The Best Holiday Candles to Give As Gifts This Christmas

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A long-lasting scented candle is the one thing that can get us seriously in the mood for the holiday season. Winter is basically an excuse to collect candles to light every day and night for that cozy, warm vibe -- even through some of the coldest months! Plus, a candle makes for a great gift for any occasion -- especially stocking stuffers -- when you're not sure what to buy.

ET Style has curated a list of the best holiday candles that'll add a cozy ambiance to any home -- and double as the perfect gift. Shop various candle fragrances ranging in deliciously sweet (we're talking to you, sugar cookie fiends) to smoky and woody from beloved brands such as Nest, Byredo, Glasshouse Fragrances, Jo Malone, Diptyque, Yankee Candle, Boy Smells and more.

For more holiday shopping inspiration, check out our top picks of the best stocking stufferspajama sets, chunky blankets for the holiday season and beauty essentials (perfect for gifting) available at Amazon. 

Browse through the best holiday candles to give as gifts below. 

Looking for even more gift inspiration? Don't miss the best gift ideas in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. Ensure your gifts arrive on time by reviewing the important shipping deadlines

ET Style's Picks for the Best Holiday Candles:

This candle -- which comes in a decadent, velvet red box -- encompasses the magical scents of plum, oak moss, blackcurrant and many more, to fill any room with a festive aroma.

If the nostalgia of gathering around a crackling wood fire is your idea of a winter dream, you'll want to grab this holiday-edition candle ASAP. With notes of smoky incense, cedar, and sandalwood, and made from 100% soy wax that's eco-friendly and clean burning, this is a scent you'll want to burn all winter long.

Warm up your home with this holiday-centric candle from NEST -- a Real Housewives-approved fragrance.

Bring the spicy scents of the holidays straight into your home with this Yankee Candle Sparkling Cinnamon candle.
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Made with soy wax, it radiates the fragrance of a cabin in the woods making it the perfect candle to transition from day to night. 

Need to calm down? Try Follain's Candle No. 1, a soothing blend of lavender, bergamot, sandalwood and vanilla.

This candle from Sweet Water features notes of cloves, pine and sandalwood.

Public Goods has some of the more affordable candles. The Cedar and Suede soy candle option has the fall scent you've been looking for: sandalwood, jasmine, Turkish rose, amber, and notes of leather.

Nothing smells like Christmas and the holiday season than a fresh batch of cookies coming out of the oven -- this candle by Sweet Water Decor is exactly that yummy scent.

This candle from Jackie Aina's FORVR Mood brand doubles as home decor and a scented candle. It has a warm, sweet fragrance of almond cream, honey and vanilla bean. 

Cedar and balsam is the most quintessentially Christmas candle -- and this stylish version from La Jolie Muse is especially cozy.

The Ranger Station jar candles are an editor favorite. The Santalum scent smells almost identical to the intoxicating Le Labo Santal 33 and as a bonus, the jars can be used as whiskey glasses when they're empty.

Diptyque's Feu de Bois candle is an icon. It smells woody and smoky, like a cozy, crackling fireplace. Curl up on the sofa, light Feu de Bois and pour yourself a glass of red. 

This luxury candle from Diptyque gives off the mountain air scent of a juniper berry.

A limited-edition Boy Smells candle created in collaboration with Kacey Musgraves, Slow Burn has a cozy, toasty feel with a hint of spice, courtesy of the incense, black pepper, raspberry and cedarwood. 


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