When you’re on the hunt for a failsafe Christmas present that’s guaranteed to impress, you can’t go wrong with a perfume, candle, or fragrance gift set. Fragrance is something we so rarely buy for ourselves, so whether you’re shopping for him, her, or them, it’s the perfect opportunity to give a little luxury.
Choosing a scent for someone else can be daunting, but with options ranging from classic Estee Lauder and Clinique perfumes through to Ariana Grande’s TikTok-famous Cloud, and Aesop’s niche perfumes, there really is something for everyone – even the very very hard to buy for.
Scroll down to discover our edit of the best smelling fragrance gifts you can give.
1. Ariana Grande Cloud Gift Set
Anyone who spends time on TikTok will know that Cloud is hailed as a dupe for a much more expensive perfume, and as someone who’s tried both, I can confirm the similarity. Simultaneously floral and fruity, this super sweet fragrance has notes of bergamot, vanilla, and musk. This gift set contains both the full-sized fragrance and a mini, perfect for travel.
3. Estee Lauder Sensuous Stars
If you’re shopping for a perfume obsessive or someone who knows the classics, they probably already own Estee Lauder’s Iconic Light, so consider a lesser-known option. Sensuous Stars is warm, fruity, and – with notes of plum, lavender, and orris – a perfect winter fragrance.
4. Aesop Eidesis
Have a friend who always likes to be ahead of the trends? For those who like niche and unconventional fragrances, Aesop’s unisex perfumes never disappoint. The latest launch, Eidesis, is a warm, woody cocktail of notes like pepper, cedar, sandalwood, and vetiver. It’s surprisingly sweet and subtle, but warms up on the skin.
7. Soak Sunday Cleo’s Paradise Collection The Home Edit
Soak Sunday has launched some super cute gift sets this year. We particularly love the look of this one, which is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser for candle obsessives. Inside the gift box you’ll find a candle snuffer, wick trimmer, and a luxury size Cleo’s Paradise candle – a soothing honey and oat fragrance.
8. Ariana Grande R.E.M. Gift Set
Bag mega brownie points from Ariana Grande fans with this limited edition R.E.M. fragrance set, which contains both full and travel size editions of the perfume. R.E.M. is a super sweet and slightly powdery floral with notes of salted caramel and marshmallow (trust us, it smells great).
9. NEOM Christmas Wish Scented Candle
The launch of NEOM’s Christmas candles is always a great day in the beauty calendar. They’re long-lasting, have great throw, and the scents never fail to delight. This year we’re obsessed with Christmas Wish, a calming (but festive!) blend of vanilla, mandarin, and cinnamon.