Give A Legendary Gift This Christmas With Areteos Historical Concept
There is so much to love about the festive season—twinkling lights on every street corner, an endless array of raucous parties and those precarious piles of beautifully wrapped presents under the Christmas tree.
But while there is a wonderful sense of accomplishment that comes from giving the people we love the perfect gift—and watching their eyes light up when they open it—working out exactly what that is can be more than a little stressful.
So this December, instead of traipsing around malls with an increasingly frantic look in your eyes, head to Areteos Historical Concept, a gallery on Hollywood Road that sells an extraordinarily wide array of signed memorabilia.
Because while we all have that friend or family member with exasperatingly picky taste, even the most discerning people have idols. It could be someone they want to be, or someone they want to be with, someone whose writing they love, or someone with a voice that makes the hair on their arms stand up.
It could be Audrey Hepburn, Queen Victoria, Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly or Albert Einstein. And Areteos Historical Concept has signed photographs, books or records by all of them.
“Each piece of memorabilia represents a legend, a period or a moment in the story of the character,” says Vicky Xu, the founder of the gallery. “The pieces of memorabilia themselves are rare and unique, there is no doubt about that. However, what makes them special is who receives them as a gift. The personal connection and message from the presenter or to the receiver is more important.”
For example, Xu herself is a long-time fan of Audrey Hepburn and cites a signed photograph of the actress as her dream gift. “I love classic black-and-white movies and I’m especially attached to Audrey Hepburn because of her movies,” she says. “It reminds me of good memories when I was still in school, when we would watch her on screen and dream we could grow up as elegant, gorgeous, successful as she was. It’s special to me but may not apply to others.”
And it is this personal element that makes autographed artefacts ideal presents. Which Xu has witnessed many time over. For example, one man bought a signed photograph of Grace Kelly for his wife as a wedding present, while another gave his spouse a signed note by Salvador Dali.
“One of my favourite stories is when a gentleman saw a signed Michael Jackson record at our exhibition venue and immediately knew it was perfect for one of his best friends,” she says. He managed to organise a group of good friends to buy it for him together, and while it took some time to have everyone agree, he succeeded and we shipped it to the US. There was lots of love there.”
And while Xu comes armed with lots of useful tips—never display memorabilia in direct sunlight, always start looking for your gift early to avoid disappointment, and try to keep it in its original frame—the most important is to choose the right piece for the right person.
“What makes memorabilia special is giving it to someone special who you respect, admire, and love. In the end, it is about giving a memory to someone you have wonderful memories of being with.”
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