The Best Scents to Give for Every Kind of Man

Get a bottle for your dad (or for yourself).

Just dropping by to help you with that big task you don't want to do: getting everyone gifts for Christmas so that they will not be pissed at you. 

As authorities on buying things, we know that perfumes are no-brainers. They make a big impression. They offer an instant benefit. They're easy to wrap. And they're usually found in one place.

The tricky thing is choosing the best scent for each person on your list. One may be inclined toward smelling like a freshly peeled lemon, while another is more interested in projecting power. Still others prefer strange scents that surprise. 

Here, different kinds of perfumes for the different kinds of men on your list.  

1| The Man About Town 

He has a natural charm that makes people want to be around him and also do whatever he says. Okay, maybe he's an influencer, but not the annoying kind.  

For him: Givenchy Gentlemen Eau De Parfum. An overdose of iris padilla, patchouli, and black vanilla exudes sensuality. Best for night. 


2| The Non-Stop Overachiever 

He wakes up at 4:50 in the morning, breezes through his to-dos with a smile, and carves out time for the gym (because he still has time!). He tried slowing down but just could not stand it. His drink of choice is coffee.

For him: Coach Platinum. A sensual woody fragrance that is based on the ultimate city lifestyle, New York City.

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3| The Fearless Dreamer

Annoyingly young, he believes he can do anything, including devouring bowls of pasta without gaining weight. He's that guy who always says yes. He's like a puppy trying to climb the stairs.  

For him: CK One Platinum. With notes of green apple, pink pepper, and vetiver, this is bright and dynamic. 


4| The Classic Gentleman

No doubt he is a man's man: wears suits, loves cars, collects watches. He makes the best cocktail, which, for him, is a vodka neat. He's also thinking of playing with old motorcycles (to the chagrin of his nervous wife).  

For him: Dunhill Century. The citrus-bergamot blend develops into a distinct musk. This one stays close to the skin.  

5| The Weekend Nomad

He thrives in the city, but retreats to a quiet and green place whenever he can. The beach, the forest, the mountains are important parts of his life. He's not a granola-cruncher, mind you, but a man who seeks balance


For him: Bulgari Man Wood Essence. This is a new kind of green scent. It starts with bright citrus before developing into bold woods, a mix of forest-y cyprus and smoky cedar.  

6| The Undoubted Boss

He doesn't shrink away from a challenge like, say, flying a helicopter or leading a large group of people. Maybe he's a little cocky. Maybe he is your grandfather who commands attention just by breathing.

For him: Issey Miyake l’eau Super Majeure D’issey. Think of this as a roaring wave: sea salt, sun-seared wood, dark patchouli, and black vanilla. It's aromatic and potent. 

7| The Beguiling Charmer

He's a character: elegant and curious, refined and magnetic. Maybe he wears a suit to an open-air market. Maybe he plays a bastard-king on a popular TV show on its final season.


For him: Dolce&Gabbanna The One Grey. Opposites collide with aromatic cardomom and earthy vetiver. Ambergis gives this an addictive quality.

8| The Man of the Moment

His Instagram Stories is updated always and often, because his favorite thing to do is whatever he is doing right now. He's always on the way to somewhere, and on weekends, it's no different. Forget Netflix! The city filled with many things to enjoy.  

For him: Paco Rabanne One Million Lucky. Hazelnut, plum, and fresh ozone (!) make up the vivid scent. This starts out sweet like a fruit, but dries down into something sexy. Please also take a look at that bottle, a chunky gold bar.

Available at leading perfume counters.

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