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12 Gifts that smell amazing—perfect for that fragrance lover on your list

12 Gifts that smell amazing—perfect for that fragrance lover on your list

Worth a sniff

Text: Wei Yeen Loh


The ultimate fragrance edit for any ardent fan of a well-composed scent

From contemporary diffusers that could very well serve as a visual (and olfactory) statement to brand new fragrance launches that you can't miss out on, these are high up on our wishlist for good reason. We've compiled the best gifts that smell like a dream for that special someone on your list for this gift-giving season—the discerning fragrance enthusiast.

Ahead, 12 fragrances to make your gift-shopping expedition a breeze:

Decorté Kimono Fragrance

Decorte Kimono Fragrance

Decorté's newly-launched Kimono fragrance collection is a tribute to its Japanese roots—specifically, the traditional folk clothing that it is named after. A charming addition to any vanity, all the Decorté Kimono fragrance bottles are clinched with ribbons to reference the kimono obi belt. 

Four scents are available from this lineup, including: Kimono Kihin, a floral chypre with top notes of iris, bergamot, heart notes of jasmine, and a drydown of patchouli and sandalwood; Kimono Yui, a summer floral made of pink pepper, orange flowers, vanilla and a woody base; Kimono Urara, a fruity floral blend of apple, melon, lotus, and sandalwood; and Kimono Rin, an elegant woody floral with notes of plum, jasmine, and patchouli.

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Jo Malone London Fragrance Combining Trio

Jo Malone Trio Set

Perfect for those who can't decide on one fragrance to stick to, this trio set by Jo Malone London is a great choice to dip one's toes into the brand's olfactory offerings. This limited-edition set includes English Pear & Freesia Cologne 30ml, and sample-sized Honeysuckle & Davana and Oud & Bergamot Colognes. 

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Tom Ford Beauty Lost Cherry Eau De Parfum and Mini Lip Colour Set

Fragrance gifts tom ford lost cherry

What's better than an 'artisanal scent'? Scoring a lippie in a classic red to go with your festive look, of course. Tom Ford's set is not one to be missed, with the Lost Cherry 10ml atomiser and a mini Tom Ford Lip Colour in Scarlet Rouge. Expect a luscious scent that's full-bodied and sensual, with notes of black cherry, bitter almond, Turkish rose and jasmine sambac. A spritz and a swipe later and you're ready to paint the town red.

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Maison Margiela Replica Women's Discovery Set Eau De Toilette

Fragrance gifts maison margiela replica

You may have heard of Maison Margiela's iconic Replica fragrances, but if you've never gotten the chance to try it for yourself, this three-piece series is just what you need. The Replica Women's Discovery Set Eau De Toilette features three androgynous scents (10ml each) that have been highly lauded by perfume fanatics and fans of the brand: the Replica Beach Walk Eau De Toilette, the Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Eau De Toilette and the Replica Sailing Day Eau De Toilette.

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Aesop States of Being

Aesop gift sets

We're major fans of Aesop's Aromatique room sprays and here's why it would make the best gift for fragrance enthusiasts out there—you can opt for not one, but three of their home scents from this range to spruce up your home this Christmas. Can't get enough of warm, woody notes? Try Cythera for a heady mix of neroli, geranium and patchouli. Istros is an ambrosial blend of florals, while Olous is an uplifting combination of green and citrus botanicals.

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Sisley Eau Du Soir Limited Edition Skies 2020 

Fragrance gifts sisley eau de soir skies

Sisley's limited-edition Eau du Soir this year doesn't just smell like an enigmatic dream—the exterior is quite a head-turner as well. Aptly named Skies, the vivid interpretation of the sky is courtesy of Paris-born New York artist Sydney Albertini, who wanted to pay homage to the chypre and floral notes of Sisley's well-recognised scent. The notes remain untouched—moss, patchouli, a powdery floral bouquet, and citrus notes of grapefruit and mandarin.

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Armani Beauty Sì Passione EDP and Mini Lip Maestro Holiday Gift Set

Armani Si Passione gift set

Fragrance and makeup go hand in hand like tea and scones, and yet another set to score is Armani Beauty's three-piece set, featuring the new icon Sì Passione EDP, a sparkling floral and fruit scent; a fun-sized Lip Maestro, a liquid lip colour that's as pigmented as it comes; and a 75ml moisturising body lotion in the same scent.

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Laura Mercier Mini Body Soufflé Quartet

Fragrance gifts laura mercier mini souffle

Laura Mercier's holiday 2020 collection is one of the prettiest of the lot, with plenty of sets that will give you the best bang for your buck. Case in point: this quartet set of Laura Mercier's Soufflé Body Crème in four edible-worthy scents. Made with vitamin A, C and E derivatives, grapeseed and rice bran oil, sweet almond and hydrolysed rice proteins, these four body lotions will lock in the moisture on your skin while leaving you smelling like a snack—we aren't kidding.

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Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum 50ml + Body Lotion 75ml

Fragrance gifts marc jacobs perfect

This modern punchy fragrance by Marc Jacobs was recently released, and stands for a wonderful message that namesake founder wanted to share: "I am perfect as I am". The result is a fresh floral medley of rhubarb, daffodil, almond milk, cedarwood and cashmeran. This set comes with Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau de Parfum 50ml and a 75ml body lotion.

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Bvlgari Rose Goldea Blossom Delight EDP

Bvlgari Rose goldea set

Girly girls who can't resist floral fragrances may be enamoured with Bvlgari's Christmas set right here—the Rose Goldea Blossom Delight Eau de Parfum in 75ml and a travel-sized 15ml, along with a cute pouch that you can stash your beauty essentials in. The Rose Goldea Blossom Delight is a floral fantasy in a bottle, with notes of papaya, violet leaf, jasmine, rose petals, lily of the valley, and a base of Bulgarian rose, white musk, and ambergris.

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Trudon L'Œuf Diffuser - Cyrnos

Trudon diffuser

Minimalist, chic design? Check. A long-lasting scent diffusion? Check—more than three months of diffusion, to be exact. A piquant composition? Check—notes of lemon, myrtle, thyme, black fig, cedarwood, lavender, pine, and a base of cashmere wood, musk and patchouli. Trudon's modern work of art is inspired by the ancient 'Cabinets of Curiosities', with an unglazed ceramic egg, painted wooden stand and 300ml fragrance bottle to elevate your haven visually and sensorially.

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Goutal Une Foret D’Or Scented Candle

Goutal Candle 2020

On the hunt for a festive scent that basically smells like Christmas? Try Goutal's Une Foret D’Or Scented Candle for an aromatic mix of pine, oranges and mandarins. The candle design is a looker as well, adorned with the fairytale scenery of the Legend of the Snow Butterflies.

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