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Be inspired by these suggestions of eclectic gifts for the home and garden lover. Creative, quirky but never boring!

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Our Hand painted Tea Towel range is made with love care and attention to detail. These 100% cotton designs are proudly made in South Africa. The Durban based artist who paints the design explains that the stripes are rolled by hand so will not be perfect, however they do have a lovely free feel that provides uniqueness to the designs.

Hand painted tea towel are available in 3 designs:

– Melktert recipe
– Protea

Each hand painted tea towel is made from a durable 100% cotton fabric, is colour fast and will not fade in UV light. With a little care and by following these simple instructions your hand painted items will last you many years.

Washing Instructions:

Launder on 40 degree coloured wash cycle using a mild detergent

Allow to dry naturally, do not tumble dry

Iron on reverse side of fabric

Treat stains immediately but do not use harsh commercial stain removers

Tips on Removing Stains:

Tea/coffee: soak in lukewarm detergent solution then dab with a little methylated spirit

White wine: Cover with salt to absorb then soak in cold water, wash as normal

Red wine: Do not use salt, dab with a kitchen paper towel and leave to soak in white wine vinegar or soda water

Butter etc: Scrape off as much as possible, sprinkle with talcum powder to absorb then work in neat washing liquid. wash immediately

Fruit juice: Rub stain with salt before washing, rinse in cold water before soaking in washing detergent solution. Wash as normal.


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Protea shaped Goats Milk soap fragranced with essential oils. These soaps are handmade in South Africa especially for AuraDecor Designs. Each soap bar is 100g.

Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a South African flowering plant, sometimes also called sugarbushes. In local tradition, the Protea flower represents change and hope.

There are three fragranced protea shaped goats milk soap available to choose from, each in a different colour soap bar:

  • Neroli and Rose Geranium (white soap)
  • Charcoal and Lemongrass (charcoal soap), made with activated charcoal (good for problem skin)
  • Fynbos of the Cape (green soap), Fynbos is the term for indigenous flora of the Western Cape Province of South Africa

    These beautifully sculptured protea shaped soaps smell as good as they look and are a perfect gift for the soap collector.

Boxed ready for gifting.

Also available in our soap gift range is the essential oil Soap Cake Slice.


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Our natural wax storage jar candle is free from additives and petroleum based paraffin wax, resulting in a clean burn whilst releasing fragrances made with essential oils. See our tip below for getting the most out of your candle burn time.

Hand poured for AuraDecor Designs in the UK, these clip storage jar candles are high quality, environmentally friendly and not tested on animals.
The natural wax and essential oil candle comes in a handy clip storage jar which can be closed between burns. The clip jar can be reused after the wax has burned away.
Attractively packaged with a branded ribbon, this candle will also make an ideal gift for the friend who loves fragrancing the home.

Choose from the following home fragrances:

Lime, Basil and Mandarin
Stargazer Lily & Hibiscus
Wild Cranberry
Fig and Wild Grape
Winter Scent

This natural wax and essential oil candle range is also available in a Travel size, perfect for taking on a weekend break and a wooden lidded jar.

Hint – When burning your candle for the first time, allow the wax to form a liquid pool which reaches the edge of the container. This prevents a ‘crater’ from developing in the middle of the candle, and will maximise the burn time of your natural wax and essential oil candle.


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Reed Diffuser Candle Gift set – An elegantly presented combination gift set ideal for the discerning home maker. The Gift set comprises of 2 natural plant wax candles in glass votives, and a natural essential oil glass reed diffuser with reeds.
Attractively packaged in a branded gift box made from recycled paper and cardboard, this giftset will make an ideal gift for the animal lover as our products are never tested on animals.

Kind to the environment. Contains no animal or paraffin ingredients, clean burning and additive free.

Handmade in the UK for AuraDecor Designs.

3 natural aromas to choose from:
Lime, Basil and Mandarin
Pomegranate and Mint
Wild Fig and Grape



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The plant pot wrap is a cleverly designed plastic cover which will quickly and easily disguise the plain pots that come when we buy our potted plants at the garden centre.  These reusable sturdy white covers simply wrap around the ordinary plant pots, the pretty lace-edged finish enhancing their appearance.

They can be used indoors and outdoors. Use them around different pots of herbs to display on the windowsill in the kitchen, or in the conservatory covering a plant pot.

Easily assembled by securing the ends together in the grooves provided. Folds flat for storage.

Purchased as a set, comprising of 1 large and 1 small plant pot wrap.

