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Holiday Traditions in South Africa

Hello, howzit, sani bonani, dumelang, and sawbona! Welcome to the vibrant world of holiday traditions in South Africa. As a country with diverse cultures and heritage, I am proud to call this nation my home! It’s no secret that our breathtaking coastlines, mesmerizing mountain-scapes, and abundance of wildlife continues to draw in visitors from all over the world. However, I believe that the true essence of South Africa lives within the warmth of our people and a diversity that, somehow, unifies us all. 

That is why I am so excited to dive into the many wonderful ways we celebrate throughout the year! From borderline chaotic family gatherings and braais to intimate dinners and last-minute trips to the beach; holiday traditions in South Africa are certainly as colorful as our country’s inhabitants. Read below to learn what a year in the Rainbow Nation looks like, and how you can send gifts to your loved ones in South Africa with Gift Baskets Overseas

holiday traditions in south africa south african family sitting together in front of christmas tree

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The Best Gift Baskets for Christmas: Our Holiday Gift Guide 

If you’re on the lookout for the best gift baskets for Christmas, you’re in luck. Gift Baskets Overseas has the best in the world! And, of course, you’re thinking, “Well, can you back that up?” and the answer is yes! Yes, we can. We pride ourselves on offering (and sending) the highest quality gifts all year round. But, Christmas is, of course, one of our favorite holidays. So you best believe that when it comes to spreading festive joy with gifts, we take our role seriously! 

From gourmet gift hampers and wine gift baskets to Christmas-themed goodies and personalized presents! We have holiday gifts for every taste and preference. Read below as we present the best gift baskets for Christmas, curated by our gift experts. 

best gift baskets christmas gifts wrapped in brown wrapping paper

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Christmas Gift Ideas Based On Their Favorite Movies & Shows

People mistakenly believe that the greatest question of all time has always been the one from Shakespeare’s masterpiece: “To be or not to be?” But as soon as the first snowflake falls onto the ground, everyone quickly forgets it. With the arrival of winter holidays, another pressing issue bothers people’s minds: ’What gifts do I get for my folks for Christmas?’ Finding inspiration for gift ideas such as Christmas gift baskets, only comes naturally to the most talented gifters!

So let’s be honest, that’s a tough one! We bet you had to rack your brain on it at least once. The bad part is the more you explore alternatives, the more challenging things become. After all, the pressure rises with each gift you look at – because no one wants to disappoint a close person, giving them a mediocre gift. 

But what if we tell you there’s a 100% way to succeed in this challenging task and, even better, to enjoy the process? Yes, you read that right, it’s really possible. With just a little early gift-list preparation, you can save millions of neurons and say ‘no’ to the Hunger Games-esque adventure in the crowded mall stores on December 24thtion. To get some inspiration from modern media, keep reading to see what gifts we’d recommend based on their favorite movie or show!

Best Christmas Gift Ideas - Snowman in front of a Christmas tree

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Italy Holiday Traditions: Embrace La Dolce Vita

Warning! This blog about Italy Holiday Traditions is highly recommended for reading for those who:

– Like to crush grapes with his feet to the songs of Andriano Celentano;

– Sit in a checkered blanket with a cat on their lap (you need to respect this person);

– Does not break spaghetti in half (this is almost a crime!)

 –And, of course, for all of those who loves Italia as much as I do!

Q: Where do people take vacations that revolve around food?

A: Eat-aly.

Chao, lovely readers! Frankly speaking, I think I was Italian, in a pasta-life. And it’s not a surprise that I have faced a great desire to write an Italian holiday aperitivo-guide for those of you fond of festivals, rejoicing, stunning pastas, and probably wine.

(Not to mention the sounds of laughter, glass tinkling, and a strong desire to write a reckless text message to your ex.)

Oops, we won’t tell anyone!

Whether planning your next vacation to Italy or just curious about its fascinating culture, knowing the calendar of holidays is important. This remains exceptionally true if you plan to surprise your friends, family, or business associates in Italy with timely gifts. The holidays can be great fun to experience (we know that!) and truly dive into the local culture, but it’s always best to prepare!

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Holiday Traditions in the UK: Unboxing the Magic Behind Popular Holidays

The United Kingdom is a land steeped in history and rich in traditions, especially during the holiday season. From the cozy and festive Christmas celebrations to unique regional holidays and the spirited St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the UK offers a diverse tapestry of customs and rituals. In this blog, we’ll explore the holiday traditions in the UK. Additionally, we’ll give you tips on the gifts to send to your loved ones in the UK and how to send them!  

Holiday Traditions in the UK: Night view of Trafalgar square at Christmas, London

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How To Send Anonymous Gifts

We always tell our customers to be sure to sign their greeting cards so their recipients know whom to thank. We’re so serious about this; our customer service team will get in touch with you if we don’t see a name on the greeting card! But, what should secret admirers do? Or Secret Santas? For all those moments when you want to send anonymous gifts, this blog is here to help.   

If you’re wondering why someone would send a gift anonymously, we’ll cover that too.  Keep reading for a quick rundown of how to send anonymous gifts and when to send them!

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Going Beyond Christmas: Lesser-Known Winter Holidays

When we think of ‘December holidays’ or the ‘holiday season’, what comes to mind for most people is adorning their Christmas trees with trimmings, running around to find the perfect Christmas gift basket for their picky mothers, and eggnog. Although Christmas is the biggest holiday we consider during the festive period, there are plenty of lesser-known winter holidays that fall between December and mid-January. 

As an international gifting company, we believe that it’s important to know about different observances and holidays that take place around the world. And, when it comes to sending gifts across the globe, we think you should too! As we escort Christmas off of the stage for a moment, read below as we turn the spotlight on lesser-known winter holidays that your friends and family may be celebrating over the next month. 

Lesser-Known Winter Holidays: Beautiful sparklers in hand

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The Do’s and Don’t of Holiday Shopping: Holiday Shopping Trends

Hooray! Can you believe it – the 2022 holiday season is upon us! A time for festive celebrations, a full calendar of social events, wider waistlines, smaller wallets and thankfully more champagne! We’ve all experienced the chaos that comes with the return of Santa Claus and the mass gatherings held at shopping malls. So, why not make this year’s holiday season as easy as possible? Our Holiday Shopping Trends overview and tips here to help!

With the season of giving approaching us, we’ve curated a list of the do’s and don’ts of holiday shopping, so that your shopping experience can be easy as pie! Save time and money by following our list of holiday shopping trends and tips for gift-giving below.

Holiday Shopping Trends: Friends celebrating the Holiday season.

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Surprising New Year’s Traditions in Italy

Happy New Year! This is the perfect time to celebrate the year you’ve been through and reflect on all the beautiful things that have happened, the lessons you’ve learned, and the people you’ve met. Ringing in the new year with friends and family is a feeling like no other, and Italians definitely know how to do it. We’ve put together an article about New Year’s traditions in Italy that will have you planning to spend your holidays there!

New Year's Traditions in Italy : Glass Flutes of champagne on a gold background with white gifts and gold ribbons

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Summertime Noel – Celebrating Christmas in Brazil

Christmas traditions in Brazil have a rich history and are always lively and exciting, much like Brazilian culture. Christmas in Brazil is one of the most important days and the Brazilian people wait anxiously for quality time with family, food, and celebration. 

Being a predominantly Catholic country, Brazil celebrates Christmas the way most Western European countries and the US do, with just a few interesting and fun details that are unique to the country’s vibrant heritage. If you’ve ever wondered how people celebrate Christmas in Brazil, you came to the right place. 

Christmas in Brazil: Snowy Background with countdown clock and ornaments.

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