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4 Gift-giving ideas for Christmas

How the time flies! I have no idea when did all those months pass? It feels as if we were just recently celebrating New Year’s Eve and as if summer has just ended not long ago, yet we’re almost in the middle of December. All signs in the city like streetlights, decorations, colorful shopping centers leave us with no doubt that Christmas is almost here! Last year I did a series of Christmas shopping guide posts. This year I didn’t have much time for writing so many posts on how you can spend your holiday money but here it is! A couple of suggestions I would put under the tree to gift someone.

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We love perfume! It’s obvious, so why not surprise someone by placing a nice fragrance under a christmas tree, a scented treasure hidden inside of a lovely decorated box. I know many of you are thinking right now – perfume can be expensive, that you are not sure if a gifted person will be happy with your choice. My point of view is that perfume is a very personal present and should be considered only if you know someone really well. But this suggestion leaves more space for discussion. This is where Andy Tauer comes to the rescue with his newly launched Tauerville collection. At the moment there is a quartet of brilliantly made fragrances of high quality.

This perfume is a flash! Chose between Rose, Vanilla, Incense and Amber. I didn’t try the last one as it’s new and from the first 3 I like Rose the most. It’s rich, jammy and also a little bit tart and green. They don’t cost a fortune, look cute and smell even better. All of them come in 30 ml cube-shaped bottle which is a very friendly size, especially if someone already owns a bigger fragrance wardrobe. Rose and Vanilla are also available in 10 ml roll-on.

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Last two years have been really good for Arquiste, a niche brand from the US. Two succesful launches in their own line, an interesting collaboration with J. Crew and now also with St. Regis Hotels. If you’re like me in terms of not only loving to perfume your skin but to also actually scent your house interior, you really should look into Arquiste portfolio of candles. Those have been introduced this year and they contain really high percentage of fragrance. I had a miniature of one of those candles and after 30 minutes of burning the room was absolutely surrounded with its scent.

If you think that candle might be a good idea for one of your friends (or a good idea to put one on your own Christmas wish list) you will get to pick from among these three goodies. Art Deco Velvet is a smell of a decadent gentlemen’s club – juniper berry, blond tobacco, vanilla, oakwood and amber – inspired by The Architects Club perfume. Dark Galleon is the interpretation of how merchants ship could smell like – saffron, leather, frankincense, sandalwood, cade – it’s a candle reincarnation of Nanban, Arquiste’s 2015 fragrance release. Then you can indulge in Mexican Baroque, a rich and delightful blend that tempts you to eat it – cocoa, vanilla, smoked chilli, cedar, red clay – it’s Anima Dulcis with a wick.

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I wouldn’t be myself if among my suggestions there wouldn’t be a thing signed with a Prada logo. Here I have found for you a collectors treat that would make for a divine present if you know that someone is collecting perfume miniatures. 5 fragrances, each in a 7 ml or 8 ml bottle that is a mini copy of its original bigger size should make a Pradaholic or a miniature-hollic happy.

Browsing through the depths of Internet I have found The Prada Miniatures Collection that features mini versions of Infusion d’Iris eau de parfum and eau de toilette plus 3 versions of Candy: Candy EdP, Candy L’Eau and Candy Florale. There is alternative version with Infusion d’Iris Absolue mini instead of Candy Florale. And there is also an older one that has older Prada releases: Prada EdP, Tendre, Intense & Amber Pour Homme.

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If you enjoy home fragrances but scenting the entire house with a scented candle, reed diffuser or room spray seems to be a little bit too much, this little treat might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Esteban offers you a perfumed good luck charm. It’s a 2 or 3-element set of porous ceramics tied with a string. It’s gently perfumed letting you to introduce some perfume into your wardrobe, drawer or smaller room. You can hang it on door knob, on clothes rack and let it diffuse.

In Esteban offer there are 11 of those perfumed charms. Each comes in different shapes and of course in different scents. Pick from light citrusy and fresh or fruity ones or go a little bit more bold by chosing one with more heady floral bouquet or the one that smells woody, resinous and leathery. Good thing is that this little home deco is renewable. If you notice that your ceramics almost lost their aroma you can purchase a refreshing oil with a fragrance that matches your charm.

