East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


Unusual gifts idea

Every year, as the festive season approaches, I get a link-laden mail from the British Museum, that offers me a selection of merchandise from the museum shop, to enliven my gifts list. And indeed, who could resist to a replica of the portrait of Ashurbanipal, or a couple of replica Egyptian cats?

Ashurbanipal doing his thing in the British Museum’s shop.

These are the moments in which I am almost grateful I am going through lean times. I’d find it hard to resist, otherwise, just as I’d find hard to resist at the museum bookshop. I am saving a lot of money I don’t have.

But you guys out there take note – if you are looking for original, unusual gifts for your family and friends, checking out museum shops might be a great way to find a few ideas. And get a lot of weird looks on Christmas morning.