Festive fragrances for the family
Buying presents for the family isn’t always easy. The boys want nothing, the girls want everything and, somehow in amongst all the chaos of Christmas parties, work events, dinner with the in-laws and other mandatory holiday obligations you (regrettably) committed to months ago, you now have to brave the tinsel-covered, jingle-belled stores for those more brilliant than brilliant Chrissy pressies that won’t cost you an arm or a leg.
Are you hyperventilating yet?
Well, fellow fragrance lover, take a deep breath, inhale the scented aromas and relax. Fear not the impending drama surrounding Christmas gift-hunting because I’ve got your bases covered with these super scented perfect perfume gifts that’ll score you extra Christmas-pudding points.
She’ll love your gift no matter what, but why not treat her to something extra luxurious this Christmas? The new fragrance from Narciso Rodriguez NARCISO (50mL EDP Gift Set, $118, Myer) embodies a womanly scent with Bulgarian rose and gardenia notes lending a feminine grace to the musky core that gives off an undeniable warmth and sensuality.
Father’s are tough cookies when it comes to buying presents. There are only so many times one can buy golfing equipment, so opt for the unexpected gift and surprise him with a bottle of Jimmy Choo MAN Eau de Toilette (50mL, $90, Myer and David Jones). With a powerful freshness, a woody, aromatic fougere and calming lavender notes he’ll be knocked off his socks. And the best part? He’ll love the antique hip-flask inspired bottle. Rock n’ roll.
Guys need a lot of help in the beauty department, and if you happen to have a brother, it is without question your sisterly duty to point them in the right direction. When choosing cologne for your big or little bro, think clean and fresh, with a hint of musk for masculinity. The Tommy Boy Brights Set of grapefruit, juniper, labdanum and white amber is the epitome of energy and vivaciousness that has a certain youthful spirit.
What to buy the girl that has everything? Sisters can be particularly picky and, unlike any of the boys in your life, tend to have a fairly strong opinion when it comes to beauty. Look for fragrances that represent her personality, and take note of her perfume preferences. Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin EDP (50mL, $119, Myer) is feminine, fresh and oh-so-lush with bursts of jasmine and sweet top notes - just like your sis.
There’s nothing better than buying a present for your man that you can benefit from too. New York label BLK DNM’s unisex Perfume 11 (50mL, $110, thedreslyn.com) is stupidly sexy and breathes undertones of warm spice and woody musk, with rich top notes of spicy black pepper for that extra kick. The resulting scent is a mysteriously spicy blend that you both can enjoy and will set you apart from the sweet-smelling masses.
Make your mother-in-law feel super womanly with a bottle of the L’OCCITANE Arlésienne Eau de Toilette. This floral fusion is the embodiment of woman with notes of rose, sweet violet and saffron. There’s nothing sweeter than a bunch of flowers, so why not give it in bottle form that will linger longer?
Will you be buying anyone in your family perfume for Christmas this year? What are your favourite festive fragrances?