I did most of my Christmas shopping at Marula Studios in Nairobi this year. They recycle flip-flops (pata patas) washed up on the beaches along Kenya's coast, and turn them into stunning, colorful works of art. It's a great eco-friendly product and each piece is handcrafted by skillful workers, using basic knives, glue and sanding machines, in a workshop on the same grounds as the studio. Tours are free, and there's a lovely coffee shop on the premises as well, where you can enjoy a latte and quiche. Marula Studios is located in the affluent suburb of Karen, the same area as the Karen Blixen Museum, The Giraffe Center, and not far from the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park.
I have just one item left on my list - the very first African City Monopoly board, featuring Nigeria's largest city, the buzzing Lagos. With Chance cards like ""For attempting to bribe a law enforcement agent, pay a fine", it's a classic! The only other official African Monopoly boards feature South Africa and Morocco (I'm lucky enough to have both, but unfortunately can't really play the Moroccan version as my Arabic is non-existent).
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Image of Marula Studios © Anouk Zijlma