A bottle of favourite scent rarely goes unappreciated but perfumes can be pricey, particularly if your loved one has expensive tastes. If you're planning to buy that special someone a fragrance this Christmas, here are some of the deals, offers and cheapest prices available.
If you're not a last-minute shopper, buying online often proves the cheapest option when it comes to scents. Amazon is always worth a price check, and the site is currently offering up to 70 per cent off a wide variety of big name brands including Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Hugo Boss and DKNY.
Comparison sites are undoubtedly a help when it comes to buying online, and specialist sites such as Fragrances Compared and Cheap Perfume Expert will do the hard work for you. However, it's best to buy from a reputable online retailer where possible, as cheap fakes often find their way onto the Internet.
Gift set deals
With so many of us buying online these days, high street retailers often go all out to tempt us into stores with free gifts with scents, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. In many cases, you can pick up a gift set that includes extras such as shower gel, aftershave balm or moisturiser along with the perfume, at the same price as the bottle alone.
For instance, at Boots you can currently get a complete gift set for the price of the fragrance, and three for two on celebrity scent gift sets.
Use your points
Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year, especially if you have a lot of loved ones to buy for, so now is the time to use up those vouchers and points you've racked up on your day-to-day shopping.
The Tesco Clubcard, for example, allows shoppers to exchange their vouchers for 'Boost' tokens that double your voucher total. These tokens can then be used online or in store on a range of different items including both men's and women's fragrances. However, do check out what's on offer in terms of items, as once you've exchanged your vouchers you can't change where to spend them.
And if you're a regular shopper at Boots, either use your loyalty card points to grab some Christmas bargains, or keep an eye out for double or triple points days so that you can collect as much as possible while you do your Xmas shop.
With a little creative wrapping, you can save considerable cash by buying an unboxed perfume or aftershave. Half Price Perfumes offers testers for sale, some of which come with more than 60 per cent off the standard retail price, meaning you can pick up a serious bargain. Spend a little extra on a pretty gift box and you'll still be quids in.
And if you or your loved one is not too brand conscious, it's worth checking out Money Saving Expert's 'smell-a-like' forum, where shoppers have discovered a host of cheap scents that smell just like big name equivalents.
As always, you'll need to keep your eyes open for special offers and deals as Christmas draws nearer, but if you're keen to get started on your shopping now, these are some of the offers available right now.
Superdrug has some impressive free gifts to go with related fragrance products, including clutch, tote and toiletry bags, body creams and skin care items, scarves and bracelets, so check them out online to see whether your can grab a little something extra with your purchase. The retailer also has free delivery on all orders over £10, which will undoubtedly come in handy if you're an Internet shopper.
Boots, meanwhile, not only have their 'gift sets for the price of the fragrance' and 'three for two on celebrity fragrance gift set' offers, but fans of Estee Lauder fragrances can benefit from the Professional Makeup Artist Colour Collection for a massively reduced price of £50 (normally £250), and across their wide ranging department, you can save 15 per cent when you spend £60 or more on fragrance or gift sets.
Another popular high street fragrance retailer, The Perfume Shop already has up to 50 per cent off selected Christmas gifts, a range of exclusive gift sets from the likes of Calvin Klein, Chloe and Davidoff. And the store also has a range of tempting free gifts on offer with related bottles of fragrance, along with free standard delivery on all online orders.
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