My 16-year-old daughter has recently started using perfume since she received a bottle of Glow by Jennifer Lopez for Christmas. We knew she wanted it as she was constantly talking about it in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Every time we went shopping, she would not fail to remind us of it when we passed the perfume section. She found this guide on the best perfumes for women and was hooked on it ever since. She would grab a sample and spray it on her and let my husband and I smell the scent so that we would remember it. She clearly did not want us to forget it or get the wrong one for her when Christmas came around.
It was an easy decision for us this Christmas when it came to choosing her present. My husband just popped down to the nearest department store and went straight to the perfume section where the toughest decision he was faced with was to choose between the 1.7oz and the 3.4oz bottle. We had not thought about that and my daughter never once mentioned what size she wanted! Faced with uncertainty, he went with the safer option and bought the 3.4oz bottle just in case. The girls at the department store were so kind as to even gift-wrap the bottle for us, which saved us the trouble of wrapping it ourselves.
On the way home, my husband had a brilliant idea! He decided to play a trick on our daughter and so he bought a bigger box that would fit the perfume. He even bought some additional wrapping paper and ribbons. His idea was to make it look like the present wasn’t a bottle of perfume. As our daughter would be expecting a small box containing her long-awaited perfume, he would place it inside a box and wrap that up to make it seem like it was something else. Then when she opens it up, she’d get a lovely surprise!
So we did just that, and even stuffed the empty space between the big box and the perfume with newspaper so that she wouldn’t be able to guess what it was by shaking it. It did not look like a present containing a perfume bottle at all! When our daughter saw the box with her name on it under the tree, my, was she upset. She had a frown on her face and was sulking. When we asked her what was wrong, she wouldn’t tell us, but we all knew what was going through her mind.
Thankfully, her behavior only lasted a few days and before we knew it, it was Christmas Day! She still had not figured out that there was a bottle of perfume in her box but who could be sad on Christmas Day? She had the biggest smile as she dashed for the tree and started opening her present. My husband and I waited in anticipation as we watched her expression change from joy to bemusement when she found a second smaller present in the bigger box. It all then clicked in her head as she realized what was going on and her face lit up as bright as the tree in front of her.