This year I have decided to give away a free profile article every month to a local business nominated on our Instagram account. The first lovilee for the year is Lilou, a supplier of artisan gifts, bespoke favours and curated online gift boxes. Being an online store, Lilou is the perfect place to shop if you love giving thoughtful gifts but don’t always have the time to go shopping for them. I interviewed the founders, Juanelle and Christelle, to find out more.

Introducing Lilou curated online gift boxes
Introducing Lilou curated online gift boxes

Tell us a bit about how Lilou got started?
We come from creative origins, our grandmother had a real flair for all things creative and used to impress her friends and family with her embroidery, hat-making and cake decorating skills. Not surprisingly, this rubbed off on our mom and her siblings, who are just as good at sewing, baking and jewelry design. Creativity has always been valued in our family and this often comes through in the gifts that we give.

As sisters, we share a lot of the same interests and hobbies and we soon realized that we could start a business by combining our passion for being creative and our knack for putting gift boxes together. Since starting Lilou, we have been really excited to see how many people appreciate our skill and service, especially men who would like to give their wife or girlfriend an impressive gift, but don’t always know where to start, or busy executives who don’t have the time to go gift shopping themselves.

Always give gifts that you would like to receive – everything at Lilou is exactly that!! – A Dippenaar

Lilou curated gift boxes

What kind of gifts do you sell?
Our gift boxes and gift packs make the perfect gift for birthdays, bridal showers, anniversaries or any other special occasion. We pride ourselves in taking care of the little details, so all our gift boxes include a notecard which can be personalized if the gift is being sent directly to the recipient. We also provide the option of creating custom gift boxes and we encourage our customers to get in touch if this is something they would like to do.

Our exclusive favours are made-to-order and can be filled with one of three handmade chocolate confections and decorated with a personalized sticker or ribbon which matches the colour scheme of the event. We have a number of options available on our website but custom orders are also welcome.

Lilou curated gift boxes
Lilou curated gift boxes

How do you select your products?
When we started Lilou, we decided to only stock products we would buy for ourselves; in this way we’ve been able to keep our business centred on high quality products that are guaranteed to impress. We also love showcasing South African designers and makers because we know supporting local businesses will make our country thrive. Our soy candles are sourced from a candle maker in Johannesburg, our body products from a mother-daughter team in Durban and our lovely note cards and notebooks from a designer in Cape Town. We’re constantly looking for new and exciting products to add to our collections, especially handmade, small-batch products that you wouldn’t find when going to the mall or shopping center.

What sets you apart?
We believe the happiest people in life are the givers, not the receivers. In many ways this has become the mantra for our business. We want to give South African creatives the limelight so they are able to prosper, we want to provide our customers with the best products and service and in the process, help them give their friends and family gifts they will treasure.

Lilou curated gift boxes
Lilou curated gift boxes

Give-away & Special offer

THIS GIVE-AWAY IS NOW CLOSED, see the winner on our winner’s page here.

One lucky lovilee will walk away with a R300 voucher to spend on-line on the Lilou Online Store. In the meantime, there is a 15% discount available to all lovilees, valid until midnight, 31 January 2017. Use the code “lovilee” on check-out.

What you have to do to enter?

  1. ‘Like’ Lilou on Facebook.
  2. Follow Lilou on Instagram. Instagram
  3. Leave us with a comment below of your favourite item in the Lilou on-line store.
  4. You will receive an extra entry into the draw by tweeting the tweet below

Terms & Conditions of the give-away

  • The competition closes at midnight on Monday, 23 January 2017, South African time.
  • The winner will be announced on this article on or before Tuesday, 24 January 2017. The winner will also be informed via email.
  • The prize{s} are not transferable for cash.
  • Directors, members, partners, employees, consultants, promoters directly or indirectly involved may
    not win the prize.
  • Suppliers of the goods may not win the prize.
  • Open to South African residents only with a valid SA Postal address or physical RSA address.
  • The winner{s} will be chosen at random, using

Contact details
Facebook: lilouonlineshop
Instagram: @lilouonlineshop
Pinterest: lilouonlineshop

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Karen Kelly is the founder and editor of KaRi is also owner and creative director of Learn more about her here and connect with her on social media on the links below.


  1. Lindy Beneke

    My favourite item is the Winston and Julia Nutty Nougat.

    • Kari

      Thank you for entering, we love your choice!

  2. Samantha Black

    My favourite item is definitely all the gift packs along with the speciality teas 😍

  3. What a wonderful website, Happy NEW YEAER!!
    My favourite items is most defintely the wonderful variety of speciality teas!

  4. I’m absolutely obsessed with all of Zana’s products! They are an amazing team that produces amazing products!
    The Laura Gift pack – because we can all do with some TRUTH coffee 😀

  5. Emizer Vinkhumbo

    My favourite item is Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil 💜💜💜

  6. Megan Hartwig

    My favourite item is their jewellery, especially their Good Luck Necklace. Shared on Twitter (@flutterbymegs). Holding thumbs.

    • Kari

      Thank you for entering and sharing the Love on Twitter!

