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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 so you don't even have to worry about wrapping it extravagantly. This ember scent feels just so cozy for this time of year.
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.
This limited-edition set comes with carousel that rotates because of the candle's heat, so you get a pretty light show along with the delicious scents. It comes with candles in Baies and Feu de Bois.
The design enthusiast you know will love this copper vessel with a marble lid, which can probably be used long after the candle is gone. It has notes of black pepper, wood, vetiver, cedar, and patchouli.
The striking navy vessel makes for a beautiful piece of décor on a nightstand, mantel, or coffee table. This candle has notes of jasmine and ylang ylang for a rich, aromatic scent.
You're pretty much only allowed to give this candle to someone who embodies its name. Them's the rules.
The handblown glass vessel will look so good on a coffee table. Not only is it a striking decor piece, it will also scent a space with woodsy, cardamom, sea salt, and musk notes.
$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.
Not sure what we love more: the beautiful, vintage, and one-of-a-kind copper vessel or the grapefruit-mint scent. Either way, this one makes a special gift.
You can't go wrong with this classic scent from Le Labo. It has a 60-hour burn time.
This candle has one of the most unique scents we've ever come across: It "captures the scent of rainwater in eucalyptus groves off California's Highway 1." Give this one to your road trip buddy.
If you've ever been inside an Anthropologie, you know Capri Blue has a cult status. This one has a scent of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, and "lightly exotic mountain greens."
With scents of Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope, and bergamot, 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 cinnamon, clove, and orange will make any space feel extra cozy.
$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.
Part of Paddywax's Hygge collection, this candle is truly the coziest. It has woodsy notes of bergamot, rose geranium, and patchouli.
Gift this candle to your most unique friend. The ceramic vessel has a "face" and a "hat" lid that doubles as a match holder and striker.
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.
Give your friend this candle set so they can put on in just about every room—the bedroom, bathroom, and living room. You can choose from two sets: a "warm" one (with spicy scents) and a "cool" one (with floral and fresh scents).
The graphic pattern on this vessel really caught our eye. Inside, there's festive scents like holly berry, cardamom, currant, and black pine.
Choose from scents of spiced pumpkin, smoky cinnamon, and spruce. With a 40-hour burn time, your friend will enjoy this all winter.
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.
I gave this candle to my best friend for her birthday and it was such a hit that it's now my go-to gift. It has notes of Japanese cypress, jasmine petals, earthy spice scents, and moss.
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.
This candle was inspired by Fern Valley in Northern California, so it has fresh and woodsy vibes that will transport anyone to the great outdoors.
You have two options here. Balance, which has notes of creamy tonka, white amber, turmeric, orris root, cardamom, spiced leather. Then there's Renew with fresh lily, vibrant greens, crushed eucalyptus, spearmint, and rosemary.
The vessel says it all—that you care about the person you're giving this candle to. It has a tobacco and vanilla scent.
This candle looks super luxe, but it's just under $20. Choose from balsam fir and mint or mulled cinnamon and McIntosh apple scents.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.