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You’ll never hear us dissuade purchasing a perfume gift set for anyone on your list, be it a fragrance for your girlfriend, boyfriend, or cousin. Sure, hair gifts, makeup gift sets, spa gifts, and bath bombs are more straightforward ideas to nail (and check out these gifts for women), but the best perfume gift sets truly raise the bar. They are an extremely thoughtful and personal gift option that elicits much more than a scent. Fragrances can transport us to another time and place, reminding us of a distant memory or a loved one in a way so few other gifts can — making it a winning beauty gift.
“Fragrance is truly a personal gift for a loved one, as it shows thought was put into the purchase,” says Leigh Quilhot, Senior Director of Merchandising at Bluemercury. “Scent is closely linked with memory, in ways that the gift of fragrance can evoke nostalgic emotions of a trip or transport them back to a special moment in their lives. Fragrance is also strongly tied to self-care. It could be the ritual of lighting a candle at the end of the day or taking a moment to spritz yourself with your favorite scent. Fragrance is extremely visual, whether it’s the glass bottle of perfume sitting on top of your vanity or a ceramic candle on your coffee table. It’s a gift that has a daily presence in the lives of loved ones — and perfect for Instagram, too!”
What makes perfume gift sets even more exciting during the holiday is that you can nab limited-edition options that aren’t available the rest of the year. “The holidays are a fun time for fragrance as we are seeing limited-edition packaging, artist collaborations, and new formats that will be only available during the holidays,” Quilhot says. “Giving the gift of wellness also has come through in fragrance — we love the idea of gifting your loved one an aromatherapy-inspired gift, such as a gorgeous stone diffuser from Vitruvi. We are continuing to see home fragrance double as home décor. The vessels from our new brands L’objet and Harlem Candle Co., along with limited-edition holiday candles from Diptyque, NEST, and LAFCO, are so gorgeous you’ll want to reuse them long after the wax has burned down.”
So keep scrolling because, lucky for you, we’ve narrowed your perfume options with our guide to the 40 best fragrance gift sets for everyone in your life.
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Gucci Flora Gorgeous Jasmine Duo Gift Set
Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Jasmine is for you if you love a fuller, more sultry floral aroma. The duo set lets you feel like you’re in the middle of a flower field, regardless of where in the world you are. It has top notes of mandarine essence and sandalwood; all it takes is one whiff to feel instantly transported.
Prada Paradoxe Eau de Parfum Gift Set
Skin care and makeup products can be tricky to gift, but a fine fragrance gift set always hits a high note. Prada’s Paradoxe Eau de Parfum Gift Set is the ultimate present for women who love anything florally and anything designer. Whether she keeps the bottles on display in her bathroom or in her handbag, the cozy and rich fragrances will add warmth to her heart.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Gift Set
Black Opium is one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most intoxicating scents, so the Eau de Parfum Gift Set makes an excellent gift for a loved one on your list. The edgy scent uses opening notes of coffee to awaken your senses, while warm vanilla adds a hint of sensuality. Keep the glitter spray bottle on your vanity for decor, and throw the travel spray in your bag to have it wherever you go.
Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum Gift Set
The box is so pretty that you won’t even need to wrap it, making this one of the best perfume gift sets. The enchanting J’adore is a fruity-floral lover’s dream. It boasts a dash of decadence and mystery. It’s made from a blend of jasmine sambac, Damascus rose, and ylang-ylang.
Kilian 15-Year Anniversary Icon Set
Kilian, the Parisian perfume brand, has been around for 15 years, and its new Anniversary Icon Set was designed to celebrate the occasion. It’s a limited-edition Holiday collection featuring a new unique design inspired by the Eiffel Tower, a tribute to Kilian Paris’ French heritage. It includes the Don’t Be Shy fragrance and the Le Rouge Parfum Intoxicating Rouge Matte Lipstick. Rihanna is a huge fan of the brand, so you know it has to be worth the splurge.
