Graduation in the air

graduationNow that we are fairly deep into graduation season, I’ve been pondering good gifts for those who are donning caps and gowns this year. I only have my hs graduate to think about this year. And he is not into scent by any means, and we have some other things planned for him.

Of course, in these days of folks being scent-averse, it’s a good idea to do your homework to see if the graduate has issues in that area.

But what about those girls (and guys) who might be amenable to a scented gift? It’s fairly easy if you know what they like; just get them more of same, or perhaps some body products in the line.

If they don’t, what might be a good starting point for graduation? I know Sephora once offered that sampler deal where you buy the sample pack and then it gives you a discount if you buy a full-size fragrance. (Not exactly sure how it works, so if I’m mistaken, someone please let me know.)

If the graduate is a scent novice, you’d hope that your gift might help steer them down a higher fragrance path, so what easy-to-wear classics might you suggest?

At the lower price point, anything by Clinique comes to mind (the new Happy collection, older Happy iterations or of course, the always delightful Calyx). And at the higher end of the scale, several of the Hermessences. Those are nice because none of them is overpowering and you can get those cute smaller sprays, but they still come boxed in the impressive Hermes packaging. Of course, there are many, many great fragrances in between that would work.

Do you ever give fragrance for a graduation present? And if so, please share. What do you think would make a perfect scented gift? It’s likely that I may be completely off-base here, because most of the graduates we know are getting mostly cash/checks/Target/Chick-fil-A and Starbucks gift cards. Maybe fragrance only works if you are close to the grad and know his or her taste fairly well.

6 Comments

  1. My son is graduating high school and he really likes Jo Malone. Am thinking of getting him a few soaps. My eldest daughter just graduated college and if I were to buy her fragrance it might be an Escada limited edition. The online discounters sell them for a song. NOA, which can also be bought for dirt cheap online is very pretty for a young lady and the bottle is unique. And Pacifica makes great scents for both high school and college age graduates that are also very affordable.

  2. Congratulations, Brigitte!! I know you are so happy and excited for your son. Jo Malone is a wonderful line, and you’re so right about NOA, that and Cacharel’s Anais Anais are lovely and beautifully bottled. Thanks for all your great suggestions!

  3. Congratulations to the graduates! Excellent suggestions Brigitte, and the Sephora samples collection with a coupon for the favorite is a fun idea as well Ann. I don’t have any graduates to shop for, but if I were young again graduating and receiving a gift, I would love any of the Lancome Tresor flankers, Juicy Coutures, or Tocca’s.

  4. Hi, Kathleen! I would so enjoy those, too. So much good stuff out there to choose from! PS Have you sniffed the Tresor a la Nuit? A little on the gourmand side, but still very appealing and yummy, I think. It’s only at Dillard’s here. I need to write about it soon.

  5. Sephora does still do that scent trial thingy. I might also get one of the sample sets from Surrender to Chance or Luckyscent. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to buy a fragrance for someone! Maybe offer to take them shopping? And of course, there’s always gift cards/certificates.

  6. Thanks — that’s great to know! And a sampler from STC would be wonderful, too, as well as a custom shopping trip to get them scented. Thanks!!

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