GIVING THE GIFT OF TIME

Sunday, 17 December 2017






So, random fun fact: did you know that in traditional chinese culture, it's seen as unlucky to gift someone a watch?

You're probably thinking, 'bit of a funny way to begin a post collaborating with a watch brand, Eva', and I concede, you're probably right, but bare with me, all will become clear. Secondly you may also be thinking, how does she know that? And this is where it'll all start to make sense. So the answer to the latter is, I've always found the aforementioned fact rather funny, because when my Dad first married my Mum, he gifted her a Raymond Weil watch to celebrate the event, and cited the chinese tradition, though incorrectly, as his justification for giving that particular gift. He ever so romantically said that he'd bought her a watch because in chinese culture, gifting a watch was seen as giving the gift of time, and time is the most precious thing in the world. So, by giving her the watch, he was giving her all his time, forever. Now I bet that was swoon worthy back in the day - what a line, eh? Little did she know that the actual tradition was completely the opposite. Well, 25 years later and they're still going strong, so I guess that superstition hasn't done them any harm.. yet (lemme go run and touch wood quick! lol!)

So yes, my Dad made a bit of a boo boo there, but I've always found that story both funny and sweet, and I actually really love his muddled up version of the ancient Chinese tradition. I think what he was trying to express was that in getting married, he was giving all of his time to her, and I really love that sentiment. So far from seeing the 'unlucky' aspect of giving a watch, I've always felt that gifting a timepiece is a far more thoughtful and sentimental gift.





When it comes to Christmas time, we're often looking for the perfect present for that 'someone special'. Whether it's your mum or dad, a brother or sister, a lover or best friend, quite often, a present means more to us when we know that there's some sort of meaning behind it.

It can be difficult to give someone a gift with that sort of symbolism, though. Which brings me here. When the lovely people at Henry London offered to gift me one of their gorgeous timepieces, they also very kindly offered to gift one to both my sister and mummy too.
My sister and I decided to get matching ones, with corresponding engraving on the back. It's rather ironic in fact, as when we were little, my mother simply could not refrain from dressing us in matching clothes; anything she bought, she bought 2 of, which led to frequent queries as to whether we were twins, and far too many remarks that we looked 'cute'. By the age of 11 you could bet that I was incredibly that sick of this, and vowed to never again wear anything that matched with my little sister! But alas, here we are, with our matching watches. We both have our initials, and then 'the gift of time' written on the back, and it makes them that bit more special. It's now not just a watch (it's a Henry London watch... sorry, bad M&S advert inspired joke but I couldn't exist lol!), but it's also something special that I share with my sister. Instantly, with a tad of engraving, something so simple has become something really quite special. I think this is something you could do for lots of different people in your life. Why not His & Hers, or Best Friends - the new friendship bracelet/necklace, non? Even better, get it engraved, and it's that extra bit special.



So I guess I'd like to finish where I started; with saying, it's clear that there is nothing more precious than your time. And I guess, contrary to ancient Chinese tradition, gifting a watch, to me, is far from unlucky, but rather, can be the perfect opportunity to show someone you love that you want to give them the gift of time, because they are worth every second of it.

Watches: c/o Henry London* (THE WESTMINSTER)

P.S. Ya gyal managed to get you a cheeky discount code too! Just enter in the code 'EVA20' at checkout for 20% off any watch! There's still Christmas shipping until the 21st December, so if you're a last minute lady like me, then you've still got time! Browse the selection here and thank me later! 




I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies! What's the most sentimental gift you've ever been given? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,
Bisous <3

Eva
xxx

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Henry London, who kindly sponsored the creation of this post. All items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me. As always all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own; please refer to my 'contact' page for my full disclaimer.

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