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We have a great selection of gift ideas for your loved ones in South Africa, and I thought it would be great to also have a list of places you can shop for your loved ones here in Germany.
Most shops will accept South African credit cards, so you just need to have the correct address to surprise someone with a wonderful gift.

South African products

On top of most people’s lists are products from South Africa, for that we have a great list of shops selling SA products here in Germany. This is not only food items like Biltong, Droewors, Mrs. Ball or Pro Nutro but also handmade and beauty products. Have a look at the variety here –  South African products in Germany

Boeries and Biltong

Christys Küche

  Hi, I’m Christy, a South African living in Düsseldorf since 2018. Prior to leaving SA, I ran my own catering business. I also had my own restaurant, KOMBUIS in Melville, which specialised in traditional SA dishes. Although we love living in Germany, we miss South African food terribly. So, we

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Kiefer Cuisine

At Kiefer, it is important to us to bring the authentic taste of South African gourmet biltong to the German community. After living in South Africa for over 30 years, Stefan has developed a famous authentic South African taste. Our biltong is made from the finest cuts of meat, seasoned

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Runder Biltong

Runder Biltong is a young owner-run company, based on the outskirts of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Owners Kyle and Wesley, a South African and Dutch duo have been in operation for  2 years now and have seen an extremely positive response to their products and service. Runder sell via their e-commerce

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Mopani Braai

South African meat and sausage specialities made in Germany My motto in life is “Love goes through ones stomach”. I plan to devote more time to making a difference and let love go through many experiences of my valued customers. As a passionate chef, I completed my profile and studies

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Saffa Shop

A variety of South African products Home made biltong, boerewors, droëwors and chilli bites. Lamb chops. Maize Meal and Samp Maltabella, Jungle Oats, Kreemymeelm and ProNutro Rooibos, Five Roses, Ricoffy, Frisco and Milo Alcoholic drinks like Klipdrift Brandy, JC le Roux,  Sedgwick’s Old Brown, Savanna, Hunter’s, Lion Lager and many

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Die Spens

Die Spens shop is situated next to the A1 in Amersfoort, easily reachable from all over The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Come and have a look at all the well known South African favourites, like Mrs Balls Chutney, Sparletta Creme Soda, Simba Ghost Pops, Ouma Rusks, Koo Sweetcorn, Iwisa Maize

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Trockenfleischmanufaktur-Allgäu GmbH & Co. KG

Unser Familienunternehmen produziert seit nun mehr als 15 Jahre Trockenfleisch von höchster Qualität. Unsere Produkte werden aus bestem Rindfleisch hergestellt. Des weiteren verzichten wir auf jegliche Zugabe von Chemie. Das heißt, wir verwenden ausschließlich natürliche Zutaten. Kein Zusatz von Zucker, Konservierungsstoffen, Geschmacksverstärkern und Weichmachern. Uns ist es  wichtig, natürliche- und

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Boerewors.be

Real South-African Boerewors, Droëwors and Biltong in Belgium. Buttermilk rusks delivered to your door By taking our family-trusted farm recipes and spices, we’ve turned our boerewors into exceptional works of art. With just the correct ratio of meat and fat, our succulently juicy boerewors have made a name for themselves

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Gifts with a South African flair

Wine and spirits

Wine is always a great gift idea and there is no shortage of businesses selling South African Wine

Capewineland

Capewineland was taken over by us in March 2022 out of love and passion for South Africa. As a South African family in the Rhineland, there has always been a strong connection to the home country of South Africa with its open and warm people, its beautiful and varied flora

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Schalkenbosch Weine

Our company Schalkenbosch Weinvertrieb GmbH & Co. KG is located at Reutlingen which is 30 km south of Stuttgart and 200 km west of Munich. With our Schalkenbosch Weinvertrieb brand we are concentrating wines, spirits and fine food products from South Africa only! Schalkenbosch Weinvertrieb has been founded as a consequence

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The Blue Heron Wine Shop

The Blue Heron has just landed in your neighbourhood! Nested in the beautiful city of Munich, The Blue Heron Wine Shop offers an exclusive range of artisanal wines and spirits. Come and experience our modern and unique take on wine. Visit us today! – Wine Club – Cellaring – Weekly