  7. Tania Brewis

    My favourite is the jewellery and gift boxes! ;o)

  8. Patricia Edwards

    My favourite item is definitely all the gift packs along with the speciality teas

  9. I’m finding it difficult to decide between the Hot Chocolate, the Winston and Julia toffee and honeycomb, the Bare Naturals bath and body oil, and the Party Bunch and co notebook. Everything on their site is AMAZING! 😍

  10. Bianca Balutto

    I absolutely love the Balance Necklace.

  11. Carolyn Augustus

    Absolutely love the Precious Necklace

  12. Nicola Meyer

    Love the Laura gift pack because of the the coffee and also Laura is the name of my daughter

  13. Karen Marais

    Hi have a weakness for the Symbols on silk jewelry.
    Looking at all the delicious food goodies has made me hungry!

  14. Maryna Conradie

    Firstly, such a lovely informative blog post, I’ll be sure to follow the rest of your profile articles. I love being informed about new querky little business to support so thank you 🙂

    Now, being an avid tea drinker, I would definitely say my favorite product(s) is the impressive range of specialty tea’s Lilou has to offer (choc chilli chai WHAT!).

  15. Vanessa Christiane

    Oh Wow what beauties, they all are stunning, been following Zanaproducts for a while, just stunning DIY! Wish I lived closer to take one of their courses!

  16. Id so love to win this prize and purchase wedding favours for my sisters upcoming wedding 🙂 I know that she’d love to give out the cute Winston & Julia Fabulous Fig and Date chocolates at her wedding.

  17. chantal esterhuizen

    It is so difficult to decide! I do love the Tranquility Gift Box though <3

  18. Jackie Katzen

    I love the precious necklace from symbols on silk

  19. Their “Soy Good” candles are just 😍😍😍

  20. Anelle Tewson

    What a lovely site! The tranquility gift box looks so delicious! Definitely my favorite, it even has a tea strainer!

  21. Rehana Seedat

    My favourite item is Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil. Have tweeted as well @rehanaseedat

  22. I love trying out new teas and the Choc Chai Chilli sounds divine.

  23. Mischa Ruby

    What a tricky choice! My love for tea wins this one – I’d have to go for Lady Bonin’s Choc Chilli Chai. Thanks for drawing our attention to Lilou! 💛

  24. Sue-Ann Zerf

    I really love the jewellery! Difficult to choose one favourite.

  25. Roxanne Chutthergoonr

    I simply love the Precious Necklace
    miss_rox_c on Instagrame
    Roxanne Chutthergoon on Facebook
    @Roxi_23 on Twitter

    All steps done!

  26. Hannah Arendse

    I love everything! But I think the Mr and Mrs mugs are fantastic. ❤

  27. Theresa

    Liked and loved on social media!
    My favourite would have to be the Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil . Oh and the Treat gift box. And the Lavish gift box. Oh heck! All of it!!

    • Kari

      Hard to choose when there are so many lovilee items! Start a wishlist!

  28. Jaclyn Underwood

    What a lovely website and product offering! Would love the Bare Naturals Bath and Body Oil.

  29. Angelique de Vries

    It would definitely be the “Laura Gift Pack”. I absolutely LOVE it!!!!

  30. Karien Coetzer

    My favorite item is the Truth Coffee☕️

  31. Mikhaila Roman

    My favourite item is the Lavish gift box 😍

  32. Lauren Booysen

    Wonderfully! The lavish gift box and bird neckalce

  33. Carline Bredenkamp

    I love speciality teas!! The Lady Bonin range sounds wonderful!!

  34. Taryn Snyman

    I absolutely love the Balance Necklace!!! ❤️ The Party Bunch & Co. Notebook comes a close second!!☺️😍

  35. Marelize

    The truth coffee giftpack looks like the ideal gift for my friends! Everyone deserves good coffee in a nice mug 🙂

  36. The gift of tea is possibly one of the most thoughtful ways to tell someone to take time out of the busy-ness of life; to celebrate and sustain oneself with the ritual of tea drinking. Lady Bonin’s Genmaicha would be my choice.

  37. Janice Grant

    All the necklaces are absolutely gorgeous but the balance would be my most favourite. 🙂

  38. Caitlin

    OMG they sell Truth coffee! For any coffee lover out there this is a must have in your cupboard. My favourite coffee shop on my way to work uses Truth coffee beans and it’s a little piece of heaven in a cup.

  39. Leanne Alford

    I would love to try out the rich hot chocolate and I love bird necklace on the website 🙂

  40. That Orange & Pomegranate Soy Candle, must smell amazing! #need

  41. Tarne Van Wyk

    The Claudia Gift Pack which includes the Unwind bath and body oil from Bare Naturals, an orange & pomegranate soy candle and Winston & Julia almond roca covered in 60% chocolate.

  42. Can’t I just say everything? Coffee and chocolate! Must have it all!
    But final pick:
    It will have to be a very difficult choice between the Laura and Terry Gift pack.

  43. Elmari Viljoen

    The Terry Gift pack caught my eye!

