When it comes to ensuring that a child grows up as clever as possible, there are few tools more effective than a sizeable collection of books. If you should happen to know a bookish child – or a bookish adult – who’s always losing their place in their favourite tome, then why not lend a hand in the form of this brilliant bookmark from veteran design company East of India.
East of India began life in 1991, when John Ayris and Anne Spratling travelled through Asia and found a man selling hand-carved wooden pigs. So struck were they by the quality of the items the man was selling that they brought as many as they could home as gifts for friends and family. This went down so well that John and Anne decided to commence their own business, selling exactly the sort of items which had so inspired them.
Nowadays, East of India’s items are produced a great deal closer to home, in the studio in Folkestone. This bookmark is a great example of the sort of thing they produce; it comes in washed-out pink, and is formed into the shape of a tall house. To make things even better, it comes with a little ribbon attached, featuring pink daisies. With a ribbon, you can easily pick up exactly where you left off in whatever story you happen to be reading. The bookmark comes printed with the words ‘There’s no place like home…except Grandma’s’.
So, if you’re a grandparent whose grandchild is keen on reading, then consider this as a gift. You’ll find few more appropriate!