Large size: 16 cm Diameter x 14.5 cm Height (fits around a pot approximately 13cm Diameter x 10.5cm Height)

Small size:  13.5cm Diameter x 12cm Height (fits around a pot approximately  11cm Diameter x 9cm Height)

A great gift idea for the green fingered, or when given together with a pot plant as a gift.



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Inject a warm glow around your home with Coco Chic Light Chain.

The coco chic LED light chain is available as a mains operated as well as a battery operated option.

Mains powered: 50 LED bulbs, total length 6m of which 3, illuminated. Includes Transformer.

Battery operated: 27 LED bulbs, total length 2.2 meter of which 1.7m illuminated. Requires 3 X AA batteries (not included).
The elegant coco chic light chain has many uses around the home. We suggest you can either place the battery operated light chain in the centre of your dining room table instead of a candle or drape it across the mantelpiece. Can also be used to good effect to light a dark corner in any room of the home.





from £22.00

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The Wine Glass lampshade Wrap. Each pack of three self-patterned covers are designed to wrap around stemmed wine glasses forming unique lampshades for the wine glass. Place a small wax or battery operated tea light candle or battery operated candle into the bowl of each wine glass.  These cute lampshades are a novel idea when considering table lighting for weddings, special occasions or dinner parties. A unique gift for sending to someone special. With flat packed presentation this is an inexpensive and ideal gift for posting.

A beautiful unique wedding reception idea when used as a table centrepiece. The Wine Glass Lampshade Wrap will give off a lovely gentle glow in the centre of a wedding table setting.  Could be used instead of a flower centrepiece.

Furthermore, use the lampshade wrap to create a cosy warm glow at a romantic dinner party, or as a Christmas centerpiece on your festive table.

How do I create my table centrepiece with the Wine Glass Lampshade Wrap set?

Simply wrap each vellum tealight shade around a wine glass and fasten where indicated. Drop a tea-light into three differing height stemmed wine or cocktail glasses and arrange them on a square or circular mirror. Trail some interesting foliage, such as ivy stems  between the wine glasses and create an unusual yet elegant centrepiece which will reflect the light.

Each Wine Glass Candle lampshade is sold as a flat- packed set of 3 elegant self-printed designs in white vellum paper. The paper has a transluscent quality prefect for letting the maximum candle light shine through safely.

Glasses and tea lights not included.


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The tall and elegant White Border Kamla Nkuku garden lantern stake will add a touch of rustic charm to any garden setting.

Clever Lighting Ideas for your garden:

This clever garden lighting idea is an attractive way to demarcate a walkway at your next outdoor event. Simply place the stakes at the edge of the pathway and light the tea lights as the sun sets. You can also create a romantic setting in your garden when dining al fresco by placing the garden lanterns around the patio.
Each Nkuku garden lantern has a recycled inverted glass lantern to hold a tea light which fit inside the decorative rustic wire holder.

The White Border Nkuku garden Lantern set is an ideal present for the garden lover.

Also available in a Rust Linear design.

Size: 90cm X 8cm diameter


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Our agapanthus design cushion has a hand stencilled agapanthus painted onto a blue gingham checked fabric. The fabric is made of 55% linen and 45%cotton woven cotton.

Great for bringing summer into your conservatory, kitchen or bedroom. This attractive and popular design will add some arts and crafts charm to your home décor scheme.

Is the agapanthus design cushion machine washable?

Easy to clean the cushion cover can be washed following the washing instructions below. We have used high quality paint for the stencilling which can be washed on a normal cycle in the washing machine.

45 x 45 cm cushion with hollow fibre filled inner.

Care Instructions for cushion cover:
Machine wash at 40 degrees Celcius
Iron medium temperature
Do not Bleach
Do not Tumble dry
Do not Dryclean


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Agapanthus design scatter cushion hand stencilled onto 55% linen/45% cotton blend woven Checked fabric. The bold design and vibrant purple on the scatter cushion will add a pop of colour which will add subtle tones of purple hues on soft green. The agapanthus is a flower indigenous to South Africa and this scatter cushion is an elegant and contemporary way to add a floral element to any interior design scheme.
Great for bringing summer into your conservatory, kitchen or even a bedroom.

45cm x 45cm cushion with zip and hollow fibre filled inner.

