Retail and gift stores centered on major attractions all know that fridge magnets are an major component of consistent retail sales.


Our production process

Trends have shown that shoppers are often willing to spend a little bit more on hand-crafted or hand-painted magnets rather than cheap, mass-produced plastic magnets. Over the last two decades we have designed, hand-cast and hand-painted a range of over 870 different magnets, a huge proportion of which have been custom designed or branded for our retail gift shop customers such as zoos, hotels, airport duty-free gift shops and tourist attraction sites. Our in-house artists' superior design capabilities give our clients the opportunity to create beautiful hand-painted magnets, customised and branded specifically for their shop, attraction or brand. The designs are based original hand-sculpted designs which are then intricately hand-painted using Windsor and Newton oil paints by our highly trained South African artists.


Our range of premium magnets

Animal Magnets

Over the years, we have designed a large range of animal magnets in a variety of themes and styles. All of our magnets are created by hand, either as etched designs, full figurines and busts, relief carving designs, or a blend of all 3. The range of magnets includes 3D, framed, figures, flag, happy, humorous, love, Africa, map, scenic, tusk and window themes and styles. We can even customise the design and branding of the magnets to suit your needs.

Oceanic Magnets

In recent years, we have been adding a number of designs to our oceanic range of magnets as a result of high demand from aquarium and zoo gift shops. We have created a range magnets including fish, penguin and mermaid themed magnets, which our clients can purchase either with their standard designs, or we can customise the theme and design of the magnets, or brand the magnets, to meet our clients’ needs.

Tribal Magnets

Our original range of African tribal magnets includes a variety of tribal themes and styles. Our range of tribal magnet themes and designs include baby, mini figures, love Africa, map, scenic, and tusk styles. We have designed a variety of magnets to include our customers’ branding and even customised or added new designs for locations and specific attractions.

Nelson Mandela Magnets

Our Nelson Mandela magnets celebrate and commemorate the life and work of Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela, one of South Africa’s most prominent freedom fighters during the struggle against Apartheid. These magnets were created under license, with a portion of proceeds going to the Mandela School Library project and Literacy program


Why become a reseller for Gala Star?


As the largest producer of hand-made chess sets in Africa, we know a thing or two about producing beautiful, high-quality products. We currently sell products to over 1 000 retailers globally.


We have extensive experience in international shipping and realise that it can be tricky - that’s why we assume risk on your behalf. If products arrive damaged, we will replace them entirely.


Our products have been best-sellers since our inception in 1994 and are loved by customers worldwide. We advise and work closely with our retail partners and resellers to ensure they maximise sales.

What makes us stand out from the rest?

At Gala Star, we have developed a proven track record with a variety of customers including retail shops, corporate gifts companies online retail stores over the last 25 years. Our success is due to the following four pillars:

Excellent Service

Our customers come first! We believe in great communication, taking responsibility, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. We strive to improve continuously.

Uplifting rural communities

Gala Star empowers our local team of African artisans and staff by providing them with an income and skills training so that they may build a better life for themselves and their families.

Beautiful Designs

Our products are all hand-designed and hand-crafted by talented artists in Africa. To produce them takes hours of staff training, all of whom who take great pride in their work.

Quality Production

Our products are hand-cast using polystone and hand-painted in exquisite detail. Our quality control processes are essential to our continued customer satisfaction and ongoing success.


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