One of the most charming old-fashioned perfume traditions is the perfume locket, which can hold either solid perfume or, more often, a piece of cotton dipped in fragrance. Luckily, these lovely pieces are having a bit of a renaissance, and there are scads available on Etsy. These 10 lockets are gorgeous, useful, and often surprisingly affordable. Check them out and smell divine all the time.
Designed by artist Anni Albers in 1941, as part of a traveling exhibition, the bobby pin and ball chain necklace ($13) comes unassembled for you to put together yourself.
Not only does the piece garner tons of compliments (and come in handy when you need bobby pins in a pinch), but it has a great story. During World War II, materials were in short supply, so Albers and one of her students set out to create pieces that were playful, chic, and readily available, using objects such as washers, paper clips, wine corks, kitchen strainers, and, of course, bobby pins. The latter would also make a perfect holiday gift for the hairstylist — or lock picker — in your life.