Endless parties, late-night cramming sessions and packet noodles may be the stereotypical university experience, but we all know that students have had a rough time over the last few years. The abrupt shift to distance learning brought with it a fair share of ups and downs, but the Class of ‘22 took it all in their stride and are set to graduate in a few short weeks.
Whether you’re celebrating the graduation of yourself or someone you love, make sure to do it right. Take a look at this collection of stand-out gifts to say an epic well done to someone who thoroughly deserves it.
Graduation Gifts For Her
Whether she’s heading into her first full-time role or is taking a break to enjoy summer and make memories with her friends, fragrance makes the perfect graduation gift. Light and feminine, bold and fearless, or a combination of the two, it’s all about finding the right scent to suit her personality. Browse a few of the best-sellers she’s sure to love.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
The first in the exceedingly popular line of Daisy fragrances, Marc Jacobs Daisy is a quintessentially bright and youthful perfume. With a clean cotton scent that boasts a touch of strawberry and hint of vanilla, it’s an easy-to-wear fragrance that can be worn to interviews or brunch with friends.
A timeless classic, YSL Opium has been a sultry signature scent since the seventies. Today the more modern, Black Opium, entices the senses and has something for everyone, with new flankers being released annually.
A classic scent that perfectly embodies the elegance of womanhood, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle is a symbolic fragrance to mark the transition from studenthood. With an ethos of enjoying the little things in life, this perfume draws its name from the French motto, “Life is Beautiful”.
Equal parts delicate floral and juicy gourmand, she’ll reach for this versatile fragrance for both work and pleasure.
Graduation Gifts For Him
Notoriously difficult to buy for, young men can often be missed when it comes to gift-giving. But, with this lineup of signature scents, finding the perfect present has never been easier. Browse our top picks and choose something that he’ll appreciate in the next phase of his life.
A luxurious fragrance that is renowned for its spicy masculine scent, Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb makes a great gift for a man coming up in the world. Fiery paprika, pepper and cinnamon give this fragrance its spicy kick, while more traditional notes of leather, vetiver and bergamot ground place it firmly in the high-end fragrance category.
A classic that he’ll thank you for in years to come.
BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum
One of the newest men’s fragrances from HUGO BOSS, BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum is a versatile scent he can wear to the office with confidence. With bright notes including apple, cardamom, chestnut and musk, this is light parfum that will be universally appreciated by men and women alike.
Smart, suave and fresh, Ralph’s Club is a deceptively simple aromatic fragrance that uses its four signature notes to great effect. Lavender and clary sage offer a subtle combination of herbal and floral aromas, which, when paired with vetiver and cedar create a crisp, clean scent.
Available in both 50ml and 100ml sizes.
Celebrate the Class of ‘22 in style, with thoughtful fragrances for every taste.
The most instinctively caring of the zodiac signs, Cancers always put their needs aside to care for those around them. So, if you know someone celebrating a birthday from June 21st through July 22nd, return the favour by treating them to a thoughtful gift they’re sure to love.
Ruled by the moon, Cancers are most comfortable at home and love to entertain. They also have an intuitive sense of style, appreciating the finer things in life. When choosing a gift, remember that crab signs prefer quality over quantity. Not sure where to start? Here are a few suggestions to delight anyone born under the Cancer Sun.
Keep It Sentimental
As the nurturing ones of the zodiac, Cancers are big softies when it comes to gifts, so something sentimental will always be a winner. Scent plays a significant role in memories, which is why perfume makes an ideal gift for this star sign.
Choose a fragrance you know they associate with a particular time in their life, or pick something new that will serve as the backdrop for creating new memories. Use the Frangrance Finder tool to help narrow your options and find the perfect scent.
Remember also that style and aesthetics greatly appeal to crab signs, so they will appreciate a beautiful perfume bottle almost as much as the fragrance itself.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of, a gift for the home will always go down a treat with Cancer star signs. Like a crab and its shell, a Cancer’s home reflects their personality and tastes, down to the candles on the mantle.
And, as luck would have it, a candle makes the ideal gift for a Cancer birthday, with one thing of note – the cosier, the better. Yes, gifts for the home are ideal for these homebodies, but being very particular about the way their home looks and feels, candles are a safer alternative to decor that might not hit the mark. Look for brands renowned for their atmospheric qualities, such as WoodWick or Yankee Candle.
WoodWick candles, in particular, have a unique wick that replicates the sound and flicker of a fireplace, upping the cosiness ante. If she has a sweet tooth, consider the WoodWick Café Sweets Ellipse Trilogy Candle, which has three layers of scent, vanilla bean, caramel and biscotti – a feast for the senses.
