As per my rant in the first of my ‘Christmas gift’ themed posts, I am of the school of thought that presents, whether Birthday or Christmas, should be highly indulgent and absolutely something that the recipient wouldn’t buy for themselves, but is either a pimped version of an everyday item or something with no practical use whatsoever but is solely designed for JOY – think bath oil, amazingly bound books, art, handmade chocolates, cashmere in any guise… There is a member of my family who shall remain anonymous, who bought his wife a new grill for her car one Christmas… suffice to say he has been making it up with expensive jewellery every since.
So, something that fits that remit rather nicely is the luxury candle. Decadent and cosy – they are as gorgeous on the Christmas table as they are on those long January nights flickering on the mantle.
Here’s my favourite trio this year:
Neom Organics Comforting Candle – £42
Cedarwood, Vetiver and Star Anise – if you hate all those cloying ‘Christmas Spice’ scents around at this time of year – this is the candle for you. I love the bronzed glass finish.
In Mary’s Babelle print, this citrusy number is one to put pride of place on the mantle. When the candle is finished it would make a great container for make-up brushes.
A luxury candle gift guide wouldn’t be complete without something from Diptyque. In winter I love feu de bois, pomander and cannelle. This Insolite scent is another citrusy one – with orange and lime, then spicy clove, cardamon and ginger and lingering cypress and white thyme.