15 Best-Smelling Candles That Make the Coziest Gift for Everyone On Your List

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Homesick Candles
Uncommon Goods

When deep in the throes of Christmas shopping season, there is nothing more frustrating than being totally stumped on what to get everyone on your list. Between your mother, cousin, and bestie, it can become so overwhelming that you end up snagging a dozen gift cards and tapping out. Instead, how about a candle?

Candles are both one of the easiest gifts to pick up on the fly, as well as one of the most universally liked gifts when received, especially with festive holiday scents like Fraser fir and spiced pomander on the shelves. With just the flick of a match, the whole home can turn into a comfy, cozy retreat that lasts long beyond the season—which means your friend, family member, or coworker are going to be raving about your good present selection for months to come. Score.

Odds are, there's a candle for every person on your Christmas shopping list. Here are 15 best-smelling picks to give this year—and you might even want to throw in an extra for yourself.

NEST New York Holiday Candle

 Nest Holiday Candle

Amazon

Spread the joy of this annual limited-edition classic that fills your home with the scents of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber. Shop three different sizes.

There might be a whole slew of Southerners missing home a little bit extra this holiday season—and these candles make the perfect gift that represents a piece of home. Like a great big hug that happens to smell heavenly.

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle

Anthropologie

This winter-scented candle gets high marks in terms of cozy holiday aromas and counter appeal. You'll definitely want to throw in an extra just for yourself.

Anthropologie Anecdote Holiday Glass Candle

Glass Candle

Courtesy of Anthropologie

If you could turn the memory of hanging out under the mistletoe into a candle, it would be this smoky, sultry scent with notes of black currant and amber.

Uncommon Goods Uncorked Wine Candles

Uncorked Wine Candles

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Nothing sets the dinnertime mood like these wine-inspired candles made in up-cycled wine bottles. Snag your favorite vino scent and pair it with movie night.

MyMindfulMemories Personalized Photo Candles

Personalized Photo Candle
Etsy/MyMindfulMemories

Want to go the extra mile? This customizable candle allows you to submit photos, text, or both to include on the jar. You can also choose from 25 different scents.

Let's be real—sometimes we actually don't mind when plans get cancelled. That means more Hallmark movie-watching on the couch with this comfy candle burning.

TheDancingWick Dough Bowl Candle

Etsy Dough Bowl Candle

Etsy

For something that can double as a pretty tabletop display or centerpiece, try out dough bowl candles. Light all the wicks at once to create the coziest atmosphere.

SSleng Cactus Tealight Candles

Cactus Tealight Candles
Amazon

How could we say no to these adorable mini candles that look straight from the plant nursery? Scatter about your counter or coffee table to bring a space to life.

PyroPet Cat Candle

Cat candle by PyroPet

Amazon

We all have a cat lover or two on the list—this candle will match their favorite feline. Choose from six different colors.

Uncommon Goods 60 Hour Candle

60 hour candle

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This coiled beeswax candle got tons of buzz thanks to being designed to burn way longer than traditional shapes. Plus, it's an instant conversation starter in the home.

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles