I find that when I’m determining what gift to get for someone I try to imagine myself in their shoes; what do they like doing, what makes them happy, what do they choose to surround themselves with, what is the ultimate treat for them? There is nothing more disappointing when unwrapping a parcel than finding it is something that the giver treasures but that has no meaning for you the receiver. (I’ve been on the receiving end of many cat cards when I’m much more of a dog person.)
Such musings led me to the idea of creating a series of Gifts I Would Like to Receive which might offer inspiration to others. One item on my imaginary wish list is an Emma Shipley scarf. Her bold, animalistic designs are so strikingly unique and would really make a simple dress or boring suit a stand out. I have been coveting one of these ever since I discovered this young British designer, and spend ages poring over the patterns, imagining which one I would purchase.
I hope that at some point I will own one of these master pieces (for Emma really is an artist). However, I’m also going to keep them in mind, as maybe one day I will find someone who gets as much pleasure from receiving one of these as I would – and then I will gladly make the purchase.