It is always interesting but somehow surprising to see people going back to basic occupations.
We can see a lot of interest for cycling - pop-up shops with handmade items...and everyone seems to enjoy this rebirth of simplicity. An enjoyable experience because it brings people together with the same views of what should be considered/remembered and not forgotten.
Of course, technology is great - where would we be without computers and other digital devices.
However, new generations are taking everything for granted. Let's take an example of offering a book or fountain pen with Filofax (very trendy in the 80s - all executives had on). Rather great and useful objects but maybe disregarded because there is no electronic involved or wi-fi connection.
Electronic products are expensive, rapidly out of date and need regular firmware upgrade and the mandatory charger and eventual battery change.
But there are changes in the air. Are we saturated with the smartphone news that such and such is better, faster, thinner and will bring you happiness by just staring at the touchscreen and actually cutting yourself off from your real family and friends?!
A wake-up call is necessary: the appreciation of simple things is great and important too and shouldn't be left behind. But some pretentious people who want to be ubercool, believe that digital is faultless and so entertaining. Should we mention the technical glitch that some servers encountered and left million of users helpless despite the state-of-the-art device?
Despite of being traditional there are also some innovations: Brodmann Blades new ping pong paddles.
There is no handle anymore...it is just like a glove.
The paddle is part of your own hand...no more an extension of your body. Certainly a better control of the ball during tight exchanges.
Table tennis could actually reach a new level without any microchip or touchscreen! That's a great comeback.
Some ex-players aren't sure that the actual design is effective when playing close to the net and over the table...but this is always the case when something new and different arrives on the market. It is only by trying that you will feel the difference and there is not point to judge by just looking.
Gifts are always welcome of course, but when it is made to last it is even better. No worries to change model or upgrade in 6 months time.
For the little ones, Siku toys selection is all about metal, a bit like the vintage vehicles from the 50s and 60s. For the others think of home improvement ideas or even something more seasonal, just take a look at the Fulton umbrella range...even used by the Royal Family...that's a reference! No need to break the allocated budget to bring a smile to a face.
It is all about giving to receive and thinking about something to use with a memory attached to it - and not a trendy item today which will be left in a corner tomorrow.