Let’s say you have that one particular friend or family member who buying gifts for is similar to a trip to the gynecologist. She prides herself on being unique, only listens to indie music (on vinyl, of course), hangs out at the IFC theater all day on Saturdays, and turns her nose up at any mainstream type of fashion. Although you respect her taste, you’re also sick of her spouting off about indie this and indie that, and although you know she’s trying to prove to herself that she truly is indie, it’s just easier to shut up and smile. In fact, deep down you’d love to get her a Kate Spade bag just for shits and giggles, but considering the fit she threw over the Coach bag you gave her last year for the same reasons, you’ve decided to take the high road.
So since she has every album that Gorilla vs. Bear told her she should have, and socks, although safe seem fairly lame, perhaps you should get her an indie fragrance – she is the “indie” gal in your life after all.
Not sure where to start? W Magazine put together a list of their top 10 indie fragrances, each with an explanation of exactly what sort of scent you’re in for–fruity, musky, spicy–you name it. There are also such sites like Fragrantica that can lead you in the right direction as well as give you information on the 2012 FiFi Awards which honors those indie fragrances that are the best of the best.
What’s that you say? It’s December 24th and there’s no way in hell you’ll be able to have something delivered in time? Well then, that’s not really our problem, is it? Perhaps you should just tuck this information away for next year, head to the the closest record store and grab the first album you see. When the indie gal in your life unwraps it and looks at it inquisitively, just smile and tell her it’s an underground band that’s about to “burst onto the music scene.” White lies during the holidays are how we all survive.