Pair a fashion book with a designer perfume for the best gift

Pair a fashion book with a designer perfume for the best gift

Be a thoughtful gift giver, even if it’s last-minute, with these designer perfume and fashion book gift ideas.

Okay, you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last few days. We get it. Life is busy and stressful. But you’re a thoughtful gift giver and know your main squeeze loves fragrance, not to mention a good read. And did we mention he or she has a thing for fashion?

Well, fret no more. What follows are a few inspired gift ideas that will require you to simply go to two stores in the next couple of days to find what you need, and boy will it be worth it. One fashion book plus one designer perfume, packaged together, makes a most wonderful, thoughtful gift.


Tom Ford perfume and a Tom Ford book

This makes a killer gift. This gorgeous tome will have your runway-loving sweetheart close to tears. They’ll know you really were listening when they were going on, and on, and on about those Tom Ford leather boots…

And the fragrance? Wow. Tom Ford Oud Wood enjoys a a bit of a cult following, but that doesn’t mean you can’t opt for one of the designer’s more femme floral scents if they’re not into smoky, dark spritzes. Wrap up this beautiful book with a bottle of the more floral Tom Ford Violet Blonde or Tom Ford Cafe Rose and, well, your holiday just got better too.

You can thank us later.

Tom Ford, $175, available at Indigo
Tom Ford Oud Wood, $245 (50 ml),

BookInline_DiorDior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior and Dior J’adore Touche perfume

Does your sweetheart have a thing for dove grey, minimalist cashmere and all things Francaise?

Well, then, get thee to an Indigo and pick up this volume and then go next door to Hudson’s Bay and find the Dior beauty counter and purchase a bottle of this, the latest parfum from the house that Christian built.

If you’re lucky, there will be a wrapping station in the mall too. Ask them to wrap this book and bottle in a ballerina pink bag with a grey ribbon. Ask for lots of tissue.

If you really want to win points, take this gift bag back to the Dior counter on the way out of the shopping centre and ask them to mist the tissue with the same perfume.

This is a very, very nice gift. Trust us.

Dior by Dior: The autobiography of Christian Dior, $28, available at Indigo
Dior J’adore Touche de Parfum, $112 (20 ml),

BookInline_ChanelCoco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon and Chanel Chance Eau Vive perfume

For Chanel fans, the thrill never ends. And we understand if you can’t drop the thousands for the iconic quilted handbag. We get it.

But you will definitely be in the good books if you assemble a Chanel-themed gift. This is holiday shopping made easy. Pick up a great book on Chanel—there are many, but this is the latest and a stylish choice—and a Chanel perfume. We opted here for the most recent one too: Chanel Chance Eau Vive is young, fresh and sultry too. Of course there are countless other Chanel perfumes you could team with a Chanel book, be it a biography or coffee-table volume, such as the classic Chanel No.5 or any of the Chanel exclusive scents. Feel free to personalize at will to suit your loved one’s tastes. The effort will be appreciated.

Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon, $25, available at Indigo
Chanel Chance Eau Vive, $88 (50 ml),

BookInline_DKDonna Karan: My Journey and Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Black perfume

If your loved one has a thing for the business of fashion and she’s not afraid to say that she’s a feminist, this book and perfume gift will charm her.

Donna Karan, who recently retired, remains an inspiration. We can’t wait to read her memoir too, and we’ve already been spritzing the EDP around the office: warm, spicy, woody with a heart of rose, white pepper and carnation. It’s guaranteed to please.

Donna Karan: My Journey, $39, available at Indigo
Donna Karan Liquid Cashmere Black EDP, $125 (100 ml),

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.