Christian Louboutin Loubiworld Club Scent Fragrance Collection
Christian Louboutin is recognized for its shoes with red-lacquered soles, and its best perfumes share the same red status symbol image as seen with the Loubiworld Club Scent Fragrance Collection. The 10-piece perfume gift set includes exotic florals, fruit, spices, and musks that surprise and delight. It’s the best way to enter the Louboutin world without buying an unneeded pair of shoes.
Le Labo Fragrance Discovery Set
Le Labo’s fragrances are spritzed everywhere, from runway shows to fancy boutique hotels, making it the perfect gift for those in the know. The Fragrance Discovery Set is for the one who has had the brand on their radar, but may have yet to try any of the scents. This luxury perfume gift set includes 17 perfumes, all with subtle-yet-striking aromas.
Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Travel Gift Set
Known for their sophisticated scents and smart packaging, Molton Brown’s products are a go-to every year. Its Fiery Pink Pepper Travel Gift Set makes a wonderful Christmas gift for friends or a last-minute gift for mom. It includes a travel-friendly shower gel, moisturizing lotion, and Eau de Toilette, all with a fragrance blend of pink pepper, nutmeg, and patchouli that give off a cozy feeling perfect for keeping your skin warm, nourished, and fresh during the winter season.
Creed Men’s Fragrance Inspiration Kit
Creed has a wide range of colognes fit for all situations and sensibilities, and its Fragrance Inspiration Kit proves that. The fragrance gift set includes Ventus, Millésime Impérial, Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, and Original Santal. While all exude power and confidence, the array of options will allow the lucky man on your list to find the best one to suit his taste and needs.
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette 2 Piece Gift Set
Versace may be known for its accessories and clothing that feature the brand’s iconic Medusa logo, baroque prints, form-fitting silhouettes, and animal print outfits. However, its luxury fragrances also stand out among a sea of aromas. Its Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette 2 Piece Gift Set includes a spray perfume and roller ball with a bright, clean, and delicate scent. Overall, it’s a clean burst of freshness that’s perfect for spring and summer when you want to wear something lightweight.
Tom Ford Perfume Sampler Set
Tom Ford, the king of fashion, is also the king of olfactory bliss. His fragrances have been perennially popular, and it’s not hard to understand why. If you or someone you know has trying to get their hands on a fragrance from the brand, then this sampler set is a perfect gift idea. This perfume gift set includes ten iconic fragrances, which are genderless and exude everything from woody and earthy to warm and spicy.
Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Coral Fantasy Eau de Toilette Set
Valentino’s fragrances are Italian elegance at their finest. Uomo Born in Roma Coral Fantasy Eau de Toilette Set is a three-piece set featuring Valentino’s Born in Roma Coral Fantasy fragrance in full- and travel-size sprays. The perfume has a top note of red apple and is infused with sage, smoky tobacco, and geranium essence. Plus, the fragrance bottles are an ode to haute couture with the iconic rockstar studs.
Ralph’s Club Eau de Parfum 2-Piece Holiday Set
Ralph’s Club Holiday Set has everything a man needs to give off a sensual aroma. It features a 50mL bottle and 10mL travel spray, both exuding a woody and sophisticated feeling. Wear it out for date night and expect to receive a ton of compliments.
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mini Eau de Toilette Set
Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo Mini Eau de Toilette Set takes you on an exploration through the Mediterranean. It consists of five little Italian treasures, all with a fresh and unisex scent. Arancia di Capri features caramel, orange, and grapefruit notes to encourage bright thoughts and positive movements forward. Bergamotto di Calabria has an aromatic blend of bergamot, cedarwood, and vetiver to make you feel like you’re in a garden in Tuscany. Fico di Amalfi is a floral, woody, and citrusy fragrance with bergamot, cedarwood, and fig, perfectly balancing masculine and feminine energy. Mirto di Panarea is a soft, clean, citrus scent with key notes of bergamot, juniper, and lemon. Chinotto di Liguria is the liveliest yet most peaceful of them all, with key notes of jasmine, chinotto, rosemary, and mandarin.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray Set
Chanel’s fragrances are just as iconic as their bags. But, even more iconic than that? Throwing your Chanel fragrance in your purse for moments on the go. The Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Twist and Spray Set is the perfect perfume gift set for style lovers. It’s best for those who prefer something a tad sweet. The fragrance delivers a peppery floral scent that’s sweet and spicy with a hint of creaminess. It perfectly balances Sicilian orange, patchouli, and Turkish rose, and with a well-known lasting power, it’s a great option for those who need it to hold up from 9 to 5 or for a long night out.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum Gift Set
Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum Gift Set is a garden party for your senses. It’s reminiscent of the first day of spring when flowers are starting to blossom, and people are inundating the city streets. This delicate fragrance features a blend of Italian mandarin, red berries, jasmine absolute, and white gardenia. Patchouli and brown sugar give it staying power and a slightly sweet scent trail.
