The time to make memories has come.

After almost two years of lockdown, the upcoming holiday season promises to be an exciting one for South Africans with the easing of lockdown regulations.

With Black Friday, Christmas and New Year around the corner, and in true Mzansi fashion, shopping is set to be on the rise as the perfect release from what has been an extremely challenging period for most people.

People are likely to engage  in more outdoor activity, traveling and quality time with friends and family, making a reliable smartphone and accompanying accessories essential for the jolly season, to capture the special moments and remain connected.

Which is why we narrowed down a selection of the hottest and best-value items during this Black Friday period.

With these in your possession, you are guaranteed to make a splash this summer.

Grabtab (R119)

The new card-sized GrabTab makes talking, texting, selfie-ing and viewing more comfortable without compromising wireless charging. The secure holding loop is a smartphone user’s dream, while GrabTab is available in a number of different designs.

TECNO SPARK 7 Pro (from R2999 )

The SPARK 7 Pro boasts a dynamic 48MP Clear Triple Camera and new Helio G80 chipset, delivering a captivating cinematic experience through a bigger and better 6.6-inch edge-to-edge display, complete with Super Night Mode. The SPARK 7 Pro’s ultra-fast G80 chip and 90Hz refresh rate also mean users will be provided the lightning-fast speeds they need to bring their ideas to the world. Available at Foschini Group Stores at R2799; Game Stores at R2499 between 19 – 30 November.

TECNO CAMON 17P (from R4 999)

The CAMON 17P is exactly what creative, tech-savvy young South Africans have been waiting for. A massive 6.8” FHD+ IPS Hole screen that is complemented by a 16MP Clear Selfie Camera and 64MP AI Camera, rounded off with a G85 Octa-core processor. So sensational is the CAMON 17P, that it allows users to capture selfies of a quality that are even comparable to rear cameras on some smartphones. Available at Foschini Group Stores at R4499; and Game Stores at R3799 between 19 – 30 November.

Volkano Insta Series Desk Stand and Ring Light (R249)

The Volkano Insta Series Ring Light lets you adjust the settings for perfect control of brightness and colour to get that ultimate video or photograph. It is ideal for use during meetings, video calls, vlogging and live-streaming. In this way you can look flawless in your selfies, Tik-Tok videos and broadcasts.

Volkano Hold Series Flexible Phone Holder (R199)

The extended phone holder is used for dashboard and windscreen mounting, and it is incredibly easy to install. Simply flip the suction switch against the surface of your choice, and you are good to go.

Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit Speakerphone (R299)

There will be a lot of time spent in the car this summer as road trips and cruising become the norm. This speakerphone gives drivers total peace of mind that they can stay in touch with loved ones while staying safe on the road.

Macally Car Cup Holder 8”/20cm Mount For Phone/Smartphone in Black (R375)

Convenience is the name of the game with this handy vehicle accessory. Who wouldn’t want a gadget that can not only hold your cooldrink but your smartphones as you drive to your preferred holiday destination?

Rappid Universal Lanyard Cell Phone Crossbody Adjustable Detachable Holder (R179)

This is another terrific invention that is compatible with all makes of phones. Simply place the card between your phone and its case, and you are attached to your device in whatever way you want to be.

Folding HD Phone Smartphone Magnifier Screen Amplifier (R122)

This is another hot-ticket item this summer. Especially for downtime during the holidays, why not settle down to watch a movie on your phone but with a much larger view? The screen amplifier is perfect for keeping two or more kids entertained.