When you have no idea what to gift someone, a candle is always a good go-to. Who doesn't love a little ambiance at home? Plus, with all of the candle offerings out there, you can customize the scent and vessel based on who you're gifting it to. Easy, right?
To help take the stress out of holiday gifting, we rounded up some of our favorites, in order from the ultimate splurges to moderately priced finds to cheap but chic candles. Take your pick…
Candles can be so damn expensive, but for good reason—they can be so luxurious and elevate any room. If you want to splurge on something big for the candle enthusiast or VIP in your life, look no further than these below.
One of the best things about Jo Malone candles is they already come in elegant boxes wrapped with a bow so you don't even have to worry about a gift bag or wrapping paper. This orange, sandalwood, amber scent was made for a cozy winter evening.
It's hard not to "spot" (sorry, we had to) that leopard print (and any kind of animal print, really) is in. Give this pink champagne-scented candle to that stylish person on your list. The vessel is made of porcelain 24-karat gold and rose quartz details, so they'll want to keep it as a home decor accessory even when the wax is gone.
The design enthusiast you know will appreciate this terrazzo candle. The Italian design motif has made a big comeback in recent years, and now it's on pretty much everything, from floors to tables to, well, candles. The Tom Dixon candle has a very on-theme Mediterranean scent with bergamot, lemon, green fig, guaiac wood, and vetivert.
When you can't decide which scent to give your friend, don't stress and just gift them a set. This one contains three of Byredo's most popular scents: Cotton Poplin, Bibliothèque, and Burning Rose.
$50 to $100
Candles can be an investment piece—I like to think of the price and burn time to justify any big purchases. At this price point of $50 to $100, you're going to find some great deals if you're using the cost-per-burn-time method.
With scents of rosemary, lavender, sage, cedar leaves, eucalyptus, this Nest candle will provide plenty of stress-relief and relaxation. It has a 100-hour burn time, so it will last whoever you give this time a while.
The White Company makes such elegant products, and this candle is no different. The refreshing scent of fresh dew, white florals, and jasmine will make any space feel clean and homey.
$20 to $50
The $20 to $50 price point is a great place to be if you know you're exchanging gifts with someone but aren't exactly sure how extravagant or simple said gifts will be. You won't feel too bad if you bought a $40 candle for someone who got you a $25 coffee table book. And vice versa.
Choose from three different scents: Rose Quartz (citron, lemon blossom, magnolia); Alabaster (green, ozone, floral); and Onyx (citrus, green, sandalwood). The ceramic marbled vessels can be reused as a éecor piece, too.
Instead of a champagne bottle, why not give someone this candle, which is almost like the real thing? It's packed with scents like pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petals, crushed sage, crisp mint, and grape leaf.
Scents can really conjure up some beloved memories, which is why Homesick candles are such a brilliant concept. They're inspired by the scents of cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Gift this to the person who won't shut up (in a good way) when it comes to their hometown pride.
Just because it's on the inexpensive side, doesn't mean it's going to look cheap. There are so many candles out there that won't set you back too much, but will still make thoughtful gifts.
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