8 Great Tips on Gifting Perfume
Fragrances make fabulous gifts and are always a firm favourite when picking out presents for the festive season. Choosing the perfect gifting fragrance can get quite tricky, especially if you want to be sure the receiver loves it! Follow our 8 great tips on gifting perfume and you’ll be sure to pick a winner.
1. Do your homework
Some shrewd detective work will save you a lot of time and worry down the line, so sniff out the fragrances the wearer currently has on high rotation.
A quick internet search or an in-store fragrance expert can help pinpoint which olfactive family your recipient’s signature scent belongs to and recommend another scent that mixes with the same crowd.
If you already know the fragrance that the person likes, or has worn in the past, go to a specialty store, and the fragrance expert should be able to suggest something similar, or in the same family. This gives you options to consider and saves time.
2. Match the scent to the personality
If you don’t know what they are currently wearing, be logical when matching a scent with someone’s personality. That may be an obvious one, but don’t give an overpowering, heady, “look at me” scent to someone who usually doesn’t wear much perfume or tends to have a discreet personality.
3. Style and fragrance
How someone dresses can say a lot about her taste in perfume. If your friend or relative loves elegant labels such as Chanel or Gucci, then she will probably appreciate a similar fragrance to layer her look.
Try these three:
4. Trust the bestsellers
They are that for a reason. If you’re completely flummoxed, ask the salesperson what the store’s most popular scent is. The test of a true classic is how it transcends generations. Wearing your mother or grandmother’s signature scent and not coming off as dated is possible – it’s just how you interpret and wear it (with, say, jeans and a t-shirt, or beachy waves and bold lipstick) that keeps these scents youthful.
Try these three:
- Calvin Klein Eternity
- Chanel No. 5
- Anais Anais by Cacharel.
5. When in doubt, keep it fresh
While there aren’t any ‘safe bets’ when it comes to choosing a scent the wearer will cherish, ‘fresh’ scents are generally most appealing. Freshness is the safest olfactive direction, as it is not disruptive and is often linked to cleanliness.
6. Layer up
Rather than suggest a new fragrance, you could find out which perfume is treasured above all, and buy a gift of a matching body product – a body lotion or crème. Consult a fragrance expert who can help with pairing complementary notes (aka fragrance combining) or layering matching scents.
7. Remember it’s not about you
Although it may seem counter-intuitive to ignore your own instincts, especially when it comes to something as elemental as scent, it’s important to remember that choosing a perfume for a friend isn’t about your personal preferences.
The secret of people who give nice gifts is they think of the recipient rather than of themselves. It’s not about choosing a ‘good’ fragrance. It’s about choosing the one that’s a good match with the person who will be wearing it. So sideline your olfactive tendencies and keep an open mind (and nose).
8. Choose with your nose, not the packaging
While the packaging may pretty, the scent may be disappointing. So trust your nose! As you may know, Fragrance Boutique believes our clients want to buy the perfume, not the packaging, so when she/he discovers the scent you chose and you explain your journey in finding it, why you chose it and why you liked it – if it reminded you of a place you visited together for example, or if there was a special ingredient in there that is dear to you – then the personal touch and storytelling will also be important.
Olfactive journeys are indeed personal, but, sometimes the best fragrance gifts we receive are the ones that are not our usual choice. Often, the perfect gift is something that you’d love but probably wouldn’t have bought for yourself. Armed with these great tips, visit our Fragrance Boutique speciality stores or shop online, and enjoy finding that perfect gift for your loved one.