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V&A Museum Shop: Treats for your jewellery box

I have a peculiar relationship with my jewellery boxes. There is a small leather box on my bedside table for things I wear daily, like diamond studs and a few pendants. But then I own a “secret” (and rather large!) brightly-coloured wooden box, hidden in my wardrobe, dedicated to different pieces I purchased during my travels or while out and about in London. I open it from time to time to simply relive those happy moments. And despite not wearing these “secret” jewels very often, I like looking at them and knowing they belong to me 🙂 My girlfriends also have similar hidden treasure boxes, so I’m not alone – I remember spending entire evenings dressing up together and sharing stories about our possessions during our teenage years (well, back then those were mostly plastic bracelets and an occasional silver necklace from grandparents). The one place I come back over and over again to get inspired and buy something new for my collection and as gifts for my girls is Victoria & Albert Museum. Known …

A rant about the importance of “wrongly timed” gifts

A friend came to me for a piece of gifting advice the other day. “It’s my girlfriend’s birthday coming up,” he said, “and I’ve written this beautiful song about her, but I really think it’s too much, more of a Valentine’s material, so how about I get some flowers and take her to a picnic?” I almost yelled at him angrily “Yeah, sure, if you sing that song there – otherwise it’s boring!”, but I saw such genuine confusion in his eyes that I realised a much bigger societal issue was hiding behind it. How many times have you thought “That’s it!” about a gift for your loved ones and then took a step back and started doubting yourself with “This is too much, he/she will think I’m showing off/guilty of something/overdoing it”? I have, many times, until one day I finally got the point why gifts exist in the first place – to convey an emotion – a perfect moment in time when all your thoughts are concentrating on one person, and all you …