Gifts with an African touch

We source finely-crafted items made by creative local artisans in Southern Africa. Every gift you buy helps celebrate their talent and changes their world for the better.

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My Story

I’m Lizette, founder of African Gift Collection, previously known as Dadacraft. I grew up in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2007. The idea for my business came to me while settling in my new country and being homesick….my only company a pile of South African interior magazines. It is here that I rediscovered the lovely handcrafted items made by local artisan groups.

Meet the Makers

The Heartfelt Project

The first project I supported, and which is very close to my heart is THE HEARTFELT PROJECT – a job creation and skills development project, using traditional handcraft skills to create Heartfelt products designed predominantly out of felt and beading. Together, Martha and Julie started this project to create job opportunities for unemployed women in the rural community of Makapanstad. This empowers not only the lives of these women, but is also for the good of the community as a whole.

Karoo Angels

The angel ‘factory’ consists of two branches, Vondeling Optel Craft and Rietbron Craft, and under the name of Karoo Angels the two craft groups make the angels that fly to other places, other countries, and other cultures.

Vondeling Optel Craft was initiated in 2006 as a community upliftment project sponsored by the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.