Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Fragrance Gift Guide

Here's my holiday fragrance gift guide; actually it's my holiday gift guide advice:

Unless you know exactly what someone wants,  do not purchase any perfume or perfume-related items for someone during the holidays.  Perfume is too personal, expensive, and you may make your giftee feel guilty if s/he doesn't like it.




21 comments:

  1. No perfume-gifting for me, though I did purchase one "stinky" gift: a Lush "Rocket around the Christmas tree" set for a coworker/friend.

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    1. Hello karen! I had to find out what the entailed - bath bombs are so fun.

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  2. Absolutely agree with this. And I'll second the love for bath bombs, some Lush Butterballs show up in my stocking every year, put there by.... me! (One of the perks of being the mom.)

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    1. hehee I did that too - bought gifts from "Santa" for my own stocking! ;) Thanks D!

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  3. So true. Unless a person has come right out and asked, I'm very careful about perfume gifts. As for me, I'm thrilled to receive just about any perfume. If I don't' find it wear-worthy, becomes part of the scent library.

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    1. Hey Cheryl!! If someone gives me scent that I don't wear, I always always feel guilty. Sigh. And usually sell it at a garage sale or something. And still feel kinda guilty, but I figure at least someone is enjoying it!

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    2. I would do the same with a scent I truly disliked or already had. Fortunately, people tend to give me bottles they discover in spring cleaning--which often means old formulations or discontinued items. They tend to be keepers.

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    3. ooh now that would be awesome!!

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  4. I've been working on a "gift guide for the generic perfumista" post - perfume-related gifts for a perfume freak that don't require a knowledge of what they have, want, or like. It's not going very well. :) So I certainly agree with you here.

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    1. Hello M/CF! I think bath things would probably be the safest suggestions; what do you think?

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  5. Hey, I hadn't even thought of Lush, but I think bath bombs make excellent gifts. They're inexpensive and fun, and don't require a whole lot of thought.

    I did buy a perfume for a friend of mine: Sugar Lemon by Fresh. It was like $25, but it's 1 oz and smells great.

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    1. Howdie Joan! Bath bombs are...wait for it... da bomb. They usually don't linger scent on your skin for too long, too.

      Sugar Lemon was my go-to fragrance in the horrible heat we had this past summer. I'm sure your friend will love it!

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  6. I agree with you, and consider myself very lucky to have recommended a generic fragrance to someone I didn't know, whose tastes I also barely knew ("a bit like Coco, only less so?"). Ended up suggesting Prada L'Eau Ambree and she loved it!

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    1. Hello Bonks! A similar thing happened to me too! I recently recommended a scent to a friend via email - she wanted something with clove, I suggested Jungle L'Elephant, she bought it and loves it. But for the one hit, I have given samples upon samples to other people and I never hear back from them (I'm not talking about fellow perfumistas, but friends and family who say at one time that they think they're interested)



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  7. lol

    This is great! :) And very true.

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    1. hello Ines! I initially just wanted to say as my only sentence in this post ' Just Don't Do It'

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  8. i agree. I have a bottle or 3 that was gifted to me, that i can't stand.

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    1. Hello Mel - yeah, I have some stuff here too - I have tried to sell some of them or give them away to someone who would care for the scents much more than me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Wish I'd read this earlier!! I gave Peace and Love to my daughter instead of Viva La Juicy because the shop had sold out. It's not that she hates it, but it's just not the same, or lasts as long.
    Its way to expensive to get wrong!!

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    1. Hello WD! So nice to see you here!

      Oh darn - but perhaps she could try to return it to the store? I was able to return perfume I didn't love when I bought it from Sephora. Wouldn't hurt to try?

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  10. 16 Year olds can't wait to open presents or use them!! plus in italy after-sales service is not as good as other places (in my experience).

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