Handing out not-so-subtle hints about gifts we’d like to find under the tree comes verrrry naturally to us. Our dads? Not so much. While our Christmas lists are longer than our arms, the old man’s doesn’t extend beyond socks and a bar of milk chocolate. If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to step away from the footwear and amp up your pressie game by opting for a fragrance he’ll love (yup, even more than socks). Whether he’s a laid-back lad or a bubbly gent, we’ve rounded up the best scents for every dad out there. Christmas just got a whole lot easier…
Jimmy Choo Man Blue
Perfect for both casual and classy occasions, this all-rounder is for the dad who enjoys a meal out as much as a hot choc and Netflix sesh. The scent’s leathery and aromatic, with sandalwood base notes set off nicely by spicy black pepper and fresh sage. Add to that the sleek blue bottle and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Montblanc Legend Night
Whether he’s a city high-flyer or a country gent, the sophisticated dad will be impressed by Montblanc Legend Night. It comes in a gorge amber-coloured bottle that is neeeearly as elegant as the fragrance itself. Cedarwood and patchouli give the scent a warm and woody base, which is offset by velvety vanilla and a hint of musk.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS Eau de Toilette
If your dad likes to think of himself as ‘not a day past 25’, this is the scent for him. It’s fresh and energetic, with floral top notes of white thyme and green sap. The aromatic myrrh and spicy ginger base notes give the fragrance a more robust and masculine finish. Oh, and did we mention, it comes in a velvet box? Yes, really.
Emporio Armani Stronger With You
We fell in love at first sniff with Emporio Armani Stronger With You, and that’s before we found out it was inspired by a love story. Giorgio Armani’s relationship with his partner was the muse for the scent, resulting in a deep and sensual fragrance – think spicy cardamom, aromatic sage and a hint of violet. Glazed chestnut and amber wood undertones bring the whole thing together beautifully.