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Top notes: A perfume gift guide for Christmas

Come out smelling of roses this year with our choice of fragrant gifts from the world's leading perfumers

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Le Labo Discovery Set

Can't choose just one? Le Labo's expanded Discovery Set, launching next week, is the perfect way to try out a range of the New York brand's unique scents, featuring 15 different 1.5ml sample-sized tubes. Once the recipient has picked out their favourite, they can purchase a 50ml bottle online or in store with the gift card included in the box.

Le Labo Discovery Set, £130; lelabofragrances.com

Penhaligon's Oud de Nil eau de parfum

This scent from acclaimed UK perfumers Penhaligon's takes inspiration from the history of the great Nile River. Crisp notes of grapefruit, jasmine and sweet orange blossom intertwined with rose recall a refreshing waterside breeze, while the brand's Victorian roots are explored with earthier tones of guaiac wood and deep amber-oud inspired by the Egyptologists and explorers of the era.

Penhaligon's Oud de Nil eau de parfum, £156 for 100ml; penhaligons.com

Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Gift Set

Acqua di Parma has been influenced by its Italian heritage for this jasmine-infused fragrance, inspired by the flower's key presence in the gardens of the country's nobility in the 16th century. Here, the brand has blended it with mandarin and pink peppercorn and accents of cedar wood to create a delicate combination that has been encapsulated in an eau de parfum and complementary bath and shower gel and body cream.

Acqua de Parma Gelsomino Nobile Gift Set, £108; acquadiparma.com

Byredo

Ben Gorham started his olfactory journey in 2006 with the founding of Byredo, which has since grown to become an international brand stocked in luxury retailers across the world, including Harrods, Barneys and Liberty. To celebrate the brand's tenth anniversary, he has created an unnamed fragrance free from any of the preconceptions placed on it by marketers, which comes with a sheet of letter transfers that allow the wearer to add their own description.

Byredo unnamed perfume, £135 for 100ml; byredo.com

Floris Fragrance Travel Collection for Her

Cover all bases with this travel collection from Jermyn Street's Floris. The set features four conveniently sized bottles encompassing some of the brand's most popular scents, including the floral Night Scented Jasmine, the soft, oriental aroma of Soulle Ambar, the crisp yet warm Cefiro, and White Rose, a nuanced combination of rose, carnation and violet with base notes of iris, amber and musk.

Floris Fragrance Travel Collection for Her, 4 x 14ml, £65; florislondon.com

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