Perfumes can make great gifts for men for any occasion. In this article we will discuss the top 10 of the best perfumes you can gift to your friend, husband, brother, father or even son within a budget for $50. We will also present other perfumes towards the end which have some of the best fragrances out there today.
Before you read this article, we recommend you to read our basic guide to buying perfumes and fragrances and how to get a perfume within your budget. These guides will help you find a good perfume which matches your man’s personality, understand the difference between various concentrations of perfumes and why some bottles are cheaper than others and also give you some tricks to getting it at a low price.
In general, men like perfumes with fresh and woody base notes, with a hint of amber notes and little or none of floral notes. However, everyone is different and each person can have a different preference, therefore it is best to try to match your man’s fragrances to the type of perfumes he already has, or even deodorants or body wash. Let us begin with our list. We have ranked our list in terms of popularity, but keep in mind that it is not necessary that a popular perfume is the ideal one for him and you should choose based on his preferences.
1] Burberry Brit
An all time favorite, the Brit release in 2004 by Burberry epitomizes fresh, woody and oriental tones which epitomizes a relaxed yet elegant person. Wrapped in a white and black striped box, this relatively new fragrance has picked up as a popular perfume quickly. Burberry Brit has the following note composition:
- Top Notes: Green Mandarin, Ginger, Bergamot, and Cardamom
- Middle Notes: Wild roses, Cedarwood, Nutmeg
- Base Notes: Oriental Woods, Grey Musk, Tonka Bean
The Burberry Brit sells for anywhere between 22$-50$ depending upon the size of the bottle (1.0 oz to 3.4 oz). Check out the following links to buy this perfume:
2] Paco Rabanne One Million
Placed in a classy gold bar bottle, the woody fragrance of Paco Rabanne One Million is a perfume for the rich. It makes for a perfect gift for a hard working man who deserves to know that he is special. The One Million has the following note composition:
- Top Notes: Grapefruit, Mint, Blood orange
- Middle Notes: Rose, Cinnamon, Spice notes, Blond leather
- Base Notes: White woods, Amber, Patchouli
This perfume is a premium perfume and is priced accordingly. Only the 1.7 oz bottle would possibly come in the budget of 50$ while larger bottles would cost more – going up to 106$ for the 6.7 oz bottle. You can check out the 1.7 oz bottle in the following stores. Make sure to add coupons in order to lower the price of this perfume within your budget.
3] Calvin Klein Obsession
Obsession is a classic perfume which has been around since 1986. Released by Calvin Klein this perfume brings a slightly eastern fragrance with its woody base notes. The overall look of the bottle may not be extravagant, but don’t let the look fool you. This is definitely a good perfume to gift. Obsession has the following note composition:
- Top Notes: Mandarin, Bergamot
- Middle Notes: Lavender, Myrrh, Sage, Clove, Nutmeg, Coriander.
- Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli.
Obsession sells for anywhere between 25$-50$ depending on the bottle size (2.5 oz to 6.7 oz). Check out the following sites to get some really good deals on Obsession by Calvin Klein.