Clinique Happy Together Set
If you feel that there’s no better scent than the freshness of things like sunshine, soft sheets, or your favorite freshly-laundered white tee, then the Clinique Happy Together Set is for you. The set includes the one you can leave on your countertop and one you can take in your makeup bag for all your winter travels. The scent features key notes of ruby red grapefruit, mandarin, magnolia, lily, and morning-dew orchid, so you can drench yourself in mood-boosting scents that’ll remind you of sweet Sunday mornings.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Mini Perfume Trio Set
If you’re a long-time lover of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb fragrance, you’ve come to the right place. This trio set features the label’s Flowerbomb Classic, Flowerbomb Dew, and Flowerbomb Nectar so that you can try all the scents before you go all in on a full bottle. The classic Flowerbomb is spicy, sweet, floral, and powdery as it starts with fresh jasmine sambac and rose centifolia and ends with a soft dose of warm and cozy patchouli and vanilla. The Flowerbomb Dew is a musk-heavy version of the original scent with a touch of fresh morning dew and rose to create a skin-like finish. The Flowerbomb Nectar is a bit more sultry with a mix of blackcurrant and bergamot, which meets vanilla and patchouli to create a deeper take on the classic floral.
Jo Malone London Travel Size Cologne Set
Jo Malone releases limited-edition perfume gift sets to get into the holiday spirit for the merriest time of year. This one features five minis: Lime Basil & Mandarin, Wild Bluebell Cologne, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, English Pear & Freesia, and Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne. Plus, the recipient can play perfumer and create a custom blend as the aromas are meant to be mixed and matched.
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler Set
Gift the men in your life this classic cologne set from Sephora. Nine samples of the most well-known men’s colognes are tucked into this sleek vegan leather bag — which he can use as a travel bag or dopp kit. The Sephora gift set contains Burberry Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme, Armani Beauty Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme, Gucci Gucci Guilty Pour Homme, Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory Extreme, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon, Valentino Uomo Born In Roma, Versace Dylan Blue, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Infrared, and Yves Saint Laurent Y.
Chloé Signature Perfume Travel Set
Chloé’s perfumes became recognized for their classic fragrance notes, which is exactly what this signature perfume travel set delivers. It’s a timeless white floral scent with a powdery undertone. It’s reminiscent of a bouquet of traditional flowers, such as peony, freesia, rose, and magnolia, grounded by hints of cedarwood and amber. Plus, the pleated hand-tied ribbon on the box gives a vintage look we adore.
Boy Smells Kush Exploratory Set
Cult-favorite Boy Smells launched with candles, but once it gained mass popularity, the label began to offer the same fragrance scents so shoppers could bask in the same joy all day long. Its Kush Exploratory Set is a fail-safe gift idea if you’re unsure what kind of scent the giftee loves because it’s universal and genderless. The Italian kush is bright and smells exactly like grapefruit, the Cowboy Kush is smoky and alluring, and the Cashmere Hush is soft, warm, and reminiscent of an old lover.
D.S. & Durga Greatest Hits Set
D.S. & Durga is a New York-based husband-and-wife brand steeped in the romance of Americana and the beauty of atmospheric olfaction. Their Greatest Hits Set includes six of its best sellers, ranging from sweet florals to warm, rustic notes. Try mixing them or wearing them separately layered with your other go-to’s to create your unique fragrance.
