Fragrance, like romantic partners or the direction in which you place toilet paper onto the holder, is based solely on personal preference – and can be just as divisive should you make the wrong decision. That’s why giving a perfume as a gift is especially tricky terrain.

Still, it can be done: “Fragrance makes a great last-minute gift, and, often, stores will have pre-wrapped options for you,” Linda G. Levy, the president of The Fragrance Foundation, told POPSUGAR. “It also allows you to give a thoughtful, personal present without worrying about size or if they already have one; everyone can add another perfume to their collection.”

The key to getting it right is using a few good context clues. Put down the scent strip and follow along.

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