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The Best Perfume For Men To Give as a Gift

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With the holidays season coming around, perfume, fragrances, and cologne are amazing gifts to give any man no matter how rough, tough, and bad ass they appear. I think we agree all men need to smell good and finding the best perfume for men to give as a gift can be an overwhelming task.

Luckily for you, we are going to help you out with one simple article that will help you pick out a perfume for any guy.

Differences Between Perfume / Cologne / EDT

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Just so there is no confusion, this list will contain not just perfume, but every concentration of fragrance. When people say “perfume” or “cologne” most of the time they are talking about fragrance in general not just the specific type of perfume.

I don’t want to get too deep into this because I have an entire post explaining the basics of fragrance. But for all the fume-heads out there that like getting technical, I hope you understand.

For Someone That Has Never Worn Perfume/Fragrance/Cologne Before

best perfume first timerChoosing someone’s first fragrance is a magical moment. If you ask anyone what their first perfume was, they will know immediately off the top of their head what it was, and undoubtedly remember the circumstances surrounding the purchase decision or gift they received.

It is a big moment! When you’re a self-proclaimed Cologne Master, you read lots of reviews and stories on people wearing fragrance for the first time and I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read from men talking about their first fragrance or how a certain scent reminds them of playing basketball in high-school or their first crush.

For this reason, when I say that very first fragrance is magical, I’m not kidding! It will inevitably create a psychological trigger that each time you smell your first perfume, you’ll be blasted back to the past where memories of wearing it will flood.

Suggestion #1 – Give him your first fragrance

If you’re a parent and giving a perfume to a teenager, what could be cooler than giving what you wore as a high-schooler? I know this wouldn’t work for everyone because I don’t know how things would have gone if I wore Brut everyday to school, but it some cases it does.

If you’re a parent and grew up wearing things like Cool Water or Drakkar Noir, those are great gifts to give your kid as a first time fragrance wearer! Here’s the thing, it won’t be the last fragrance they ever wear and if they end up hating it, they will most likely keep it because it’s what “Dad” smelled like and believe it or not, that’s kind of cool.

If you’re looking for a cool moment with your son, grandson, or whoever, why not give them a little taste of what it was like for you growing up.

Cologne Master Suggestion #2 – Give him a no doubter fragrance that every young man wants

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Acqua Di Gio is by far the most popular fragrance in the US and probably the world for good reason. The fragrance is perfectly blended as a citrus, sweet, clean smelling scent that can be worn in any situation.

As much as I hate sounding like a broken record, Acqua Di Gio is perfect for anyone that has never worn a fragrance before because they will probably buy a bottle of it some time in their life anyways.

Acqua Di Gio was launched in 1996 which marks the 20th year it’s been on the market. This is actually pretty cool because it might be older than the person you are giving it to.

Like I mentioned though, Acqua Di Gio is an easy way out. Every young man will want it and surely purchase it or try it in their lifetime.

If you’re interested in reading more about Acqua Di Gio we do have a full review to help you out.

Main notes

  • Aquatic notes
  • Lemon
  • Lime

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Something Sexy For Your Husband/Fiance/Boyfriend/FWB

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So maybe you want to spice things up and get your significant other a sexy fragrance this year. The keyword in this title is SEXY! This means it’s not something they should be wearing everyday to work.

This is something they wear only for you. This is something you want your bed sheets and pillows to smell like after they are gone. These fragrances are sexy, edgy, and frankly a little dangerous.

Not everyone will love these scents so I’ve provided some of the stronger notes so if you know you hate them, you are better off avoiding them.

Suggestion #1 For The Mature Man 50+ years old


Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford

When your husband gets to be a little more mature and you’re bleeding from your ears with wisdom, You can’t go wrong with something from Tom Ford.

Yes Tom Ford is a little more expensive, but that’s a good thing for anyone a little older. You don’t want to smell like the 16 year olds that try to drown themselves with fragrance in the boys locker rooms. You are way past that.

Tuscan Leather happens to be one of Tom Ford’s best. It is described by women as a sexy, alpha male type scent which is exactly what you should be going for.

Main notes

  • Leather
  • Raspberry
  • Suede

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Suggestion #2 For Guys 30+ years old that need to smell a little more romantic

best perfume men dior intense

Dior Homme Intense is a perfect example of a fragrance that is meant for couples. It’s not something you should be wearing every day but for romantic evenings Dior Homme Intense has the “intensity” to get the blood pumping.

You know how there are certain times when your significant other picks out a shirt or a pair of pants and says you look amazing in it, but when you look in the mirror you find yourself disgusted with what you’re seeing? That’s how I feel about Dior Intense.  It’s a romantic fragrance that men wear to please their significant others for romantic occasions.

Keep in mind, my opinion is in the minority of this one because I’m not a fan myself, but I do respect the people around me have all said positive things about it and the critic ratings are super high which make me second guess how I feel about it.

If my girlfriend tells me to wear it for the night, you bet your ass I’m going to do it. This is a great gift coming for a wife/husband/girl-friend if you man is in their 30s.

