7 Perfumes Perfect for Gifting

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Fragrance is a classic holiday gift idea that speaks to our senses, both visual and olfactory. Treat someone you love to a beautiful new scent for this holiday season using our seven suggestions below.


1. For the hopeless romantic …

Chloé Love Story
The romantic new fragrance from the French fashion house is inspired by the love padlocks attached to the bridge of the Pont des Arts in Paris. It’s a fresh and clean floral highlighted by musk and orange blossom notes.

$100 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom and Shoppers Drug Mart

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2. For the spitfire …

Red Musk
The deep red ombre bottle presents a visual cue to the bold fragrance within. A spicy scent with a masculine bent, Red Musk is for the sexy, confident and unique woman. There are no flowers in this perfume, only notes of musk, spice, cinnamon, pepper and tobacco.

$37 for 60ml eau de parfum, available at The Body Shop

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3. For the flirt …

REVEAL Calvin Klein
The unusual bottle design makes a quick impression – a weighty, bevelled glass square split on the diagonal with fragrance on one side. Inside, a strong and sensual perfume with notes of pepper, salt and ambergris is contained.

50ml for $100, available at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, London Drugs and Jean Coutu

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4. For the urbanite …

B. Balenciaga
Alexander Wang, the hip and urban creative director at Balenciaga, extends his influence into the house’s newest fragrance. The tart and woody scent comprised of lily of the valley, violet leaves, cedar and cashmere wood is housed in a bottle inspired by the marble floor of Balenciaga’s salon in Paris.

$120 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora and select Hudson’s Bay

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5. For the sophisticate …

Forever Vera
With her legacy built on masterfully executed bridal wear confections, it’s no surprise that Vera Wang’s fragrances evoke an equally formal sophistication. Forever Vera, a woody floral with notes of white peach, gardenia and a splash of coconut water, doesn’t disappoint.

$78 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Jean Coutu

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6. For the earth goddess …

Bottega Veneta Knot
A citrusy floral, the sumptuous Bottega Veneta Knot is inspired by the Italian Riviera. Imagine saltwater breezes, a garden of peonies and sweet-tart clementines growing in the hills. Notes include Neroli, lavender, lime and musk.

$130 for 50ml eau de parfum, available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora and select Hudson’s Bay

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7. For the classic beauty …

Roses et Reines
A beautiful, pure perfume that smells like a French rose garden on a spring afternoon. This sweet floral dries to a softer, more subdued finish and features four different types of roses: Bulgarian, Grasse, Turkish and Moroccan.

$50 for 50ml eau de toilette, available at L’Occitane