Candles really do make some of the best gifts that you can give someone. Birthdays, housewarmings, anniversaries, holidays… candles are a one size fits all approach that is a great option for everyone.
This is the perfect guide to help you toward the right candle gifts for whoever it is that you’re shopping for.
Check out these top four types of candle gifts, which will hopefully help you bring joy to any special occasion.
Why Candles Make Such Great Gifts
As far as gifts go, candles are one of the most popular and for a good reason! It’s no secret that candles are one of the best gifts out there, but you may not suspect exactly why.
There are some people that believe that candles, and specifically their flames, connect with us on a deeper level. If you really stop to think about it, fire has been an essential part of our lives as long as humans have been around. It’s what brought us out of the caves and into the industrial age. There really is a deep part of our soul that identifies with the flame; it soothes us on an unconscious level.
Candles also add a certain level of ambiance and atmosphere to the home. Just a few candles flickering on the mantel can take any home from one that feels sterile to one that is much more cozy and warm. They can also make any occasion feel romantic or celebratory.
Many people also turn to candles to help them invoke a feeling of calm, especially in their meditation space. You can choose a scent that can put you into a deeper state of relaxation or use the flame of the candle to help you deepen your practice. Just the presence of candles can take you to a whole different headspace.
What makes candles such great gifts are that they can be personalized to every individual you are looking to buy for. Sizes, shapes, scents… There is a candle out there for everyone. You can pick a gift candle based on color, scent, or even the shape of the jar. There aren’t very many other gifts that can claim to be nearly as universal.
#1) Personalized Astrology Candle Gifts
Personalized astrology candles are an excellent gift for any astrology lover for any occasion. However, we particularly love them as a surprise birthday gift.
Each candle was designed with multiple elements of your giftee’s life and personality in mind. It starts with a customized fragrance crafted from natural oils by master perfumers to match their inner spirit.
Those fragrances are mixed with an all-natural soy and coconut wax blend meant to burn for 60 to 80 hours. That way, they can enjoy their customized, astrology-based scent for as long as possible.
The outside of the candle gets even more personalized. All you need to know is their date of birth, and the Birthdate Co. astrologers create an in-depth analysis. We use astrology, numerology, and elements of tarot to create a label that contains hidden information about their unique personality.
Each label has divinations about their ruling number, ruling planet, emblematic tarot card, and a description of their custom fragrance. Plus, when they’re done burning the candle, it can be recycled and used as a jar to hold anything they want.
They’re not only fun and personalized but also make excellent candle gifts for anyone looking for a little bit more insight into why they may behave and feel the way that they do.
If you pair a personalized astrology candle with another astrology-based gift, jewelry, cookbooks, teas, and bath bombs are just a few options. To give them even more insight, a natal book is a fantastic gift.
This centerpiece-worthy book goes into an even deeper analysis of your friend. We grow through self-knowledge, and this book is a wonderful place to start with over 70 pages of priceless revelations and gorgeous illustrations.
#2) Crackling Wick Candle Gifts
If you have someone you’re buying for that loves the more “homey” things in life, consider buying them a crackling wick candle. These candles are made with specific wicks, usually made with at least a small amount of wood. The wood helps them crackle and pop like a fireplace when they’re lit. They come in many different scents, so you can find one that fits with anyone’s personal preferences.
Crackling wick candle gifts also fit great when giving a gift to anyone who practices “hygge.” This is a Danish concept that made its way to the United States a few years ago and continues to gain popularity steadily. When you involve hygge in your personal life, which translates roughly to “wellbeing,” you focus on decorating with and incorporating elements of coziness into your space. Think fireplaces, hot chocolate, and warm blankets. If your giftee doesn’t have a fireplace, crackling wick candles can fulfill some of that need.
In fact, you can add a crackling wick candle to a larger gift set meant to promote comfort and relaxation, like cozy socks, a warm blanket, tea, and their favorite snacks. When included alongside a crackling wick candle, it’s a loving reminder that you care about their comfort and want them to be able to relax.
#3) Aromatherapy Candle Gifts
For the person in your life who loves aromatherapy and values their self-care time, check out candles that combine both in one beautiful package. More and more research is showing how incredibly important it is for people to practice self-care.
When you give a gift that helps them remember to do that, especially on their special day, you’re also saying that you truly care about their wellbeing on a deeper level. It really is a gift that keeps on giving.
There are so many companies out there that focus on, or at least offer, aromatherapy-based candles. It can be helpful to find out what the person you’re buying for is focused on or if there are any specific scents that they don’t like. If you’re unsure or can’t find a way to covertly get that information, there are a few scents that tend to be great overall:
- Lavender - Lavender is probably the most used and recognized aromatherapy scent out there. It’s a gentle enough smell to not be overwhelming for people with sensitive noses and is great for helping to enhance sleep and decrease anxiety.
- Rosemary - If your giftee isn’t one who loves overly floral scents, a rosemary-scented aromatherapy candle may be the way to go. While it tends to be a fairly strong smell, it can also help with memory and mental alertness. This scent would be an especially great gift for any students in your life.
- Peppermint - Although many people think of peppermint as being a strictly holiday scent, it’s also one that is frequently used in aromatherapy for helping to boost energy.
- Sweet orange - There aren’t many scents in the world that are more recognizable than orange. It’s a natural mood enhancer, as it just helps brighten up any environment.
Giving an aromatherapy candle as a gift can be catered to anything that you know your giftee may be struggling with. They can help relax people who are going through periods of stress and encourage people who may be feeling down; special occasions aren’t needed for gift-giving.
#4) Candle Gifts In Specific Shapes
And finally, if the scent isn’t that big of a consideration, consider buying candles that come in specific shapes for your giftee. The great part about the internet, and how many small businesses are on it, is that there literally is a candle out there that caters to anyone’s special interest.
A quick internet search will help you find a candle shape that will absolutely light up their face when they open it. Although they may never burn it, it will easily become a beloved home decoration that will make them smile and think of you when they see it.
Plus, what’s better than buying a gift for someone that shows them how much you know them and respect what they’re into? As far as candle gifts go, specifically shaped candles are definitely a win for any occasion. You can add them to a gift basket filled with more of their favorite things to take it up an extra level.
Give from the Heart
Candle gifts are excellent for anyone, for any occasion. When you cater your gift to exactly what your giftee is into, you can make any occasion, from birthdays to holidays and everything in between, into something extra special.
The Birthdate Candle
A candle crafted for the day you were born
We combined astrology, numerology, and tarot to create 365 beautiful candles — one for every birthdate. Each candle and has a fragrance carefully designed to enliven your spirit.