Up His Scent With One of the 10 Best-Smelling Cologne Gift Sets Money Can Buy

Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Mini Spray Set
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Stuck on a gift to give your favorite guy this holiday season? Well, you can’t go wrong with one of the best cologne gift sets. Whether he’s got a go-to scent or considers himself a cologne collector and connoisseur, gifting a cologne gift set during the holiday season is a great way to help your guy keep his scent in check. Because let’s be real, he doesn’t want to spend his own coin to replenish his preferred scent or try out a new fragrance himself. He’s leaving that all on you.

When looking for the best cologne gift sets for your number one, take note of what he’s either consistently buying himself or what his nose seems to gear towards most frequently. If he’s a collector, read his current bottle labels and see if you can find any consistencies among the bottles. Maybe you notice that there are more woodsy, masculine scents among his collection. Maybe you’ll find a slew of more citrus-forward and fresh fragrances among his troupe. Just get snooping.

Additionally, note that as much as this gift is about him, it’s not all about him. Think about his current scent: do you love it? Can you not stand it? Did friends and family keep their distance from him even prior to COVID-19 six-feet-apart rulings? If that’s the case, use your own guidance and scent preferences when shopping around for a stellar cologne gift set. There’s a good chance that he has no idea what he’s doing. Every dude needs a little bit of help sometimes.

Wherever your in-house bottle research takes you, we’ve got a number of cologne gift set options to choose from that we’re certain your man will love. From OG choices like Calvin Klein to newer subscription brands, here are the 10 best cologne gift sets to gift your man in 2020.

  

1. Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum Set

BEST OVERALL

Change the game this holiday season with a cologne gift set that redefines masculinity. This set exudes a balance of brawn and beauty by combining what could be deemed as “feminine” scents with a masculine base to create a deliciously handsome-smelling bottle of cologne. With notes of bergamot, sage and ginger, imagine the smell and feel of inviting warmth of a chilly yet sun-packed day infiltrating your nostrils. This mixture joined with a brut combination of balsam fir, cedarwood and marine ambergris hold the cologne in place and bring it back to a manlier sense of being, while still allowing it’s fresher, feminine counterpart to keep pertinence. This scent is truly a creation unlike no other. Alongside a full 3.3 oz bottle, the set comes with a travel-sized option, a deodorant to keep his underarms consistent with his scent and a toiletry bag to shove the two in when out on business.

Yves Saint Laurent Y Eau de Parfum Set Courtesy of Nordstrom

  

2. BVLGARI Man Glacial Essence

RUNNER UP

Feel the fresh mountain air from the comfort of your own city with this ice-covered woody scent from BVLGARI. This fresh-forward fragrance is made with top notes of juniper berry, ginger extract and geranium essence; a heart of Australian sandalwood, orris and Artemisia essence; and a base of Alaskan cedarwood essence, clearwood accord and musks to tie the blend together. It’s a really powerful yet tamed scent any guy would love to drench his body in. The scent is quite the daring choice to express, but it’s surely one that will turn some heads in the process. So, if you’re gifting your boyfriend or husband, be sure to keep him on a leash when he’s out on the streets wearing this.

BVLGARI Man Glacial Essence Courtesy of Macy's

  

3. Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ Mini Spray Set

BEST CLASSIC SCENT SET

Does your man enjoy the more classic, male-centric aesthetics life has to offer? A glass of whiskey neat, a hand-rolled Cuban from time to time, drinking his coffee black, chopping wood himself, reading the actual newspaper in the morning. You know, guy stuff. If that’s the case, Maison Margiela’s ‘REPLICA’ mini spray set is what you need to leave under his side of the tree this year. The spray set comes with three different fragrances.

The first is “Jazz Club”, which is a spicy yet woodsy scent that exudes the notes of a coppery, rummy, tobacco filled room, similar to what you might experience while listening to smooth jazz in the 20s. “Whispers In The Library” is the next fragrance in the pack, which features notes of pepper, tonka bean absolute and cedarwood to give more of a sensually daunting, cat and mouse experience. Lastly, “By the Fireplace” is a warm yet spicy scent filling the room with notes of clove, chestnut and vanilla accord. This scent hits the way whiskey does going down on lonesome, fireside nights at his at-home library.

Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Mini Spray Set Courtesy of Sephora

  

4. Le Labo Eau de Parfum Discovery Set

BEST MODERN SCENT SET

If the modern man were trapped inside four different bottles of cologne, this would be the set. This essentially genderless discovery set will let your man test and try out four of Le Labo’s most desirable fragrances on the market that are easy to throw inside your toiletry bag or gym bag for easy on-the-go situations. Each scent is super unique, like the AnOther 13 fragrance that blends mixing notes of ambroxan, green citrus and ambrette seed and the included Rose 31 which plays with notes centifolia rose that gives way to spicy cumin, cedar and amber. On their own, these scents aren’t always the cheapest, so $85 for all four is a great way to introduce your man to these modern must-haves.

Le Labo Eau de Parfum Discovery Set Courtesy of Mr Porter

  

5. Chanel Bleu de Chanel Gift Set

BEST HIGH-END

As potentially one of the most memorable scents for men he’ll ever try, gift your guy this Bleu de Chanel gift set and have him see what it’s all about. This classic cologne is instantly recognizable by collectors and connoisseurs everywhere for its woody yet aquatically aromatic scent. Chanel actually makes this scent in a variety of intensities, but we love this one for the manly yet not-so-manly, overpowering yet not-so-overpowering smell. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, buy it. You’ll know exactly what we mean.

Chanel Bleu de Chanel Gift Set Courtesy of Macy's

  

6. Versace Miniatures Gift Set

BEST PRICE

Although we’ve already featured two variety sets above, this set is excellent for another reason other than the obvious — its price point. For just $40, gift your man a collection of five unique mini bottles from Versace. Yes, we said Versace. The Versace. How is it just $40 you might ask? We don’t even know. But we’re not asking questions, we’re just clicking “buy.” Let your man express himself the way he wants depending on the day, featuring Versace’s Eros, Eros Flame, Eau Fraîche, Pour Homme and Dylan Blue fragrances. Once he uses the set in its entirety, buy him his favorite in a full-sized bottle. This deal is exclusively at Macy’s, so get it while it’s hot!

Versace Miniatures Gift Set Courtesy of Macy's

  

7. ScentBox

BEST SUBSCRIPTION

Gift him the best cologne gift set he never saw coming with a little surprise from ScentBox. ScentBox is a fragrance subscription service for men and women (so ladies, maybe even snag something for yourself) that will bring one scent a month to your front door. Their lowest gifting option starts at just $44.95 for three months and promises an awesome scent each time. Although we love a guessing game, ScentBox suggests that prior to gifting, you get his preference on what it is exactly he wants. We understand because scent is incredibly personal. But, if you’re looking to make it a surprise, sneak into his room, see what he uses the most and base it off of that.

ScentBox Courtesy of ScentBox

  

8. Kenneth Cole for Him Gift Set

MOST SENSUAL

Spice it up, baby. If you’re looking for something to kick it up a notch in the bedroom, we suggest gifting him this gift set from Kenneth Cole. Each scent given is extremely sensual-smelling in nature for reasons we simply can’t explain. The scents are extremely vibrant and playful and are perfect for the modern man with a sense of swagger. The largest bottle — the Eau de Toilette spray — is their signature scent, which is built around the idea of seascape, combining notes of marine salt with white citrus and mineral accord to kind of just add a little bit of flavor to his already musky, manmade scent. Alongside the larger bottle, three half-ounce bottles are included as well, aptly named Serenity, Energy and Intensity to bring exactly that in his day-to-day.

Kenneth Cole for Him Gift Set Courtesy of Amazon

  

9. Calvin Klein Cologne Mini Coffret Set

BEST FROM CALVIN

Calvin Klein has become somewhat of a modern staple to men’s cologne in the past couple of years. Considering their underwear is just as popular (if not more), you shouldn’t be surprised that their fragrances smell good. And we mean goooood. Gift your man their best with Calvin’s newest mini cologne set featuring their four most popular fragrances to date. Including Eternity For Men, Euphoria For Men, Eternity Aqua For Men and Obsession For Men, he’s going to love at least one if not them all. We’re sure of it.

Calvin Klein Cologne Mini Coffret Set Courtesy of Sephora

  

10. Bawston & Tucker Solid Cologne Signature Sampler Set

BEST SOLID

Yeah, you read that right. This sampler features solid cologne. Meaning, yup, these babies are totally travel friendly. If you’re new to the idea of solid cologne, don’t worry, so are we. But, these are perfect for guys constantly on the go that need a little way to quickly refresh themselves from time to time. This variety pack includes one tin of each of Bawston & Tucker’s solid cologne fragrances and is able to last up to three months, each. Each tin is also alcohol, phthalate, paraben and cruelty-free. Scents are subtle yet boisterous to say the least and they range quite a bit, so snag the sampler and see for yourself.

Bawston & Tucker Solid Cologne Signature Sampler Set Courtesy of Amazon