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Cool and Unique Gifts for People Who Really Love Candles

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Candles are one of those items that make the do-not-gift lists every year  — yes, they made Cheapism's list in that regard, too. But if you have a friend who really loves candles, and you're willing to pound the e-commerce pavement a bit, it's pretty easy to find candles or candle accessories that actually make fantastic gifts. And — lucky you — we've scoured the web for you with this list of killer candle products that are unique, funny, and beautiful enough to earn you a reputation as a skilled gift-giver. 


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Templo Sculptural Candle
Uncommon Goods

Templo Sculptural Candle

$38 from Uncommon Goods

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We love both the colors and undulating forms on these hand-poured candles that are made in Spain. Each candle is made of paraffin wax and contains a lead-free cotton wick. 


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Voluspa Mini-Candle Advent Calendar
Sephora USA, Inc.

Voluspa Mini-Candle Advent Calendar

$75 from Sephora

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Why give one candle when you can give an entire Advent calendar set of 12? Cruelty-free and made without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, this set includes fragrances such as santal vanille, panjore lychee, goji tarocco orange, and more. 


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CandleHand Gesture Candle
54 Celsius Ltd.

CandleHand Gesture Candle

$40 from 54 Celsius

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It might seem like a candle to give to someone you don't like, but don't we all have a friend or family member who would just love this defiant creation? At 8.7 inches high, this unscented candle will burn for about 17 hours (if you can bring yourself to light it) and comes in five colors. 


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Hand Gesture Candle
The Grommet
Succulent Garden Candle
Uncommon Goods

Succulent Garden Candle

$50 from Uncommon Goods

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This lifelike succulent garden candle is handmade in Texas by candlemaker Megan Reep. Made of soy wax with a cotton wick, it's got a beachy scent and will burn for about 40 hours. After it's done burning you'll have a hand-carved wood tray to display. 


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USB Rechargeable Lighter
Uncommon Goods

USB Rechargeable Lighter

$30 from Uncommon Goods

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Even candle devotees often find themselves searching for matches or a lighter. Give them the gift of endless flame with this USB-rechargeable fire source. It only takes about an hour to fully charge and comes with a micro-USB cord. 


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Saint Therapia Prayer Candle
Always Fits
Candle Tray with Accessories
Etsy

Candle Tray with Accessories

$20 from Etsy

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Candles are great, but so is an accessory that's truly useful. This set comes with a tray, a candle snuffer, a wick trimmer, and a wick dipper. It comes in four color options: rose gold, gold, silver, and black.


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Manifestation Candle
Etsy

Manifestation Candle

$11 from Etsy

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Let your candle lover manifest his or her own destiny with these candles that are made with crystals, herbs, and organic soy wax. Packaged into cute and colorful containers, manifestation options offer everything from clarity and protection to divine timing and bringing sexy back.


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Sun and Moon Candle
Etsy

Sun and Moon Candle

$7 and up from Etsy

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These tiny 3.25-inch candles are so cute you probably won't want to burn them (but you still can). They're made of soy wax, come in nine colors, and you can choose from more than 15 scents (including unscented). 

Scandinavian Wooden Candlesticks
Etsy
Villager Candle
The Apollo Box

Villager Candle

$55 from The Apollo Box

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These Polynesian-themed candles will certainly be a conversation starter in the house of whoever receives them as a gift. Each comes with a polished cement base and they come in four options: Larry, Curly, Moe, and Shemp. 


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Nordic Scented Candle
The Apollo Box

Nordic Scented Candle

$34 from The Apollo Box

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Give your candle lover a bit of Nordic hygge with these soy and coconut wax candles, which come in both flat-topped and church-roof pillar options. Each comes with a botanical design that will fit right in during the holiday season. 


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Winter Forest Candle Holder
Etsy

Winter Forest Candle Holder

$43 from Etsy

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Place any candle in this cylindrical glass vessel and its light will project a winter woodland scene onto the surrounding walls. The container is 3 inches wide and 9 inches tall. 

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Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Mid-Century Wood Lanterns

$30 and up from West Elm

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These stylish candle holders, inspired by Brazilian mid-century design, come in four sizes that can accommodate both votive and pillar candles. Made of sustainably sourced mango wood in a café finish, you can buy these individually or in a set of four. 


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Standing Goddess Candle
Genara

Standing Goddess Candle

$12 from Genara

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If you're looking for tapered candles with an unusual design, these goddess candles stand tall amongst the options. Each is made of beeswax, has a cotton wick, measures about 6 inches tall, and has a burn time of nearly 10 hours. 


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Animal Skeleton Candle
The Grommet

Animal Skeleton Candle

$39 from The Grommet

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We love a candle that also has a bit of humor in its design, and these burn away to reveal metal skeletons underneath the wax. Options for animals include a gray dog, an owl, a reindeer, unicorn, and cat. 

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Stinky Candle Co..

"Stinky" Candles

$13 from The Stinky Candle Co.

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You won't find scents like this at the Yankee Candle Co. Scentwise, the candles from this retailer cover everything from gasoline, French fries, and wet grass to ramen noodles, grandpa's aftershave, and grandma's clean floors. 


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Boombox Candle
cent.ldn

Boombox Candle

Around $230 from cent.ldn

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Give the gift of a candle that truly no one else is likely to have with this detailed circa-1980s boombox that is made-to-order and shipped from the UK. 


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Purple Vertigo Candle Club
Cratejoy

Purple Vertigo Candle Club

$8 and up/month from Cratejoy

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If you know someone who likes sampling different scents, this subscription gift offers two options: a small, 4-ounce candle or two large, 16-ounce, soy vegan wax candles, each shipped monthly. Infused with essential oils, past scents from this retailer include predictable ones like blue spruce and sandalwood, and not-so-predictable ones like monkey farts and very sexy man. 

The Burlap Bag Candle Club
Cratejoy
Homesick Candles
Homesick Candles

Homesick Candles

$34 from Homesick 

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Perennial candle favorite Homesick offers minimalist candles themed around states, cities, seasons, spices, and more. Hand-poured in the U.S., each candle is made of a natural soy wax blend and comes with 100% organic cotton wicks. 

Paddywax Library Candles
Paddywax

Paddywax Library Candles

$12 and up from Paddywax

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For the candle lover in your life who's also an avid reader there is this line of literary-themed candles from Nashville-based Paddywax. Choose from Austen, Bronte, Steinbeck, Twain, and many others. Each candle comes in two sizes. 


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Malicious Woman Candles
Amazon

Malicious Woman Candles

$25 from Amazon

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Give the strong woman in your life a candle with a message of empowerment (or uncomfortable truth). We love their Holiday Family Gatherings candle, which is "infused with competitiveness & awkward political conversations." But there are plenty of others to choose from that'll give your loved one a good giggle. 

Shady Candle from Sweet July
Sweet July

Rose + Co Candlemakers Shady Candle

$28 from Sweet July

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Finally, there's this vanilla macadamia coffee-scented candle for "when you just want to hang with your friends, sip coffee, and spill the tea." Because really, who couldn't use more of that in their life?



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