|One of many fragrance counters at Nordstrom.|
|Joan Crawford hawks 'Summer Rain' perfume to |
Rosalind Russell in MGM's 1939 hit The Woman.
|This is just here for Reference. This is the |
Perfume Hall at the old Bullock's Wilshire.
Look at all that floor space! You can actually
walk in a straight line!
Should you opt to go against my advice and insist on buying fragrance even though i told you not to, here's how to avoid the pitfalls. Don't go in blind; know what your giftee already wears. Steal the bottle or spray some on a card and bring it in with you. Either buy more of the same (they can always return it or add it to the stockpile) or if you're feeling frisky, ask the salesperson what is similar to it and they should be able to find something along the same lines. If even that fails you, then just ask the salesperson what is popular and safe and buy what smells the most conservative. Gift giving should be a pleasure, not a terrifying experience or a Sisyphean task that will make you take up smoking again.