It’s the festive season, and that means gift shopping! If you’re wondering what to get your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with a great perfume. We chose a few of our fave fragrance gift sets that will suit every member of your family or your BFF — making you this year’s favourite.
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Plus, we let you know if it’s safe to blind-buy (aka whether you can skip dragging them to the shops to try it out and be confident they won’t hate it).
1. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Gift Set, R2 480
If you’re not on the fragrance side of TikTok, YSL’s Black Opium has gone viral and is loved by perfume experts and regular people alike! The luxury box contains a 90ml Black Opium EDP, a 50ml Black Opium body lotion and a 10ml miniature Black Opium EDP that you can pop into your bag.
Notes: Black coffee, vanilla, pink pepper, licorice and white musk
Perfect for: Date nights. Part of the reason it’s gone so viral is because it’s a head-turner that will get you compliments whenever you wear it. It’s sexy and sensual and who wouldn’t want to receive a fragrance like that for Christmas?
Safe to blind-buy? If they wear Zara Gardenia, Dior Poison Girl or Dolce & Gabbana The Only One, they should like this one.
2. Gucci Bloom EDP Gift Set, R2 415
Think high tea garden party. Gucci Bloom has been having a moment for a while now and for good reason. It’s creamy and floral and the notes are very apparent so it’s great for someone who isn’t into extremely complex fragrances. This gift set contains a 100ml Gucci Bloom EDP, a roller ball perfect for reapplication on the go and a 100ml body lotion which is amazing for scent layering.
Notes: Jasmine, tuberose and Rangoon creeper
Perfect for: Someone who likes a more classic floral scent
Safe to blind-buy? If they wear Michael by Michael Kors, Do Son by Diptyque or Alien by Mugler, they should like this.
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3. Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Fragrance Collection, R685
The gift box made from 84% recycled material and 16% tree-free paper contains a 7.5ml Fiery Pink Pepper EDT, 100ml Fiery Pink Pepper Bath & Shower Gel and a 100ml, Fiery Pink Pepper Body Lotion. Hello, pamper session!
Notes: Pink pepper, tangerine, ginger, nutmeg, cedar
Perfect for: Someone who doesn’t wear that much perfume but loves to pamper themself
Safe to blind-buy? If they wear Feminité du Bois by Serge Lutens, Twilly d’Hermès Eau Poivrée by Hermès or Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain, they should like this.
4. Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Gift Set, R1 899
If you want to give someone a fragrance that makes them feel quietly confident and ready to #boss any situation, then this is it. This gift set has a beautiful bottled 100ml I Want Choo EDP, 7.5ml travel spray and 100ml body lotion.
Notes: Peach, mandarin orange, jasmine and vanilla
Perfect for: a staple office fragrance all year long.
Safe to blind-buy? If they wear fragrances like Good Girl by Carolina Herrera, Coach Dreams Sunset by Coach or Libre by Yves Saint Laurent, they will enjoy this scent.
5. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Pure Musc Gift Set, R2 460
This fragrance says “I’ve just had a shower with a really luxe soap” in the best way possible. It gives off a clean, fresh and comforting scent that isn’t overwhelming. This gift set comes with a 100ml for her Pure Musc EDP bottle, a body lotion and 10ml EDP purse spray.
Notes: Musk, flowers, Cashmeran.
Perfect for: Someone who likes a woody fragrance.
Safe to blind-buy? If they wear Le Parfum by Max Mara, Lazy Sunday Morning by Maison Martin Margiela or any other Narciso Rodriguez fragrances with musk notes, they should like this.
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6. Giorgio Armani Sì EDP Gift Set, R2 000
This scent smells like sophistication in a bottle; sweet, floral and musky, it’s everything you could want. This set comes with a 50ml fragrance, 75ml shower gel and 75ml body lotion. Bonus: the fragrance has great staying power so you’ll still smell gorg even hours later.
Notes: Cassis, may rose, freesia, vanilla and woody notes
Perfect for: Someone who likes a sophisticated fragrance that they can wear during the day and night.
Safe to blind-buy? If they were La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme, Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel or Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, they should like this.
7. Louis Vuitton Spell On You Fragrance and Travel Spray Set
When you’re globetrotting, you want something high quality and versatile and this is that fragrance. Launched in 2021, this is perfect for shopping in Milan or enjoying a croissant with a holiday fling. This set comes with a 100ml fragrance, a Travel Spray bottle, with four 7.5ml cartridges of Spell On You and a 10ml miniature.
Notes: Violet, Tuscan iris, green notes, rose and musk
Perfect for: The jetsetter in your life (the travel spray refill cartridges clip onto the atomizer instantly)
Safe to blind-buy? If they like scents like Angels’ Share By Kilian or Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, they would like this.
Find it in store at Louis Vuitton at the V&A Waterfront and Sandton City Mall.
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8. Ladies Deluxe Scent Box, R2 390
This fragrance set contains 15 different mini-scents that you try and test before choosing your favourite. You then take the enclosed voucher into Foschini and redeem it for your full-size fragrance. You’ll get YSL Black Opium EDP, Thierry Mugler Angel Nova EDP, Jean Paul Gaultier Gaultier Scandal, Issey Miyake Drop, Gucci Bloom, Paco Rabanne Olympea Solar, Lancôme Lveb Soleil Cristal, Versace Eros Pour Femme, Givenchy L’Interdit, Givenchy Irresistible, Narciso Rodriguez Ambree, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Burberry My Burberry Black, Thierry Mugler Alien Goddess, Yves Saint Laurent Libre. PS: These sample vials are great for handbags!
Notes: The collection of samples range from crowd-pleasing fresh ‘n fruity to classic florals and beyond. There really is something for everybody.
Perfect for: those who haven’t yet found a signature scent or someone whose fragrance preferences you may not know. It’s a great gift because it’s interactive and thoughtful and the receiver will end up with exactly what they want (no full perfume bottle sitting on the dressing table waiting to be used).
Safe to blind-buy? Absolutely! This is probably the safest choice you could go with.