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19 Candles You Should Really Be Giving as Gifts

The best candles to give as gifts aren’t merely delightful-smelling; they can encourage the recipient to slow down, set an intention, maybe even relax and refocus–something we could all use a little (or a lot) of help with this year. Aside from looking great, they should be somewhat heavy, so you know they won’t burn up in one sitting, and good enough quality that you aren’t concerned about the chemicals they send into the air. Pick the right one and it can convey quite a lot—see: “Je T’aime” by Bella Freud—or very little if you keep the packaging minimal. And there’s no right answer to the perfect scent: Go warm and leathery for hunker-down winter vibes or bright and fresh if you’d rather gift a hopeful note. You’d be wise to stock up on a handful before the holidays get rolling, tie them up in bows, and head to the post office stat. Below, shop 19 of the best candles for gifting this season.

La Sélection Bois

What’s better than one Byredo candle? This pack of three minis, which let you try a bunch of fresh scents (or parcel them out as individual gifts).

Belmondo Candle

With notes of potting soil and red currant, this candle will surely be adored by fans of earthy scents and the French New Wave (it’s inspired by actor Jean-Paul Belmondo). 

Japanese Quince Candle

With their tasseled, toile-covered pagoda packaging, Seda France’s candles are a gift before you’ve even unwrapped them. This one smells like spring—Japanese quince, rhubarb, white peach, passion fruit, and white jasmine—which is honestly just the thing for going into winter.

Washing Powder Candle by Anya Hindmarch Smells

Come for the rainbow on black gloss, stay for the super-fresh “washing powder” scent that mixes hyacinth and mimosa.

Diptyque Red Tubereuse Candle

Young Victorian women were forbidden from inhaling the scent of tuberose lest they have a spontaneous orgasm (!), so gift this ultra-sultry candle very wisely.

Cardamom Milk

From Instagram-friendly candle brand Otherland comes six whimsical fall scents in their Manor House Weekend collection. All would feel timeless as gifts. Take Cardamom Milk, a blend of “frothy milk, cardamom, and praline woods” that you’ll never want to end.

Leather & Suede Signature Candle

You know the smell of a new leather bag or pair of shoes? This is that, but with no animals harmed in the making–these candles by Marie Hunter Beauty are made of soy and coconut wax and burn for up to 90 hours.

Campbell Candle by Ligne Blanche

One for summer lovers heading into a long winter: Made in France, Ligne Blanche’s Warhol-inspired Campbell Candle smells of basil, mint, and tomato.

Bold Awakening

Not only does this candle from California based Candlessentials offer green apple and citrus, but it also comes in sustainably made packaging that can be planted in the earth and will grow wildflowers. A gift that truly keeps giving.

Evil Eye Mediterranean Fig Candle by Casacarta

The symbol of the evil eye is meant to ward off bad vibes, which your loved one will surely appreciate. Amply oversize, with three wicks and over 240 hours of burn time, this Mediterranean fig-scented candle is kind of the gift of all gifts. 

Tomb of the Eagles Candle

With notes of clover, island moss, and sea pinks (?!), this fresh D.S. & Durga candle will conjure up good vibes wherever you place it.

Night Music Candle

The name alone makes us want to dance, but the powder, iris, amber, and elemi scent is what will actually get your feet moving.

Pink Rosé

It may be out of season to drink, but chances are you have a rosé-loving friend who’d be delighted to receive this coconut wax candle with a cotton wick and a wink. And really, don’t the best candles to give as gifts show that you know your audience?

Beratan Scented Candle by Frama

When you can’t travel to the tropics, you can bring the tropics home in the form of this soy wax candle by the Danish brand Frama. Its orange, bergamot, and ylang-ylang scents are meant to evoke the paradise of Bali.

Boy Smells Cedar Stack Candle

The cheeky L.A. candlemakers at Boy Smells made this candle to convey log cabin vibes, with a mix of cedar chips, tobacco, bay leaf, and peppercorn.

Aesthetic Candle by Overose

There’s something so satisfying about a candle that’s the same hue from wax to container. The scent is one part trendy (palo santo) and one part classic (white roses).

Medium Alloy Candle by Tom Dixon

A smooth, woody scent balances the somewhat brutalist exterior of this Tom Dixon looker.

Speakeasy Luxury Candle

For a decidedly grown-up vibe, the Speakeasy candle is meant to evoke illicit nights out and the pleasure of breaking the rules with its tobacco, bourbon, and palo santo notes. 

Skyscape Candle

Cope, a homewares line by the Calico wallpaper founders, has a few refreshing candles inspired by the seascapes of New England where they grew up. Bonus: Each candle is packed in a box of its signature splatter wallpaper.

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