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Intra Wine and Spirits

We offer an online shop as well as a tasting venue and Vinotek called Stellenbosch Open Wine and Spirits in Ingolstadt You will find a wide variety of typical South African Wines from well known vineyards: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Bordeaux Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot – MCC

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Spices

We’ve compiled a list of companies that sell an array of spices perfect for adding a flavourful touch to your meals. These spices reflect South Africa’s diverse and rich culinary heritage and are sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you’re looking for the perfect blend for your next braai, or wanting to add an authentic touch to your stews or curries, these companies have got you covered.

 

Cape33

We carefully select unique and quality products from the Cape region of South Africa and make these available in the EU market. Our current product

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Gift Vouchers

  • Depot – beautiful homeware.
  • Mydays for experiences like spa days, cooking classes, vintage car rides and so many more.
  • Jochen Schweizer is another experience gift shop.

Shops in Germany

You can buy items online and have them delivered in Germany. Many shops allow you to set the language to English. Here are some suggestions:

  • Amazon.de – you can set the language to English or shop at Amazon.co.uk, just make sure they deliver the specific product in Germany.
  • Flaconi for perfume, makeup etc

Gift Baskets and flowers

Greeting Cards

Physical Cards

You can easily create a beautiful and custom online card on Send a Smile and have it conveniently delivered anywhere in Germany via the German postal service.

Virtual Cards
  • Groupgreeting.com – Create a virtual group card and have all participants sign the card. This is a great way to commemorate a special occasion, such as a birthday, graduation, or retirement. With our easy-to-use platform, you can even add photos to make the card even more personal and memorable.

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Business Directory Welcome to the leading resource for finding a comprehensive list of businesses that offer South African products in Germany.Our platform is committed to

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We understand how important it is to have a reliable courier service that you can trust to deliver your packages on time, securely and with care. That’s why we’ve asked our Facebook community, to share their experiences and recommendations on the best courier companies that can send small packages or documents between South Africa and Germany.
We also compiled a list of companies that can assist you with shipping your excess luggage or bigger packages. 

Customs (Zoll)

When sending a package to South Africa,  SARS might demand Customs or Excise duties on the items. You can find detailed information on the SARS website. The same goes for Germany and the Zoll amt.
In the Customs (Zoll) documents, It is important that you list all the items in your package, including what they are worth and their country of origin. It is advisable to have the Customs forms filled out in triplicate and add them all to the envelope on your package

What can I bring into Germany

It is very tempting to bring some South African goodies with you when you travel to Germany, and while most items are allowed, there are Restrictions.

Sending a package from Germany to South Africa

My personal experience is that DHL express shipping is more expensive but it is the most reliable way of sending documents or packages to South Africa. Make sure you get a tracking number.
DHL has standard and express Shipping.
Please be aware that SARS might demand Custom or Excise duties on the items. See more on the SARS website

Sending a package from South Africa to Germany

Excess Luggage, sports equipment or larger packages

The easiest is to contact your airline and ask them about excess luggage. Do not wait until you are at the airport, it could cost much more. Most airlines have a weight limit for excess luggage. If your package or luggage exceeds this limit it can be sent via air freight. Contact the airline for more information. Here is information about the excess luggage from Lufthansa as an example.

The following companies can assist with excess luggage and larger packages:

Comparative websites

Looking to compare prices of shipping and postal services? Look no further than the options available with Jumingo and Packlink.com!
These platforms offer easy-to-use comparison tools, allowing you to quickly and easily see how different shipping options stack up against each other in terms of pricing, delivery times, and more. 

Competitive Rates for South Africans

Richard Wheeler is promising competitive rates to South Africans who would like to send parcels via air or larger items via sea. 

You can contact him on:

Is someone flying soon and can take a package for me ...

We know sending a package to and from South Africa can be expensive and it is very tempting to ask if someone will be flying between SA and DE soon, who can take along a package for you.  If you decide to take a package or documents along for someone else, make sure it is someone you know and can trust and then still follow the suggested precautions mentioned below. You do not want to be used to for example smuggle drugs or prohibited items that are hidden in a package

When you accept the responsibility to pack items in your luggage on behalf of someone else, it is important to take certain precautions.