Care Instructions for cushion cover:
Machine wash at 40degrees Celcius
Iron medium temperature
Do not Bleach
Do not Tumble dry
Do not Dryclean


A beautiful handcrafted Protea shaped tealight holder which is formed out of sturdy wire with red, pink and orange and clear glass beads.
The Protea, sometimes also called Sugarbush (Suikerbos in Afrikaans) is a flowering shrub indigenous to South Africa and an iconic symbol of the flora of this beautiful country.

When the Tealight candle is lit the beads sparkle and emit a soft glow.
The Tealight holder looks equally elegant as a centrepiece on a dinner table, or on a sideboard in the living room.

Two sizes are available:
Small – Height 8cm x Width 8cm
Large – Height 13cm x Width 13cm
As this is a handmade product, these sizes are approximate.

from £17.00

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As seen in The World of Interiors

A wire bead craft hen – what an unusual gift idea for a friend who keeps chickens as pets. They will love the individual character of each handcrafted hen.

This popular hand beaded Large Standard Hen is crafted in South Africa by one of our Fair Trade partners. Blending traditional Third World craft skills with First World resources.

Each hen is painstakingly shaped and then beaded by hand, taking many hours to create a truly unique piece.

Add a dash of colour and quirky style to any room in the home.

A great gift idea for a chicken lover or chicken collector, or anyone with a sense of humour.

Available in red, black or white colourways.
H: 30cm W: 16cm  L: 30cm


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As seen in The World of Interiors

This popular hand beaded Pecking Hen has been designed exclusively for AuraDecor Designs and crafted in South Africa by one of our Fair Trade partners.

Each hen is painstakingly shaped and then beaded by hand taking many hours to create a truly unique piece.

Add a dash of colour and quirky style to any room in the home with this wire art piece.

Available in red, black or white colour ways.
Approximate Dimensions: H: 28cm W:16cm  L:30cm


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Our fun and quirky handmade Wire Craft and Bead decorative chicken makes an excellent and unique gift for a chicken lover or chicken collector.
This piece of South African Art is exclusively crafted by our Fairtrade partners, and takes a British icon giving it a delightfully zany South African twist.

Available in red, black, yellow or white colourways.
Approximate Dimensions H: 18cm W:11cm  L:19cm

from £40.00

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This fun metal garden ornament in the shape of a rabbit will look great in so many settings.
Use it on the lawn with flower borders as a backdrop or use it in patio pot plants to create an interesting garden feature.
The height of the rabbit is approximately 22cm and width 22cm. The stake which goes in to the soil is 8cm long.
Great gift idea for a garden lover.


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Porcelain Tealight Holder – Agapanthus Design

Our beautiful handcrafted porcelain tealight holder with an Agapanthus design is created in Cape Town by the well known ceramic artist Catherine Landman.

Catherine’s inspiration is taken from nature and her surroundings. These influences are evident in her beautiful contemporary ceramics collection.

Multiple agapanthus flowers have been etched into the delicate porcelain  before the tea light holder  is fired. The agapanthus is indigenous to South Africa and instantly recognisable amongst gardeners around the world.

When lit the candle light creates a lovely glow through the delicate porcelain thus highlighting the agapanthus shapes on the outer surface. Each tealight is unique and like a piece of ceramic art.

Being a handmade article expect variations in shape and size due to the shrinkage that occurs during the firing process.

Available in two sizes:

Large porcelain Tealight holder £30.00
Height: 13cm (approx)
Diameter: 9.5cm (approx)

Medium porcelain Tealight holder £20.00
Height: 10cm (approx)
Diameter: 7.5cm (approx)

from £20.00

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Hand Printed Fabric Table Runner

Our designer hand printed fabric table runner is made from good quality 100% cotton and features the popular swallow bird motif. The contemporary design was created by experienced textile designer Ena Heese from Cape Town South Africa.

Where does Ena get the creative inspiration for the fabric table runner from?

Ena is constantly inspired by the patterns, symbols, arts and crafts from all over the African continent and her attractive fabrics reflect this.

“My vision is to design and produce a unique product that embodies the concept of proudly South-African.

My mission statement is “for home, body and soul”.

The hemline of each fabric table runner is delicately hand embroidered outlining a few of the swallows giving this table runner an arts and crafts touch.

Placing the runner on a dining room table or on a sideboard is popular in South Africa and it will look equally good in any living or dining room. This elegant grey and off-white runner will be a striking addition to your room décor.

A beautiful ‘swallows’ table runner which will make an unusual gift for the home maker, gift for the birdlover, wedding list gift, wedding gift.

Dimensions: Dining Table Runner: 1.95m x 44cm wide


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