the ultimate gift guide for candle lovers

Use this gift guide to make your loved ones feel super fancy with this awesome list of the best luxurious candles.

I really want to dispel the notion that candles are a cop-out gift that you give to your great-aunt because you have to get her a present. Candles are a wonderful gift for the right person –  that person being a candle lover. How do you know if someone’s a candle lover? They probably have six or seven candles (or more) placed elegantly around the house, all with burnt wicks.

I’m one of these people. There are three candles on my desk right now, one by my bed, one in the bathroom, and another two in my living room. I think they’re romantic and moody, and complete rooms with a glowy, warmth.  I light different candles depending on how I want to feel – energized or relaxed.  I love them, and I put a lot of thought into the candles I buy, so do most candle lovers.

Why do candles make good gifts? Really nice candles can cost a good chunk of money. It’s hard to justify spending $45 on something that you plan to burn. But the fancy, sophisticated feel they add to your day is priceless.

Buying candles for other people can be tricky. Cheaper candles often hit heavy with a chemically smell. The best candles are light, airy, and clean burning.

To help you in your search, I’ve rounded up the best scented candles on the web.  These super-fancy candles will make anyone feel special. Don’t worry, you won’t find any Yankee Candles in this list.

Fifth-and-Madison-Cosmopolitan-SohoFifth & Madison Cosmopolitan Candle – I’ll start with my favorite first. Fifth & Madison are amazing candle makers. Their product smell fantastic and burn light and clean. People always ask, “where is that candle from?” when I’m burning a Fifth & Madison candle. The Cosmopolitan is a good candle for a sophisticated New York girl who likes sweet and fruity scents that aren’t overbearing. I also suggest the chai pumpkin latte and joie de noel as seasonal gifts.


Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle – JA’s candles have been my long-time love. Their elegant jars and scents make me feel just a bit rich. I’ve loved Jonathan Adler’s Champagne candle for a long time. They’ve expanded their boozy scent collection to include vodka and abesinthe, which I’m absolutely obsessed with. Burning these candles makes me feel so classy.

Henri Bendel CashmereHenri Bendel Cashmere Candle – Did you know Bendels has its own candle line? How refined does this cashmere candle seem? Looks like they removed it from their website today, of course (possibly sold out?), but I suggest browsing their other candles. I’d definitely take a risk on the white pepper.


Voluspa Prosecco Bellini – I own two Voluspa candles (they sell them at anthropologie) and love them both. The milky, classic jars are elegant, and the clean-burning fruity scent of Prosecco feels like such an indulgence.


Terrain Hot Cider Candle – I cannot get over how perfect this candle is! That mug! Once you’ve burned the entire candle you can use the mug. And apple cider is the perfect holiday scent. This one is definitely on my wish list.


K. Hall Studio Moss Printed Candle – My friend made fun of me when I said I owned a moss-scented candle, but the scent is somehow perfect and comforting for any time of year. I can’t wait to burn through it (120 hours) so I can use the screen printed jar as a vase.


Luminous Candles Old Books Scented Candle – One of my favorite things to do is light a candle, curl up on the couch and read a book. How great would it be if my living room suddenly smelled like a library? This one is definitely a candle for the bookworm.


Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam Candle – I was really hesitant to put a Bath & Body works candle on here, but I own this one and I really do love it. It leaves the house smelling like Christmas trees. This  candle does hit heavy and fills the room, but the eucalyptus and balsam make it very pleasant.


Terrain Moscow Mule Candle – Another perfect candle from Terrain. Of course, I mostly want this for the mug (they retail around $30!), but filling my home lime and ginger reminiscent of a delicious cocktail doesn’t hurt.

laudree brioche candle

Laudrée Brioche Candle – Take a quick escape to the French countryside with this candle. Who doesn’t want a house filled with the soft, sweet scent of baked brioche?

Molton-Brown-Vintage-2015-Single-Wick-Candle_with_box_CAN181_XLMolton Brown Vintage 2015 Elderflower Candle – This festive and luxurious candle is filled with grapefruit, elerflower, and vetiver, and feels very special.

The 10 Best DIY Gift Ideas Just in Time for the Holidays

Have you ever attempted a handmade Christmas? A few years ago I committed to creating all of my Christmas and holiday gifts. I loved the thought and intention that went into every gift.

I know handmade gifts can be an intimidating, if not unwelcome, thing. But I’ve rounded up the best DIY gift ideas on the web. Trust me, your friends and family will love these!

The Ultimate Handmade DIY Gift Guide. Make Christmas and the holidays extra special for your loved ones with these DIY Gift Ideas.

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  1. The Cutest Mini Face Planters from Sugar and Cloth
  2. Elegant Copper Candles from The Merrythought
  3. Leather and Brass Hanging Planter from Vintage Revivals
  4. Floral Bath Bombs from Emma Mag
  5. Minimalist Mountain Clock from Say Yes
  6. Iron-On Transfer Dolly Parton Bag from A Beautiful Mess (It’s perfect!)
  7. Deer String Art Decor from me
  8. Cheerful Hand Painted Mugs from A Pair and a Spare
  9. No-Sew Adventure Resolution Banner from Breathe Happiness
  10. Herbal Pre-Shave Beard Oil from The Merrythought

So, which is your favorite? I kinda want all of them!

If you need more ideas, be sure to check out my DIY and Crafts Pinterest board.

Great Gift Idea: Adult Coloring Books

Earlier this year (way ahead of the trend), my best friend sent me one of my favorite gifts ever – an adult coloring book.


Since then, I’ve seen them everywhere. They’re the entryway display at the craft store, they’re at farm potlucks, they’re at girl’s night. And they’re the perfect gift.


Why? They give the person you care about an opportunity to indulge in personal time. When I first started coloring, it felt like a waste of time, like I could be doing something more productive. But adult coloring books made me conquer my Type-A personality and forced me to relax and just enjoy the passing of time. They helped me enjoy beauty and creativity without demanding a purpose or an end product. They’re definitely something I would never buy myself.


Adult coloring books are pretty challenging, but they also encourage you to stretch your imagination and approach colors in a new way.


Currently, I have two adult coloring books. The first one, The Secret Garden, is probably the most popular one out there and with good reason. Johanna Basford uses whimsical and complex illustrations to bring a joyous garden to life.

Sometimes the illustrations are a little too complex. I’ve never actually finished a complete page. But they’re still very fun.

I’ve also colored in her other book Enchanted Forest  and absolutely love it. It had unicorns in it!


I also have the Creative Cats Coloring Book, of course. Creative Haven, the company who makes this book, also makes a few more. They’re certainly not as intricate or imaginative, but I like them all the same. It takes less time to complete one of these drawing and I wouldn’t say they’re strictly for adults. Mosaic Masterpieces is really fun and challenges you to get creative with color!


These are the markers I bought to accompany my new hobby. They’re a nice quality and color for the price. The tips are shaped so you can color thin or thick lines and you get 100 colors!

If you’re struggling to find something for your creative loved ones, I’d definitely suggest these. Or, if you’re stressed out from the holidays, sit your butt down in front of a coloring book with a candle and some hot cocoa. It will absolutely calm you down.


So do you have an adult coloring book yet? What do you think of them?