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What are your scented Christmas gift ideas? If you have found something interestingly fragrant during your shopping, be it online or in store, something that you’ve never seen before, please don’t hesitate to share it. I’m always curious to see what market has to offer.

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1 week before Christmas – for your body and soul

The clock is ticking wildly and with no mercy it shows that there are only 7 days left until Christmas. But it feels like Advent has just started! If you haven’t yet found an ideal gift for your loved ones, you’d better get a hold of yourself and get something this week. This will be probably the wildest week when it comes to buying presents as many people get them just before Christmas. Here are a couple of last-minute Christmas present ideas that should be indulgent for your body and soul.

You all know that I love Atelier Cologne fragrances and that I also love rose. Actually Rose Anonyme was one of the very few perfumes I bought after just a single test from a sample. Ever since I use this cologne very often and can never get enough of it. That was a really cool thing when Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel decided to make a soap scented with this composition. I haven’t tried it but according to Hajusuuri their soaps are very efficient, give a nice smell in the shower but they don’t perfume your skin. The brand recently added 2 new products to their Rose Anonyme treatment line: body and hair shower gel as well as moisturizing body lotion. These are enriched with moisturizing oils and vitamins. The body line is eco-friendly, made without parabens, phtalates, animal derivatives etc. I’m sure that everyone who likes a bit darker and more mysterious rose scents will be satisfied with taking a bath surrounded by the aroma of Rose Anonyme. I would love to test these 2 products. Please Santa!

265ml moisturing body lotion costs $60 (€50), 265ml body and hair shower gel is $40 (€35)

For all those who love to sip hectolitres of tea during long autumn and winter nights, I propose a tea from Harney & Sons range. I discovered this brand during my 18th birthday party. It was a small party held at a newly open cafe in my hometown and they served a variety of teas from this manufacturer. My birthday is in winter so a tea named Hot Cinnamon Spice tea had a delicious sound to it. The moment I tried it, I was hooked. I always order that tea when I meet at that cafe with my friends. It’s a black tea mixed with candied orange peel and 3 different kinds of cinnamon. There is some natural sweetness to it and I think even those who normally add a spoon of sugar to their tea, would pass on additional sweetness this time. This tea will warm you up and it will comfort you every time you take a whiff delightful fragrance of the cinnamon from inside of the cup. Decaf also offered.

Prices for Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea vary from $2 for a loose tea sample to $17 for 50 sachet bags. Available are loose tea, tea bags, pyramid sachets and capsules.

My family and I prefer liquid soap to a soap in a form of a bar but I just couldn’t resist including this soap bar in my guide, just because of the visual aspect of the product. Accidentally found in one of the Christmas newsletter that flooded my mailbox I found these soaps from Pelle Designs. These bards are called soap stones. They are glycerin fragrance soaps which are cut into these unusual shapes that make them look like giant gem-stones. As I said, maybe I wouldn’t use them in my bathroom but I would buy a few and use as room decoration. Available are Jade (Eucalyptus), Amber (Cedarwood), Crystal (Unscented), Aquamarine (Camphor), Citrine (Lemon Basil), Onyx (Cassia) and Rose Quartz (Grapefruit).

Eight 2 oz. soaps: $64 (€52), eight 5 oz. soaps: $128 (€103), individual 5 oz. soaps: $18 (€15)

Last idea is one of my most memorable Christmas flavors. Ever since I was a little boy I used to get some sweets from Santa Clays and there was always a bag of Eiskonfekt Classic chocolates from the german brand Moritz. This is not a typical kind of chocolate, but a little bit like ice cream. It instantly melts in your mouth exploding with smooth and velvety taste of creamy and buttery chocolate. I never received this sweets on other occasion, so I associate eating them with Christmas. You could as well put one of these sweet cubes into your hot cocoa to turn it into a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Yum! Once you give them a try, you will always want more, this stuff is addictive!

Moritz Eiskonfekt chocolates prices vary from €0,99 for 155 gram to €4,99 for a bigger pack in a little basket; apart from classic plain chocolates, there are also flavored ones available

I hope that you enjoyed the series of my weekly shopping guides. This one was obviously the last one. I will be traveling for the next couple of days so it might take me more time to respond to any comments. I wish you good luck in finding last Christmas presents for your family and friends. The time for wishes will come the next week. Take care and good luck with findings.

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