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The 25 Best Christmas Candles to Burn This Holiday Season

Name a more iconic duo than a Christmas candle and your couch—I'll wait.

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News flash: Christmas is right around the corner. If you're having a little trouble getting in the festive mood in 2020, we're here to help make that happen for you. We even broke it down into a few easy-to-follow steps for your convenience. Step 1: Light one of these festive candles. Step 2: Take a deep breath. Step 3: Sit back, relax, and feel the holly jolly holiday vibes come your way. From super-sweet candy-inspired smells to freshly-baked warm apple pie, this list has every scent you could ever want—and need—to burn right now. (Don't worry—we didn't forget the classic pine tree and firewood scents that have become a near year-round mainstay.) So, take our advice and hop to it, or save a few of these to burn later in the year. We're not judging. There's no wrong way to enjoy a candle, after all.

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Best Vegan Candle
Black Velvet Jasmine Vegan Candle
OTHERLAND sephora.com

If the traditional blend of cloves and fir trees isn't your thing, why not opt for something a little more floral? This vegan candle has notes of jasmine, violet and iris for a unique take on the Christmas candle blend. 

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Best Gold Candle
Classic Candle, Holiday
NEST Fragrances amazon.com

NEST Fragrances has become known for their holiday candles in the past, and this year is no different. Notes of pomegranate, orange, and pine mix with undertones of vanilla and amber for a brand new take on the classic Christmas candle. 

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Best Candle Se
Scented Candle Trio
DIPTYQUE nordstrom.com

Why give one diptyque candle when you can give three? This set is pricey but a worth-it gift for the candle lovers in your life.  

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"Holiday" Nightclub Map Candle
Harlem Candle Co. harlemcandlecompany.com

This best-selling scent was inspired by the nights in the 1930s when Billie Holiday sang in night clubs in Harlem, New York. The scent is modeled off of the one that Lady Day used to wear: a mix of pine needles, eucalyptus, and spicy cedarwood. 

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Best Boxed Candle
Holiday Village Boxed Candle
George & Viv Anthropologie anthropologie.com

This boxed candle might be the most low-effort gift on your list. It already comes wrapped, after all. 

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Best Tin Candle
Balsam & Cedar Demi Tin Candle
Illume nordstrom.com

Balsam and cedar is a classic holiday scent combination. This adorable tin just makes this candle from Illume even more festive, if you can believe it. 

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Best Gifting Candle
It's Freezing Outside Candle
Cancelled Plans nordstrom.com

Honestly, this candle speaks to me on a deep level. If the packaging hasn't already sold you, maybe the blend of patchouli, cloves, and pine will get you in the mood. 

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Best Spicy-Scented Candle
Red Currant & Clove Candle
NaturalAnniEssential etsy.com

There's something about the scent of cloves that scream Christmas. This one mixes cloves with spicy red currant for a festive blend that you'll want to burn year after year. 

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Best Handmade Candle
Gingerbread House Handmade Soy Candle
Serenity Scent Co. etsy.com

Any of Serenity Scent Co.'s scents make perfect gifts, but we love this gingerbread one for the holidays. 

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Best Funny Candle
Anecdote Candles anecdotecandles.com

What exactly does a "silent wingman" smell like, anyway? We're not totally sure. But what we do know for certain is that this candle will look great in your bedroom.  

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Best Unexpected Scent
Black Cypress Holiday Candle
APOTHEKE nordstrom.com

Black cypress or charred fig might not seem like Christmas scents, but they work surprisingly well to get you in the holiday spirit. These make great gifts too thanks to their festive boxes and simplistic jars. 

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Best Party Candle
Pop Candle, Champagne
Jonathan Adler amazon.com
$32.00 (24% off)

I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "champagne" I instantly think of the holidays. This rose-gold candle will get you in a partying mood ASAP. 

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Best 3-Wick Candle
Soy 3-Wick Home Sweet Home Candle
96NORTH amazon.com

If single-wick don't last very long in your home, it's time for an upgrade. Enter: the bigger 3-wick candle. Light one at a time for a longer-lasting effect or light all of them for a stronger scent. 

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Best Tall Candle
Holiday Pillar Candle
Paddywax urbanoutfitters.com

Add this tall candle to your collection for an unexpected touch to the usual slew of short round options.  

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Best Unscented Candle
Pine Tree Shaped Candle
Urban Outfitters urbanoutfitters.com

If you're not looking for another scented candle to add to your list, try adding a decorative candle to your space. This tree-shaped option adds instant holiday flair.  

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The Classic Candle
All is Bright Scented Candle
Yankee Candle amazon.com

Yankee Candle can do no wrong in my book. Their candles last forever, smell great, burn well, and look amazing on your bedside table. What more could you ask for? 

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Best Wine-Scented Candle
Mulled Wine Deluxe Candle
That Charming Shop wolfandbadger.com

You really cannot go wrong with a wine-scented candle. You probably already love mulled wine to drink, so why not let the scent fill your home?  

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Best Fruit-Scented Candle
Warm Apple Pie Large Glass Apothecary Jar Scented Candle
Village Candle amazon.com

Apple pie counts as a fruit, right? I'm just looking for more reasons to add this candle to my collection right now. 

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Best Luxe Candle
CIRE TRUDON Gloria Classic Candle
CIRE TRUDON selfridges.com.us

Sometimes bigger is better. This candle is massive, and has a price tag to reflect its size. If it makes you feel any better, you'll probably have this candle forever.  

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Best Stocking Stuffer Candle
Thymes Travel Tin Candle: Frasier Fir
Thymes amazon.com

Candles make great stocking stuffers when they come in cute little tins. With a $10 price tag, it'll even be great for your next game of Secret Santa. 

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Best Sweet-Scented Candle
Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Classic Candle 6.5 oz.
Voluspa amazon.com

If you go all-in on sugary candles in the winter, you should probably add this candy cane-scented one to your collection. Light it for the scent, keep it for the striped jar.  

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Best Classy Candle
Notte di Stelle Holiday Candle
Acqua di Parma bloomingdales.com

Aqua Di Parma is known for their fresh scents. If you have a mother-in-law on your list that you're trying to impress, gift her one of these. 

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Best Centerpiece Candle
Frosted Ice Glass Candle
Anthropologie anthropologie.com

If you're hosting a dinner party for the first time ever, put this candle in the center of the table. It'll look way better—and last longer—than a bouquet of flowers.  

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Best Personalized Candle
Holly Monogram Glass Candle
Anthropologie anthropologie.com

Monogrammed anything makes a great gift, including this candle from Anthropologie.  Their initials will light up as the wax burns. 

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Best Woodsy-Scented Candle
Capri Blue Fir & Firewood Jar Candle
Capri Blue anthropologie.com

Who doesn't love a woodsy candle around the holidays? This one from Capri Blue will make you feel like you're on a campsite ASAP—without the sleeping outside part. 

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