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Is it just me, or do candles make everything better? I’m obsessed. No matter how busy life feels, lighting a candle is one of the simplest ways to create a calming and meditative atmosphere right at home. It doesn’t matter what time of day — morning, noon, or night— I almost always have a candle lit. Deadlines are met and my to-do list is tackled as any lingering stress flickers away.
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Naturally, when it comes to events and celebrations, candles make a great gift. Not only do they evoke all the senses and come in beautiful packaging, but each candle’s aroma is unique and exciting. With so many options out there, you can get creative when choosing a scent or vessel that speaks to a friend or family member’s personal style, hobbies, and interests. Beyond just scents, there are now candles that come in beautiful vessels, boast witty sayings, or even have hidden trinkets nestled into the wax.
Whether you’re on the hunt for a candle to wrap up for a holiday gift, bridal shower, engagement party, or another occasion, the following picks smell just as nice as they look — simply pair ’em with a chic box of matches and you’ve got a winning present. Read on for a treasure trove of chic and unique candles our editors are fired up about right now (pun most definitely intended).