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.


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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Checkers launched their meal kits not too long ago. These boxes include a recipe and all the main ingredients needed to make a delicious meal. Pantry ingredients like salt, pepper, water and oil, among others, will be needed for most of the meals. Each week there are several options to choose from including a meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian option. These kits range in price and cooking times. The wide variety of meals makes meal prep and healthy eating much easier.

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Woolworths has been a convenient place to shop for quick and easy meals for as long as we can remember. They have always offered hot and tasty pies, yummy microwave meals, pre-made pasta, sandwiches at the ready and delicious rotisserie chicken. The latest of these offerings are their meal kits. Naturally, these are a little more pricey than Checkers, but many a consumer are happy to pay for the Woolworths brand. These kits also include all the necessary ingredients, except common pantry items, and a recipe for choices like Hake Korma, Rib-eye Steak, Mushroom and Pearl Barley and Spanish Chicken and Chorizo.

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UCOOK offers 12 menu options a week, which are based on seasonal ingredients. They deliver all the items needed for these meals as well as the recipes. Their kits are divided into three categories, Health Nut, Vegetarian and Easy Peasy. You can choose how many meal kits you want, how many people you want to feed and which day of the week the kit gets delivered. Menu items include dishes like risotto, soup, tacos and curries.

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Daily Dish

Daily Dish offers a weekly meal kit which includes ingredients for your choice of three or four meals. You can choose which meals you want for the week, out of their 20 options and you can choose to feed between one, two or four people. Menus include Classic, Family, Banting, Vegetarian and Pork-free dishes. All the ingredients, except pantry items, are delivered to your door in thermally cooled boxes, which they will happily recycle for you.

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Like A Chef

This company offers meal kits that feed your choice of two or four people. Each kit contains three meals per person, available in either Classic, Pork-free, Foodie or Wholesome dishes. Before you choose a meal, you can see what ingredients are used and what ingredients you'll need from your pantry, as well as how long it will take to prepare and the level of spice.

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DayToDay offers cooler boxes, which are recyclable, containing everything you need to prepare four healthy meals a week. The meals cater to people who are carb conscious, fitness fanatics and don't eat pork. There is also an Express option, containing meal kits that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. And they have lunch sorted for parents, kids and working professionals.

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