While luxurious, indulgent gifts are always lovely, the reality is that with so many friends and family to shop for during the festive season, you can't say goodbye to your entire savings just to see them smile. Thankfully, you don't have to when you shop more budget-friendly buys that are still unbelievably luxe — and these affordable fragrance gifts are proof. Spending $50 or less to make your loved ones feel spoiled and smell amazing? Sounds pretty sweet.
Fragrance can be a finicky category to shop for someone else. Unless you know exactly what your friend or family member prefers it can be tricky to select a scent they'll love, but in the event that you do, the payoff of finding their new favorite perfume is priceless.
Hence, the bounty of fragrance buys that flood beauty retailers ahead of the holidays, which offer up a typically spendy category at more affordable price points via sampler sets, deluxe trial bundles, and limited-edition festive offerings. And with a whole bunch of them ringing in at under $50, it takes all the stress out of giving a little bit of luxury this season via a fantastic-smelling fragrance.
As the holidays roll around, you'll start to see designer and luxury perfume names announcing more affordable takes on their newest and most beloved scents — like Carolina Herrera's Good Girl Mini Duo available for $25 at Ulta, or Yves Saint Laurent's Libre Mini Duo Set, $35, which includes its just-dropped scent and a mini YSL Beauty lipstick to boot.
Jo Malone London is also offering Christmas Cracker Travel Size sets, $48, which combine a cologne with travel size body butters and lotions, and Parisian fragrance house diptyque put together its Do Son Surprise Pocket Set, $45, to give fans petite sizes of its cult-loved candle, rollerball perfume, and body oil. It's an easy way to give loved ones access to an ultra-luxe brand, without breaking the bank.
But you'll also find scent gift sets from brands that are always a bit more affordable, like the Clean Classic Rollerball Collection, $20, which gives you five layerable rollerballs of its most popular perfumes, and Anatomy of A Fragrance's Rollerball Perfume Trio, $28 at Anthropologie, that provides three on-the-go scents. For a full-size gift, consider Bath & Body Work' brand-new Into The Night Eau de Parfum, $40, which combines luxurious notes of dark berries, midnight-blooming jasmine and amber.
Feeling inspired to gift fragrances to everyone on your list? Keep scrolling to find the ideal under-$50 scents to make anyone smile.