Promote Self Care
As the nurturing one of the bunch, Cancers can be guilty of not taking time for themselves to rest and recharge. Acknowledging all that they do, paired with a gift that encourages them to put themself first for a change, is a winning combination.
When it comes to bath and body gifts, there’s no end of options to choose from, so it can help to have an idea of what you’re looking for before you start browsing. Remember that style and substance are equally important to Cancer signs, so one luxurious item will be better received than a handful of cheaper items.
It’s not just their physical environment that Cancers pay attention to; it’s the overall atmosphere and spiritual energy of their home too. In fact, those born under the sign of the crab can be particularly sensitive to negative energy. While a bundle of sage for “smudging” would have made an ideal gift a few hundred years ago, today, we’ve got a few more low-key options to choose from.
Combining the benefits of fragrance and self-care, aromatherapy can lift the mood and elevate the atmosphere of a room. The Yankee Candle Sleep Diffuser is a great example of this, gently release a relaxing fragrance into your room. And, when it’s time to mix things up, try a scented cartridge in a different scent profile, like Starry Slumber with jasmine, sweet florals, and warm sandalwood notes.
And of course, whatever gift you choose for the Cancer sign in your life, don’t forget to appeal to their sentimental side with a thoughtful card reminding them of all the reasons you love them. With these tips, you’ll make this birthday one to remember.
It’s been over a month since the season of giving; time for another dose of festivities.
So much more than “just” a time for giving, Valentine’s Day is a chance to reconnect and remind your loved one how much they mean to you. And of course, the exchanging of gifts isn’t to be overlooked either, after all, how often do you get to treat each other to something special?
Whether you’ve been together forever and are starting to run out of ideas or you want to “wow” your new belle or beau, you’ll find just the thing in The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
Make sure he smells as great as he looks for your Valentine’s date night with a bottle of Giorgio Armani Code Eau De Toilette. With warming notes of leather, star anise, tonka bean and tobacco, this fragrance is ideal for those crisp winter evenings snuggled up close. And, with the added freshness of citrus notes courtesy of lemon and bergamot, he’ll smell good enough to eat.
Do you want to treat him to something he’ll wear time and time again? Is he not usually a big wearer of fragrance? This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Musky and aromatic, Prada Luna Rossa Ocean Eau de Toilette is a versatile, easy-to-wear fragrance that can only be described as “the scent of luxury soap, bottled”. With notes of lavender, bergamot, iris and musk, this is an exceptionally clean, fresh scent that he’ll love wearing day or night, for any occasion.
Launched in 2020, K by Dolce & Gabbana Eau de Parfum is a Woody Spicy fragrance with a wonderfully diverse range of notes. As is suggested by the crown-topped bottle, this is a scent for men who like to stand out for all the right reasons. With unusual notes like pimento, fig nectar and juniper berries interspersed with more traditional cedar and patchouli, this fragrance is no shrinking violet, making it a great choice for the brave and bold.
Another option that is great for all seasons, Paco Rabanne Ultraviolet Man Eau de Toilette is an Amber Woody fragrance with universal appeal thanks to it’s green and aromatic notes. Ultraviolet Man combines fresh mint with warming notes of amber, pepper and spices to create an unquestionably masculine scent, and, with earthy oakmoss and a subtle sweetness from vanilla, it’s rounded off with a creamy base that lasts all day long.
Inspired by Marc Jacobs’ personal mantra, “I am perfect as I am,” Perfect Intense is a gourmand fragrance with a blend of notes that are unapologetically rich and delicious. Creamy almond and warming sandalwood create the base, with narcissus (daffodil) and night blooming jasmine bringing a bloom of sultry femininity. Ideal for the cool February weather and particularly well suited to evenings, this is a must-have perfume for Valentine’s evening.
One of the biggest releases of 2021, Giorgio Armani My Way Intense Eau de Parfum is a playful, versatile scent that combines traditionally feminine florals with a comforting, creamy base. Fragrant tuberose and orange blossom are uplifted with an unexpected twist of bitter orange and rounded out with an alluring blend of vanilla and sandalwood. A sexy, seductive scent, she’ll enjoy wearing it as much as you enjoy smelling it.
Treat her to something black and lacy with GIVENCHY L’Interdit Couture Edition Eau de Parfum, the perfect pairing for Valentine’s Day. A phenomenal fragrance for intimate evenings, juicy pear, creamy vanilla and a blend of white florals are balanced by patchouli and vetiver to create an unforgettable, addictive scent you’ll be daydreaming about for weeks to come.
A timeless classic originally launched in 1948, L’Air du Temps is a signature Nina Ricci scent, and for good reason. Woody and warm, with a rich blend of decadent notes, this fragrance has it all. From florals like rose and jasmine to fruity bergamot and peach, spicy clove to warming musk, this is a complex perfume that will make an ideal addition to her collection. You can thank us later.
“When I design, I create a world. I imagine every detail – the place, the man, the women, what they are wearing, right down to the fragrance.” Ralph Lauren fragrances are timeless, each reflecting a modern definition of a luxury lifestyle. They’re the perfect present when it comes to the gifting department!
Enter a place where icons of style and culture meet. The greatest night of your life captured in a fragrance. Ralph’s Club Eau de Parfum is an authentically masculine fragrance that draws you in with its perfect balance of elegance and sophistication. Fresh notes of Lavandin are combined with the warm richness of Virginia Cedarwood, woody Vetiver and aromatic Clary Sage for a uniquely seductive scent. The ingredients are distilled to their highest quality to achieve a clean and long-lasting aroma, making it the most natural fragrance in the Ralph Lauren portfolio. Seductive, Powerful and Unique.
A trendsetter: masculine and casual, yet sophisticated, Ralph Lauren Polo was first introduced in 1978. Since then, the range has expanded to include such favourites as Polo Green, Polo Blue and Polo Red Rush, spurring many to collect the entire range. And, with each bottle offering a feast for the senses, you’ll want them all too. So, what will your colour be?
Discover Polo Red Eau de Parfum, an incredible male fragrance in the Polo Red collection. Crafted with rich, natural woods, the fragrance brings a new level of luxury to the Polo Red family. This perfume is elevated by a fresh citrus blend of red grapefruit and cranberry combined with the peppery, spicy hues of Ginger. Clary sage and Lavender create an intensely masculine and aromatic heart. Finally, the base notes of Red Wood Accord and Benzoin ensure a long-lasting impression of warm sensuality and pure sophistication. Sophisticated, seductive, and luxurious.
Ralph Lauren is a classic American label stock at Fragrance Direct. The collection includes a range of sporty male and female perfumes. New for 2003 is the Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Toilette, this fresh aromatic fragrance is perfect for an active man. Polo Blue opens with bright top notes of melon, cucumber and mandarin. The heart then flows with notes of basil, sage and geranium. Finally, Ralph Lauren Polo Blue comes to a close with familiar base notes of musk, leather, suede and woodsy notes.
In today’s fast-paced world, there’s a lot of importance placed on “busyness” and little put on the healing properties of stillness. It’s easy to feel as if there simply arent enough hours in the day to spend time being, instead of doing. But, as anyone who practices mindfulness will tell you, you can incorporate it into any part of your day.
From brushing your teeth to boiling the kettle, these small moments are opportunities to reconnect with your inner self and bring your full attention to the here and now. This Christmas, treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that can be used in tandem with mindful practices to reset body and mind.
Experts suggest that you find a quiet, dim space to practice mindfulness, especially if you’re new to the practice. While it’s a nice idea in theory, the reality is that many of us struggle to find a room in our home that fits the bill. With the Millefiori Milano Glass Hydro Diffuser, you can turn any space into a zone for switching off and unwinding.
This beautiful glass diffuser uses water to disperse your chosen fragrance into the room, while the inbuilt lighting produces a relaxing effect that is ideal for helping you tune out your surroundings without having to sit in the dark.
As much as we appreciate the importance of embracing a slower pace, it’s always a nice bonus if you can kill two birds with one stone. This is one of the reasons that incorporating mindfulness into your skincare is such a no-brainer. While you could theoretically use whatever moisturiser or serum you have lying about, there’s something a little more satisfying about giving yourself a mindful facial with a luxury cream, which is where The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Skincare Kit comes in.
Using a combination of diamond powder, Persian silk tree extract and rose extract, this hydrating formulation increases elasticity to plump fine lines and wrinkles. The kit includes a Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser, Face Cream, Eye Cream and Night Lotion, along with an organic muslin cloth. Challenge yourself to mindfully carry out one step of your skincare routine, then increase to two steps as you gain experience.
It might not seem like an activity you’d associate with mental wellness, but brushing your teeth can be an excellent opportunity to bring mindfulness into your daily routine. As you brush, bring attention to the taste and smell of the toothpaste, the way the bristles feel in your mouth and all the minute details that are so often overlooked as you get lost in thoughts about your day’s to-do list.
The Spotlight Oral Care Rose Gold Sonic Toothbrush makes mindful brushing a breeze, as its high-frequency oscillation deeply cleans your teeth, leaving you free to pay attention to your senses. And, with all that brushing power, your pearly whites will be as clean and clear as your mind.
