Continuing with the travel theme…Our magical holiday in Bali was full of exciting discoveries, from local fruit (imagine yellow watermelon!) to the fact that the Balinese never give presents to one another. What a shame, right? Oh well, we are all different, and diving into another culture was an eye-opener, no doubt.
However, we are here to discuss gifts, and there is plenty of choice for tourists and expats across this tiny island.
Anyone who comes back from Indonesia praises their furniture and art. Honestly, wasn’t impressed—if you are after a cheap chest of drawers and a bright painting to hang nearby, then go for it. Both would cost you about 150 U.S. dollars (the preferred tourist currency in Bali), but then add transportation costs on top, and the bargain doesn’t seem as attractive anymore.
I tend to be more practical (especially whilst travelling to far-away destinations, luggage restrictions can be pretty brutal, unless you are a lucky owner of a first-class ticket), so my number one choice is always jewellery.
Hand-made, locally-inspired jewellery is a great gift. So it was no surprise that my boyfriend asked to help him pick a birthday present for his mother whilst we were there.
She is a beautiful Italian woman with bronzed skin and deep hazel eyes, so she tends to wear a lot of white. We decided to go with an intricate set, made out of dozens of little silver balls and strings.
Carefully wrapped in cotton and placed into cute little boxes, there wasn’t much need for further packaging—just a gift bag with a note from us.
P.S. I got lucky too: it wasn’t my birthday, but I walked out of the shop with this (thank you, my dear!)…I guess it was a thank you for my help 🙂