What with birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and all kinds of other events taking place throughout the course of the year, by the time it gets to Christmas it can be all but impossible to think of yet another round of gift ideas. Because we are normally buying for the same loved ones year after year, we also have to be careful not to go repeating ideas and buying things that we have bought before and, on top of this, we usually do not know what people have bought for themselves in the meantime, which just adds another headache to the Christmas gift-buying scenario.
Although in some ways it might seem easier to shop for the women in our lives, in others they can be much trickier customers than men. Because let’s face it, women tend to be the more avid buyers, they could have huge amounts of ‘stuff’ stashed away that we know nothing about. Also, whereas the presents that we buy for men tend to consist of gadgets, tools and the like, those that we buy for other women tend to be more personal items and so the chances of getting it wrong are much higher.
So, just what can you buy for those female friends and relatives that they will truly appreciate and that they will not have already? A gorgeous hand painted silk scarf or a handmade shawl.
Now, I know that you are probably thinking, ‘But she probably has a scarf or shawl already,’ and that may well be the case. Scarves and shawls, however, are some of those items that you can never have too many of, and if you choose one of the hand painted or hand dyed ones, then she definitely will not have one which is identical because each one carries a unique design.
Like other types of accessories, women’s silk scarves and shawls need to coordinate with the outfits that they are worn with. If you choose one which suits the recipient’s taste, style and color preferences, therefore, then it will be something that she will always want to use. As handmade silk scarves and shawls are stunning luxury items, it is also unlikely that she will have any such high quality accessories in her closet and so your gift will be treasured even more.
Whenever we choose presents for our loved ones, we always want them to show how much we care. Handmade silk scarves and shawls are not at all like the mass-produced items that you can find in every department store, but are unique, wearable works of art. When you give one of these beautiful accessories as a gift, your friends and loved ones will be left in no doubt as to how you feel.
Although perhaps a minor consideration, one of the other great things about silk scarves and shawls for friends or relatives who live far away is that they are light in weight, so when it comes to sending them cross-country or abroad, the postage costs will be much lower. This means that you can spend more of your money on the gift itself, rather than on sending it.
November 27, 2010
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