Perfume gift sets get a bad rap. Too often, they’re the underwhelming result of a last-minute dash around a department store – the kind of gift you give someone you just don’t know that well.
But this year, the perfume gift set is back in a big way. With chic discovery sets sat alongside trophy-worthy travel cases, there are so many chic, thoughtful ways to give fragrance this festive season.
And it’s not just the big names dominating the conversation this year. From cult favourites Byredo and Le Labo to the edgier Kilian and altogether iconic Maison Francis Kurkdjian, so many niche perfumers are offering up Christmas gifts to conjure enviable glances. There are petite tokens perfect for the inevitable office Secret Santa, aromatherapy scents to remedy festive weariness, and even a few showstoppers to make the ultimate statement.
So this Christmas, leave the basic body-lotion sets in the aisles, and give something a little more memorable. Here, discover the Bazaar team’s verdict on the most impressive perfume gift sets of the year.
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Cap D’Antibes Pendant Refills
Every scent in Veronique Gabai’s eponymous perfume line conveys her love for the French Riviera.
This set of refills is designed to replenish the brand’s incredibly luxe gold-plated perfume pendant – together, they’re a gift to remember forever.
Amyris Femme Globetrotter case and refills
Toeing the line between pretty and powerful, the latest fragrance from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is one of the perfumer’s most beautiful yet. Lily of the valley, rose (petal-fresh, not powdery), and violet dominate this light yet lively scent.
Tuck these petite atomisers alongside one of the brand’s Globetrotter cases for a gift that’ll last forever.
Feelings Gift Set
Skincare brand Votary is moving further into the aromatherapy realm this Christmas. The Feelings gift set contains three calming essential-oil rollerballs, designed to help you ‘detach’, ‘drift’ and ‘desire’.
Woman in Gold Travel Set
A warming blend of rose and vanilla, the spicy floral Woman in Gold is a perfect Kilian gateway scent. With three miniature bottles accompanying a gold metal travel case, this gift set is one of the most decadent around.
Potentially the chicest stocking filler of the year, Le Labo’s inimitable brown paper box contains a trial-size vial of five cult favourites, including the iconic Santal 33.
White Suede Gift Set
For perfume purists, Tom Ford is hard to beat. While Black Orchid is the classic choice for a glamorous recipient, we’re hoping to find the softer, sultrier White Suede under our trees this year.
Featuring a generous bottle alongside a classic red lipstick, this is a gift set with a welcome twist.
Eau de Parfum and Refills – La Fille de Berlin
Serge Lutens’ sleek design ethos takes a more sustainable slant this season. The brand has launched a line of sophisticated perfume gift sets, each one containing a keep-forever travel case, four atomisers, and a miniature funnel to make refilling an easy feat. Our pick? The rose-tinted oriental La Fille de Berlin.
Eau de Parfum Gift Set
When the occasion calls for a classic, Chloé never disappoints. Feminine and fresh (read: can’t go wrong), the brand’s signature scent is a guaranteed win.
Replica Discovery Set
Opting for literal descriptions over fragrance lingo, Maison Margiela’s Replica perfumes take the guesswork out of gifting.
This contemporary set contains a bag-sized bottle of summer-invoking Beach Walk, Lazy Sunday (think crisp cotton sheets), and the invigorating Sailing Day.
A star of the contemporary perfume scene, Tom Daxon masterfully combines niche notes with easy wearability. Perhaps the prettiest of the bunch, Crushing Bloom is a classic floral bouquet based around a beautiful lily note. Opt for the bottle, or take a different tack with this pared-back bath and body set.
Les Eaux de Chanel Travel Set
Sometimes, only a classic will do – but those who stray from No5 will be rewarded this season. A recent venture from the iconic house, Les Eaux de Chanel offers a trio of scents inspired by the places closest to Gabrielle’s heart.
Paris Deauville is green and aromatic, while Paris Venise takes a more oriental trail, and Paris Biarritz is a story of sea spray and citrus.
Perfume Oil Necklace
For something that’ll last longer than a bottle of fragrance, consider Strangelove NYC’s beautifully crafted perfume necklace. A chic riff on the noughties staple, this refillable necklace neatly grasps a miniature bottle of the brand’s intense fragrance oil, which can be simply dabbed onto pulse points.