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Gifts for girlfriends include time, scents

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
The mix of grapefruit, pine, rosemary and eucalyptus oils in Liz Earle’s body scrub will power up your pal’s shower; Lubin’s Gin Fizz scent will make wannabe princesses swoon. Illustrates GIFTGUIDE-FRIENDS (category l), c) 2012, The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (MUST CREDIT: Liz Earle; Lubin, Paris.)
J. Crew’s sparkly bangles are irresistibly wrist-worthy; Umbra’s little black corset has places to stash and organize baubles. Illustrates GIFTGUIDE-FRIENDS (category l), c) 2012, The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (MUST CREDIT: J. Crew; Umbra.)

Alison Starling, a news anchor at Washington's ABC7, says time is her most valuable possession, so she thinks the perfect girlfriend gift is time together “to enjoy one another's company” at a cooking class. Her choice is one near her home, at Society Fair in Alexandria, Va. The chef/sommelier prepares a meal in front of as many as 10 guests who sit convivially at a marble-top bar watching, eating and asking questions. The three-course dinner is $75 per person

for food, plus $50 for wine.

Friends may also like:

• The mix of grapefruit, pine, rosemary and eucalyptus oils in this new body scrub (6.7 fluid ounces) from under-the-radar Brit beauty line Liz Earle will power up your pal's shower. The ground olive stones invigorate and are a refreshing alternative to the usual tame sameness of most of these potions. Psst, buy one for yourself, too. $24 at

• Impress your sister with J. Crew's sparkly bangles which are irresistibly wrist-worthy. Stun her with your fashion advice to mix them with bunches of other bracelets for additional texture and interest. $58 each at area J. Crew stores and

• Give your chum a chuckle with a little black corset from Umbra. It's a place to not only stash and organize her baubles, but also to find them easily, thanks to 23 clear pockets and oodles of hooks and loops. She and her closet will be grateful. $15 at

• Wannabe princesses will swoon over the Gin Fizz scent by Parisian perfume maker Lubin. Distinguished by top notes of lemon, mandarin and juniper berry, it was created in 1955 in honor of Grace Kelly and named for a cocktail in fashion that year in Paris' American bars. $135 at

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