Gifting a scented candle offers a sophisticated experience for everyone on your list. With a number of hand-poured companies based in Canada, giving a candle is also an opportunity to support a local business. Many are eco-friendly, female-owned and releasing fresh scents or gift sets to ring in the season. In celebration of the country’s most luxurious candle companies, here is a roundup of our top 10 candles to gift a loved one this holiday season. —Julia Dumbrell
If you’re looking for a scent that will transform your home into a holiday wonderland, look no further than the Winter Mint + Vanilla Bean candle from Homecoming ($30). This soothing scent is elevated by notes of rich vanilla and the subtlest hints of fresh fir tree.
Mala the Brand’s latest Mistletoe Candle ($22) with holly, pine and spiced berries is the brand’s unique take on a festive favourite. Complete with a luxurious wood wick, this Vancouver-based company plants a tree with every candle purchase.
All is Merry and Bright with the Judes & Co. seasonal candles ($29). With notes of eucalyptus, pine, chestnut and cedarwood, this holiday candle smells like an evening spent with loved ones around the tree.
Hand-poured in Calgary, the Milk Jar Candle Co. holiday set is the ultimate Christmas counterpart ($33). With three distinct scents—Pattie, Holly and Doug—each bring their own unique personas which conjure simply the best memories of the holiday season.
The Joyful Home 12 Days of Candles Advent Calendar ($80) is a beautiful collection for the candle lover in your life. The set includes samples of this Ontario-based company’s wintry fragrances such as Hot Buttered Rum, Cranberry Loaf and Spiced Pear.
With two wicks, you can burn the Holiday Pillar Jar ($54) from Natura Soy all season long. The Christmas Morning scent invokes the best day of the year, with cosy notes of sweet cloves and warm nutmeg.
Just in time for the holiday season, Etiket’s new candle collection is sure to bring a festive and welcoming mood to your home. With notes of burning wood and vanilla bean, the Etiket au Chalet Candle ($68) smells like the pleasures of a rustic hideaway.
The Mini Candle Set from Lohn ($144) is beautifully boxed and ready for gifting, with 6 hand-poured coconut & soy wax candles. The set includes rich and inspiring scent profiles such as Jasmine & Pink Pepper, Bergamot & Blacket Tea, and Cardamom & Coconut.
The Comfort & Joy Candle from Nova Scotia-based Noël & Co. is guaranteed to bring warm and cosy holiday feelings ($28). The scent of nutmeg mingles with a sweet and nutty combination of creamy shea butter, vanilla and sandalwood for a luxurious experience.
And in the spirit of the season, IKEA is inviting Canadians to help brighten the holidays for others through its Pay-What-You-Candle initiative. On December 13, consumers at IKEA stores across Canada will be able to pay any amount up to $20 for a white FENOMEN block candle, with all proceeds going to Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organisation.