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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Art of Giving - Part One

If like me you are slightly crap at finding gifts that are guaranteed to light up your friends and relatives faces with joy, goodwill and other Christmas buzzwords, then the holiday season probably strikes fear into the depths of your soul. If you're not sure about your gift-giving abilities, then you're the one who trudges around the shops wearily looking for anything that looks like 'something Mike might like', before ending up at the shop you first started at and buying the first thing that you lay eyes on. On the day of exchanging gifts, you'll probably be recieving a look of 'what-were-you-thinking' mixed with a healthy dose of 'I-wonder-if-I-can-exchange-this', as your recipient gives you more thanks than you deserve.
However, because I know what this is like, this is the first in a series (hopefully, though judging by my sporadic blogging habits, the next 'episode' will be sometime around early July 2009) of guides to giving gifts that will infuse you with a feeling of selfish cheer (who doesn't love that little spark and glow that you get when you realise that you have outgifted everyone else - err...and made your good friend Mike happy obviously).
First up is Mardeu. Started up by Kazumi Hiruma, a fashion grad from Central St Martins, Mardeu reflects a somewhat electic and personal taste which should appeal to people who appreciate good design with beautiful, quirky aesthetics. It's a veritable wonderland that offers a plethora (I'm catching up on my 'word of the day' for the last year in this post) of treasures, from clothing to ceramic llamas designed by artists from all over the shop.

My personal favourites come from these guys:


Vice & Vanity

Les Six

All Dressed Up

My next guide will be on how to stop using parentheses excessively...maybe I'll switch to footnotes.

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