This all started with a fox head I bought online...
I was living in Dubai when I found out my cousin was expecting her second baby. She is a successful business owner running a childrenswear label which uses a fox as the logo. I was browsing in a high end homewares boutique in Al Quoz when I spotted a felt fox head mounted on the wall. That would be perfect for the nursery I thought.
I noted the brand, knowing I would find it for half the price in the UK due to Dubai’s crazy markups. It was easy to order and ship directly to Kate. Strangely, after I bought it, the delivery date wasn’t scheduled for 2 months as it was coming directly from the factory. Hmmmm, it was still an extravagant gift but more affordable now.
Let’s jump ahead. The baby has now been born and no thank you from Kate was forthcoming. Had it even arrived? Kate posted a photo of the nursery online and there, above the cot, was my fox head. I got that happy feeling you get when you have found the perfect gift and the recipient loves it. Kate had designed the entire nursery around it. She even had a fox print feature wall. I understood that she was busy and in that new baby bubble so hadn’t thought to say thank you.
Finally, I was back in the UK for a quick visit and meeting baby P for the first time. We were up in the nursery and I thought I’d take the opportunity to comment on my gorgeous gift. Kate looked at me with confusion then burst out laughing. She explained that the lovely fox head was not from me. She had bought it herself. She then said that a little while after she bought hers, a package turned up from overseas with no note. She thought she had accidentally bought two heads in her tired pregnancy haze, one of them neon orange and shoddily made. She had hidden her mistake from her husband. I was so embarrassed when she showed me the one I had sent. Whilst it’s always the thought that counts, buying an (expensive) counterfeit item is not the thoughtful gift I wanted to present to Kate. In a way it was better that it contained no note to explain who it was from.
When you’re living overseas, you want to be a part of your family’s life. Staying in touch and sending thoughtful gifts, tokens and cards is so important. Especially when you live in a country where Skype and FaceTime are banned like the United Arab Emirates. Finding reputable websites with great products is invaluable not to mention saves the blushes. At Love From Aunty, all of my products come from reputable sources, are individually gift wrapped and each package includes a handwritten note so your loved one knows exactly who has surprised them.