Nov 9, 2023 | 4 min Read

 10 Best Women’s Perfumes To Give as Gifts

The holiday season is a time of great cheer but it can also be stressful; crowded stores and long lines can be frustrating. Picking women’s perfumes to give as gifts can be tricky. With thousands to choose from, where do you start? Does she like fruity, floral, sweet, fresh, or musky scents Does she prefer light or heavy fragrances?

Our best women’s perfumes to give as gifts, take in consideration her personality and style as well as notes she enjoys.

Best Women’s Perfumes To Give as Gifts: Classic and Elegant

Chanel No.5

Chanel No. 5

Chanel no.5 is the iconic perfume that has been a classic since the 1920s and makes a statement of polish and style. Marilyn Monroe famously responded to a reporter who asked her what she wore to bed, “I only wear Chanel no. 5.” Scintillating aldehydes sparkle like champagne and spill over the costliest of ingredients, rose de mai, Jasmine from Grasse, powdery orris, lush ylang-ylang. Chanel No.5 can be worn anywhere and anytime and is considered the most famous perfume in the world. The flacon is understated and minimal and as Coco Chanel one said “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

Key Scent Notes: Jasmine, Rose de Mai, musk, citrus, aldehydes

Je Reviens by Worth

Je Reviens by Worth

An affordable classic scent, translated from the French Je Reviens means “I will return”. This mesmerizing perfume defies classification. Is it aldehydic, aquatic, floral, spicy, woody, smoky?; it is all these. Seemingly lit from within Je Reviens starts out green. The carnation adds a pinch of spice as watery notes and aldehydes sparkle. Next, the scent of freshly picked daffodils and iris shine and a sweet smokiness leaves a lingering trail. Very French, very chic and very unique.

Key Scent Notes: Jonquil, aldehydes, ylang, orange blossom, sandalwood, musk

Best Women’s Perfumes To Give as Gifts: Modern and Confident

Good Girl by Caroline Herrera

Good Girl By Caroline Herrera

Good Girl is irresistible, not only for its black stiletto bottle, but for its melodic mix of jasmine, creamy tuberose and almonds. The white flowers are dipped in praline and chocolate, and the mouthwatering blend of the gourmand and floral notes are right on trend.

Key Scent Notes: Jasmine, coffee, praline, chocolate, almonds, and tuberose

Prada Candy

Prada Candy

Prada Candy is among the world’s bestselling gourmand perfumes of all time and is one of the best women’s perfumes to give as a gift. Opening with creamy caramel, and powdery notes, it quickly becomes about the benzoin, with its vanilla and balsamic facets. It has a warm, golden aura that deepens at the drydown into lightly honeyed musk. Housed in a fabulous flacon with hot pink band and the gold Prada signature, it is sure to please.

Key Scent Notes: Caramel, benzoin, musk, vanilla

Best Women’s Perfumes To Give as Gifts: Flirty and Fun

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

As the name suggests, Viktor & Rolf’s signature  perfume Flowerbomb bursts onto the skin in a delightful explosion of sugar frosted pink petals. Each flower is matched with bold patchouli and musk, that adds depth and longevity. If she’s into Barbiecore, both the bottle and jus will delight.

Key Scent Notes: Jasmine, orange flower, rose, tea, patchouli

Amor Amor Cacharel

Amor Amor by Cacharel

This is an affordable and amazing fruity floral that ticks all the boxes for a fun and flirty perfume. Lily of the valley, red roses and jasmine make for a floral bouquet that will never fade or wither. Now add the ripe apricots, tart black currant and fresh citrus, and warm vanilla and you have a perfect perfume to gift a teen.

Key Scent Notes: white florals, jasmine, citrus, vanilla

Best Women’s Perfumes To Give as Gifts: Dramatic Diva

Tom Ford Black Orchid

 Tom Ford Black Orchid

Black Orchid is a magnetic floral fantasy of imaginary black orchids, chocolate and a rare black truffle note. Opulent, chic and complex it is a true luxury scent that is sensual, dramatic and mysterious. Wearing Black Orchid she will leave a trail of and incense behind her… long after she leaves the room.

Key Scent Notes: blackcurrant, bergamot gardenia, jasmine, amber, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, chocolate, and vanilla

Yves Saint Laurent Cinema

Cinema Yves St. Laurent

Cinema by Yves St. Laurent will make any woman feel like a Hollywood star. First to make an entrance are luminous citrus and aldehydes before powdery vanilla and amber take center stage, touched up before the camera rolls by clementine, and white florals.

Key Scent Notes: clementine, jasmine, white peony, amber, white musk, and vanilla

 Best Women’s Perfumes to Give As A Gift: Casual and Easy Going

 Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women

 Casual and easy going does not mean boring and bland. a sunny floral citrus perfume with Mediterranean style and flair. It is one of the most popular fragrances in the world because it easy to wear yet distinctive.  Gifting Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is the scent equivalent to a vacation on the Amalfi Coast and a joyful week by the sea.

Key Scent Notes granny smith apple, Sicilian cedar, jasmine, bamboo, musk

Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin

Jo Malone Lime, Basil & THyme

 Even if it is cold, rainy or snowing, once she sprays on Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin she will feel the sunshine burst out behind the clouds, with gentle dew drops of citrus fruits reflecting their colors all around. A hefty dose of all things wonderful, this popular Jo Malone fragrance evokes a feeling of happiness and contentment in a single spritz.

Key Scent Notes: Lime, mandarin, bergamot, lilac, basil, patchouli, and vetiver

In Conclusion

Give the gift of scent to all the women on your list this holiday. It is a great way to remind your family and girl squad that you care (and you don’t have to brave the jam-packed mall.)

Now that we have taken you through our 10 Best Women’s Perfumes to Give As Gifts, you will find great scents to suit every budget… head on over to and SHOP BEST SELLERS now.

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