The Best Holiday Candles
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It's cold out there—do yourself a favor and invest in one of these comforting candles that will deliver the ultimate cozy evening at home. Whether you're looking for classic Christmas candles (think pine trees and candy canes) or something a little more subtle to evoke the scents of winter, there's something for everyone on this list.
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Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Candle
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Perfect for: Anyone with a sweet tooth
This paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free candle will fill your home with notes of peppermint, sugar cookie, and vanilla bean—plus, the gorgeous, swirl-patterned jar is basically holiday decor in its own right. You'll be instantly transported to Santa's workshop.
Nest Holiday Scented Candle Ornament
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Perfect for: Decorating your tree
With its stylish packaging and blend of holiday-inspired scents—think pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and amber—this candle does double duty as an ornament and, once opened, fragrance for your home. But don't let the small size fool you: Nest candles are famous for their cosmetic-grade wax, which delivers a longer burn time.
Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' By The Fireplace Scented Candle
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Perfect for: Cozy nights at home
Pink pepper, orange flower petals, clove oil, and chestnut evoke that feeling of a warm, crackling fireplace. Just add a chunky blanket and a good book for the perfect night in.
Ralph Lauren Holiday Single Wick Candle
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Perfect for: All-winter use
If you're drawn to warm, woodsy scents, this Ralph Lauren candle (with notes of red currant, evergreen, and juniper) is a great choice; it's holiday-appropriate, but also versatile enough to light in January.
Thymes Frasier Fir Pine Needle Decorative Glass Jar Candle
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Perfect for: Anyone who's obsessed with the smell of Christmas trees
If "how good it smells" factors heavily into your choice of tree, you probably know that Frasier Firs are the best of the best. This paraffin wax candle will trick your nose into believing it's the real thing, and it offers a seriously impressive 50-hour burn time, too.
R. Nichols Scented Votive Candle Trio
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Perfect for: Gifting
Why gift just one candle? This trio includes three holiday scents: Sparkle (Christmas tree–inspired), Glisten (cinnamon, clove, and blood orange), and Glow (warm fire scents), so there's something for everyone. We also love that the fired-on decals give off a cozy glow when the candle is lit.
Yankee Candle Holiday Small Jar Candle Trio Gift Set
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Perfect for: Stocking stuffers
Fill their stockings with these affordable Yankee Candle minis (they end up being just $4 each—a total steal!) in the scents Sparkling Cinnamon, Christmas Cookie, and Balsam & Cedar. Even better? The set qualifies for free two-day shipping, perfect for last-minute shoppers.
Anthropologie Cranberry Oud Frosted Glass Candle
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Perfect for: Foodies
Love baking? This candle has delectable notes of cranberry, orange, cinnamon, clove, vanilla bean, amber, and musk—your house will smell like a just-out-of-the-oven Christmas cake.
Diptyque Amande Exquise Votive Candle
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Perfect for: A fancy dinner party
Diptyque candles are famous for smelling ah-mazing. You'll want to nab this limited-edition fragrance, which has notes of almond and tonka, before it's sold out. The unexpected scent will add a dose of luxury to your holiday party (and the detailed vessel is a great talking point, too).
Anthropologie Pumpkin Boulangerie Jar
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Perfect for: People who miss fall
If you prefer pumpkin spice lattes to eggnog, go ahead and embrace your true favorite season with this pumpkin-scented candle. Pumpkin not your thing? The brand also has other yummy, dessert-inspired scents, like oatmeal cookie and espresso.
ORIBE Cote d'Azur Scented Candle
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Perfect for: Beauty junkies
If you've ever spritzed on some of Oribe's bestselling dry shampoo, you know that their products smell incredible. We were thrilled when the brand recently launched a line of fragrances. This candle has notes of black currant, Sicilian orange, sandalwood, and amber. It's festive, but it doesn't scream "holiday"—great for those who prefer a more subtle scent.