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26 Gifts to Help Them Pass the Sniff Test (a.k.a Smell Better)

The nose knows. Science tells us that memory is more powerfully connected to scent than any of the other five senses. This means that if you give someone a gift that smells great, or better yet, helps them to smell great, you’re more likely to stay in their memories. Here’s a list of gifts to help you do just that.

Smelling great is its own reward, and my little brother really needed one of these smell-great gifts. I went with something for his feet, because man they were becoming an issue.

PooPouri Bathroom Spray

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With Poopouri, your bathroom smell problems are solved before they begin. Spray the bowl before you go and the air before you leave the room and no one will know you were even there. Because we know it smells like roses, anyway.

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Men’s Fragrance Sampler

For the man who needs extra help masking his natural fragrance, this set of twelve cologne sampler vials will help him hone in on a scent he can live with. Designer names like Brut, Paco Rabanne, Polo, and Versace are sure to give him one he’ll like. The next step is to remember to put it on.

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Natural Shoe Deodorizer

Shoes are notoriously the worst offenders when it comes to natural funk. It’s not their fault. They work all day long in a hot, sweaty environment. These all natural pillow inserts are made from cotton and bamboo charcoal. They remove odor without the nasty chemicals found in powders, sprays, and sneaker balls.

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Internal Deodorant Pills

Americans love taking pills. Sad? We have you covered. Nauseous? We got you. Nervous? There’s a pill for that. Now you can take a pill that works to reduce the smell of your natural flatulence from the inside out. You don’t roll it on or spray it. Pop one chewable pill in your mouth and you’re all set.


Little Tree Car Fresheners

Cars can get very stinky, very fast. The problem is that most drivers become smell-blind to their own cars, the same way they’re oblivious to their personal underarm scent. Give this set of classic tree-shaped air fresheners to battle that old car smell. This pack of twenty-four should last a year.


Compact Ionic Air Freshener

For those who don’t like the chemical smell of typical car air fresheners, this is the answer. It’s an electronic ionizer that plugs easily into a car lighter. It neutralizes mold, bacteria, and airborne viruses. It’s especially effective at eliminating the lingering odor of cigarette smoke.

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Home Air Purifier

The best way to keep a home smelling fresh and clean is to start with the air. This high-end air purifier is equipped with 2 HEPA Silver Filters that remove and kill mold and bacteria. This unit filters up to a thousand square feet of space, and comes in a variety of attractive colors.

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Pet Pheromone Remover

Pets that soil the carpet or floor tend to do it in the same place over and over. That’s because they’ve marked it and consider it their spot. They do this by following their own pheromones—molecules that are particular to them. This product removes pet stains, smells, and masks the pheromones can’t smell them anymore.


Wall Outlet Bathroom Purifier

This ingenious little bathroom wall purifier plugs into a wall socket and goes right to work. It draws air across a ceramic heater an kills the bacteria, mold and fungi that make bathrooms smell awful. It also works on regular bathroom smells. It does it all with heat, and without harmful chemicals.


Therabreath Professional Mouthwash

There’s a medical term for bad breath: halitosis. Luckily enough, there’s a medical way to treat it, too. Whether it’s coffee and cigarette breath or onion and garlic, this professional mouthwash will do the trick. It’s vegan, gluten free, and made from a powerful natural green tea extract.

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Icebreaker Tech Shirt

This technical t-shirt is made from all natural merino fabric. Merino wicks moisture away from the body, which keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. It also has an amazing odor resistant quality, which makes it a great base layer for workouts or a regular shirt for travel.

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Odor Resistant Comforter Cover

Futons are the original mattresses that taught the world the theory “sleep hard, sleep well.” This futon cover from Japan is treated with a special process that makes it anti-microbial, mite-resistant, and most importantly, odor-resistant. It’s all natural and comes in a variety of colors.

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Automatic Trash Can

Garbage smells. We all know that. But we have to keep our kitchen garbage close at hand, because no one wants to go outside to scrape off a plate of food or toss out cooking refuse. This trash can has an electric, automatic lid that opens with a touch and closes snug every time, keeping all those annoying food smells where they belong: in the trash.


Stink-Free Sponges

Kitchen sponges sit on the edge of the sink and gather up bacteria, mold and mildew. That’s their job. We usually ignore them until they get gross looking, and we might not realize that they’re contributing to a smelly kitchen. These sponges are made from all-natural, stink resistant materials, and come with a heavy duty scrubber on one side.

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Odor Resistant Compression Socks

Compression is the name of the game in sports recovery today. These tight socks improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and combat muscle soreness. But they get used repeatedly without being washed, which naturally leads to bad odor. These socks are made from polypropylene, a material which resists odor.

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Kid’s Long Underwear Set

This set of long underwear made for toddlers is a triple threat. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and it’s made of odor resistant Polartec fleece, known for its odor resistant qualities. We left out one critical thing, though: it’s also incredibly cute. Which makes it a quadruple threat.


