Portia’s Christmas GIFT CERTIFICATE Shopping Guide

Hey to the POSSE!!

Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies back again with something that I hold near and dear to mt heart; GIFT CERTIFICATES.

Unfortunately I have been stricken with a minor cold and major sinus as the seasons are chopping and changing here in Sydney on a daily basis. This morning was arctic and the afternoon is tropical. CER AY ZEE weather. It has left me with absolutely no sense of smell or taste. It is freaky when you go to sip a coffee and it might as well  be warm water, pumpkin soup has the WEIRDEST texture without flavour. The hairs on the back of my neck just lifted in memory of lasts nights dinner.

GIFT CERTIFICATES are a funny one, many people think that they show a lack of care or thought but I strongly disagree. One of my all time favourite things to do is troll the net for fragrances, be it samples, decants, vintage or current full bottles. I don’t care. it’s the search that thrills me as much as the possession and wearing. So when thinking of a present for me life is simple, a GIFT CERTIFICATE!! Not only will I relish the search but I’ll get something I want. Bliss.

AftelierPerfumes from $20
FirstInFragrance offers Vouchers but I couldn’t find them
FragranceNet from $20
FragranceX from $5 – $500
LuckyScent from $50
MyPerfumeSamples from $15
PoshPeasant from $25
SurrenderToChance from $1 – $100
If you know of anywhere else that has a GIFT CERTIFICATE could you leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Wishing you all the good stuff that you wish for yourselves.
Hopefully with a working sniffer next week,
Portia xx

Below is something I am DESPERATE to try with a video camera

  • Ellen Covey says:

    Poor Portia, sorry to hear that you’re feeling under the weather. That pumpkin soup sounds horrifying.

    Just for the record, Olympic Orchids offers gift certificates, and you can actually buy something with a $25 certificate. No one has bought one, so maybe they’re not showing up on my website? Will have to check.

  • Sandstorm936 says:

    I love gift cards to no end. Unfortunately, no one in my family believes in getting me gift certificates for perfume. I did somewhat find a way around this. You can (in the US) an Amouage perfume through Amazon. So, since I have a huge craving for Amouage Gold or Lyric, I’ve asked for Amazon gift cards. It sucks having a cold a not being able to smell, doesn’t it? A couple weeks ago, I had a cold that turned into sinusitis and it sucked because I couldn’t smell or tasted a darn thing.


    • Portia says:

      I think you gave me this cold and sinusitis! How annoying is it? He he He
      Clever with the Amazon, their P&H are prohibitive to Oz unfortunately when it comes to frags.
      Portia xx

  • Mals86 says:

    I like gift certificates, but I like them best when a) they’re from places I already shop (my MIL gives me vouchers for my hairdresser and the local grocery store, for example) and b) they’re in a denomination such that the GC will cover at least half the cost of something I’d like to have. I mean, I once had an Aedes GC for $25, which did me Absolutely No Good Whatsoever.

    • Portia says:

      Ha Ha HA They wanted to buy you the postage costs. I love the idea of Grocery store and Hairdressers GCs Excellent suggestion Mals86
      Portia xx

  • tammy says:

    I love love love getting gift certificates, without a doubt, but it does seem as if Christmas has been reduced to swapping gift cards and that makes me sad. I’m not even sure why it makes me sad, because as I said, I love getting them, but it kind of reminds me of how any kind of gathering any more is comprised of people either blatantly ignoring everyone while texting, or compulsively glancing at their phones so much you wish they’d just go ahead and do what they’d obviously rather be doing.

    My compromise is the wishlist/registry. At least there is an element of surprise and I get to open real presents!

    • tammy says:

      Oh lord woman, speak to me of the Jub body creme. I am lemming it so bad. Is the container lovely and substantial? Because you know for that kind of dollar, Imma need some purdy to display. I keep telling myself it’ll stretch out my bottle of perfume much, much longer and as such is an excellent bargain….but I also keep thinking I could get a couple of those Alice and Peter cupcake bottles for the same amount. (Feel free to laugh, I can’t help it. They are so freaking cute and I love kitschy bottles)

      • Musette says:

        tammy – it’s beyond gorgeous. As is the Epic. And the Lyric. And the Memoir. I hate Christopher Chong’s fashionably slender guts. I can’t keep a simolean in my pocket because of him and those blasted creams. And they’re really not ‘that’ expensive – not for what you get. Honey, scoop out a teaspoon from the lovely crystal jar, slickery-slick on damp skin…you are GOOD TO GO. I wrote a post about those creams a few months ago – the Epic nearly blew the top of my head off! And yes, you are right. The addition of the cream cuts the perfume usage by 80%. You cannot – you simply cannot- use as much perfume when you apply the cream – you could put somebody’s eye out! I get mine from MiN New York.


    • Portia says:

      Hey Tammy,
      My general illness brain has affected you too, sorry darl.
      HAH! The phone problem! They will all be left on silent in another room while we have Christmas Lunch.
      You’ll be able to hear the squals on the other side of the planet but I don’t care. No phone if you want food, otherwise starve and Merry Xmas to them.
      Portia xx

      • tammy says:

        Otherwise starve and Merry Xmas….dear God I am SO stealing that line. In fact, I am going to make up a sign and post it at the door.

        • Portia says:

          Excellent!! They will be forced to make conversation. we also have had conversation cards in the center of the christmas table in case an argument starts. They have things like famous actresses names, recent movies, top 10 songs, city names, politicians or big business. If it starts to get heated someone not involved grabs a card and the topic changes. it’s really fun

  • Musette says:

    Sweetie! That so sucks, your being sick! I agree with you on gift certificates. El O is freakin’ TERRIFIED of buying me anything a) not on my Amazon wish list or b) not a Gift Certificate. He gave me a gift cert from MiN New York for my birthday and I was the happiest clam at high tide you ever did see! Can you imagine him trying to figure out what to get me from MiN? From Surrender to Chance? He would rather eat an entire BUCKET of bugs!!!

    Fwiw, I bought a jar of Jubilation 25 body cream and a bottle of Epic shower gel. Did I say Happy as a Clam? How ’bout ecstatic! (and he’s ecstatic, too, when he gets Lowes/Home Despot gift cards. Beats the look on his face when I give him a sweater! LOL!)

  • Ann says:

    Oh, poor baby! Hope you feel better soon. Those change of seasons can be brutal, can’t they? I agree with you 100 percent about gift certificates — I love them! They do get a bad rap as indicating lack of thought, but when you’re dealing with someone who has very specific tastes (such as we perfumistas), then it’s really the best thing. Better than buying us some stuff we don’t like, won’t wear, and will probably end up giving away. Hang in there!

    • Ann says:

      P.S. I think Lucky Scent offers gift certificates, too.

      • Portia says:

        Hey Ann,
        I am the world’s most famous re gifter. I just don’t have room to keep stuff that doesn’t suit.
        Yes, you are right LuckyScent does Gift Cert.
        Portia x