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Celebrating Gonk’s 1st Birthday & Give-away

When we moved house just under a year ago I stumbled across Gonk, an awesome shop literally just around the corner from our new possy in Linden. Little did I know the shop opened its doors a mere two weeks before we moved! I just love popping into Gonk, they have a lovilee variety of home decor, kids and gifting items and I have become great friends with the owners, Gerhardt and Kosie! The shop is celebrating their first birthday – read more about their special offers below and have a great give-away for you!


About Gonk and the owners

Their backgrounds could not be more diverse – Kosie studied hospitality management and worked in the travel industry signing contracts with airlines and tour operators and Gerhardt comes from an art background and worked in retail for many years as store designer, creative manager and visual and concept manager.

In 2015, after we assisted a friend in Clarens, to merchandise her store, we realized it was time to make our dreams a reality and GONK, the shop, was born. The time was right to take the big leap and leave the corporate world behind. After months of searching we found the perfect spot in the Heart of Linden. We felt right at home and were welcomed with open arms. The name ‘GONK’ is a combination of our initials – Gehardt Oosthuisen and Kosie Nagel (inverted).


It is our love of beautiful things, the love of shopping and of cause, the love for each other that ties it all together. It has been a life long dream of ours to have a little shop; a place where we can share what we love with others.


What can people expect to find in-store?

Gonk’s philosophy is first and foremost affordable gifting for all. We love to support local and take great pride in the exclusive ranges we keep. We source new products on a regular basis to keep it fresh and on trend. Some of latest finds include:

  • ALoveSupreme – Intelligent and creative with a dash of whimsy, aLoveSupreme is the imaginative range of stationery, apparel and home-ware with a sneaky sense of humour and a whole lot of heart.
  • Net ‘n kameel – an original handmade jewelry range that includes brooches, earrings and pendants made from wood, metals and Perspex.
  • You can now add decorative detail to your home and office with a colour rich range that brings back the nostalgic cupi doll as well as clean cut heart shapes and other playful niknaks combining a soft and masculine mix of natural wood and resin.


What is the best selling item(s) currently in store?

Every house has that one wall or one corner where Sandra Pelser’s art will be ideal. These make the greatest gift for your art loving friend. Each lady tells a story of her own and might just be a match to that friend you have in mind.


Chicken feet bowls and jugs just gives every kitchen that fun twist. Use the bowl for your eggs or to plant a herb, or just serve your juice chicken feet style. Tea time has never been this quirky. The quirky milk jugs and sugar pots is the perfect gift for that friend who loves making a good impression on her guests.


3D puzzles for the kids make a great gift to keep the kids busy for hours. From building your own airplane to adding furniture to your existing doll house, it’s good fun, educational and affordable. (the mini ones make for great party favours)


What other products or services do you provide?

We have an on-line store where you can purchase some of the products that we stock in store. We provide shipping options all across South Africa. We also exhibit at markets from time to time that includes The Linden Market.

In addition to running our store, we also do bespoke wedding decor and flowers as well as themed kiddies parties with a difference. We consult with our client to understand their needs and we put a Gonk seal of approval on every event we do. We admire old school and tradition and we are great lovers of handmade concepts.


Do you have any plans to expand?

We are currently looking for a location for Gonk Two, but finding something is hard. We believe the right spot will find us. We want to maintain our integrity and what Gonk stands for wherever we go – but we definitely have places to go.

The shop in Linden, Randburg, is celebrating it’s first birthday, they have decided to share the love by making gifting more affordable with some great specials on some pre-selected Gonk favorites. These include items like Pretti Cool products, scarves, adult colouring books, toys and many more. You will receive a free item when you buy one of the items on promotion. Only available in store, while stocks last, but be quick the special offer expires on Sunday, 7 August 2016!


Gonk will be spoiling one lovilee with Two gorgeous felt bunnies worth R550! (Make sure that you complete ALL of the steps outlined below!)


