Holidays: sophisticated fragrance gift sets for him

Each year, honoring a long-standing Christmas tradition, perfume makers present their star fragrances in exceptionally enticing gift sets. In 2013, these brands are emphasizing elegance and masculinity, presenting boxes in black, white and grey containing luxurious male fragrances and skincare products.

Tome 1 – La Pureté For Him by Zadig & Voltaire

For this holiday gift set, the French ready-to-wear brand stayed true to the literary theme used in the standard packaging for the fragrance.

Printed with the iconic Zadig & Voltaire cupid, this boxed set contains two book-shaped containers: one concealing a Zadig & Voltaire T-shirt and the other a 50mL Tome 1 La Pureté For Him eau de toilette.

The fragrance opens with bergamot and orange blossom notes, rounded out by a musk and sandalwood accord. Price: €47 (around $64).

La Purete For Him

Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss

In addition to a generous 100mL Boss Bottled eau de toilette spray, this latest gift set from the German brand contains a stick of deodorant made with the signature fragrance.

Last but not least, the white and silver box also contains a grooming kit, with all of the tools a man needs to keep his nails in tip-top shape. Price: €67.50 (around $91).

Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss

Armani Code by Giorgio Armani

Launched nearly a decade ago, this fragrance has become a contemporary classic, and Giorgio Armani presents a unique and elegant gift set each holiday season. While last year’s edition came in red, the 2013 Armani Code gift set comes in a refined pale grey box calling to mind brushed steel.

The set contains a 75mL eau de toilette as well as a shower gel and an aftershave balm with the sexy masculine fragrance. Price: €71.50 (around $97).

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf

The only men’s fragrance from the famous Dutch designer duo, Spicebomb, is available in a minimalist gift set this season.

The grenade-shaped bottle of eau de toilette comes in a matching grey box, complete with a matching black horizontal label, along with a shower gel and an aftershave balm. Price: €81 (around $110)

ck one by Calvin Klein 2013

ck one by Calvin Klein

For the holidays, the American brand has presented a gift set based on its classic unisex fragrance in an elegant, striped silver box.

Rather than with accompanying toiletries, the 100mL eau de toilette spray comes with a pale grey and white belt, in a standard size, with ck one engraved on the buckle. Price: €55 (around $75)