Diptyque Eau de Toilette Discovery Set
If Diptyque has been on your or another’s mind, this set is a great way to introduce yourself or others to the popular luxury fragrance brand. The five sprays include Do Son, Eau des Sens, Philosykos, L’Ombre dans L’Eau, and Eau Rose, which range from fresh rose scents to classy, feminine, and powdery options.
Maison Louis Marie No. 04 Bois de Balincourt Perfume Gift Set
This earthy, musky gift set is great for those who want to smell nice without it being too much for them or others. The gift set features a perfume oil roller ball, an eau de parfum spray, and a candle which creates a beautiful presentation and allows the user to have a variety of ways to smell the scent. Plus, if you love Le Labo’s Santal 33, rumor on the street is that Maison Louis Marie’s No. 04 Bois de Balincourt smells just like it.
Maison Margiela Replica Mini Coffret Set
Maison Margiela’s Replica Mini Coffret Set comprises familiar scents with familiar moments. The fun and whimsical fragrances are named Beach Walk, Jazz Club, Lazy Sunday Morning, By The Fireplace, and Bubble Bath. By The Fireplace is one that is reminiscent of being home and the feeling of warmth that only your home can impart.
Hermes Mini Jardin Nomad Eau de Toilette Travel Set
Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find the signature orange Hermés box waiting to be opened for the holidays? There are four mini fragrances inside this perfume gift set: Un Jardin en Méditerranée, a floral, spicy scent featuring ginger and tuberose; Un Jardin sur la Lagune with candied orange, patchouli, and a woody amber accord; Un Jardin sur le Nil Eau de Toilette, that brings a garden in bloom to life; and Le Jardin de Monsieur, with rhubarb and white musk.
Maison Margiela Replica Fragrance Set
With its Replica perfume range, Maison Margiela is unafraid to flout the norms of what unisex perfume should be. This set is a wonderful introduction to the label’s range. It includes ten mini fragrances of Lazy Sunday Morning, Jazz Club, Beach Walk, Sailing Day, Autumn Vibes, By the Fireplace, Bubble Bath, Under the Lemon Trees, Springtime in a Park, and When the Rain Stops. So whether you’re in the mood for something musky, floral, or fresh, it’s all there for you.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Extrait de Parfum Travel Fragrance Set
Maison Francis Kurkdijan’s Baccarat Rouge 540 has taken the beauty world by storm, and now you can get five travel sprays filled with the distinct and intoxicating scent, plus an atomizer. The set brings together a beautiful combination of notes, with woodsy aromas like cedar and fir resin complemented by jasmine, ambergris, and saffron. It’s warm, sweet, light, and raved about for being universally flattering.
Ellis Brooklyn Scent Diary Fragrance Discovery
Ellis Brooklyn fills a much-needed void for scents that smell amazing but are made with sustainable, eco-friendly, and safe ingredients. So play perfumer by mixing and matching the seven fragrances to create your scent, or wear them solo. The petite sizes make them ideal for travel or the on-the-go. The set includes Myth, a white musk; Sun Fruit, a sparkling floral; Sci Fi, vanilla; Sweet, a blend of spring citrus and coconut milk; West, a bright and energetic aroma with blood orange, waterlily, and vetiver; Bee, bold honey, warmed with dark rum; Apres, a honeysuckle-amber; and Super Amber, a blood orange fragrance.
Frédéric Malle Fleurs Blanches Collection
Looking for the perfect white floral scent for springtime? Frederic Malle Fleurs Blanches Collection is just that. It’s light, refreshing, delightful, and perfect for all occasions. These five perfumes are all based around the pungent smell of a white floral bouquet. Plus, they only get better as they wear on.
Byredo La Sélection Nomade Trio
There’s no better time than now to add the celeb-loved eau de parfums to your perfume arsenal. From their minimalist yet recognizable packaging to their unique and fascinating scent names, the luxury European perfumes exude elegance and sophistication. This small but mighty trio features the label’s Bal d’Afrique Eau de Parfum, Blanche Eau de Parfum, and Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, all distinct but coming together for some of the most romantic scents out there.
Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum Travel Set
Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum is named narcotic for a reason. So get your hands on this travel set because it’s a sensual scent worth stocking up on. It features five fruity floral fragrances that blend roses, peonies, mandarin, nectarine, and black tea.
Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Trio Set
Give the gift of nostalgia with this Daisy Trio Set. The Daisy original fragrance opens with notes of strawberry, violet, and pink grapefruit, which are complemented by base notes of vanilla and sandalwood; Daisy Eau So Fresh is a bright, whimsical fragrance that is dainty and delicate with a hint of sweetness; Daisy Love boasts key notes of crystallized cloudberries, daisy petals, cashmere, and driftwood for a youthful smell that’s balanced out by a bit of musk. It’s a present that’s sure to stand the test of time.
Mugler Alien Goddess Perfume Gift Set
After all these years, Mugler’s Alien is still out of this world. (See what we did there?) The perfume gift set comes in full refillable size, and a travel size tucked into a giftable box. The warm floral blends bergamot, jasmine, and bourbon vanilla.
Burberry Mini Her Eau de Parfum Set
Burberry’s classic Her Eau de Parfum is a chef’s kiss, so don’t sleep on this mini perfume set. It’s described as a “love letter to London in bloom” with a light and delicate aroma. It has notes of plum blossom, mandarin, and sandalwood that radiate the essence of springtime without being overpowering in the floral department. It’s a great everyday perfume option that only needs one spray for long-lasting results.
Nest New York Mini Perfume Oil Set
Perfume oils are the under-the-radar option for those looking for a more intimate fragrance or something that won’t fade after minutes of wear. So if that someone is you, then you’re in luck because Nest’s New York Mini Perfume Oil Set is the key to smelling good from dusk to dawn as it melts into the skin, unveiling new complexities all day long. The set comes with five rollerballs in Turkish Rose, Seville Orange, Indian Jasmine, Madagascar Vanilla, and South Pacific Sandalwood that range from earthy to spicy and even vanilla notes.
Kilian Paris Travel Spray Discovery Set
By Kilian is the king of sexy scents that are like nothing else out there, and rumor has it he created Rihanna’s signature scent. So if you want to smell like Rihanna — because who doesn’t — or get introduced to the brand, this Travel Spray Discovery Set is for you. It features eight vials of festive-scented perfumes to get into the holiday spirit, along with a red travel talisman.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt/Peony + Blush Suede Mini Set
Jo Malone London is a favorite of Kate Middleton (she wore its fragrance on her wedding day), and who doesn’t want to have what she’s having? This duo features two iconic scents: Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Peony & Blush Suede. The Wood Sage & Sea Salt is fresh, clean, and airy, yet still grounded and sexy, all thanks to the woody notes of sage. It’s the perfect fragrance for those that straddle the line between preferring fresh and preferring musk. The Peony & Blush Suede is a best seller for its luxurious and seductive aroma, including juicy red apple, jasmine, and rose.
Armani Beauty Si Passione Perfume Set
You can’t go wrong with a Giorgio Armani perfume, making this one of the best holiday perfume gift sets. The trio includes a full-size and travel-size of Si Passione and a body lotion. It’s one of the famed Italian designer’s most popular scents, a sparkling, fruity-floral scent with notes of rose and woody vanilla.
Meet the Author
Nikki Chwatt is the Commerce Editor for Footwear News and WWD, where she writes and edits stories on the latest beauty and fashion must-haves for the holiday season and beyond. She is at the forefront of all consumer trends with a keen eye for the latest, greatest, and classics of what people wear, buy and love. With the change of season in New York City, Chwatt is always searching for new and different rich fragrances for winter and more lightweight floral ones for the summer and periods in between.
Meet the Expert
Leigh Quilhot is based out of Washington DC-Baltimore Area and works at Bluemercury as Senior Director, Merchandising. Bluemercury.com is a leading luxury beauty retailer offering the best cosmetics, skin care, makeup, perfume, hair, and bath and body.