Absent a letter to Santa, can a fragrance gift ever really be foolproof? Scent is a very personal choice, after all.
I think it can, and the proliferation of multi-scent gift sets is the reason why. This new trend towards offering a collection of perfumes in travel-friendly sizes, all bundled together as a set, is fabulous for gifting. Your gift recipient is sure to fall in love with at least one or two of the options, and she may even find her new signature scent.
To that end, I’ve picked five of my favorite multi-fragrance gift sets, each one of which is guaranteed to delight the recipient.
I am a big fan of Tocca, and wear Stella nearly every day. I purchased last year’s Meet the Girls assortment and take it with me when I travel. It’s a wonderful collection of Tocca’s most-loved ultra-feminine scents: Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Giuletta, Colette, Bianca, Violette, Liliana, Margaux, and Simone.
→ Buy the Tocca Meet the Girls Set, $62.00, at sephora.
Sephora pioneered the multi-brand perfume set, and currently offers several sets at different price points. Each set contains a selection of scents, plus a certificate that the recipient redeems in-store for a full-size version of the collection scent of their choice. This particular set is my favorite because it includes 14 of the hottest scents right now, such as Chloe by Chloe, Florabotanica by Balenciaga, and Guilty by Gucci. It’s an ideal gift for the label-conscious trendsetter on your gift list.
→ Buy the Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her, $65.00 ($140.00 value), at sephora.com.
The art lover will adore this inspired set from Nest. The five classic fragrances were each inspired by a different work by 18th century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, a painter of hauntingly gorgeous botanical still lifes. Master perfumers translated each work into a corresponding scent, such as Dahlia & Vines and Midnight Fleur (a blend of exotic wood, patchouli, black amber, and night-blooming jasmine).
→ Buy the Nest Fragrance Collection Set, $38.00, at sephora.com.
French fragrance house L’Artisan Parfumeur was founded by renowned perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte. Their scents are inspired by nature, but include combinations that are quite avant-garde. This budget-friendly sampler contains 10 of their classic fragrances, including Timbuktu, Fou D’Absinthe, Caligna, and Nuit de Tuberuse. It's a great choice for the woman who gravitates towards modern or architectural fashions.
→ Buy the L’Artisan Parfumeur The Perfume Box, $20.00, at sephora.com.
If you are looking to gift a bit of fragrance luxury, Atelier Cologne is your brand. This perfume house uses exquisite ingredients, like rare extracts and fresh citrus, to create strong, long-lasting scents. This discovery set, while more expensive than my other picks, offers a chance to gift a high-end brand at a relatively affordable price. It includes 7 options, ranging from citrus-dominant Orange Sanguine to mysterious Vetiver Fatal.
→ Buy the Atelier Cologne Discovery Travel Spray Set, $95.00, at sephora.com.