We're ready to go to bat with a bold
shopping statement: Candles are the ideal holiday gift for anyone on our lists this season. Whether used as artful decor pieces or strictly for fragrance, these little home buys are prime examples of flexibly-affordable luxury; you can scoop up a myriad of scents and styles ranging between chic $10 and under steals to swankier $50 and up finds. And because the shopping options seem endless, candles' giftability factor directly correlates.
Maybe you're already on our side, or perhaps you vehemently disagree — but wherever you land, stick around to hear us out with the curated candle hit-list ahead. We've lined up 29 luxe options that cover a sea of price points and fashions for effortless gifting material. Scroll ahead to discover the candle match for the easiest and hardest to shop for on your holiday list.
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These midnight-hued votives with copper accents hold a medley of scents including crushed cardamom, sandalwood, and creamy vanilla.
Paddywax Vetiver Cardamom Dwell Candle, $29, available at Paddywax
For fellow wine lovers, this wooden votive containing a complex and earthy fig, cranberry, leather, and violet-scented candle is the golden gift.
Rewined Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Candle, $31.97, available at Amazon
Holiday fanatics will love this festive blend of fresh pine, blue spruce, roasted rosemary, and fir needles in a rustic amber-hued votive.
Wax Buffalo Evergreen Pure Soy Candle, 9 oz., $22, available at Wax Buffalo
Give the gift of a candle that glows even when it isn't lit — this beauty from Capri Blue boasts a woodsy scent of cedar mixed with pine, clove, vanilla, raspberry, and amber.
Capri Blue Capri Blue Hearthside Jar Candle, $30, available at Anthropologie
Part of a seasonal collection called, "Cozyland," this richly festive candle gives off notes of burnt maple, smoky oud, and crisp vetiver when lit.
Otherland Manor House Weekend, Tapestry Candle, $36, available at Otherland
The ultimate crowd pleaser in a candle comes in a Byredo package. You don't have to be a connoisseur of chic to recognize the top shelf upgrade that comes with its elegant typography and sharp, minimalist design.
Byredo La Sélection Violette Three-Piece Mini Candle Set, $120, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
This artful copper votive filled with the fragrance of blackberries, sweet orange, Egyptian jasmine petals, peppery anise, black sandalwood, and liquid amber is pure elegance — lit or unlit.
Illume Crescent Metal in Blackberry Absinthe, $50, available at Illume
Show your undying devotion with this romantic blend of black tea leaves, lemongrass, balsam fir, woodflower, bergamot, and a touch of green mossy fragrance.
Tatine Devotion Candle, $22, available at Dear Keaton
A candle with earthy notes of cypress, salt, and smoke hand-poured into a reusable, double-wall glass votive is chic gifting goals.
Yield Design Co. Castillo Soy Candle - 6 oz., $38, available at Need Supply Co
Once the sophisticated scent of juniper and cypress burns down, you can repurpose the handmade clay votive as a coffee table statement piece.
Flashpoint Candle SAXON - WHITE with JUNIPER CYPRESS, $42, available at Flashpoint Candle
This candle captures that just-before-dark vibe inside with a romantic, smoky-woodsy scent.
Brooklinen Dusk, Scented Candle, $59, available at Brooklinen
Le Labo's vintage tin filled with the brand's fan-favorite amber, coco, vanilla, cedar, spices, musk, and sandalwood fragrance is
the unique gift for a fashionable friend. Le Labo 'Santal 26' Vintage Tin Candle, $65, available at Nordstrom
Playful candle company, Boy Smells, sells a scent for our most playful giftees — with a scent that's described as green, bright, and delicate as cannabis flowers and brushed suede.
Boy Smells Kush, 8.8 oz Candle, $32, available at Amazon
This decorative candle is hand-sculpted from pink wax in an exact replica of the Marie-Antoinette portrait housed in The Louvre. A perfect gift for art and history lovers or any fancy friends who would enjoy a touch of Rococo in their
château studio apartment. Cire Trudon Marie-Antoinette decorative candle, $125, available at Net-A-Porter
A candle for the rustic whiskey-lovers in our life — P.F. Candle Co.'s amber votive contains rich notes of pear, honey, and whiskey layered with vanilla and tonka.
P.F. Candle Co. No. 30: Irish Whiskey Candle (Double Wick 14 oz), $38, available at Amazon
This limited edition candle will fill your home with house-warming notes of rosemary, cedar, clove, black pine and ginger.
D.S. & Durga Burning Bazaar scented candle, 200g, $75, available at Net-A-Porter
We may repurpose this seagrass and amber-scented votive as a gilded wine goblet post burning.
Oliver Bonas Seagrass & Amber Metallic Scented Candle, $32, available at Oliver Bonas
Inspired by the New England coast, this speckled candle releases scents of salt, sand, and sky.
Cope Skyscape Candle, $44, available at Studio Cope
The only issue we take with this gilded tin of creamy coconut layered fragrance is that we can't actually sip it.
Urban Outfitters Harper Tin Candle, $20, available at Urban Outfitters
This miniature candle gift-set is perfect for an indecisive pal — let them light up any or all of the lovely French votives, from soft and sweet scents to dark and rich.
Diptyque Miniature Candle Set , $115, available at Amazon
This gold votive is hand-hammered in India and filled with a softly romantic fragrance for the most glamorous of gifts.
Cost Plus World Market Gold Hammered Tuberose and White Musk Filled Candle, $29.99, available at Cost Plus World Market
These metallic-finished glass jars are hand-poured with interstellar scents for the funkiest of giftees — Cosmic Haze blends a fragrance of aloe to lime and willow, while Star Dust sets out a mix of green petals to gardenias and sheer musk.
Urban Outfitters Chrome Boho Glass Candle, $20, available at Urban Outfitters
For anyone with sensitive sniffers, these sculpturesque cat candles are an unscented artful solution.
PyroPet Candles Kisa Candle, Pink, $34, available at Amazon
This limited edition, hand-poured, rosemary-pine candle inside a frosted-glass votive is ultimate holiday luxury.
Tocca Chamonix Candle, Rosemary & Pine, $20, available at Amazon
Homesick's scents capture the most specific of nostalgia — making them the MVP of thoughtful gifting.
Homesick Candles Scented Candle, Friday Night Football, $29.95, available at Amazon
Gift the bookworms in your life a scent to match with this blend of spicy cucumber and torchwood scents, said to be inspired by the novels of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Commodity Book Candle, $55, available at Sephora
Unscented Goober Candles are for our best goobers only.
Areaware Goober Candle in Green by Areaware, $24, available at Gretel Home
Giftees can repurpose this elegant gilded-glass candle votive as a vase once the floral wax burns down.
Paddywax Gilt Collection Scented Soy Wax Candle, $28, available at Amazon
Molton Brown's rich candle is holiday incarnate with spicy notes of ginger, amber, and bergamot.
Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Single-Wick Candle, $35, available at Barneys Warehouse Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Is There A Rational Argument For Decorating Your Home With This Giant Wine Glass? A-Listed: Inside Nick Jonas And Priyanka Chopra's New Home Ikea Is Having A Black Friday Sale Two Weeks Early