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

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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 New York Holiday Candle
Nordstrom

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.

Shop It: $16 and up; nordstrom.com

Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles
Uncommon Goods

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.

Shop It: $34; uncommongoods.com

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle

Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle

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.

Shop It: $32; anthropologie.com

Anecdote Mistletoe Candle

Anecdote Mistletoe Candle
Nordstrom

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.

Shop It: $34; nordstrom.com

Holly Monogram Glass Candle

Holly Monogram Glass Candle
Anthropologie

These pretty etched monogram candles make the sweetest gift for anyone on your list, from sister-in-laws to hard-to-please holiday hostesses.

Shop It: $28; anthropologie.com

Uncorked Wine Candles

Uncorked Wine Candles
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.

Shop It: $24; uncommongoods.com

Voluspa Holiday Macaron Candle Set

Voluspa Holiday Macaron Candle Set
Anthropologie

Talk about a holiday gift set that keeps on giving well after Christmas is over. Relish three different holiday scents in the cutest metallic containers.

Shop It: $39 for set of 3; anthropologie.com

Personalized Photo Candle

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.

Shop It: $20 and up; etsy.com

Cancelled Plans Do Not Disturb Candle

Cancelled Plans Do Not Disturb Candle
Nordstrom

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.

Shop It: $16; nordstrom.com

Dough Bowl Soy Candles

Dough Bowl Soy Candles
Etsy/WhisperedJune

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.

Shop It: $34; etsy.com

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.

Shop It: $15; amazon.com

PyroPet Cat Candle

PyroPet Cat Candle
Amazon

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

Shop It: $34; amazon.com

Evergreen Pillar Candle

Evergreen Pillar Candle
Anthropologie

Now this is our kind of countertop tree situation. Anyone would appreciate a punch of color in the form of a tiny tree that can light up the room.

Shop It: $18; anthropologie.com

60 Hour Candle

60 Hour Candle
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.

Shop It: $30; uncommongoods.com

Spiral Twist Candles

Spiral Twist Candles
Uncommon Goods

These funky standalone candles have been all the rage this year and make the best addition to bookcases and shelves. Snag a few for Secret Santa.

Shop It: $40; uncommongoods.com

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