What you have to do to enter
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Complete the rafflecopter form above.
  2. Leave us with a comment below of what you will do with the gift should you win?
  3. You will receive an extra entry into the draw by tweeting the following

Terms & Conditions of the give-away

  • The competition closes at midnight on Friday, 12 August 2016, South African time.
  • The winner will be announced on this article on or before Monday, 15 August 2016. 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

To get in contact or shop your heart out
Address: 51 4th Avenue, Linden
Contact number: 082 478 0779
Facebook: gonk2014
Instagram: @gonk_2014

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  1. Oe – my friend Annelie – she loves bunnies!

  2. Tracey Stroebel

    Two bunnies! Perfect! 1 gorgeous bunny for each of my gorgeous sons ❤❤❤

    • Kari

      Sounds like a great plan! Holding thumbs!

    • Kari

      Congratulations! You are the winner of the two felt bunnies! Please check your inbox for further details

  3. Carolyn Augustus

    I would’ve loved to spoil myself but I know, without a doubt that my daughter wouldn’t give me the chance. So I guess my daughter it is.

  4. I am pregnant with my first baby! One of the bunnies would go to her and the other would go into the Santa shoebox I will make for a needy child on her behalf every year. They are beautiful! And happy birthday x

    • Kari

      Congratulations with the pregnancy! And what a lovilee gesture!

  5. Lizz Huesmann

    I am turning 70 on 24 August. Have to prove that it doesn’t make me hopping mad, but hopping glad, that I am alive and reached my three score years and ten, and can share some bunny hugs with my seven grandchildren!!

    • Kari

      Congratulations on your birthday! You sound like a lovilee gran to have! Holding thumbs!

  6. Julie Jones

    I’d give one bunny to my baby daughter, and keep one for some dear friends for when their dreams of having a baby come true ❤

    (P.S. The link to Gonk’s Facebook page didn’t work for me, but I found the page by searching for it. I’m not sure if there’s maybe something wrong with the link, or if it was maybe just my phone giving trouble, but it might be worth a look ? )

    • Kari

      Oehoe, sounds exciting 🙂 Thank you for the feedback, it seems to be working though.


    I would share this with my 5 yeat old niece. She loves bunnies

  8. emlyn thomas

    will buy the milk and juice bottle just love it

  9. Linda Thompson

    Thank you for this post, I live near Linden and didn’t even know about Gonk. It is so exciting to discover a new gem of a shop. I will be visiting see. I would gift the one bunny to a friend of mine with two children under 3 as she is emigrating and I’d love for her to take something South African with her and I would keep the other.

    • Kari

      Oehoe, you HAVE TO visit them! Let us know what you think when you have

  10. Sharleen

    My pregnant daughter will get these should i be lucky to win them

  11. This is perfect for my daughter’s room. So cute!

    • Kari

      Holding thumbs! Thank you for entering

  12. I would give this to my pregnant wife , and would keep the other one for the baby

  13. would just keep it to cuddle with . nice and cozy looking

    • Kari

      They are indeed, I would LOVE to have one them myself

  14. Megan Hartwig

    This is such an amazing giveaway… Would reaaallly love to win, and I need the jammerlappie bowl by la lepin in my life:) Pleeeeaaaase pick me 😉 Fingers crossed.

  15. I would love to win these bunnies as I own a real bunny and just love bunnies.

    • Kari

      That definitely sounds like a good combo! Thank you for entering!

  16. I visited you guys yesterday for the first time and what a wonderful treat!!! Thank you

    • Kari

      Such great news that you love the shop as much as I do! Please do enter the competition!

  17. I would totally spoil myself! I LOOOOOVVVEEEE bunnies and this is my birthday month..

  18. marile grobbelaar

    I have a little girl turning 1 in september… wil give it to her!

    • Kari

      It will be a lovilee present! Which little girl does not LOVE bunnies?! Holding thumbs!

  19. Too cute! Will spoil myself with one because I simply love bunnies! The other one will go to a special baby girl, still to come ?

  20. Arne Grobbelaar

    Hope to win this for my wife and little girl

  21. If I win this I will gift it to my gran as she loves statement pieces like these bunnies!!

  22. Would share this with my 2 daughters, they LOVE bunnies!

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