The most prominent notes in this one is Iris. Immediately this turn off the “tough guys” because floral fragrances have kind of a wussy connotation to them. Dior Homme Intense is the exception. It has a ridiculously high critic rating which gives anyone looking to give a random fragrance a chance, some confidence they will like it.

Main notes

  • Iris
  • Ambrette
  • Lavender

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Suggestion #3 For The Young Man Under 30

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The One by Dolce & Gabbana is a can’t miss gift for your man if they are under 30. This fragrance is both a fan favorite if you’re a guy or girl because of how light and sweet it smells. Despite the sweetness, it’s also sprinkled with masculinity which makes it an amazing gift.

The One has been one of my favorites for a long time. Although I’m over 30, I still wear this fragrance everywhere including dates with the ol’ lady. For you young pups, you’re gonna like this one because of how light and refreshing it is and it settles close to your skin so your date is going to sneak in close to get a whiff which is what you should be going for.

Here is a sweet video from alpha m. talking about The One. He gives some great advice and tips on how to wear fragrance, but he also throws in an endorsement for The One which is an amazing suggestion.

Main notes

  • Amber
  • Tobacco
  • Ginger


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For The Single Guys / Casual Daters / Or Guys That Just Need A Compliment

Alright so maybe you’re buying a fragrance for a guy that just needs a little help. This guy could be striking out with ladies or maybe just needs an extra glow or compliment to make his day better.

Here are a few good choices for guys that deserve something special for a gift.

Suggestion #1 If you have a few bucks to spend

best cologne for men aventusIf you want to receive a compliment by wearing a fragrance, there is only one that is almost a guarantee. Creed Aventus is by far the most liked fragrance you can wear if the people around you are your judges. If you haven’t seen our list of the most complimented fragrances, I suggestion you take a peek to see just how far ahead Aventus is.

The only drawback on Aventus is how expensive it is. If you purchase a 4 0z bottle from an authorized retailer like Creed Boutique or Nordstroms, you’ll pay almost $400 for it. Although hundreds of people say it is definitely worth it, your pocketbook needs to be the judge.

Main notes

  • Pineapple
  • Birch
  • Musk


Suggestion #2 La Nuit by Yves Saint Laurent

La Nuit finds itself on almost every top list Cologne Masters has to offer. It’s a light, friendly, versatile smell that can be worn in almost any situation.

What’s great about La Nuit is that it’s something that is loved by almost anyone that wears it. Also, La Nuit is not all that popular and you won’t see it as a top seller either. This is awesome because you don’t have to worry about smelling like someone else.

High profile critics like Jeremy Fragrance have sung the praise of La Nuit many times along with other big name bloggers (like us). La Nuit is a great gift and unlike Aventus, it can be purchased on a budget.

Main notes

  • Cardamom
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot

The Best Fragrance Gift Sets For Men

Instead of purchasing just a single fragrance, a popular trend is to buy a gift set instead. This is actually a pretty gosh dang good idea because you allow the person you’re buying it for to decide which ones they like.

What is a gift set?

For those of you that don’t know what a gift set is, a gift set is a collection of smaller bottles of fragrances. You can think of it like a sampler platter where you get a little bit of everything.

These make great gifts because if the person you’re giving it to doesn’t like a fragrance, chances are they will enjoy at least several from the pack.

Suggestion #1 – Giorgio Armani Gift Set

If the person you’re buying for is new to fragrance or perhaps wants some of the most popular fragrances of all time, a Giorgio Armani gift set is the way to go. Although the bottles a very small, this collection gives you access to some of the most successful fragrances in the last 20 years.

If you’re interested in giving this gift set a shot, click on the picture to get some pricing.

Suggestion #2 – Polo

The Ralph Lauren Polo fragrance collection is another win for anyone looking for a nice set of colognes to give as a gift. These bottles and names echo throughout the fragrance community and you’ve probably heard them all before.

Polo Red, Polo Blue, Polo Green, and Polo Black all had their days in the spotlight and giving them as a gift will guarantee the recipient a new fragrance to enjoy.

You can find these bottles by clicking on the picture.

Suggestion #3 – Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole has some nice hit fragrances with Black and Reaction that is included with this gift set. Kenneth Cole isn’t as popular and Polo or Giorgio Armani so if you wanted to give a set that was slightly different from the main stream stuff, this wouldn’t be so bad.

You can find where to get this by clicking on the picture.

Did we miss anything?

Have you received a fragrance as a gift that you never heard of and were blown away? We want to know about it! Please leave a comment below so we can get it added to our list.

Things to mention;

Who gave it to you?

When? Christmas? Birthday? Anniversary?

Do you still wear it?

Also, have you ever given someone a gift of fragrance and they were blown away by it? Maybe they hated it so bad they ended up throwing it away? We want to hear your story. Drop a comment below

Well, that’s all we have for today! Good luck gift giving!

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Jason is the first ever self-proclaimed “Cologne Master” that is dedicating his expertise and knowledge to helping people choose that special scent for the 1st or 50th time.

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