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From perfume and colognes to scented candles and baked goods, certain smells remind us of the holiday season. If you’ve been looking for a scent or an affordable holiday gift or stocking stuffer, perfume sampler sets might be the way to go.
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Sephora’s $72 sampler set sold out not long after going viral on Twitter earlier this month. The gift set was packed with more than a dozen sample fragrances including Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl, Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent, Chloé Eau de Parfum, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Giorgio Armani My Way, Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia, Maison Margiela Replica by the Fireplace, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Intense, New New York Wild Poppy, Prada Beauty Candy, Valentino Voce Viva, Versace Bright Crystal, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.
For those of you who missed the chance to get your hands on one, we’ve put together a list of perfume and cologne sets that are perfectly giftable for the holidays.
Keeping your budget in mind (the “most wonderful time of the year” can do a number on your bank account), our selection of perfume and cologne gift sets are priced at $18 and up.
Versace Mini Duo Set
The Versace duo set from Kohl’s includes two mini bottles of the beloved fragrances: Bright Crystal and Dylan Turquoise. The collection couples the vibrant, and floral scent with a sensual, young and fresh scent featuring notes of zesty mandarin and lemon primofiore with hints of wood and musk.
Macy’s 12 Days of Scents for Her Advent Calendar Sampler
Countdown to the holidays with fresh scents from Macy’s! The retailer’s 12-Days of Scents Advent Calendar includes mini vials of BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette, Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum, Mugler ALIEN Goddess Intense Eau de Parfum and other fragrances. For a slightly smaller collection, check out this 5-piece designer fragrance set from Amazon ($21).
16-Piece Macy’s Favorites Cologne Sample Set for Men
Unfortunately, Macy’s 20-piece cologne sampler set — containing a variety of rich, fresh, warm, light and long-lasting scents like Ralph Lauren’s Ralph Club Eau de Parfum, Versace Eros Eau de Toilette, and Azzaro’s The Most Wanted men’s cologne — sold out, but the 16-piece set is still in stock and on sale for $21! The set includes .04-ounce spray bottles of Hugo Boss Men’s BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum, Cartier Pasha, Jimmy Choo Men’s Man Aqua Eau de Toilette and many of the same cologne’s as the 20-piece set.
Bloomingdale’s The Little Things The Discovery Edit Fragrance Sampler 150th Anniversary Exclusive
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bloomingdale’s with this limited-edition gift set containing 15 different scents (Tom Ford, Versace, Narcisco Rodriguez, Tory Burch, Valentino, Acqua di Parma, and more). Bloomingdales is offering free holiday shipping until 12/21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Jimmy Choo Mini Variety 5-Piece Gift Set
Christmas is still a month away and many of the perfume gifts sets for women are, unfortunately, already sold out. No need to panic though, you can always hone in one a particular brand like this Jimmy Choo Mini Variety 5-Piece Gift Set on sale at Walmart (shop Cyber Monday Deals here before the prices go back up). The set contains five, mini splashes of Jimmy Choo Illicit Eau de Parfum, Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower Eau de Toilette, Jimmy Choo L’eau Eau de Toilette, Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum, Jimmy Choo Fever Eau de Parfum.
Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Forever 2-Piece Gift Set
Speaking of Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Forever, the gift set is $112 at Macy’s. The spellbinding scent features top and middle notes of juicy rose, spicy pink peppercorn, black cherry liquor and bitter almond oil, along with earthy moss, vanilla and tonka bean at the base.
Dillard’s Men’s Holiday Fragrance Sampler Gift Set
This men’s holiday sampler set from Dillard’s contains 19 different colognes from Giorgio Armani, Versace, Azzaro, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, Burberry, and more. Shop the Dillard’s women’s holiday fragrance set while it’s still available here.
Ralph Lauren World of Polo 2-Piece Discovery Cologne Gift Set
Elsewhere on the affordable gift ideas, the $25 Ralph Lauren fragrance duo available at Kohl’s. The double set includes Polo Blue and Polo Red.
Calvin Klein 4-Piece Gift Set
From Obsession to Eternity! This Calvin Klein gift set contains four iconic colognes including CK One, Obsession, Eternity and Eternity Aqua. The set is low in stock, so if it sells out, this Coach 4-Piece Men’s Cologne Gift Set is also on sale for $38.25 (with code: FRIEND).
If there’s more room in your budget, you might want to consider the Lacoste L12.12 Blanc Eau de Toilette Gift Set ($89), or the Gucci Men’s 3-Piece Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Gift Set ($108).
Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Eau de Toilette Gift Set
Give the gift of Valentino this holiday! This glitzy, holiday gift set includes a 1.7 ounce bottle and 0.5 ounce travel spray of Valentino’s Uomo Born in Roma Eau de Toilette. The woody, modern fragrance features violet leaf with aromatic sage and smoked vetiver middle notes paired with fresh Indian ginger and a salty accord.
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