On day 222 I was forced perform the task I most despise in Sao Paulo – buy a present. No, it’s not that I’m not a giving person. It’s just that choking back the idea of spreading my money out for an over-priced gift activates my gag reflexes.
This Sunday is the Brazilian Father’s Day, a fact I overlooked while shopping in the U.S. As I won’t be able to get away with printing out another father-daughter photo and digging out a long-lost frame from the back of the closet again, I headed with a friend to the Higienópolis mall in hopes of finding something reasonable to procure.
The Shopping Higienópolis has a nice balance of local shops and imported luxury, which makes it a reasonably safe spot for shopping. However, I was shocked when I wandered into Kiehl’s to peruse some product for my hubby. Holy moly! Has no one mentioned to the Brazilians that Kiehl’s was acquired by L’Oreal? The people that make mascara sold at Walmart and do-it-yourself hair dye? R$140 for a men’s moisturizer?! Sorry sisters but that is a 100%+ markup from the U.S. price for the same.
Moving on… again, there are some logically priced store, and in one of those I bought my gift. I won’t reveal the contents of the package to salvage the surprise, but I think he’ll be happy with both the gift and the fact that I didn’t spend stupid money.