Gorgeous fragrance: the gift that keeps on giving
Ah, purchasing the perfect present. It can be downright stressful at times and time-consuming. It can also involve a considerable amount of fretting over getting the balance right: we want to exceed expectation but not budget, right?
It is the “panicky present” angst that occurs the moment we hand over the wrapped and ribboned parcel. Will it be well received or re-gifted to someone else the minute our back is turned?
What we do know is that re-gifting odds are somewhat reduced if we pull out the stops on gorgeousness – no one wants to part with that. A friendship’s future is not so bright, however, if we never get more imaginative than sensible socks.
As a gift guide, stick to fragrance and you can’t go wrong: perfume pampers the individual while scented candles show some love to interiors. Scent transcends practical everydayness and has the power to pull out the exotic stops. We can indulge in a little bit of luxuriousness with fragrance and, sometimes, a little luxuriousness is all we need.
Okay, okay, in his bestselling book One Day, writer David Nichols might have meant it tongue in cheek when he wrote about the gift of a scented candle in the same sentence as the gift of confidence. We do know this though: you can’t go wrong with either. Confidence and candles are the stuff that great gifts are made of – a little goes a long way.
For the foxy friend in your life. Fun and stylish, this candle set can’t fail to charm someone special. Tremendoulsy good union of Mandarin, Sandalwood, Fig, Black Pepper, and White Linen.
Why gift one candle when you can gift three (Baies; Figuier and Roses)? This mini set has maximum amounts of appeal with notes to complement different rooms in the home from the bathroom to the bedroom. Baies is a great blend of Blackcurrant and floral; Figuier is a divine abundance of Fig wood; and Roses is a romantic burst of blooms.
Jo Malone London Christmas Miniatures Candle Collection, £66.00.
This is everything and more when it comes to the perfect gift – classic, charming, stylish and gorgeously scented. Trust us when we say, a collection like this will always be gratefully received. It’s a party of five (35g each) with these miniatures: Pomegranate Noir; Peony and Blush Suede; Green Tomato Leaf; Sweet Almond and Macaroon; Frosted Cherry and Clove Mini. Oh, what heavenly fragrances.
When you really want to wow with a gift, you do it with a Diptyque set like this. It looks the part, it’s stylishly packaged, it’s perfectly put together with colours Indigo, Red and Green, and, above all, it smells completely divine. The set includes: Un Encens Etoile; Epices et Delices; and Le Roi Sapin. Beautiful scents of Gingerbread, Pine, and Spice. All our Christmases have come at once.