Holiday Perfume Gift Guide For Your Id

Many other perfume bloggers, including Now Smell This, EauMG, and Scent Hive,  have already created wonderful perfume holiday gift guides. (If you are a perfume blogger with a wonderful gift guide that I have forgotten, please leave a comment with the link!) However, I have yet to see a perfume gift guide dedicated to the most important person on any holiday shopping list: your whiny, bratty inner five year old who is still deeply bitter about the fact that she was never given Felicity, the Colonial American Girl Doll. As you might imagine, the inner five year old doesn’t understand why you have to buy presents for all of those other people. When are you going to buy her a present?

Freud would have called this force the id. Freud believed that if you repressed your id impulses too often, your conscious mind would eventually no longer be able to control them. In laymen’s terms, one day you’ll wake up with a purchase confirmation email for 18 Felicity dolls and the accompanying Colonial accessories. In the interest of helping you to avoid the American Girl Doll Company’s somewhat strict return policies, I have created a list of 10 perfume gifts that will delight your inner five year old and hopefully keep her away from your credit card. Everything on this list can be purchased online, and only one item is above $100.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Discovery Set. This is a pretty incredible set. It includes a 1 oz bottle of Atelier’s Orange Sanguine fragrance and samples of the entire Atelier line. Available at Neiman Marcus for $65.

Lolita Lempicka The Miniature Collection. Adorable 5 ml mini-bottles of the original Lolita Lempicka, L de Lolita Lempicka, Si de Lolita Lempicka, and Lolita Lempicka au Masculin. Available at Lolita Lempicka for $52.

Carol’s Daughter An Almond Cookie Moment. Almond Cookie is a very good, very inexpensive almond scent. This set has the EDT, a body cleansing oil, and a body soufflé. Available at Carol’s Daughter for $51.

San Francisco Luxuries Set

elizabethW Sweet Tea San Francisco Luxury Set. At least one Southern stereotype is true: we freaking love sweet tea. This set includes a 0.5 oz Sweet Tea eau de parfum, a bath pouch and a soap bar. Available at ElizabethW for $45.

Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection. 0.05 oz samples of seven perfumes from the increasingly popuar Ineke line. Available at Ineke for $25, which can then be applied towards a full-bottle purchase!

Jo Malone Signature Set. Two 30 ml Jo Malone fragrances of your choice. Available at Jo Malone for $110.

5-pack sampler  Eau de Toilette by  La Maison de la  Vanille

La Maison de la Vanille 5-pack Sampler. Five 15 ml fragrances, including the tasty Vanille Noire du Mexique. Available at Luckyscent for $50.

Histoires de Parfum Minis. This line is highly praised in “Perfumes: The Guide”. At only $36 for 0.46 ounces, I can finally afford to see what the hype is all about. Available at Anthropologie for $36.

Chanel No. 5 Intense Bath Oil. This body oil is decadent. It is glamorous. It is pink. Available at chanel.com for $85.

A DISCOVERY SETTauer Perfumes Discovery Set. 1.5 ml samples of five Tauer Perfumes fragrances of your choice. I’ll be buying this one myself. Available at tauerperfumes.com for $33.50.

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27 thoughts on “Holiday Perfume Gift Guide For Your Id

  1. I’ll admit I was always vaguely bitter than my younger sister got Felicity & my parents gifted me Kirsten who was didn’t have any of the lovely silk dresses or finery. Eventually my mum gave me as a sort of gag gift as an adult Molly’s WASP outfit so Kirsten now resides at my parents decked out in a leather bomber jacket because for all the silk and finery, I’d rather be a 1940’s pilot.

  2. This stuff delights my inner child. Gimme!

    I did a double take at the HdP minis — but if you zoom in on the picture, you’ll see it’s actually .46 oz or 14 ml (2 oz would be like 60 ml). I knew that was 2 good 2 B true.

  3. I’d suggest ordering the Ineke sample set directly from Ineke, instead of dealing with Anthropologie and inadvertently supporting their anti-gay corporate policies.

      1. There is one more reason to go directly to Ineke’s site: with the sample set you’ll get a code to apply $25 towards any full bottle purchase from them in future.

    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the article! I’m a big fan of the Lolita Lempicka line, and nobody can deny that they have the most gorgeous bottles.

  4. I WANT THEM ALL! (Except the Chanel Bath Oil-only because I don’t take baths-just showers!) MUST RESIST or I won’t be eating in January!!

    1. No baths??? I take more baths than showers- I don’t like getting my hair wet! But I think that many people wear bath oils as perfume (at least I often hear it about the Youth Dew bath oil).

  5. A really good, broad and affordable selection Ari. The Sweet Tea sounds nice. Maybe I should treat myself, I never did get that Cabbage Patch doll…

  6. I had Kirsten myself… they have a lot of even cooler dolls now, though, I think. Wish Histoire de Parfums wasn’t so expensive… they showed up on HauteLook the other day, but were still kind of expensive for a “deals” website…

    1. The new American Girl Dolls are soooo cool, they’re customizable and everything. I have noticed that HauteLook and Gilt are no longer quite the deals that they once were.

  7. Just had to say that I LOOOOOOVE the Atelier Grand Neroli soap. It would make a great Xmas present.

    Also, I can’t believe how cheap the ElizabethW and HdP sets are. Those are steals!

    1. Ugh, thank you for reminding me to fix it, Aubrey! The HdP set WAS a great deal, until Elisa pointed out to me that the Anthropolgie website was incorrect. The minis are actually only 0.46 oz, not 2 oz 😦

  8. Love your concept of an inner five year old.
    “the inner five year old doesn’t understand why you have to buy presents for all of those other people. When are you going to buy her a present?” — how true, this is exactly the way I’ve been feeling about holiday season. Especially since I know that the gifts from the family rarely delight me.

    I think the minis of Histoires de Parfums are great, but if you would like to know “what all hype is about” you can start from samples at their website.

    http://www.histoiresdeparfums.com/us/e-boutique/e-boutique-samples.php

    At $10 you get set of 6 scents and they are gorgeous samples, 2ml or so. The only drawback for me was that they did not come in atomizers, so I had to use my own. The sample set is also refundable for a 4 oz bottle purchase.

    1. Warum, thank you for this fantastic information! I really like this trend of the price of sample sets being applicable to a full bottle purchase.

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