posted several proposals for the ultimate gift. Inspired by her posts, I
would like to propose some of the gifts that I always accept with gratitude. Feel free to borrow some gift ideas from the following list.
In a different life, I must have been a Victorian. I'm not so keen on electronic gadgets (although I admit I have quite a few). To me, they're just a means to an end.
contrast, a stroll across
prefer in most cases to buy fragrances blindly, based on the general fragrance
notes and of course, the manufacturer's reputation. If it's an 18th family
business, I'm willing to take the risk. Admittedly, sometimes it turns out to
be an utter disappointment: having spent $70 on an EDT, I discover the next day
that the fragrance is not something I'll ever want to wear again. And yet, you
can also come across amazing finds, such as the D R Harris Sandalwood
aftershave. It taught me that the scent of natural sandalwood is lightyears
away from the synthetic sandalwood fragrances that are so commonplace. The
price is another pleasant surprise: about GBP 15 for an old-fashioned 100ml
(3.4 oz) glass bottle. Their
sad news is that most traditional family-owned English perfumers are gradually abandoning
the toiletries business. The competition is tough, there are too many psychotic
bald celebrities and soccer players advertising a perfume that bears their
name, and the expenses (especially if your shop is located in central
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