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Discovering gift-worthy accessories in Paris

These are the moments when you really start loving your job— you are being sent to Paris “to network at a conference”…Paris is a holy grail of all things beautiful, from food and wine, to accessories and fashion.

When my mum “hinted” that she wanted a leather backpack for her birthday, it was a no-brainer to dedicate part of my trip to shopping and search for something uniquely French.

After some online research, I fell in love with this leather backpack in rich brown:

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With my target set, I headed straight to Galeries Lafayette.  After spending 15 minutes in the queue just to get into the Longchamp boutique (that was a first!), the real “sac a dos” was too plain and surprisingly uncomfortable to wear. Panic!

Dedicated gift-givers never panic, that’s our rule number one. As a true believer that things do tend to work out, sometimes with a little bit of patience and commitment, I continued my journey through the store until I discovered Kesslord, a much less-known accessories brand with refreshingly democratic prices and great leather. Their shop assistant kindly gave me directions to their flagship store in a trendy Le Marais district, where I snapped up the very last brown backpack.

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With its classic design and a range of useful compartments, this bag will definitely become a well-used item in my mum’s wardrobe—happy me!

What’s our rule number two? Never forget about presentation! John Lewis is the best place when you are looking for quality gift wrapping, and ta-da: the gift is ready!

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Currently living and working in London, I dedicate a few hours every week to share my gifting knowledge, accumulated over the years of epic gift fails and unexpected triumphs. I'm much better at giving personal recommendations than trying to be generic, so feel free to drop me a line.

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