Words: Lauren Carbran
Do you remember your worst Christmas gift? Maybe it was a pair of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer socks or a fluffy scarf that was definitely re-gifted to you (sigh). Well, it’s time to call a stop to Christmas gifts that get left in the drawers and start giving presents that touch the heartstrings. The answer to your prayers is fragrance – and this is why it’s psychologically the best Christmas gift…
1. FRAGRANCE IS THE MOST PERSONAL PRESENT
There’s nothing better than receiving a present that someone has thought long and hard about – it makes you happier and appreciate the gift-giver EVEN more. And as perfume is completely personal, it’s up there with the most thoughtful gifts. Want to give your loved one a scent for Christmas? Opting for their signature, everyday fragrance is a good pick, or the latest launch from their favourite brand. Alternatively, choose perfume based on their personality. Fun and bubbly? A fruity fragrance like YSL Mon Paris Couture for her (raspberry and grapefruit) or Paco Rabanne 1 Million Lucky for him (bergamot and green plum) is just what they need. Oh - and go one step further and get their Christmas gift engraved with a special message.
2. THEY ACTUALLY NEED IT
Perfume is a daily beauty essential, so by gifting it for Christmas, it shows that you care, you’re saving them a shopping trip and most importantly, you’re giving them something they really need. This makes the gift receiver feel ultra special, and that’s how we want all our loved ones to feel at Christmas, right?
3. PERFUME MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
Yes, what you read is true. Wearing perfume can have psychological benefits because of the ingredients. According to the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, scents can have a positive effect on helping with stress and even boosting confidence. So take note of scents that feature roses (uplifting qualities) like Armani Si Passione for her, lavender (calming effect) in Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men Grey and licorice (makes you feel happy) in Diesel Only The Brave Street for him. Not only will they love receiving the scent, but they’ll feel amazing once they spritz it. Winning!