News-Antique.com - Nov 16,2008 - Don’t Just Give A Gift… Bestow History and Provenance
Christmas and the holidays are coming and the age old problem presents itself as to what to give everyone on your gift list. With the economic climate influx and money tight, the question becomes one of how to give a unique one of a kind gift that will make a memorable impression and will be cherished throughout generations to come. What truly has value and is worth cherishing is something that has been loved throughout time and has a provenance attached to it.
Who wouldn’t love a great one of kind gift??? Who wouldn’t want something special that no one else will have??? Who doesn’t love gifts that are unique and rare and have an amazing history??? Do you find it hard enough to find something wonderful for the special loved ones on your gift list… without having to break the bank to get it?
You have scoured the malls and specialty shops and have seen a lot of the same things everywhere you go. Yes you can find the greatest and latest Wii product or technological gadget and other fantastic gift ideas but all of them cost more than you can afford at the moment. Money is tight and your list is longer than your bank account will allow. Also not everyone on your gift list would derive pleasure from such things and the traditional tie and shirt or some new device for the kitchen just seems a little impersonal and predictable.
The best gifts are those that have been loved before and have a whole lot more loving left in them. Antiques are great and unexpected gifts for just about anyone on your Holiday Gift list. Antiques are unique, one of a kind and have amazing histories that can be enjoyed now and handed down throughout the generations.
How about Aunt Tilly? Wouldn’t she love a beautiful real shell cameo from the late 1800’s? Or Grandpa? Would he not think the old watch chain and fob from the 1920’s or the cufflinks from the 1950’s were a great choice for him? Then there is the teenage daughter… would she not love some of the trendy jewelry pieces from the 1960’s? Or YOU ?? Rhinestones are IN and HOT for the holidays but the new rhinestone sparkly pieces are very expensive and are cheaply made.
The gift of an antique, above all else inspires sharing, togetherness and storytelling… “I remember when” kind of moments. They evoke a time and place when the worries of terror attacks, drugs and murder were unheard of. They are a piece of history and an amazing testament to how our predecessors lived and loved. And the amazing thing about an antique is how it survived after all of these years. Someone loved the item so much that they went to great care to ensure its survival beyond their own.
An antique given as a gift is perceived as being truly thought about with having enormous