4] Hugo by Hugo Boss
Hugo by Hugo Boss is a fine perfume for young men since 1995. Its fresh scents are a mix of forest like wood fragrances that give it a more northern air like feeling and is very long lasting. The bottle is shaped like a classic flask with a screw cap and makes it a really good budget perfume for a gift. Hugo has the following note composition:
- Top Notes: Grapefruit, Green Apple, Pine Needles, Thyme, Spearmint, Basil, Cedar Leaves., Rum
- Middle Notes: Jasmine, Sage, Geranium Leaves, Cloves, Lavender, Cedarwood
- Base Notes: Moss, Fir Balsam, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Suede
A bottle of Hugo will cost anywhere between 28-58$ depending on its size (1.3 oz to 6.7 oz) and is a great gift within a budget of 50$ or even lower. You can buy a bottle at these rates at the following online stores:
5] Mont Blanc Legend
Legend is a very recent perfume released by Mont Blanc in 2011 and is trendy among young and mature men. The modern fragrance made up of fruity and woody tones makes a great gift in its classy black bottle with silver cap. Legend has the following note composition:
- Top Notes: bergamot, lavender, pineapple leaf, verbena
- Middle Notes: oak moss, geranium, coumarin, apple, rose, Pomarosa molecule
- Base Notes: sandalwood, tonka, evernyl
A bottle of Legend will cost you between 25-50$ (1 oz to 3.4 oz) although the smaller variant is more rare. Find this perfume for this price at:
6] Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani is a classy perfume released in 1996 and has been a strong seller ever since. This fragrance is highlighted by its fresh scents which last for a long while. It is a perfect gift for a hard working man. The note composition of Acqua Di Gio is as follows:
- Top Notes: Jasmine, Rosemary, Hespiradic Notes
- Middle Notes: Persimmon Fruits, Marine Notes
- Base Notes: Cedar, Patchouli, White Musk, Rock Rose
Acqua Di Gio is a premium perfume which is rare to get under $50. You can however try to nab a smaller bottle of this perfume using coupons at the sites below:
7] Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male is another premium perfume which is an excellent blend of fresh and woody tones. A classy man shaped bottle and a grenade-like pin to pull before you spray this perfume on makes this a perfect gift for any man since 1995. The perfume is extremely long lasting for hard working men as well. The note composition of the Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is:
- Top Notes: Mint, Artemesia, Cardamom, Bergamot.
- Middle Notes: Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Cumin.
- Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar, Tonka bean, Amber
The Le Male is a premium perfume which is difficult to get in a budget of $50. The largest bottle (6.7 oz) sells for at least 78$. Make sure to apply coupons in order to lower the price of this perfume within your budget. You might be able to get the smaller 2.5 oz or even the 4.2 oz bottle within a budget of 50$ in the links below:
8] Cool Water by Davidoff
One of the cheapest perfumes (price-wise) out on the market, Davidoff’s Cool Water has been a best-seller for value since 1988. However, don’t let the price fool you. This fragrance has been selling because it is still a good perfume and comes in great gift sets as well making it a perfect budget gift for him. The fragrance composition of Cool Water is:
- Top Notes: Lavender, Coriander, Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange Blossom.
- Middle Notes: Jasmine, Oakmoss, Geranium, Sandalwood.
- Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Sandalwood, Cedar
A bottle of Cool Water can cost anywhere between 18-52$ (1.35 oz to 6.7 oz) and comes in really pleasant gift sets. Check out the links below to buy it at these rates:
9] Versace Pour Homme
A newer fragrance released in 2008, the Versace Pour Homme (a.k.a. Versace Signature Pour Homme) is an excellent perfume which is available under $50. The perfume combines essential notes taken from Mediterranean perfumers to give an elegant and modern feel. The note composition of the Pour Homme by Versace is as follows:
- Top Notes: Neroli, Bitter Orange Leaves, Citron of Diamante, Bergamot
- Middle Notes: Geranium, Blue Hyacinth, Clary Sage, Cedarwood
- Base Notes: Oud, Mineral Amber, Musk, Tonka
A bottle of Versace Pour Homme can cost anywhere between 30$-55$ (1.7 oz – 6.7 oz) and the 3.4 oz bottle can be a perfect gift for under $50. Check out the links below to see similar prices:
10] L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
The L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is a premium perfume which will be rare to find within the budget of 50$ unless you apply coupons. This perfume released in 2006 blends a mix of woody and fresh scents which can give a long lasting fragrance in a subtle manner. The note composition of the L’Homme by YSL is as follows:
- Top Notes: Citron, Ginger, Ozone
- Middle Notes: White Pepper, Violet, Basil Flower
- Base Notes: Vetiver, Cedar Virginia Cedar, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood
Yves Saint Lauren’s L’Homme is priced at around 65$ for a 3.3 oz bottle. A more rare 2.0 oz bottle goes for around 53$. Make sure to apply coupons in order to lower the price of this perfume within your budget and check the links below for the cheapest prices:
If you haven’t found what you need above check out some more perfumes we recommend:
- Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
- Fendi Fan di Fendi Pour Homme Acqua
- Diesel Men Only the Brave
- DOLCE & GABBANA The One
- Prada Amber Pour Homme
Please let us know what you think of our article or if we have missed out your favorite perfume by filling out the comments section below.