  • Make sure you know what is inside the package. 
  • During the check-in process, you will be asked about your luggage. Examples are “Did you pack your luggage yourself or did somebody help you? Did you, at any point, leave your baggage unattended? Did anybody ask you to carry anything for them?”. Answer these questions truthfully.
  • You will be legally responsible for the content of the package. Make sure there are no prohibited or illegal items in the package. Contact your airline for a list of prohibited and dangerous goods. Here is information from Lufthansa as an example
  • Make sure you know the customs regulations for the countries you are travelling from and to, and also when in transit. Look at the SARS website for South Africa, and for Germany the Zoll website. 
  • You will be responsible for paying any customs and duty fees

Shipping and Relocation

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Spoiling someone in South Africa has become so much easier with the wealth of online shops that are currently available. 
We created this list from recommendations we received from members of our Facebook group

Personal services

The following businesses will shop gifts for you, or you can choose from their range, and deliver it either personally or per courier

Yabulela Gift Hampers SA

I support and assist South African ex-pats to close the distance with high-quality gifting, connecting their hearts with family & friends when they cannot be together. Without the uncertainty of gifts not arriving safely in the hands of those they love. 1. A personal Giftologist to support you from start to finish

Plaaslik (The Pretoria Shop)

I’m your local gifting girl in South Africa! Click on photos to see our great gift ideas for Father’s day! Do you live overseas or on the outskirts but have family and friends in South Africa? Let me send your family and friends in South Africa their birthday, anniversary, wedding, Mother’s Day,

To South Africa with Love

This is a personal delivery service in the South African Gauteng surrounds, primarily for the South African expats abroad

Vouchers

Many of us would like to financially support our families or friends in South Africa.  You can send money directly to them but there are always extra costs involved. A great option is to buy them gift cards or vouchers or order items for them online. Most of the big retail shops offer gift vouchers or have online shops for example PicknPay.
Checkers 360 promises to deliver groceries within 60 minutes. They however have a limit of 30 items per order. The major issue with the Checkers app is that it does not accept Foreign Credit cards (status 01.10.2023)  You can buy Shoprite Checkers Vouchers on Computicket
For a selection of vouchers (Netflix, Uber Eats, Makro, PnP, Woolworths, Mobile phone vouchers, etc) visit the eGifts24 Website

Personalised gifts

Home, clothing and living

Flowers

Experiences

Tickets

Stationary

Sweet temptations

Foodies

Wine

Cape Town

Meals

Children

For the boys

Jewellery

German Products

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After gathering feedback from our Facebook members, we have put together a comprehensive list of top-rated shipping companies operating between South Africa and Germany. 

When you need to send a package between South Africa and Germany, you have plenty of options to choose from. We understand that selecting the right company can be a daunting task, which is why we conducted a poll on our Facebook page to get insights from our community members. Based on their experiences and recommendations, we have compiled a list of companies that you can rely on for safe and timely delivery of your valuable items. 

Do you often find yourself in search of reliable online shops to send thoughtful gifts to your loved ones or friends residing in South Africa or Germany? Look no further as we have compiled a comprehensive list of some amazing online shopping destinations where you can find the perfect gift for your loved one.

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Shipping from South Africa to Germany

Here is a list of the companies suggested by members of our Facebook page:

Shipping from Germany to South Africa

Here are some suggestions for shipping companies to ship goods back to South Africa. There is also a FB group called Return to South Africa, where you can find additional assistance

General tips

  • When requesting a quote make sure to ask if the clearing costs in Germany, or South Africa if you are moving back, are included and get it in writing. Some companies do have hidden costs
  • Some people complained about added costs due to delays, inspections or clearance issues. Know what you are paying for, and how issues will be handled
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  • You can ship boxes via airline cargo, contact them to get a quote. This is suitable when you do not have a lot of items to ship

Disclaimer: Please note we only list the companies people suggested to us and have not used these personally

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Good to know

Your Visas are approved, your paperwork is finalised and you are ready to start planning the big move. This can be a very stressful time,