Inspired by Scandinavian quality and ideals, gruum is a bath and body company started by four Manchester friends and has quickly made its name in the UK skincare scene. The gender-neutral products are suitable for people from all walks of life, with clean natural ingredients that are specifically chosen for their nourishing properties.
The gruum Relaxing Pamper Gift Set uses lavender and chamomile to encourage restfulness, with a selection of products to help you indulge both your body and mind. The gift set includes älska Pink Clay Mask, blöta Lavender & Chamomile Bath Salt, sömn Relaxing Sleep Mist and a muslin face cloth, all within a wash bag crafted out of salvaged ocean plastic. Good for you, good for the planet.
Ending your day with mindfulness practice isn’t just good for your wellbeing, but it also encourages more restful sleep. But, if you’re in the habit of staying up until the early hours scrolling through your social feeds, you might benefit from a little extra help.
Balance Me Beauty Sleep Gift Set contains four holistic products to help you recalibrate at the end of the day. Before falling into bed, apply age-defying Bakuchiol Soothing Serum and Super Moisturising Hand Cream to give your skin the boost it needs, before applying Beauty Sleep CBD Concentrate to your pulse points. The rollerball releases a relaxing fragrance that helps you fall into a blissful sleep. Use in tandem with Beauty Sleep Hyaluronic Mist, a scented spray that hydrates your skin for a plumper, healthier complexion overnight. You’ll wake refreshed and ready to face a new day with a positive outlook.
Start 2022 as you mean to go on, taking small steps toward a more mindful life. “Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” – Buddha.
Men are notoriously difficult to buy for. Either they’re the type to buy what they want when they want it, or any requests for ideas are met with a shrug. Of course, not all men fall into these two categories, but if you’re reading this article, it’s because you’ve got one of these guys to buy for.
You already have enough on your plate without spending hours scouring the internet for that “perfect” gift (spoiler alert: it doesn’t exist), but the special man in your life still deserves something other than socks and pants this Christmas morning. In this list, you’ll find a collection of great presents that will go down well with men of all ages and stages. All that’s left for you to do is pick one out and cross another name off your gift list.
Reveal smoother, softer skin with deeply nourishing Hydra2G technology. The innovative hydration system of Lab Series’ Daily Rescue range replenishes lost moisture and maintains the skin’s natural barrier, leaving skin both looking and feeling healthier.
The Lab Series Daily Rescue Spend The Night Kit includes everything he needs for travel or at home, with Daily Rescue Gel Cleanser, Daily Rescue Water Lotion and Daily Rescue Energizing Face Lotion. Cleanse away dirt, oil and pollutants with the lightweight gel cleanser, then follow with the fast-absorbing toner to draw moisture to the skin. Finally, the gel-lotion gives skin a hydrating boost of ginseng and caffeine for a brighter complexion.
Whether he rocks a handlebar moustache or a full lumberjack beard, gruum’s Ultimate Beard Gift Set has everything he needs to keep his whiskers in top shape. This Manchester-based business was created to bring Scandinavian ideals into UK skincare, offering high-quality products without the matching price tag.
gruum uses natural ingredients such as beeswax, argan and jojoba oils to nourish and tame facial hair. The gift set includes kóri Exfoliating Face Wash, gösta Facial Tonic, pur Gentle Moisturiser, bård Beard Shampoo Bar, leif Beard Oil, tor Beard Wax and a wooden beard comb, all contained within a wash bag crafted from ocean plastic.
Although we don’t want to ruin the surprise, we know you want a sneak peek at what to expect. The advent contains a range of skin and grooming essentials, including a foaming cleansing mask and calming under-eye mask. What’s behind the rest of the doors? Well, you’ll have to wait and find out when he opens them, but with the contents clocking in at a total value of £57.40, it’s safe to say that he’ll be one happy chappy in the lead up to Christmas day.
When it comes to exquisitely scented gifts, Baylis & Harding are an easy choice. A household name with their luxury hand soaps, their range of products also includes home fragrances and a full spectrum of bath and body products for him and her.
Fragrance can be such a personal choice, but choose well and a bottle of cologne makes an incredibly thoughtful gift. Not only is this BOSS BOTTLED. Trio Gift Set a safe “blind buy” – a scent that is likely to appeal to all – but you’ll also be hedging your bets by giving him three unique scents to fall in love with.
BOSS BOTTLED is a solid choice of masculine fragrance due to its warming vanilla and woody notes combined with juicy green apple. This set includes both the Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum versions of the fragrance, with the EDP having a spicier overall impression. You’ll also receive BOSS BOTTLED INFINITE, an aromatic flanker that adds lavender, sage and rosemary notes. The three fragrances are packaged in a grey presentation box, ready for gifting.