Women’s Thermal One-Piece

This is a warm winter onesie made for a grown woman. It’s got long sleeves, full length legs, a quarter-zip top and two hip pockets. It’s made from high-tech capilene, which keeps you incredibly warm and doesn’t hold odor like other winter base layers. This one is ideal for a winter ski vacation, when washing base layers every day is impossible.


North Face Denali Fleece

This classic fleece from outdoor legend The North Face is warm, durable, and packs down to a small, convenient size. It’s made from odor resistant Polartec 300 fleece and has a water resistant nylon upper section. This jacket can be worn as an outer layer, or a mid-layer under a parka. Everyone is happy when they find a North Face under the tree.


Odor Resistant Balaclava

Hats collect sweat almost as much as socks do, but for some reason, we tend to forget to wash them. This odor resistant work balaclava removes the need to, so it doesn’t matter if you forget. Give this gift to the person in your life who works outside all day long. They can go at it for days, and this full head covering won’t get funky.


Anti-Odor Sweatshirt

This has got to be the hardest working sweatshirt on the planet earth. It’s flame resistant. It’s fleece. It’s stretchy. It rugged and durable. And it’s odor resistant. But we should not be surprised, it’s made by Carhartt, known for work clothing that’s so tough it’s like Steven Seagal: Hard to Kill.


Odor Resistant Lab Coat

This specialty item is a great gift for the hard working scientists out there who hang up their lab coats at the end of the day, forget about them for twelve hours, then put them back on the next day. This can go on for weeks, months, even years on end, and this odor-fighting lab coat can handle it.


Odor Fighting Work Boot

Boots take a beating, day in and day out. They’re also a key component of anyone’s work gear. If there’s a man or woman in your life that lives in their boots, get them these. They’re comfortable, tough, lightweight, and they’re made to resist odor. You couldn’t ask for more out of a work boot.


The Best Interdental Cleaner

This is another one that’s made to keep the mouth healthy, clean, and odor free. It’s a tooth cleaning system with an electric toothbrush and water jet. It’s clinically proven to remove ninety-nine percent of plaque and bacteria from teeth and gums, which keep the teeth in tip-top shape, and the breath fresh as can be.



The name says it all: curiously strong mints. Altoids are the best combination of minty-bite and smooth sweetness out there. This pack of twelve Altoids tins contains enough mints to last for at least a year. Give this to your significant other and guarantee yourself at least twelve months of fresh kisses.


Flatulence Fighters

This set of underwear is made from space age carbon fiber material. This is the right gift for anyone who’s been accused of using natural chemical warfare on unsuspecting friends and relatives. Why? Because this is the same material used in real chemical warfare safety suits.

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Oatmeal Lavendar Soap

We’ve left the most obvious one for last. The first place to fight body odor is the good ol’ shower, and the best way to make sure you pass the sniff test is with a trusty bar of soap. Some people need a lesson in the basics, and this gift takes it all the way back to the source.

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8 DIY Gifts

Aromatherapy Candle

This is an easy home project to make for a friend, relative, or significant other. It’s a lemon and lavender aromatherapy candle. The combination of sweet and tangy odors will freshen up any house. The eight-step process takes only a couple of hours to complete.

Homemade Deodorant

Some people don’t like to use deodorant because they’re afraid of all the chemicals used in most commercial brands. Others don’t like to use it because it burns their armpits—literally it hurts them. This DIY process is gentle, chemical free, and yields a great smelling deodorant that won’t irritate the skin.

Homemade Toothpaste

Like many commercially sold health and beauty products, toothpaste is filled with additives and coloring that make it look attractive and squeeze out just right. There are many people out there who’d rather take the clean teeth, and leave the additives. This homemade toothpaste is a great gift for the chemical-conscious person in your life.

Homemade Air Freshener

Here’s a homemade air freshener that’s more of a lifestyle changer than a simple one-off gift. This is a great one to do for a friend, significant other, or family member. There’s a DIY spray in this eight-steps to fresh-air process, but that’s only a small part of the package. Check this one out. It’s great.

Remove Clothing Odors Yourself

This is another one that’s more than just a one-off DIY gift. Like the homemade air-freshener, this is something you can do for someone special that includes more than a nice little delicious smelling curiosity wrapped in gift box. Yes, there’s a simple gift here, but his is really more. It’s a labor of love. Let’s call it a gift of lessons.

DIY Air Purifier

Here’s a crafty way to purify the air in your house without breaking the bank on an industrial strength, factory-made air purifier. It’s cheap and ingenious. You take a furnace filter and attach it to the back of a box fan. Yes, picture it. It pulls air to the filter, cleans it, and pushes it out into the room. It works. Simple, and easy.

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Yoga mats are a workout item that get picked up, thrown in a bag, used vigorously, i.e. you sweat buckets onto them, then you it back in the bag until the next glass. Gross! Make this all natural yoga mat spray for the hot yogi in your life, and help them to remove the gross. They’ll thank you for it.

Car Air Freshener

This is an easy, inexpensive DIY air freshener designed to hang from a rear-view mirror. It’s a simple, five-step process and all it takes is wool balls, a needle, thread, ribbon, and the essential oils of your choice. It takes less than an hour and the end product looks more like a decorative ornament than an air freshener.

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