Every holiday season, I’m met with the same dilemma…coming up with the perfect gift for my oh so hard to shop for brother. As he’s gotten older, it’s become more difficult because, well, he has everything. But this year, I’ve been looking for a way to give gifts that are both sentimental and practical. Gifts that are well though out and instantly evoke memories while at the same time serving a purpose for everyday life.
As I’ve thrown around ideas and mentally tossed aside suggestions, one thing that has kept coming back to my mind is the gift of fragrance. Growing up I always remember my dad smelling good. In fact, it’s one of the things my brother and I have mentioned to each other…that we miss the smell of dad now that he’s gone. Since I remembered my dad wearing Nautica cologne growing up, I decided I’d give my brother a gift that truly brought back memories presented in an extra special way.
Having a hubby who doesn’t really do the whole scent thing, I wasn’t sure where to start looking for my perfect gift. I knew I wanted to keep things within a budget but I still wanted to make the gift meaningful. So I stopped into Kmart to take a look around and see what options I could find. And right there in the center aisle at the front of the store I stumbled onto exactly what I was looking for – affordable fragrance gift sets from amazing brands like Nautica and Stetson.
Instantly recognizing the brand my dad had used when I was younger, I headed straight for it and was amazed to find a gift set that included shower gel, aftershave and cologne all in one.
Plus the price was literally jaw dropping! Knowing that my brother desperately needs all these items for his after-gym transformation before heading back to work, I quickly added them to my cart and then headed home to make them even more memorable.
Now, I know I could have given him just the gift set and it would have been amazing. But since I had found the perfect gift, I wanted to make it even better by creating a manly grooming caddy that would hold all of his items and keep them perfectly organized and easy to find. You see, my brother has recently discovered that he loves to look and smell great. And since he hits the gym for Crossfit twice a day (yes, I did say twice) he needs a system of silencing the stink so to speak after his workouts are over. I already knew he would be thrilled with my fragrance set gift that would allow him to smell just a little like our dad every time he cleaned up but I wanted to take things a step further and make it even more convenient to put his best smell forward when heading to meetings.
I started my project with a simple wooden box. Next I added a coat of blue paint to blend perfectly with my Nautica Gift Set.
Since I wanted to give my caddy a slightly rustic (aka manly) look, I then used a little sand paper to create a distressed texture.
Finally, I applied a coat of sealant to give my gift a little more durability and ensure that if it occasionally got slightly wet, all the paint would not wash off.
With my box finished, all that was left to do was drill two holes (one into each side) and attach a thick rope.
Once my grooming caddy was complete I was ready to add the essentials; a towel, some soap, razors and most importantly the items from my Nautical fragrance set.
Instantly I had a kit that boasted everything my brother needs to clean up after his workouts while summoning memories of our dad that are never far away.
And the best part is, this easy to make caddy holds everything he needs in one portable box so he can use it at home, on the go, in the gym or anywhere else his travels take him.
I quickly popped a bow onto the side of my gift and sat back to take it in. While I knew it was an amazing gift that my newly concerned about his appearance brother would love, even more than that I felt like I was giving a connection to our dad. A way to remember him with each and every sniff. And while the message was subtle, it was a great way to show him that memories of dad are only a sniff away.
And who knows…maybe one day when his son opens a Nautica fragrance set memories of his childhood with his own dad wash over him, he’ll think back to that Christmas when Aunt J started a great smelling tradition that will stay with them for years.
This holiday season as you look for perfect gifts to place under the trill and thrill those hard to shop for people in your life, remember that scent is the most powerful sense. And while a fragrance gift is always welcome, one that brings back memories and reminds the recipient of times past can be the perfect way to thrill even the most difficult to shop for people on your list.
So head to Kmart and check out their selection of trusted fragrance names that smell great today while bringing back memories of yesterday. Then give the gift of a scent that will summon old memories and help create new ones each and every day. Find more ways to gift a memory this holiday season.
Now that I’ve shared how I’m making gifting meaningful, I’d love to know which of the amazing amazing fragrance sets you’ll be gifting this holiday season!