The Perfume Gift Guide: Editor’s Picks

Yes, a new fragrance is always a fabulous gift. But there’s a caveat. The scent needs to suit the recipient – which isn’t always easy to gauge. Read on for a cheat sheet on this year’s most sough-after fragrances to make Christmas fragrance gifting a breeze. 

Scent is personal and deeply entrenched in your character. Some people love florals while some favour fresh citrusy notes. And like most things in life, you can’t fake it. It’s not pleasant walking around all day with a scent that just ‘isn’t you’. While shopping for gifts this Christmas, have a think about the personality of your recipient and that of the fragrance. The last thing you want to give them is a perfume that will only serve as decor.

For her

For The Sophisticate
If she’s a classy one (hint: pearls, a red manicure and never too much makeup are giveaways) she’ll love a timeless fragrance from renowned beauty houses Estée Lauder and Lancôme.

Shop: Estée Lauder BEAUTIFUL, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 


For The Fashionista
If her heart skips a beat every time you walk by a luxury fashion boutique, you can give her a token of that with Daisy by designer Marc Jacobs or the cult classic that’s favoured by the fashion pack’s favourite – Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf.


 Shop: Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb, Daisy by Marc Jacobs 


For The Glamorous One
If you suspect the gal in question might be a long-lost Kardashian sister (she has no problem trotting around in 5-inch heels and is impossibly groomed), you go Choo – or for the decadent Angel by Thierry Mugler. 

Shop: Angel by Thierry Mugler, Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum

For the Girl Who’s One-of-a-Kind
The lady who marches to the beat of her own drum typically doesn’t like overly sweet or floral fragrances.  Clinique’s Aromatic Elixir is a wonderfully fresh and distinctively woody alternative.

Shop: Clinique Aromatics Elixir


For her

For The Dapper Gent
If he likes wearing a suit and hasn’t met a pocket square he didn’t like, you need to take out the big guns. Namely, Valentino, Givenchy and Viktor&Rolf.

Elegant Gent
Shop: Valentino UomoGivenchy Gentleman Only Barber Edition Gift SetViktor&Rolf Spicebomb


For The Jetsetter
He who complains about the weather, and has a healthy amount of Ibiza and St Tropez Facebook albums will love these fragrances with a Mediterranean flair.

Shop: Versace Eros Christmas Gift Set, Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette Christmas Gift Set


For the Man’s Man:
The weigh-lifting protein shake-drinker will not appreciate a fruity fragrance. Opt for powerfully masculine scents with woody notes.

Shop: Nuit d’Issey Eau de Toilette, 1 Million Paco Rabanne Gift Set

The more you know about your gift recipient, the easier it is to get that gut feeling about which scent they’ll like. If in doubt, try and have a snoop through their current fragrances. Chances are, they will like something similar.
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Looking for a Valentine’s perfume? Get ready for the romantic season with one of our gorgeous scents.

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