watch. They keep us on time and looking smart and professional. So watches make great graduation gifts. These are easy enough to find. But for the best brands, check out the watches on offer at Arthur Kaplan.

Globe / Map

Recent graduates might want to explore everything on offer in the rest of the world. A globe or a world map will help them map out where they want to travel to. Mr Price Home has a gorgeous world globe in store or get a beautiful vintage world map from Work Art.

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Desk Accessories

To personalise their new office space, gift graduates with their own unique desk accessories. These can include a desk plant, a darling photo frame, cheeky mug or a colourful desk organiser. Most of these items can even be DIYed or customised.

Engraved Pen

Another great gift that they will be able to treasure forever is an engraved pen. This can be engraved with their name, graduation year or even a special graduation message. There are few pens as special and luxurious as a Parker Pen. So stop by and see all their offerings.

Family Get Away

Your son or daughter has been away at college for three to four years. That's a lot of lost family bonding time. Before they go off on their next adventure, plan a family getaway. This may be expensive, but it will create lasting memories that you can't put a price tag on.

Graduation Money Cake

There is one thing that every graduate in the world wants - money! And after university fees, parking fees, residential payments, textbooks and transport, they probably need it, at least until they get a job. So give the gift of cold, hard cash. Trust us, they'll love it. Penny Pinchin Mom can show you how to make your own money cake.

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Candles 

Candles have the unique ability to create a romantic ambiance with the gentle light and aromatic scents. They can also be necessary during the dreaded load shedding. Yet most people don't buy candles for themselves. Gift your loved ones with a sweet scented candle. Include a lighter or box of matches, just in case.

Cleaning Supplies 

A new home means a new mess. And cleaning supplies tend to be last on the list of essential home items. Clean up this problem by purchasing a bucket. Then fill it with bottles of dishwashing liquid, floor cleaner, all purpose cleaner, surface polish, washing powder, fabric softener and a few sponges and clothes.

Engraved Board

This can be an amazing gift for someone special as it can be personalised to that person. Get a cheese or bread board engraved with a special message, name or image. Carved offers a plethora of designs, or will design a custom piece just for your special someone.

Meals

Meal prep can be tough for new homeowners, at least until they have had a chance to stock up the pantry cupboard, and to purchase cookware. Plus mom is no longer cooking for them. Keep them fed with a thoughtful meal kit or some frozen meals

House Plant 

Plants add a touch of serenity and tranquility into their surroundings. Add a touch of life into a new home with a house plant such as flowers, cacti and succulents. Cooking enthusiasts will appreciate a range of potted herbs for their kitchen.

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Kitchen Gift Basket 

Smaller gifts can have greater value. Especially if they are useful. Create a treasured kitchen gift basket. Fill it with small and necessary kitchen items like toothpicks, baking paper, foil, dish towels, sauces and spices. Add a few bigger pieces for impact. These could be a bottle opener, can opener, vegetable peeler or grater.

House Hamper

Create a gift hamper for new homeowners filled with items they would never think to get. Curtain hooks, hooks, batteries, hangers, extension cords, plug adapters, a torch and sewing kit are all items we often need, but never seem to buy. Most of these are available at Builders Warehouse.

Cookware Set

Pots and pans are a necessary item in most kitchens. And we somehow can always do with a few more. We adore this 15 piece stainless steel cookware set from Takealot. This set includes four casserole pots of different sizes, one frying pan and one sauce pot, all with lids, as well as two serving spoons and a shovel.

Buzzy Wax

Buzzy Wax is a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic bags and cling wrap. Made from cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and resin, these malleable wraps will change shape with the warmth of your hands and hold shape once cool. The Buzzy Wax gift pack consists of a small, medium and large wrap, a great housewarming gift for the eco conscious.

A Tool Kit

Having your own place comes with maintenance. Whether it's fixing a loose wire, changing a stuck light bulb or hammering a few nails in the wall, a tool kit will come in handy. And they're easy to wrap, making it a great gift for both giver and receiver.

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Nappies

Babies need a rather large amount of nappies, which can be quite costly. New parents will appreciate getting as many of these as possible before the baby arrives. Get several packs, a large pack, packs for several age groups or even reusable nappies.

Clothes

We can't deny that one of the best reasons for having a child is to dress them up in all the cute little shoes, skirts, tutus, hoodies and onesies. Have a blast turning baby into the next runway model and gift them with all the adorable and fabulous fashion they could ever possibly need. We love the onesies at Woolworths.

