6 elegant candles suited for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Written by Rachel Johnston


Whether it’s pine needles, gingerbread or that fresh winter air, certain scents have a way of letting us know Christmas has arrived. Below, we’ve shared our fave holiday candles, sure to keep you merry and bright the season through.

Photo: Vancouver Candle Co.

woodsy. Handmade from premium soy wax, the North Shore candle ($38) by Vancouver Candle Co. is blended with spruce, coriander and mandarin. Strike a match and instantly transport yourself to the top of Grouse Mountain!

Photo: NEST Fragrances

classic. Pomegranate, pine and cinnamon feature in Nest’s Holiday candle ($23-$56 at Sephora), with sprinkles of vanilla and amber. Will pair perfectly with your mug of mulled wine as you cosy up by the fire.

Photo: Voluspa

sweet. Blended with clean-burning coconut wax and with notes of tart plum, cherry, toasted hazelnut and powdered sugar, Voluspa’s Visions of Sugar Plum candle ($38 at Nordstrom) will fill your home with a delicious cookie-like aroma. Tip: once the wax is gone, use the elegant iridescent glass jar for jewelry storage.

Photo: Illume candles

fresh. Wake up to scents of balsam, cedar, eucalyptus and cinnamon with Illume’s uplifting Balsam and Cedar candle ($40 at Indigo). The lovely mercury glass holder can also be re-purposed as a home for your new succulent.

Photo: Linnea’s Lights

perky. Complete with gold-pressed packaging, Linnea’s Light’s limited-edition Pepperberry candle ($54 at The Cross) will add some pizazz to the room with a unique blend of bayberry, ceylon cinnamon and sparkling pepper.

Photo: Milk Jar Candle Company

sophisticated. Hand poured in Calgary, the Suede candle ($28) by Milk Jar warms with notes of spiced bourbon and leather. Cast a soft glow as you sip your classiest Christmas cocktail.