The festive season is a time for celebrating our family and friends, illuminating the dark evenings, and giving thoughtful gifts! One present that you can make work for most friends, family members, or couples on your list is a deliciously scented candle. Beth Squires shares her favourites to give (and perhaps a couple to keep!) this December.
When I think gifts, I think candles. I totally believe that giving scented candles is a great idea, as they’re often something that people won’t spend their own cash on. They’re an indulgence, a luxury, a treat! Which is exactly the reason receiving them at Christmas is lovely – and now there’s lovely fragrance options in every price range.
Doesn’t Cost The Earth
Blackberry Bay Glass Candle (£3.99)
I know I said people often don’t treat themselves to scented candles, but ever since I discovered this beauty (at this price) at Aldi, I haven’t been without one of these duskily fruity beauties in the living room. And yes, I buy them myself. I guarantee you that any friend you introduce them to this Christmas will thank you! They’re super affordable and – unlike some cheaper candles – the scent isn’t just spritzed on the top of the wax leading to no scent after the initial burn. This one truly smells lovely throughout – and it comes in other lush fragrances too.
Paddywax hails from Nashville, Tennessee and they produce a few different fragrances for these smaller candles that would be perfect for a stocking filler or smaller gift for any member of the family. This woody scent is subtle and warming, and the tin it comes in is neat and travel-friendly. I totally recommend it for anyone that travels a lot for work or play, and the scent would work for the men in your life too.
Alright, at £60 perhaps this shouldn’t be in the ‘Doesn’t Cost The Earth’ section, but hear me out! While the whole beautifully presented set would make a gorgeous festive (expensive) gift for one person, you could also split the five 35g candles up – into two gifts, or even five small gifts! Who doesn’t want a touch of Diptyque at Christmas? This wintery set is not just eye candy – it’s even lovelier to smell. The selection of scents you get to try include ‘Feu de bois’, ‘Ambre’, ‘Pomander’, ‘Benjoin’, and ‘Opopanax’. Dream! And if you are splitting up the gift set… there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep one for yourself!
Lighting this one is really for December only! This pretty and seasonal candle sits on the cinnamon and zesty side of Christmassy, and burns for 60 hours of merriment. Think cloves and oranges – which are embedded in the wax too, and get lit up beautifully as the centre of the candle burns down. A different experience to any other on this list!
With beautiful bright flowers painted over the box, this candle will wow the recipient before they even open the lid to see what’s inside. This is a floral, green scent that’s fresh and clean, and the matte slate and gold jar the candle comes in is another beautifully designed element.
Do you have a friend or relative that tries to pretend they baked the Christmas cake instead of buying it? This candle will help the ruse! It smells like the most delicious fruity spicy cake baking in the oven. Housed in a beautiful mirrored glass jar, as the candle burns down, the pattern on the glass is reflected on the walls. Such a lovely gift of sugar and spice and all things nice.
Splash The Cash
If you have a relative who’s devoted to Liz Earle’s skincare, this candle (housed in a glass jar in the brand’s signature turquoise) is the perfect bathroom accompaniment. This will give them an excuse to prolong their pamper session – light the candle, run a bath, indulge in some self care away from the rest of the household. The eucalyptus and rosemary scent will be familiar to Liz’s devotees, while a hint of pine also keeps it smelling fresh as the candle burns.
Jo Malone’s classic candles are lusted after for a reason. Their fragrances and candles aren’t cheap, but they are definitely treats for the recipient. And ‘tis the season, right? Each fragrance is beautiful – my favourite is Blackberry & Bay, but Lime Basil & Mandarin has a huge following. Each candle comes with a black ribbon wrapped around it and a bow better than any I ever manage to tie when wrapping them up, so really you’re even getting gift wrapping thrown in! So, yes, while they’re in the pricier bracket, the name and the quality is really something special to get for someone special.
Blowing the budget entirely? Enter Tom Ford’s luxurious range of candles. Now, let me explain why these could be seen as a bargain. Stay with me. Say you know that someone you adore dreams about a specific fragrance from Ford’s collection. In my case, that would be this one – Neroli Portofino. It’s a seriously uplifting light scent that brings to mind Italian sunshine. I was lucky enough to have a bottle of it once, and can’t see a time I’ll be able to justify buying it. The candle, though…. If you were going to gift the fragrance instead of the candle, 50ml would set you back £168. So this? This is a bargain.
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November 15th 2018 - by @CollectPlus