But other gifts are created and given for longevity. These are the gifts I would choose for a special occasion: a decade birthday, anniversary, or any time when you want to make a gesture with a flourish.
A timeless treasure occupies the intersection of beauty and utility, free of irony, firm of quality, discreetly special: the gift for the elder, the esteemed, the longtime friend, the cherished partner. Or it says to the new love, I'm glad I found you.
Look for gifts outside fashion, but not too utilitarian. Ideas below, at varying price points, but "timeless" means very good to fine quality, even for a tin of tea.
|Antique kilt pin|
Kilt pin, ca. 1880s, in silver set with "cairngorms", or high-cut stones. (Stone is not identified.) Two inches in diameter. Price, $550 from 1st Dibs seller Tudor Rose Antiques
A teakwood circle vase (with glass insert) holds tall blooms. Handcarved in Thailand, from the Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago. 14 3/4 inches high. Price, $70.
|Decorative bamboo boxes|
Temple stacking boxes of stitched, woven and painted bamboo leaves, sold as a set of three. Everyone can use a beautiful box; you could give the set or delight three friends.
Price, $85 for the set from the Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago.
|Russian coin pendant|
Imperial Russian 5-kopeck coin (bronze) dated 1770 with monogram of Catherine the Great. Mounted in a frame with bale, a handsome piece to wear on a cord or chain. Price, $125 from Busacca Gallery.
|Japanese paper-covered canister|
|Berry purple cashmere shrug|
|Retro Piccard watch|
|Vintage Mexican silver money clip|
Price, $125 from Ruby Lane seller Little Mexican Silver Shop.
|Art nouveau locket|
Beladora 2's exquisite art noveau vine locket, with a swallow perched on a branch of ivory, hangs on an 18-inch 12k yellow gold chain.
So romantic and charming that I predict she will open the box and burst into tears of joy. I would! Price, $695.
|Vintage Italian desk set|
Price, $58 from etsy seller bluebellbazaar; far more evocative than a bottle of wine.
|St Laurent ponyskin belt|
A piece of stellar vintage is timeless. If you know the waist size and have the love, this YSL ponyskin belt is a knockout. Fits a size 4 to 6; price, $475 from 1st Dibs seller Jennifer Kobrin.
A standard gift– the bottle of wine, box of chocolates, nice pen–is nothing to sneeze at, but to see a someone's eyes light up, search for the antique, ethnic, handmade or one of a kind: the gift that gives pleasure for years.