We’re well and truly in the thick of it now: gifting season is here! If you’re on the lookout for some fragrant fancies for your nearest and dearest, you’ve arrived at the right place. I’ve trawled my own list to give you some inspiration for all of the people you’re buying for this year (and yes, that includes your tricky ‘I just want world peace’ dad!).
So from your bestie to your boyfriend, there’s a suggestion for everyone on your list. We’ve even thrown in the office Secret Santa for good measure – who says Christmas shopping needs to be difficult?
Your Fearless Mum
Style: Something chic and timeless
The leading lady in your life is only ever a phone call away, so it’s only right that you spoil her with a truly superb gift! When you’re looking for a fragrance for your mum but you’re not quite sure what she’ll like, you can’t go far wrong with a modern classic. Choose something timeless, elegant and feminine that will make her feel wonderful every time she wears it. My pick? The musky, honeyed floral tones of Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum, which is ultra-wearable yet totally unique.
Your Dependable Dad
Style: A versatile, ultra-wearable scent
If your dad has a firm favourite fragrance, it’s often best to stick to that (speaking from experience, here!). But if he’s asked you for a new scent and he doesn’t really have a preference, opt for something versatile that will always make him feel ‘put together’. Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a fragrance Hall of Famer, with a fresh, laidback citrus and woody scent that has achieved cult status since its launch 20 years ago. If his preferences are a little deeper and woodier, the newer Nuit d’Issey is an equally as handsome choice.
Your Partner In Crime Bestie
Style: A trend-led statement
Thank goodness you’re as thick as thieves – your best friend is one of the easier people on your list! She’s fun, she’s beautiful inside and out, and she’s always there for you, so treat her to a fragrance that’s guaranteed to brighten her Christmas morning. The stand-out feminine hit this year is Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris, an unpredictable white floral chypre fragrance that is inspired by the eternal appeal of the City of Lights. Its alluring notes of raspberry, datura, white peony, and patchouli are romantic yet a little bit sexy – it’s her instant signature scent.
Your Charming Boyfriend
Style: Sophisticated, sexy, stylish
When it comes to choosing a scent for your other partner in crime, it’s only right that your own preferences play a big part, too – you’ll be the one smelling it, after all! If he already has his day-to-day fragrance sorted, choose something special for evening wear that will make him feel suave. Newly launched, Valentino Uomo Intense is the epitome of raw sensuality with a luxurious twist. I’ve yet to come across a more overtly alluring fragrance for men this year! If he’s got a penchant for intense fragrances with lashings of leather, this is made for him.
Your Timeless Nana
Style: A lesson in classic elegance
There’s no two ways about it – your dear nana deserves the world and more at Christmas time. So when picking out a fragrance choose a scent that is as beautiful and timeless as she is: Annick Goutal La Violette. La Violette is a treasure of a fragrance that she’ll love to wear. Snuggly yet elegant, and mischievous yet tender, its blend of violet and Turkish rose is inspired by the scent of violet sweets and lipstick. It’s a lesson in nostalgia! Every time she wears her new fragrance you’ll want to hug her all the more.
Style: A pocket-friendly crowdpleaser
Looking for something little and budget-proof yet completely luxurious to knock the socks off your Secret Santa draw? Look no further than the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Fresh Fragrant Gift Set Tin! Despite being less than £15, this perfectly proportioned gift set doesn’t feel like a compromise with its good-sized 30ml fragrance and matching 50ml body lotion. And you don’t have to worry about them not liking the scent – the Fleur de Figuier scent of juicy figs and mandarin is delicious, feminine and memorable. You’ll be the talk of the office!