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  • Signature scent (Le Male in this case, ewww)

    2 6.67%
  • Another loved fragrance (Addict in this case)

    9 30.00%
  • Gift Certificate

    17 56.67%
  • A nice fragrance candle or other gift

    2 6.67%
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    Default Christmas is coming: What to give?

    I have a good friend that actually got me re-interested in fragrances. He and I go out dancing almost every week-end. Thanks to him I have a newish obsession and a smaller bank account. I want to get him something special for Christmas and need some suggestions on how I should show my appreciation.

    What would be the best thing to give? His signature scent (Le Male which I really don't like), another fragrance that he has sampled and liked (Dior Addict) but I might get for myself, a gift certificate so he can choose for himself or just give something else, i.e. an expensive fragrance candle?
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    Not the best, but a good one IMO - Caron Yuzu Man

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    Default Re: Christmas is coming: What to give?

    If you know he smelled and really liked another fragrance, I would get that. Otherwise, a gift certificate.

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    I voted for gift certificate .

    But i also suggest buying him Body Kouros . At least you'll know you got him something better Le male and you know he'd like it .
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    Gift certificate, most versatile

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    A gift certificate would be the safest option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JON RODGERS View Post
    A gift certificate would be the safest option.
    Safe, yes....... but somewhat impersonal.

    And the easy option too.
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    This is as good an excuse to descend upon the shops (with him) and go sample a buncha stuff that I've even seen...

    Not that anyone on this forum needs such an excuse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    If you know he smelled and really liked another fragrance, I would get that. Otherwise, a gift certificate.
    agree ...

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    I would go with the one you know he likes but doesn't have yet ... Addict in this case.
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    gift certificate


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    gift certificate
    +1

    He might have a change of heart about the Dior Addict. Let him decide what he wants to get. Just make sure that the gift certificate is enough to cover the price of Dior Addict.

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    It might be worth looking up a fragrance shop in Portland and making a day of it. You could surprise him with a little gift purchase at that point.
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    I'd say go ahead, take a chance, and pick out something new for him. Many of my favorites fragrances have been gifts from friends who took a chance. I think of those people fondly when I wear their fragrance gifts. It's more exciting to unwrap a bottle of fragrance than just a gift certificate. C'mon, you can do it. Pick one out, give it a try.

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    Default Re: Christmas is coming: What to give?

    I just gave a buddy a bottle of Green Irish Tweed for a major birthday. I had no idea about his fragrance likes other than he turned me on to New West when it first came out (80's). And i knew that he always has things of quality. Turns out he loved it. So sometimes it works out to just go for it. Now I need to get some of that for myself.

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    You can never predict what people will like. Nothing worse than spending 80-$100 bucks on a scent you love and he thinks is ho-him. I prefer the shotgun approach - go to Marshalls or wherever they are selling good designer scents heavily discounted, and buy 5 or 6 different bottles. Unless he's a niche fanatic, there's bound to be one he really likes among them.
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    Default Re: Christmas is coming: What to give?

    Cash is king. With a note that says he must use it to purchase a fragrance.

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    Pick something new, add a sample of it & tell him he can change it if he doesn't like it.

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    Default Re: Christmas is coming: What to give?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flaconneur View Post
    It might be worth looking up a fragrance shop in Portland and making a day of it. You could surprise him with a little gift purchase at that point.
    Oh brother: surely you've been to The Perfume House in the Hawthorne area ?

    The gals who work there will treat you right, so I would certainly take a field trip there ASAP and make sure you mention that you're a Basenotes member. They will make up samples for you too, so if they present you with something you like, don't be afraid to ask.

    Of course they got all the spendy stuff, but if you are on a budget they can probably help you too. If I was thinking of getting someone a gift certificate for fragrance, this is certainly the place I'd get one from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdboy48 View Post
    Oh brother: surely you've been to The Perfume House in the Hawthorne area ?
    If you referring to me, Birdboy48, I do not live in Portland. If I'm ever there though, I will make a point of clearing out The Perfume House of any and all samples I can take. lol
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    Default Re: Christmas is coming: What to give?

    LOL : Nope, I was referring to our OP, who lives there. The PH is a real Northwest resource, and a must-see for all who visit the Portland area.

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    I have given one of my very best friends in the past 2 years Creed GIT and Aventus, AdP Assoluta and TF Extreme. He loved them all. We have very similar tastes, so I never worry too much when picking his next frag. Ergo, Tiffany for Men this Christmas.

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