Throwback Thursday: Pineapple? Fineapple!

A post in which I find out whether it's possible to give someone a serious pineapple-themed gift.

 

 

When I was in America earlier this month, my friend Laurie asked me for gift ideas for her friend, Sarah.

The only thing Laurie told me about Sarah was that she liked pineapples and wore silk kimonos.

An actual pineapple was vetoed and novelty pyjamas were out.

This was the ultimate test of my gift-giving abilities. As I was out of my natural environment, I couldn’t suggest any shops in San Francisco that would sell something both pineapple-y and desirable. We went to Jonathan Adler on Fillmore Street but a trip there proved fruitless, literally.

My suggestions fell short. I was a fish flopping about on dry land.

I failed.

In idle moments since getting back to London, I thought about that challenge. Could a chic pineapple gift be done? Was it ridiculous to give a pineapple-themed gift to someone?

I wondered why I thought so much about pineapple-related gifts and then it hit me.

CHARLES II.

I remembered seeing a painting of Charles II receiving a pineapple.  If Queen Elizabeth II commissioned a painting of her receiving a pineapple, you'd raise an eyebrow. But in the 17th Century, it was a mark of wealth and privilege. 

When pineapples were first available to buy in the 1700s, a single fruit cost the equivalent in today’s money of £5,000 (about $7,000).

Pineapples weren’t a ridiculous point of inspiration for gifts! They had a noble provenance!

And like the comeback you deliver too late, one month later, here are my pineapple suggestions.  

Brilliant Baubles

One of my favourite Youtubers, Marie, from the channel BitsandClips buys her children, Scarlet and Luca, one new Christmas tree ornament every year. I love this idea.

Perfectly curated Christmas trees (the ones that look like they should be in the reception of an office block) are nice but they don’t tell a story. At least, that’s what I say to make myself feel better. I buy a bauble whenever I go on holiday and none of them complement each other. See below.

Baubles from Bath, Florence, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mexico and France 

Baubles from Bath, Florence, Stratford-upon-Avon, Mexico and France 

This year we’re buying a little Christmas tree for the for the first time. I’m completely wedded to the idea that each bauble should tell a story, so each Christmas we can look at the tree and be reminded of happy past events.

However, as these are the only baubles I have and the tree would look a little sparse, I’m going to bolster the collection.

I’m not going to over-bolster because I know more baubles await in souvenir gift shops around the world.

I think they would make quite nice secret-santa gifts, stocking fillers or as elaborate gift wrap embellishments.

Hark! My pick of baubles 2015: