Scents of the season: The Christmas fragrance gift guide for him and her

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While a perfume can make the perfect present, selecting a scent for someone else can be tricky to say the least.

To help you navigate through the fragrance aisles, we've rounded up the most classic, timeless scents, festive new favourites and gorgeous festive gift sets that are sure to please both the practical and the particular...

One of our favourite scents of 2015, the latest fragrance from Jimmy Choo is floral and feminine. With top notes of ginger and orange, rose and jasmine at the heart and base notes of honey, amber and sandalwood to finish it off, this sensual scent is made even better by its bottle, engraved with jewel-like facets.

Jimmy Choo Illicit, 100ml for £78; Available at Fenwick WindsorColchester, Tunbridge Wells, LeicesterKingston, Brent Cross, York,  Newcastle & Canterbury

Featuring top notes of apple, blackcurrant, pineapple and bergamot with juniper berries, birch, patchouli and jasmine at the heart and base notes of vanilla, musk, oakmoss and ambergris, this bold and confident fragrance for men is the most popular from Creed. Despite its masculine and powerful scent, it's safe to say women are also a fan...

Creed Aventus, 75ml for £175 or 125ml for £215; Available at Fenwick Windsor, Bond Street, YorkColchester, Kingston, Brent CrossNewcastleCanterbury & Tunbridge Wells

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum is a romantic scent created for an "elegant and spirited young woman in love". According to Miss Dior's perfumer François Demachy: "The beauty of Miss Dior stems from the harmonious blend of citrus, floral and woody notes, with Chypre base notes. Miss Dior is a promise of love." With fresh and fruity citrus notes, the scent turns floral before finishing off with a hint of musk. 

Miss Dior, £99 for 100ml or £70 for 50ml; Available at Fenwick Windsor, YorkCanterbury, ColchesterNewcastleKingston, Brent Cross, Leicester and Tunbridge Wells

This sharp and distinguished bottle is designed for the same type of man - smart, handsome and strong. Made up of fresh top notes of citrus, rosemary, orange blossom with a sensual “amaretto” heart note based on an almond/tonka bean duo, it finishes with masculine woody base notes of Indian vetiver, cedar and leather.

Guerlain L’homme Ideal, 100ml with 50ml shower gel for £66; Available at Fenwick WindsorYork, Colchester, Brent Cross, LeicesterNewcastleKingstonTunbridge Wells & Canterbury

Opt for a classic and timeless fragrance from Prada with Les Infusions, a Fenwick Colchester exclusive made up of spicy notes of carnation infused in a delicate water associated with sandalwood, mandarin essence and honduran styrax.

Les Infusions de Prada Oeillet, £84; Exclusive to Fenwick Colchester

Dunhill's London Icon tries to capture the originality of the city with a blend of rare and expensive ingredients, such as sleek top notes of Italian bergamot and Neroli Absolute intertwined with black pepper, as well as mid notes of cardamom Lavender de Provence.

Dunhill London Icon, 100ml for £73; Available at Fenwick Windsor, Colchester, KingstonYorkBrent CrossTunbridge Wells, NewcastleBond Street & Canterbury

With a tasseled green bottle that can be carried by a gold chain, Marc Jacobs Decadence is stunning enough to double as a handbag. Its scent is equally as glamorous, with sensual and luxurious top notes of Italian plum, iris flower, and saffron. The heart opens with luxurious notes of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, and orris, finishing with base notes of vetiver, papyrus woods, and liquid amber.

Marc Jacobs Decadence, 50ml for £69; Available at Fenwick Windsor, Tunbridge Wells, YorkLeicesterBrent Cross, NewcastleKingstonColchester & Canterbury

The signature scent from Montblanc, Legend is clean and classic with lively and bright top notes, magnetic notes at the heart and dry notes to ensure the fragrance remains unforgettable.

Montblanc Legend, 100ml for £59; Available at Fenwick Windsor, Tunbridge Wells, YorkBond StreetKingston, NewcastleLeicesterBrent CrossColchester & Canterbury

Go modern with Tom Ford's rich and dark Black Orchid, stylishly bottled in fluted black glass. With a potion of black orchids and spice including black truffle, fresh bergamot, blackcurrant, vanilla and sandalwood, this is one alluring fragrance...

Tom Ford Black Orchid, 100ml for £105; Available at Fenwick Windsor, Tunbridge Wells, YorkBond StreetKingston, NewcastleLeicesterBrent CrossColchester & Canterbury

By Alison Millington