Peter Farran

Chanel No 5

In Classics on November 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Chanel No 5Chanel No  5

Creator: Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel
Year: 1921
Origin: Paris France

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There’s nothing worse than getting a gift and then wondering whether to hide it in the basement or rewrap it and give it to someone else before the Christmas season is over, knowing that the recipient will probably think the same. How many of our gifts are likely to end in landfill before Chritmas arrives once more? For most of us last shopping days arrive more quickly than we’d like leading to compromises when choosing gifts.

Design classics are elegant and useful. Most people will be happy to find a place for them without cringing or making a trip to the back of the cupboard. Take for example the design classic Chanel Number 5 fragrance. How many women, would be disappointed to open a gift like this? Sure it’s expensive but what are the environmental costs of giving the latest coffee maker which will likely be expensive to run and last a couple of years before a part breaks which can’t be replaced or fashions change?

Buy design classics as gifts this Christmas and expect them to be still being enjoyed the following Christmas and beyond.

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