  44. Maryka Fourie

    The gift packs and boxes are the best 🙂 such an amazing gift.

  45. Oh my goodness I love them all especially the bare naturals bath and boy oil!!!

  46. It’s all so lovely, and reasonable! My Fav item is the Calm Necklace.

  47. Blair Scheepers

    The Balance Necklace is something I could definitely use right about now! Hitting 2017 full speed ahead.

  48. Shantal

    My favorite is the Synchronicity Necklace. Simple and stunning!

  49. Everything is so beautifully, it is a feast for the eyes, and I am sure, also for the tongue. I love the “Heartfelt gift box”. One can never go wrong with chocolate, especially after a long day with small kiddies. (Ps: I do not have instagram, so can’t share post there)

  50. Oh my goodness what a beautiful site! Gift pack or box I can’t make up my mind – they are so wonderfully curated! The Laura pack is just sublime though – Truth coffee beans!!! Swoon 🙂

    • Kari

      So glad you love it Nicola! Totally agree, they are a gem of a company!

  51. Losh Don Kisten

    The Tranquility gift box is my fave #love the beautiful products on offer – sharing on social media #love it

  52. Julie Jones

    Too many lovely choices! If I had to pick a favourite, though, I think it would probably be the Bird Necklace 🙂

    • Kari

      Congratulations! You are the winner of the R300 Lilou voucher! They will be in contact soon!

  53. Tanya van der Merwe

    Would love the Winston and Julia fiery ginger! And the gift packs look amazing!

  54. Natasha Shackleton

    The Treat Gift Box is awesome!

  55. Janet W Perry

    Liked on FB. My favourite Lilou item is the Heartfelt Gift Box – stunning!

  56. Henriette

    I saw the Treat Gift Box sent to Lucky Pony and that’s definitely my favourite! Love the products will definitely remember when I am looking to buy a gift for someone! Liked, followed and tweeted!

  57. Yasmin Schrueder

    I’m a tea addict and Moulin Rouge is my favourite movie so yeaaaaaaaaaa LOVE

  58. Chantelle

    Absolutely adore the soy good candle. 2017 is all about finding calm and creating “hygge” so this would be super for that. I also love the calm necklace, actually it’s really hard to choose just one thing when everything is so pretty. (#loverofbeautifulthings)

  59. Lalannie

    So many beautiful products!!
    Recharge Gift Box

  60. Simone soupen

    Definitely the gift packs its so unique and special

  61. My favourite is the jewellery and gift boxes!

  62. Happy new year, lovely website and products.

    My favourite item is the Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil ❤

    • Kari

      Hello Estelle, Thank you for the nice thoughts! May 2017 be a lovilee year for you too! Love your choice of products and thank you for entering!

  63. I just love the Infinity Bracelet. Just reminds me of my family and our love that will last forever #happyheart

  64. Elizabeth Ferreira

    I like the Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil

  65. Recharge Gift Box: Coffee is my only friend before a certain time of day.

  66. Hanneke knoetze

    In love with your website 💕 The Treat gift box looks fabulous! I need this in my life xhx

  67. Yolandi Van Den Berg

    Definitely the recharge gift box… ahhh, coffee. What more can I say, the worst speaks for itself. Pure bliss

  68. How can you choose between all the lovely tea selections and the tasty coffee from Truth… and who best to share a nice cuppa with a friend! 😉

  69. The Bare Naturals Bath & Body Oil is something I would love! … & the teas look soooo interesting, all so lovely for pampering and gifting. 💛🌺💛

  70. Dale Pearce

    I love your gift packs because they are so unique and special. Anyone lucky enough to be a recipient would be overjoyed!

  71. Sheugnét Klopper

    Love all the gift packs especially the Amari
    There is one for each one of the lovely ladies in my life

  72. My favorite item is the heart vinyl stickers. I just LOVE hearts 💕

  73. What lovely products and gift boxes that Lilou offers! I would have a really tough time choosing something but their Lavish giftbox is a really nice gift to get! I definitely will have a look the next time I need to get a nice gift for someone special.

  74. Maxzene Morgan

    I’m in love with the mint soft bucket planter.
    Perfect for my new home to grow herbs in my kitchen.

  75. Yolandie De Jager

    What a stunning business concept! Love it. All the products look amazing but favorite would have to be the “Treat box” … mostly because of the Soy Candle and the amazing Zana Products ❤❤❤

  76. Jade Ledgerwood

    My favorite item is the Friendship Necklace 👌🏼😍 and the gift boxes look incredible!!!

  77. So I’m obsessed with anything chocolate and all sorts of teas therefore I’m taken aback by the variety of chocolate and tea options and then chocolate tea! Whaaat! Absolutely love, cannot wait to try!

  78. I am absolutely crazy over the curated gifts from the Lilou store.

    If I won this R300 voucher, I’d use it towards the Treat Gift Box, it has my favourite local products in one box.

  79. All the products on there are lovilee hence it was very difficult choosing just one..but I love love love the precious necklace xx

    • Kari

      Hello Cindy, apologies, but the competition is now closed