NOTE: This is not a dig at my fellow bloggers, who have painstakingly compiled various Christmas Gift Guides.
The time of the year has come when the tills in the perfume department ring incessantly. Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Perfume has always been a risky bet since there’s always the chance that the recipient doesn’t like the gift. On the other hand, perfume does have great resale value on places like eBay or on various fragrance forums. Excessive commercialisation of Christmas aside, I do think giving gifts can be a meaningful way of demonstrating love for someone else, although I posit that it’s far better to treat your loved ones well all through the year rather than only on festive occasions.
I’ve compiled a list of Gift Guides that they have come up with here, if you wish to read them. I’ll also update this list as and when other bloggers post their Christmas Gift Guides. Some of them are fun ideas and suggestions and are delightful to read. That said, some do come across as simply PR for various perfume brands, but I’ll leave that up to your discerning judgment. Do drop me a comment or email if I’ve missed out on any so that I can include them here, thanks!
WARNING: This may cause you to obsessively click on online perfume sites and drool over pretty perfume bottles.
Persolaise: Christmas 2013 Perfume Gift Recommendations
Perfume Posse: Independent Christmas Gift?
The Fragrant Man: Christmas Gift Idea 1, Christmas Gift Idea 2, Christmas Gift Idea 3, Christmas Gift Idea 4
Undina: Entertaining Statistics (on giving perfumes as gifts)
Bois de Jasmin: Holiday Gift Ideas from French Magazines
Odiferess: The Lure of the Christmas Perfume Set (good, sound, practical advice)
Perfume Shrine: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Now Smell This: Holiday Fragrance Gifts Part 1
The Scented Hound: The 2013 Scented Hound Christmas Gift Guide
Chemist in the Bottle: Scented Candles, Travel Size Scents
Anyway, here’s my “Christmas Gift Guide” for 2013, which I hope is good, sensible shopping advice:
- STOP. Why don’t you wait till Boxing Day before grabbing that beautifully packaged gift set? If you think it’s cheap now, it’s only going to be cheaper later. It’s going to retail for 50% – 70% off the price you would pay for buying it in this period. Keep that gift set untouched, then give it away next Christmas, or during your loved one’s birthday. Ask yourself if the fragrance is likely to end up in the bargain bin in a few years’ time. If it will, and you can wait, why not wait till it’s available at discounters to purchase it? In fact, if you were planning on buying your loved ones perfume as a present, you should have sneakily tried to find out what they liked by either loading them with samples beforehand or taking them out on a sniffing trip earlier, so that your gift doesn’t end up on eBay. Either way, money saved.
- Buy perfumes from brands that otherwise never go on sale. These brands are usually indie brands who lovingly decide to spread some festive cheer by offering discounts on their perfumes. Introduce your loved one to niche perfumes and watch them disappear down the rabbit hole of no escape (at least they’ll stop nagging you about your perfume obsession!)
- Don’t know what your loved one likes? Why not make decants of what you think they’ll like? That way, they get a wide variety of perfumes to choose from, and the likelihood of them liking something increases. Oh, and decanting requires time and effort, and qualifies as ‘handmade’, I suppose, so you’ve demonstrated your thoughtfulness 🙂
- Scent your loved one’s favourite film and watch it with your loved one. Smell will add another dimension to the film and will be something novel.
Most importantly, be sure to spend quality time with your loved ones during this festive season. Gifts are lovely, but you can never buy true love/friendship.
In the spirit of giving, I’ll be giving away a handful of mystery samples from my own sample stash. To be entered in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment on either of the following questions: Do you give perfumes as gifts? What are your thoughts on Christmas Gift Guides?
Draw closes 16 December 2013 (you’ve got 2 weeks!) at 12pm GMT and is open to everyone around the world. The winner will be drawn using Random.org and the results will be posted on this blog.
Have a lovely winter!
~ The Smelly Vagabond