10 Candles to Gift This Holiday Season

Get a gift for everyone on your list with these delightful scents.

For anyone scrambling to get gifts for friends and family, just know that you can’t go wrong with a scented candle. What’s better than working from home, watching television, or reading a book while you’re smelling a delightful scent? Everyone is in need of an aroma to fill their home, whether it’s a nice lavender scent for night time, or a citrus candle to wake them up in the morning.

We’ve compiled our favorite candles to shop this holiday season, both in sets, and individually. But we didn’t forget to include the sales that are still happening right now, so make sure to read all of the fine print. From the Cedar Stack Home and Away Twinset from Boy Smells to P.F. Candle Co.’s Teakwood and Tobacco scent, we have no doubts that you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for each candle-lover in your life on this list.


Apotheke – The Cocktail Collection – $28 each

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Recently, female-owned and Brooklyn-based luxury home fragrance brand Apotheke partnered with a trio of the World’s 50 Best Bars, The NoMad, Maybe Sammy, and Attaboy, to create a selection of new candles inspired by each bar’s signature drinks. Made of soy wax blends, the three candles include Maybe Sammy’s Espresso Martini (using Mr Black, with scents of vanilla, vodka, and espresso), The NoMad Bar’s Nod to Nothing (using Absolut Elyx, with scents of almond, thyme, green leaves, and chamomile), and Attaboy’s Penicillin (with scents of bergamot, lemon blossom, and orange). Each candle is $28 each.


Italic – Black Currant Bergamot – $16

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Italic’s Black Currant Bergamot candle gives scents of citrus and florals in a vegan soy wax base create with fragrance oils in a recycled glass container to be reused after the candle is finished. Developed in Switzerland, the scent has a strong aroma without tunneling or residue accumulation and has a 40-hour burn time.


Boy Smells – Cedar Stack Home and Away Twinset – $49

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The Cedar Stack candles from Boy Smells make the perfect gift, as they come with a standard 8.5 oz size (50-hour burn time) and a 3 oz size (18-hour burn time) to make any space fragrant and feeling like home. The scents within this candle include sawdust, cedarwood Virginia, cinnamon leaf, juniper berry, white musk, and more. Both candles are made of a coconut and beeswax blend with a braided cotton wick.


Brooklinen – Nightcap – $35

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Introducing Nightcap from Brooklinen, the perfect aroma to fill your room before going to sleep. Scented with notes of bourbon and blood orange, the candle is plant and mineral-based with a natural wick, and it will burn for about 50-60 hours. Right now online, Brooklinen is having a sale where you can buy any two candles from this set and save 10%, any three and save 15%, or four or more and save 20%.


Public Goods – Lavender and Vanilla – $15.95

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This candle blends lavender essential oil with white vanilla, fir needles, and tonka bean. With natural soy wax, cotton wicks, and essential oils, this product is vegan, 100% plastic-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and upcycle-ready to be used as glass jars when they are done burning. There are two smaller sizes of this candle at 3.5 oz and 7 oz as well.


Paddywax – Ocean Tide and Sea Salt – $25

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For those dreaming of the ocean or beach, we recommend this scent from Paddywax. With notes of sea salt, citrus, eucalyptus, jasmine, clary sage, birchwood, cedar, rosemary, and more, there’s no doubt you will feel calm after lighting this scent. The base is made with soy wax, and the burn time will likely be more than 60 hours for this candle.


Brooklyn Candle Studio – Vert Deco Holiday Edition Candle – Fireplace – $39

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Missing home? Make your apartment feel like you’re right back with family and friends with this candle, which has scents of incense, ash, cedar, and sandalwood, which is perfect for the holiday season. All Brooklyn Candle Studio candles are vegan, with lead-free cotton wicks, 100% soy wax, and premium fragrance oils infused with essential oils. Frequently bought together is the Vert Deco Candle Bundle with the Prosecco, Fireplace, and Cypress candles, available for purchase here.


Diptyque – Paris Limited-Edition Scented Candle – $105

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This candle has scents of polished wood, spicy vanilla, and weathered books, all channeling the stories of a Parisian atmosphere. The label even includes a compass rose similar to the one carved in front of the Notre-Dame, where every road in France begins. The raw materials used to create the candle are Essence of Myrrh, Old books accord, Wood Patina accord, and the Paris Stone accord.


P.F. Candle Co. – Teakwood and Tobacco – $15

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One of their original scents, this candle belongs within the woody family, with scents of leather, teak, and orange, and the scent is subtle. It will burn for 40-50 hours and is made of 100% domestically-grown soy wax, fine fragrance oils, and cotton-core wicks.


Tom Ford – Oud Wood – $99

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With notes of exotic rose wood and cardamom, this candle is a smoky blend of rare oud wood, sandalwood, and vetiver, with tonka bean and amber. Burning for 40 hours, this candle is a great investment for those who like a warm and woody smell.

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