Christmas is just two weeks away.  If all the shopping isn’t done, it’s time to start panicking. For the record, I have only bought two presents and they barely count as stocking fillers for my nearest and dearest.

If you’re in need of ideas, look no further!

Men buying for women always seem to get it wrong. Men never manage to find the right balance between frivolity and utterly ludicrous. They either go for something they’d like themselves, like a tool set, or something they think a woman would enjoy, like a ladyshave. Men, you need help!

I’ve recently stumbled upon the thought that possibly one of the most perfect presents for a woman, could just be a charm for a bracelet.  What’s not to like? Provided the woman already has the bracelet, charms can be given for birthdays and Christmases, and every momentous life milestone over the years. The bracelet can be added to and can build into a beautiful scrapbook of memories to carry around on the wrist.

They are so easy to find, too. Any highstreet jeweller will have them, and you can find them in lots of places online.  One key trick is finding charms which are a little bit special, a bit more unusual than the bog-standard, generic ones which can be seen in every shop window in the country.  This is the beauty of looking online.  Here are some particularly “different” ones I managed to find….

The prices vary widely, so you can find something to suit your budget and the occasion.  The charms range in style, too. You can find real diamond letters of the alphabet, for the personal touch, and flags for the patriotic, for around $39.

This key charm is only $3.99


I love this Cameo charm, at $89.95

Here’s what they say….


Hit the mark with romantic style when you don this Tagliamonte “Cupid”
Amber-Color Venetian Cameo
Charm. An oval amber-color Venetian glass over mother-of-pearl station (approx. 10x14mm) at the center flaunts an Intaglio design of “Cupid”, represented as an angel playing with his dog. Known as guardian angels, the scene is also related to our love of animals. The feminine frame features a sterling silver polished bezel with an outer rope-textured border.

Tagliamonte “Cupid” Amber-Color Venetian Cameo Charm Features:

  • Measures approx. 1-3/8″L x 9/16″W
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Polished finish
  • Stamped .925
  • Made in Italy
  • Boxed


About Tagliamonte

Founded in Torre del Greco, Italy, in 1943, Tagliamonte creates Venetian intaglio jewelry based on lost glass paste techniques and formulas used by Roman jewelers thousands of years ago. Craftsmen use more than 3,000 matrices of partly original and partly modern castings to produce gems nearly identical to those antique originals. Past meets present in exquisite detail.”
The perfect Christmas gift for the woman you love, ranging from $3.99 to $89.99, what could be better?

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Sylvia Plath said; "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences". My aim in life is to find things and people to love, so that I can write about them. Putting words together is the only thing I can see myself doing. This blog is an outlet, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Please feel free to comment on posts, or contact me by the special e-mail I've set up ( with your thoughts.

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The New Remorse, Oscar Wilde.

The sin was mine; I did not understand.
So now is music prisoned in her cave,
Save where some ebbing desultory wave
Frets with its restless whirls this meagre strand.
And in the withered hollow of this land
Hath Summer dug herself so deep a grave,
That hardly can the leaden willow crave
One silver blossom from keen Winter's hand.

But who is this who cometh by the shore?
(Nay, love, look up and wonder!) Who is this
Who cometh in dyed garments from the South?
It is thy new-found Lord, and he shall kiss
The yet unravished roses of thy mouth,
And I shall weep and worship, as before.

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Music I Love (In no particular order, except that The Smiths are first)

The Smiths,
The Libertines,
The Courteeners,
Nina Simone,
Pete Doherty,
The Kills,
Amy Winehouse,
Arctic Monkeys,
Rod Stewart,
The Doors,
The Rolling Stones,
Etta James,
T. Rex,
The Jam,
The Kinks,
Jack White,
The Deadweather,
David Bowie,
The Winchesters,
The Cure,
Kaiser Chiefs,
The Kooks,
The Twang,
Kings Of Leon,
The Housemartins,
The Ramones,
Robots in Disguise,
The Klaxons,
Kate Nash,
The Raconteurs,
Regina Spektor,
Aretha Franklin,
The Contours,
Dirty Pretty Things,
The White Stripes,
New York Dolls,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
The Clash,
Style Council,
Velvet Underground,
The Horrors,
The Cribs,
Reverend and The Makers,
The Subways,
The Wombats,
Elle S'appelle,
The Troggs,
The Beatles,
Echo and the Bunnymen,
Florence and the Machine.

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Vikki's bookshelf: read

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Of Mice and Men
Pride and Prejudice
The Hobbit
The Da Vinci Code
Tipping the Velvet
Wuthering Heights
The Picture of Dorian Grey and Other Works by Oscar Wilde
Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess: The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
Moab Is My Washpot
The Bell Jar
The Other Boleyn Girl
On the Road
Brideshead Revisited
Revolutionary Road

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