With perfume manufacturers vying for Mother's Day gift dollars, it's smart to sniff out the bargains. Department store counters are filled with specials and sales to attract attention -- there are sale-priced introductory gift packages, reduced prices with purchase, and gifts with purchase.
The gift-with-purchase is the smartest way to try out a new product. Tamara Stratford, regional cosmetics buyer for Nordstrom, lists a few samples of the store's gift specials.
* Safari by Ralph Lauren gives away small samplings of a gel, body lotion and a perfume miniature with any $39.50 purchase.
* White Diamonds has a white and gold lame pouch, cream, shower gel, lotion and perfume miniature with purchase of $38.50.
* Chloe Narcise puts samplings of cream, shower gel, lotion and perfume miniature into a fuchsia and lavender taffeta pouch with a purchase of $45.
On the discount store circuit, F&M; distributors, offers well-priced fragrances in familiar drugstore and department store brands. Patti Klein, vice president of marketing for F&M;, says the 116-store national chain may be just the place to shop for grandmother. Those old favorites -- Chantilly, Emeraude and White Shoulders -- are still selling well.