Sumary of the dos and don’ts of holiday shopping:
- From the desk where I am writing this, I can see a set of plastic flamingo-motif martini glasses that I bought in a car-boot sale in Florida, a wooden hippo that has wobbled in a corner since it lost a leg on the way home from Kenya 21 years ago, a blue-and-white Cornishware jug and no fewer than four snowglobes.
- Fabric is uncomplicated to get home, and then you can figure out an use for it, whether to cover a headboard or make it into a robe to hang in the bathroom.
- Fabric is uncomplicated to get home, and then you can figure out an use for it: cover a headboard or make it into a robeif luggage space is at a premium, buy fabric.
- Chambers suggests looking for something very typical of the region you are visiting, to make that muscle memory of your vacation a little bit stronger.