As the final post in this series, I think it would be best to think of it as miscellaneous gifts that I either know — or hope — my friends will like.
The Suchard candy is for Drea’s and Will’s sweet, sweet dog walker. He loves them.
He prefers the milk chocolate over the dark chocolate. (I asked him to try both.) My Suchard package has 12 chocolates in it.
Except for more tea orders, all the other items come under that vast, vast category of beauty and treatment. I keep a little notebook with my friends’ names and the products I’ve given them in the past, when they truly love something I ask if they need refills.
Some things are one-offs, products like hand and nail creams for example in fragrances that no longer exist. Then there are little surprises I like to introduce them to and that’s where my notebook comes in: It’s the only way I can remember if I’ve already given them something during my last visit.
I always turn to my dermatologist and Christine for recommendations. Christine is constantly contacted by laboratory representatives trying to convince her to stock their products in her pharmacy. They give her a couple of testers, often she gives me one, and we test and discuss. (You know I’m not talking about meds. . .)
I recently convinced Christine that she must make room on her shelves for a few Eucerin products.
Christine will order absolutely anything and have it the next day for me when Dr. Gallais, my dermatologist, suggests something new and/or “exotic” like Foamer 15 or Oxelio Topique for example.
Today we are celebrating the birthday of My-Reason-For-Living-In-France with lunch in Paris. I have no gift ideas, because I can assure you he doesn’t need another sweater. I think I’ll drag him around to a couple of boutiques until he breaks down and finds something he likes.
I’m relatively certain he’ll convince me that lunch “was the best gift ever.” He’s spécial that way.