Holiday Gift Guide: Fragrance - Beauty Addict

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Gift Guide: Fragrance

Regular old fragrance gift sets are a dime a dozen. If you're buying a fragrance gift this year, why not skip the usual perfume-lotion-showergel boxed set and check out some of the more interesting offerings below:

Annick Goutal Limited Edition Petite Cherie ($230) This 10th anniversary bottle is done up in beautiful frosted celadon green with gold lettering. So lovely. This would earn an immediate place of honor on my dresser!

Kai Gift Set ($99) If you haven't sniffed Kai, you don't know what you're missing! This blend of gardenia and exotic white flowers will please any girl who loves gardenia, lush florals, or vacationing in Hawaii. Set includes a full-size roll-on oil, 4 oz. lotion, 4 oz. body wash, glass candle "twilight" votive, and a Kai cotton tank top.

Missoni Solid Perfume Charm Bracelet ($50) I loved Missoni's charm necklace from last summer; it managed to be charming without being cheesy. This bracelet accomplishes the same feat. And yes, that's a dear little turtle charm you see at the top.

Jo Malone Tasting Kit ($110) For the perfumista who also loves wine (or vice versa), how can you go wrong with a fragrance tasting kit? Includes Pomegranate Noir Cologne and a tasting of three of its notes: Raspberry, Casablanca Lily and Guiacwood, which can be worn alone or layered to create a unique combination. bouquet.

Bond No 9 Perfume Token ($85) Finally! Solid perfumes from Bond. While this little token won't get you on the subway, it'll certainly garner you exuberant thanks from the recipient. Available in six scents: Andy Warhol Union Square, Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Nuits de Noho, The Scent of Peace, and Wall Street. Oh, and it's refillable!

Karl Lagerfeld Luxury Kapsule Gift Set ($150) This collection combines all three of Karl Lagerfeld's brand spanking new fragrances - 1 oz each of Light, Woody, and Floriental. The perfect nexus of fashion and fragrance.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme Sparkle ($135) For the ultimate girly girl who prefers a little extra sparkle with everything, this limited edition bottle of Flowerbomb Extreme can't miss.

Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler Set ($70) Sephora's been doing the fragrance samples + voucher thing for a while, but this one really steps it up. Instead of vials, you get minis -- much cuter and way more giftable. And you still get the voucher so your recipient can come in and get a full size version of the one she loves best. Note, you need to be a Beauty Insider (or sign up to be one) to get this. Scents included: Prada Classic, Bvlgari Rose Essentielle, Vera Wang Princess, YSL Elle, Givenchy Very Irresistible, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Marc Jacobs Daisy, and DKNY Be Delicious.

Chanel No 5 Sensual Elixir ($65) I LOVE this interpretation of the classic Chanel No 5. It's a fluid gel that feels so luxurious on the skin, and the scent is a bit softer in this medium than in the EdP form. A perfect gift for the Chanel lover on your list -- you know there's always at least one!