A friend of mine once told me, that she gets scarves as gifts all the time. I used to be a little envious, since I love scarves (they’re amazing accessories)! “How lovely” I thought.
But, during the course of like 10 days, I was given two (!) scarves as gifts and frankly they’re just not right for me… Nor are they made right (here)!
Let’s break it down. Here’s how the two (1 & 2) measure up:
- It’s light purple which is ok, but not great for my complexion.
- Orange works for me! But, it’s very shiny. And I’m more into scarves with multiple colors and patterns.
- Made in China and imported by a polluting ship then trucked from the West Coast to the Midwest. Packaged in a plastic box, also imported.
- Our friend was going on a plane anyway (from India to USA), and the scarf rode along in his bag, so kind of the lowest possible footprint while still being imported.
How they ended up with me:
- Given as a “nice to meet you” gift at a job event by someone who doesn’t know me. I couldn’t say “no thank you” in front of my colleagues and clients. This scarf was most likely pulled from a pile of corporate merchandise (how thoughtful), which the company has lying around. I did my fake happy face (it’s a little awkward).
- Given as a hostess gift by a friend who came to stay at our house.
- Smells a little of chemicals (?) Need to wash it a few times I think. Boo!
- Made in India and sold at a local market where our friend picked it up. This scarf was locally made and sold. Not bad.
Orange is the winner of this scarf battle! But, like I said; far from what I would have picked for myself!
I think I’m going to stop secretly wanting scarves for gifts and just go back to wanting wine. After all, that’s a gift that never triggers the fake happy face (and it’s never made in China ;)).