Somehow, after what has felt like the longest of years, we have once again found ourselves nearing the festive season. And, while the celebrations may be a little different this year, one thing that has not changed is the desire to find your nearest and dearest the most perfect of gifts – a challenge made all the greater by the longing we all have to feel just a little more joy right now.
But how to get ahead of the game when, at least until the start of December, shopping in person is banned? That’s where the experts from Creed step in. For those new to the British fragrance house, it has developed a clever online fragrance profiling experience that will help you find the perfect scent for everyone on your list (and maybe a little something for yourself as well). We at Gentleman’s Journal, however, have been fans of Creed long enough to wager we know its range of old favourites and new releases well enough to spot the ideal buy for every type of fragrance lover. Here’s our essential guide to ticking off your Christmas shopping list in seconds…
For your siblings: Aventus
We all know and love Creed’s signature Aventus fragrance. In fact, celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Aventus is now one of the world’s most iconic and best selling fragrances. Which is why, if your siblings have yet to discover it, you’re on to a winner by placing a bottle under the tree for them this Christmas. While the original bold, rich and fruity Napoleon-inspired scent was formulated for men, its phenomenal success meant it wasn’t long before a version designed for women joined the Creed line-up and, if you’re looking to push the boat out, there’s a range of gift sets available to really immerse them in the world of Aventus.
For your mum: Aventus For Her Gift Set
Mums can often be the hardest to buy for – they know what they like and they don’t mind asking for a gift receipt if you’ve got it wrong. Luckily Aventus For Her is equally likely to please her as it is your siblings. Be sure to find yourself on her good side by upgrading her present to the Aventus For Her gift set. Available exclusively from Creed’s online store, it comes complete with a 30ml bottle of Aventus for Her, along with the matching shower gel and body lotion, for the ultimate fragrance collection.
For your dad: Discovery Coffret
If our dads are anything like us (and, unfortunately for the future of our hairlines, they definitely are) they’re not ones to find a single scent they like and stick with it for decades. Instead they’re all about trying something new and wearing a fragrance that suits their mood or the occasion – which makes Creed’s Discovery Coffret the perfect present. Complete with three 10ml vials of Aventus, Millesime Imperial and Silver Mountain Water, as well as a stylish black and silver atomiser from which to spritz them, it’s ideal for the fragrance nomad.
For your partner: Personalised Scent
There’s nothing like a personal touch to make a present for the most special person in your life stand out and Creed has you covered with its elegant engraving service. Available on all of Creed’s most popular fragrances, including Green Irish Tweed, Love In White and Erolfa, a two-line message of up to 40 characters can be engraved on the back of each bottle in a choice of two fonts making for a truly special keepsake gift.
For your friends: Scented Candle
There isn’t a man or woman among us who doesn’t love to hunker down on a winter’s evening and fill our homes with the fragrance of a favourite scent – making a great scented candle the gift that keeps on giving. In the case of Creed’s beautifully sculpted candles this means up to 60 hours of fine home fragrance, with options including Aventus, Spring Flower, Silver Mountain Water, Green Irish Tweed, Cocktail De Pivoines and Love In White.
The stocking filler: Soap
The golden rule of gifting is to give them something they would never think to buy themselves and, when it comes to stocking fillers, nothing fits the bill quite like some truly decadent soap. Designed in a traditional round bar, and embossed with the Creed logo, with an additional pretty floral design on some bars, they smell as good as they look with options spanning the gamut of Creed’s most famous fragrances. It may be a small gift, but it’s one that will definitely put a smile on their face.
For the tricky customer: Gift Card
Inevitably there’s a person in your life who, no matter how much research you do or how long you’ve known them, you can never quite seem to find the right gift for. We’ve all got one and in our experience the best option is always to simply let them pick for themselves by offering up a gift card. Not just any gift card, mind you. Every Creed gift card comes in a luxurious box containing five sample scents so you can help them find their new favourite fragrance and provide the means with which to purchase it in one fell swoop.