Best perfume gifts for Christmas 2020: festive fragrance for men and women

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 (Fragrance gift guide)
(Fragrance gift guide)

While choosing a scent is a very personal thing, there are a few hacks when it comes to gifting to make sure it’s done right. They are a classic and always well-appreciated present.

People tend to fall into two categories; either you’re an intense, woody and oud devotee, or prefer the lighter and fruitier end of the spectrum. It’s also helpful to consider the season.

During summer, fresher scents may be preferred, while in autumn and winter, warming aromas take centre stage. That does not mean that people can’t be both or flit between the two, but it can help to narrow down into the correct olfactory family. But if you really can’t decide, there are discovery sets so they can explore themselves.

They may have a signature scent but could be looking to mix things up with something entirely new - variety is the spice of life, after all.

Christmas also marks the perfect opportunity to stock up for both your loved ones and yourself. During the most wonderful time of the year, beloved fragrance houses everywhere pair their scents with extra little gifts like a body lotion or travel-sized variety at more purse-friendly prices to give you more bang for your buck.

These covetable coffrets make for a memorable gift so that every time they spritz, they’ll think of you.

Who knows, you may even be tempted to add one or two extra to your basket for yourself.

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Engineered Collection

Has there ever been a more show-stopping fragrance than this F1-inspired collection? Each of the scents in the range are adorned with a sculptural casing crafted from a lightweight carbon fibre as used in a modern racing car. There is an aroma to suit all tastes from a fiery cinnamon and bergamot in the Overtake 320, to the citrus and pepper in the Turn 1.

F1 fragrance
F1 fragrance

£195 | Designer Parfums

dunhill London Icon Racing Eau de Parfum, Shower Gel and Travel Spray Set

Your search for the perfect Christmas present is over in three, two, one. Dunhill’s Iconic Racing fragrance gift box comes complete with a 100ml Eau de Parfum, Shower Gel and 30ml travel spray - all of which have the invigorating scent of the brand’s motoring-inspired aroma - a citrus opening with bergamot and grapefruit, aromatic lavender heart and vetiver and musk base for a woody finish.

Dunhill
Dunhill

£88 | lookfantastic

Parfums de Marly Discovery Collection Gift Set

Can’t choose just one fragrance to encapsulate your lucky recipient? Parfums de Marly has got you covered with its Discover Collection that makes the most ideal introduction into the brand’s evocative range. There is a Feminine and Masculine variation both of which are packed with six 10ml vials.

Marly
Marly

From £120 | Selfridges

Bvlgari Man Glacial Essence Fragrance Gift Set

Embrace the winter freshness with this scent from Bulgari. The Man Glacial Essence is designed to mimic the aquatic nature of frozen mountains as well as the crispness. There’s a woody heart of sandalwood essence, orris concrete and artemisia essence, with a dry masculine musk base. The gift set comes with an Eau de Parfum at 100ml as well as a travel-ready 15ml.

Bvlgari
Bvlgari

£91 | The Perfume Shop

K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Toilette 100ml Fragrance Gift Set

No holiday on the horizon? No problem. The addictive K by Dolce & Gabbana aroma is here to bring the Mediterranean sun to you (in handy gift set form no less). The fragrance has notes of citrus fresh blood orange, Sicilian lemon, and touches of amber with clary sage, crisp geranium, lavandin, juniper berry and the spicy accent of pimento essence. You are then left with a woody finish with cedarwood, vetiver, and patchouli. The set comes with a 100ml Eau de Toilette, After Shave Balm and 10ml travel spray.

Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana

£75 | John Lewis

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette 75ml Fragrance Gift Set

Long a signature scent for those in the know, Issey Miyake’s cult fragrance is offered in gift set form and will nail the Christmas morning opening process for every man in your life. The scent itself has citrusy notes of yuzu, tangerine and fresh water lily that are expertly combined with spicy aromas of tobacco, vetiver and sandalwood for a masculine edge. It comes alongside a 75ml iteration and a 50ml shower gel.

John Lewis
John Lewis

£48.50 | John Lewis

Floral Street Discovery Set, 8 x 1.5ml scents

Can’t choose just one fragrance? Give them a full mini scent wardrobe with the help of London-born fragrance brand Floral Street. This discovery kit will allow them to switch up their scent with their mood, time of year or time of day with eight to choose from. The set is made up of the Neon Rose, London Poppy, Wonderland Peony, Wild Vanilla Orchid, Iris Goddess, Chypre Sublime, Black Lotus and Ylang Ylang Espresso in a bag or hand-luggage ready 1.5ml size.

Selfridges
Selfridges

£14 | Selfridges

Tom Ford Oud Wood Gift Set

Indulge in the oud luxe of Tom Ford’s masculine and addictive Oud Wood fragrance. For the gift-ready limited-edition box set, you can treat the man in your life to the 50ml eau de parfum, 150ml body spray and a 150ml moisturiser in the same seductive scent. It has notes of rose wood and cardamom with a smoky heart of oud wood, sandalwood and vetiver. The base of tonka bean and amber adds a sensual finish.

Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols

£260 | Harvey Nichols

Gucci Bloom 50ml Eau de Parfum Gift Set

Like the name suggests, this is a delicate fragrance that keeps on evolving as you wear it. The blossoming white floral aromas are created with jasmine bud extract, tuberose and rangoon creeper that is light and fresh. The set is made up of a 50ml eau de parfum offered alongside a 100ml body lotion in the same scent.

John Lewis
John Lewis

£76 | John Lewis

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette Gift Set

The award-winning Daisy fragrance has long been a signature scent for women of all ages. The diverse and universally appealing scent is floral and fresh with top notes of wild berries and white violet with a heart of jasmine and a warm, sensual base of sandalwood. The fragrance in a 50ml bottle comes alongside the Daisy Body Lotion and Shower gel to envelop the scent on your whole body.

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lookfantastic

£59 | lookfantastic

Boss Bottled Eau de Toilette Gift Set

With this gift set from Boss, you really can’t go wrong. The oriental fougere aftershave has been a firm fan favourite since its creation. Now an undeniable classic, it has an elegant and timeless aroma with fruity top notes of the likes of apple and citrus, a evolving floral and spicy heart with geranium, cinnamon and cloves and a masuline amber-like base of sandalwood, vetiver and cedarwood. In this kit, your lucky recipient will receive the eau de toilette in a 100ml bottle, a deodorant and 100ml shower gel.

The Perfume Shop
The Perfume Shop

£64 | The Perfume Shop

Jo Malone London Midnight Musk & Amber Cologne

For the festive season, Jo Malone’s iconic bottles have been given a luxurious faceted makeover inspired by the glamour of the 1920s. In true flapper style, the fragrance itself is heady, smooth and sensual with a top note of juniper, heart of amber and base of midnight musk. The result is fresh, yet aromatic and oh so seductive.

Jo Malone
Jo Malone

£105 | lookfantastic

Diptyque Electric Diffuser Plug

While not a typical spritz perfume, home fragrances have seen a huge resurgence this year no doubt in part due to the sheerr amount of time we are all spending Chez Moi. French fragrance house Diptyque is here to elevate the signature scents of our humble abodes through its diffuser plug that can be filled with the aroma of your choice from the brand’s addictive range in capsule form and fitted straight to the wall to indulge in the room-filling experience.

Space NK
Space NK

£90 | Space NK

Jimmy Choo Fever Eau de Parfum and Body Lotion Set

Jimmy Choo Fever has a mysterious quality. When you catch a trace of the aroma, you immediately want to know more and it only gets more addictive the more than you envelop yourself in the scent. It has a top note of black plum nectar, a heart of heliotrope and a base of tonka bean, benzoin and sandalwood for a seductive scent that’s deeper and more sophisticated than the original fragrance. This set is made up of the jewel-inspired 60ml flacon with a 100ml body lotion.

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lookfantastic

£57 | lookfantastic

Flower by Kenzo Gift Set

In honour of the fragrance’s 20th anniversary, Kenzo has given its bestselling scent an eco-consicious makeover with a covetable coffret crafted without any plastic. Instead, it is made from recycled paper and FSC cardboard while still beautifully adorned in the signature floral and red design. The set is made of the fragrance with its vibrant and feminine fresh floral notes and an accompanying body lotion.

Debenhams
Debenhams

£42.30 | Debenhams

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum 60ml Fragrance Gift Set

Foreign travel may be off the cards this Christmas but Montblanc transportative Explorer fragrance will satisfy the adventurer in your giftee with an olfactory expedition all its own. The woody, aromatic and leather aromas come from a combination of Italian bergamot Vetiver from Haiti and Indonesian patchouli which came through Givaudan’s Sourcing for Shared Value program and supports local producers in their ethical and sustainable development. The set includes a 60ml bottle of the eau de parfum and a shower gel.

John Lewis
John Lewis

£52 | John Lewis

Goutal Paris Tenue de Soirée Gift Set

Solve your wardrobe woes with the simple addition of this fragrance from Goutal. Just a spritz of this fragrance and you’ll have your olfactory outfit sorted as it is your Tenue de Soirée aka your evening dress. It combines the sensuous top notes of blackcurrant and bergamot, a heart of iris, rose and jasmine and a base of caramel, leather, patchouli and white musk. The set comes with an 100ml eau de parfum and a body cream.

You can also get a Goutal Paris Discovery Kit (£68) from the label to sample this fragrance and three others in 10ml form.

Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols

£132 | Harvey Nichols

Cartier Carat Eau De Parfum Gift Set

This innovative formulation from Cartier brings together the seven colours of the rainbow in one of the most unique and olfactory-appealing ways. Housed within the jewel-inspired bottle, you will find a light, bright floral fragrance with violet, iris, hyacinth, ylang ylang, daffodil, honeysuckle and tulip to represent ROYGBIV. The gift set comes with the 100ml fragrance and a 15ml travel-sized iteration to slip into your hand luggage.

Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols

£123 | Harvey Nichols

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