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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 …

Here’s why Vanity Fair thinks museum gift shops are underrated

Yaaay! Halloween madness is over and everyone’s officially allowed to start talking Christmas. Even my beloved Vanity Fair was delivered with a pretty thick supplement on gift ideas for those who have unlimited budgets and very little time to come up with something original. If you are patient enough to flick through endless photo shoots of designer must-haves (and you bet I am!), page 76 will come as a pleasant surprise: it lists top museum shops in various parts of the world which stock the most amazing items. My love for museum gift shops has been a fascinating affair for many many years now. Not a single visit to any exhibition ends without checking out what’s available to take home. Occasionally, you will find annoyingly overpriced key rings with ‘Made in Bangladesh’ tags, but generally museums try to support local talent and provide unparalleled value. These gifts will suit everyone who is into arts, values originality or simply loves being surrounded by quirky things. Apologies if you are reading this post outside Europe, but I’m …