Gifting the Sense of Smell 

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Here at SenseForward, sensible gifting revolves around the five senses we use to elevate our everyday. Our Gifting Time of Year series curates the perfect gifts based on your five senses: Touch, Taste, Smell, Sound, and Sight. If you’re looking to enhance the way a loved one sees their world or a gift with all the feels, check out our previous posts on sight, touch, and sound

Some of our favorite smells fill the air at this time of year. We’re lighting up our Frasier Fir candles, catching the scent of home-cooked meals, and hugging the people we love just a little longer to find comfort in their unique essence. Smell is closely linked to old memories and an overlooked part of making new ones—so when it comes to gifting the sense of smell, it’s all about setting them up for memories they’ll never forget.

Smell is closely linked to memory, emotion, and the way you immediately interpret your world. Your nose can detect approximately 10,000 odors—and we’ve sniffed out a few that we think the people on your list will love this holiday season, and in the seasons to come.

Gifting the sense of smell. Here are our top picks: 

  1. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser & Oils

Give the gift of the music they love wherever they like it. From the home to Set them up with a space that soothes, calms, and smells like droplets of heaven. The Vitruvi Stone Diffuser is the gift they’ll be thanking you for this holiday and every day after. What makes this stand apart from other diffusers is that it can totally stand on its own and beautifully blend into any environment. You heard us. This sleek, stone, natural beauty looks as good as it smells. Make any room feel like a retreat.

  1. Brooklyn Candle Studio

Responsible production, accessible prices, incredible scents that feel like love at first light. We all have at least one candle cultist on our list—and THIS is a gift they’ll love. With dreamy scents inspired by nature, travel, moments, and memories, this is a thoughtfully made candle that makes for thoughtful gifting. Plus, these Brooklyn-born candles are vegan, sustainable, and phthalate-free, so they’re as gentle on the environment as they are on us.

  1. Ellis Brooklyn Salt Eau De Parfum Travel Spray

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” –Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). For the one who deserves a beach vacation, but we can’t quite give them a beach. Give them a gift that empowers and soothes with every spritz—anywhere, anytime. With clean, sustainably sourced ingredients, this women-run team has set out to make the world feel, smell, and do just a little bit better one spritz at a time. We’re loving this for the jetsetters and landlocked mermaids on our list.

  1. Breville the Tea Maker

Breville has done it—they’ve not only got steeping tea down to a science, but they’ve also elevated it to an art. Pre-programmed functionalities and customizable settings create ideal brewing conditions for Black, Green, White, Herbal, and Oolong teas at just the touch of a button – let the aromas start brewing.

  1. Our Place Always Pan

Nothing awakens the sense of smell quite like a cooked in kitchen. One sleek pan, all you need to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware. They don’t call it “Always” for nothing. With this pan they can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve, store—we’d go on, but it might be more fun to explore it for yourself. This is the perfect gift for the one on your list who can “do it all”—but maybe it’d be nice to let this magic pan do some of the doing.

Next up, we’ll be sharing our favorite gifts for activating the sense of taste in our Gifting the Senses series

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