25 of the Best Candles to Gift This Year — Gift Guides 2018

Sure, some people think candles are cliche or too easy when it comes to gifting—I mean, there’s literally a “Saturday Night Live” sketch about that—but I wholeheartedly disagree. To me, picking out a candle with packaging that matches your loved one’s decor or a sent that speaks to their sensibilities is the ultimate way to say “I get you.” Even Joanna Gaines is on board with it, I spoke with her about her new book this week and she told me candles are her go-to gift every Christmas.

“Oh there’s something about a crackling candle that I think sets the mood for the season,” she said. “Everyone loves a candle.”

If you’re in search of a candle to gift this season—or to buy yourself for a little self care—we’ve got you covered. We rounded up 25 of the most giftable options with a variety of scent profiles and price points.

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This dreamy candle features notes of Centifolia rose, ivy accord, Sicilian bergamot, white jasmine, hyacinth, and Indian sandalwood, and a simple design that makes it look more expensive than it is.

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You may know Brooklinen primarily for its direct-to-consumer bedding, but the candles are no joke. The company sells four—Wake, Magic Hour, Dusk, and Nightcap—but I’m partial to Magic Hour’s mix of rosehip, pink pepper, and sandalwood. Not sure what your giftee likes? Brooklinen also sells an AM to PM set featuring minis of each scent.

Knowing how much Joanna Gaines loves candles, it’s no surprise she would create some of her own. This candle features a woody scent and a welded zinc container.

For people who prefer a beachier scent, or just want to mentally escape the cold weather for a minute, this two-wick candle from Voluspa is a great option. And the 50-hour burn time certainly doesn’t hurt.

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This sweet decorative candle would look adorable perched on just about any shelf or table thanks to its ceramic base and metallic copper lid. It’s not just shaped like an apple either, the scent contains a blend of apple, anjou pear, and oak moss.

If you’d rather get even kitschier with your candle gift, we love these novelty candles from West Elm. The Lunar Eclipse-scented cactus will set you back $24, while the Kono Woods-scented walnut goes for $16.

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No, Byredo candles do not come cheap. In fact, they’ll set you back almost $100, but if you have the cash to spare they make for thoughtful, luxe gifts. I received Tree House as a gift last year, and I honestly wish everything could smell like this woody beauty.

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There’s something about the smell of a fresh cup of coffee that puts a little pep in your step, even if you’re not actually consuming the caffeine. Give your loved ones the gift of a great morning every morning with this spicy coffee-inspired candle.

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Brooklyn Candle Studio’s Limited Edition Pink Disco collection is pretty much peak millennial decor. The matte pink paired with an understated gold embellishment is sweet on its own, but the rose, berry, and white musk scent really takes it to another level.

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Otherland’s stylish vessels make for great Instagram fodder yes, but the candles themselves are really really good. I love this earthy version that smells like ivy greens and mint, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their options.

You ever just open up an old book to breathe in the warm scent of the pages? It’s a favorite amongst book lovers. Help your literary loved ones relive that moment with a candle that smells like leather-bound books and cherry blossoms.

These nature-inspired candles come in gorgeous marbled cases. The pink version is called Rose Quartz and features notes of citron, sea salt, and driftwood. The black candle is called Onyx and features notes of cedarwood, wood smoke, hickory, and pine. Finally, the white option is called Alabaster and features notes of neroli, amber, and musk.

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This candle just screams Christmas thanks to its red jar and scent, which combines cinnamon, clove, vanilla musk, and caramel.

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Is there anything better than that moment on Friday (usually around 6 p.m., or 6:04 p.m. if we’re getting really specific) when you can finally shut down your computer after a long week of work? This candle evokes those weekend vibes with a whisky- and tobacco-forward scent.

For the mystic in your life, this Tarot Deck candle makes a great gift option. The scent pairs incense and pencil shavings with notes of Turkish rose.

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Blood orange, white amber, and agave combine to create a soothing scent they’ll want to light day in and day out.

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Bijou’s candles are named after famous women of Old Hollywood, and this pink bellini scented version pays homage to Audrey Hepburn, making it a great gift for the style lovers in your life.

Overose’s pink on pink candles are a fun millennial-friendly take on the black on black candles that have dominated the scene for the past few years. The Nudesse scent is meant to evoke roses and rain.

Nest’s holiday candle is a classic for a reason. The mix of pomegranate, pine, cloves, vanilla, and cinnamon is basically Christmas in a jar, and the white vessel with gold stripes makes a lovely festive statement.

Fans of simple, nautical details will surely appreciate this navy candle with its mix of island lime, ocean breeze, sea salt, blue lotus, and water hyacinth.

The purchase of this candle provides 25 school lunches so you can do some good while you get your holiday shopping done. The scent features a mix of jasmine, mandarin, and lavender.

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The rarity of natural redheads inspired this candle with its “rare and fervent” mix of scents, including redwood cedar, frankincense, amber, vetiver, and ginger.

This lidded candle is part of Paddywax’s Hygge Collection, if you couldn’t tell from the Scandi-inspired jar. In addition to fig and cedar, it features notes of bay leaf, green tea, and patchouli.

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Diptyque candles may be what started the trend of luxury candles and decor, and their popularity doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. Perhaps the company’s most loved candle is the Baies (berries) black on black variety.

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This candle is really two gifts in one thanks to the full moon-charged crystal that also sits within the jar. The scent includes a mix of bergamot and vetiver.

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