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17 Best Candles That Double as Perfect Last Minute Gifts


The very best candles wield the power to make you feel like everything is fine — just like our favorite meme or rewatching BTS’s In the Soop for the millionth time. With every whiff of a palm breeze or a peony bloom, candles cover up mystery smells and mask that failed cooking experiment that may or may not have ruined the bottom of your pot. 

Regardless, lighting a candle is one of our favorite ways to practice self-care during the holidays– while we sit on the couch and dive into a book, scroll through TikTok or soak the stress away in a much-needed bath. And if we enjoy the company of a good candle, it will also make for the perfect last-minute gift. Even Bella Hadid has her place decked out with quirky ones! 

No matter how your friends and loved ones decide to spend their time, a candle — whether it’s oddly shaped or soothingly scented — is a simple yet thoughtful gift. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best candles to help make their (and your) space feel that much more cozy and comfortable.

Best Fun-Shaped Candles 

Totem Candle 

Bella Hadid-approved, these fun totem-shaped candles will look great on any perfectly curated bookshelf. They come in various colors so the possibilities are nearly endless!

Color Drip Candlestick Set 

At first, these candles seem quite normal but once you light them up it’s when the fun begins. They drip and melt in fun colors, making this the perfect gift for that friend who doesn’t mind getting a little messy!

Color Drip Candlestick Set

Mother of Pearl Cube Candle

As much as you’d like to bite into these candles, we advise otherwise. But don’t they look delicious?

Mother of Pearl Cube Candle

Ri-Ri-Ku Yin Yang Candle

This ying-yang candle is the perfect gift for the Gemini in your life.

Mini Cannoli Candle

Who doesn’t need a mini cannoli candle in their lives?

Yui Broklyn Fun Shaped Candle

If you place your order of these cute-shaped candles by December 7th, your delivery is guaranteed to arrive by December 24. 

Yui Broklyn Fun Shaped Candle

Best Under $40

Boy Smells Cashmere Kush

Out of all Boy Smells candles, this is by far our favorite. It’s the best gift for that person who loves to fill their home with soothing and calming scents.

Boy Smells x Ganni Park Life Scented Candle

Otherland Canopy Scented Candle

Otherland candles are always in the prettiest jars so even when I’m not burning one, I love having them on my bookshelf. This one is part of its core collection so you know it’s good. It’s also one of my favorites thanks to those summer scents that have me dreaming of endless days in the park snacking on figs.

Opalhouse Coastal Linen Candle

Despite the name, this candle has more citrus and lavender notes than linen. It smells like Southern California personified and for $10 and 50 hours of burn time, I can light it day after day and not feel bad.

Opalhouse Lidded Glass Jar 2-Wick Candle Coastal Linen

Capri Blue Volcano Candle

This is that iconic Anthropologie soy candle scent that you are definitely familiar with even if you have only ever walked by the store. The fresh citrusy scents will practically give you that dose of vitamin C that you have been missing.

Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle

Birthdate Candle

Take your candle gifting to the next level with this birthday candle from Birhtdate.

Predominately Black A Madness Candle

After the madness of these last few years, everybody deserves a candle like this one from Predominately Black that smells like a warm hug.

Athena Club Smells Like Heaven Candle 

Athena Club’s luxe candles come in four distinct fragrances and come with matches. Making them an excellent gift to give or get for yourself! 

Moods by Yemmie Holiday Duo

Mood’s by Yemmie’s Holiday Dupo candle set includes two candles (Misteltow Mood and  Sweater Weather) which with their smell will put anybody in the holiday mood.

Best Candles Worth the $$$

Le Labo Santal 26 Candle

Is this a status candle? Is it basic for me to like it? Well, I do not care! I love this scent and it is always a treat when I run into someone wearing the perfume version, so why not bring those delicious smells into my home? It is cheaper than the perfume anyway, and because my apartment is so small, burning it will basically have the same effect, right? Right.

Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle

Diptyque 

Diptyque is a brand favored by BTS’s V and Halsey, so you know it’s worth the splurge! This limited-edition candle might be on the higher end for a candle but we all deserve a treat.

Diptyque Baies Berries Candle

Byredo Bibliotheque Candle

Cold and rainy nights are for curling up with your favorite book. This Byredo candle will make any room feel like a library. Notes of leather in this woody and aromatic scent embody the smell and feeling of shelves stacked with books. With hints of plum and vanilla, it’s just as fitting for the holidays. Paired with a good read and a cup of tea, this will make the right setting to relax and unwind this season.

Byredo Bibliotheque Candle

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