A Photo Album

Memories are important. Especially when baby is no longer a baby and he or she is 14 and throwing a tantrum because they can't go to that party with Chad and Kyle. One of the only things that will keep mom from pulling out her hair, or dad getting out the shot gun (we're kidding), are the adorable baby photos. Check out The Crazy Store and Photo Albums Online for some lovely options.

Gift Pack 

We simply love gifting kits. Fill a basket with a soft towel or blanket, a dummy, milk bottles, wet wipes, a small pack of nappies, nasal aspirator, a baby thermometer and a bottle or two of Oh So Heavenly baby care. Also, add in a cute pair of booties, because they're simply to adorable to pass up. Or, get a ready-made gift set at Little Lumps.

Blankets 

Babies need blankets to keep them warm and comfy. Why not get them their very own unique blankie? Santa Cause for Paws hand-makes soft knitted blankets in different patterns and colours. This gift can be something to keep for years to come. And one day, it can be passed on.

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Spoil Mom

Mom deserves some extra love, too. She spent the last nine months sharing her body with another, having a sore back, swollen feet and morning sickness. When baby is born, she'll need to be at constant beck and call - attending to a crying baby, while lacking sleep, all the while trying to lose the baby weight and stretch marks. She's earned a spoil or two.

Spa Voucher

Hubbies, parents and close friends can spoil the new mommy with a day off. Volunteer to baby sit for a couple of hours while mom gets a pedicure, massage or facial. This option is great because most spa vouchers last for a few months. This way, mom can keep it until she is ready to leave her new bundle of joy. Try any one of these great spas in Joburg.

Meal Kits

With baby fighting sleep, laundry piling up, the older kids demanding attention and dad back at work, mom doesn't have time to cook. So, help her out with a meal kit. You can purchase one at UCOOK or Checkers. Alternatively, you can make your own with a jar of pasta sauce, a packet of spaghetti and a loaf of artisanal bread.

Gift Pack

As a more affordable, timely option to a spa treatment, treat mom with an at-home care package. Simply get a basket and fill it with all her favourites. Include tissue oil, a scented candle, body butter and some bubble bath. Or pick up an Oh So Heavenly care package at Clicks. Remember to include a small chocolate for a well-deserved indulgence.

Spoil The Rest Of The Family

With mom and baby being spoiled, dad and kids may feel a tad left out or forgotten. Give them a little something to remind them that they are special too.

Dad

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. But we suggest getting him a pair of warm slippers, and maybe even a fluffy gown. Then he'll have no excuse when it's his turn to tend the baby in the middle of the night. Something else all dads appreciate is a nice pack of biltong.

Other Kids

It's important to give the older kids attention so they know the new baby is not replacing them. Gift them with small toys and trinkets such as a pack of playing cards, a Rubik's cube or some board games that will gift the whole family with hours of fun.

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Day One

Start off your Hanukkah with celebratory musical classics by Sam Adler, Leo Low and Michael Isaacson. Songs include medleys such as B'rakhot L'hanukka and Ma'oz Tzur to name a few. There's a song for each day during the Festival of Lights, setting the mood with cheerful songs from the Old Country. Get your copy of Hanukkah Celebration from Takealot.com.

Day Two

Follow the age-old tradition of giving gelt this Hanukkah. We suggest that you get your sweet fill of chocolate money from Woolworths or from one of our favourite candy stores in Joburg, such as the legendary Dicks Sweets in Northcliff. Be sure to get quality chocolate gelt as we've found that unfortunately, some suppliers skimp on the good stuff.

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Day Three

Take the gelt trinket full circle and throw a beautiful coin purse from Frasers Luggage into the mix.

Day Four

Spoil your favourite people with a handmade mohair bear named Ben. This lovely little thing is crafted by the skilful hands of [email protected] and is available through Hello Pretty.

 

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Day Five

Fun for the entire family, the Tangram bear puzzle is a beautifully designed and handcrafted challenge to enjoy during the Festival of Lights.

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Day Six

Grab a colouring poster by the Colour Jar and keep the kiddos occupied this Hanukkah.

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Day Seven

Come along with Biscuit as he makes a beautiful menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. It's a great time for stories, songs, food and friends! Get your copy of Biscuit's Hanukkah online at Takealot.com.

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Day Eight

Give back by donating to the Mensch Foundation. It believes that we all have the power to make a difference whether big or small through our professional work, by volunteering our time or by offering financial or in-kind support.

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By Shawn Greyling

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