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The Candle Lab Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Posted on December 01 2020


Your mother-in-law. Your best friend. Your kid’s teacher. Your favorite fitness instructor. The co-worker who you don’t know well but who’s name you drew for the Secret Santa exchange.  No matter who is on your holiday shopping list, the gift of custom fragrance is sure to please! After all, who doesn't want their world to smell a little better?

We’ve outlined our favorite gift ideas below for every person and scenario - take a look, then stop into your local store to cross off all the names on your list.  And if you don’t live near a store or would prefer to stay home, you can still play Santa Claus and deliver the magic of fragrance through the chimneys of all of your loved ones by ordering on our website.  Happy Holidays!

For when you want to give something that's quick and easy but still unique 

Let’s be honest - there are times when gift-giving feels stressful and you just want to give a generic gift card and call it a day. But before you give in and risk being accused of phoning it in, consider the gift of custom fragrance. It’s like a gift card, but with a little extra spark! 

To give the gift of custom fragrance, simply choose an empty candle jar off our shelf. We’ll wrap it up nicely with a special card that explains the gift, so all you have to do is hand the bag to your lucky recipient. We recommend placing your jar in a special gift box or organza bag. And if you really want to impress, include a gift card to a neighboring restaurant to enjoy lunch or dinner while the candles cool! PS - these never expire, so there is no rush to use the gift. 

If the thought of choosing a jar is too much, don’t worry - we have regular gift cards, too! Giving someone a gift card* to The Candle Lab gives them the opportunity to Experiment with Scent in whichever way they choose.  They can pour a candle, mix their own custom-scented brown sugar body scrub, or even craft a fragrance oil or reed diffuser. If you’re unsure what amount to gift, we recommend viewing our website here for options and pricing.  In general, $20-25 is enough for one person to pour a candle in a jar of their choosing.  

*Please not that gift cards purchased online are delivered electronically via email.  If you wish to purchase a traditional plastic gift card, please visit your nearest store

For when you are having a staycation holiday and want to plan something fun for your household 

Your holiday plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favorite traditions - or create new ones! If you want to plan something fun for your family to get out of the house safely, pouring candles is the perfect activity. Start by surprising everyone with the gift of custom fragrance (see above). After everyone opens their gift, you can explain that you made a reservation to pour candles together the next day / later that week / etc!

When it’s time to pour candles, remind everyone to bring their gift, then pile in the car and head to The Candle Lab store of your choice. Everyone will love bonding over making a list of their favorite scents, and each person will work with our Scent Stylists to create their own custom fragrance and pour their own candle. While the candles cool, we recommend enjoying a hot cocoa and taking a tour of the neighborhood holiday lights (on foot or by car!). Maybe you’ll start a new tradition!  


For when you aren't seeing your sister this year want to show her how much you miss her 

Want to give someone special in your life a gift that says you were really thinking of them? Why not create a custom-scented product that you know they’ll love? Pouring them a custom-scented candle is always a winner, but you don’t have to limit yourself to candles. Try making a close friend or your sister a custom-scented body lotion or sugar scrub. You could even schedule a remote "spa-day"; light your candles, put on face masks, and chat like you would if you were in person! 

If you create you custom-scented gift in store and want to ship it, just ask - our stores are always happy to ship for a low flat rate (and bonus, you don't have to worry about the packaging). Or, if you'd prefer, you can even order a custom-scented product directly on our website! Follow the instructions to request your custom blend, and we'll hand pour and ship it directly to your lucky recipient! 


For when your next door neighbor unexpectedly gives you a holiday fruit basket 

We’ve all been there before - someone thoughtfully gives you a gift that you weren’t expecting, and you feel foolish because you don’t have something to give in return. That is, unless you thought ahead and purchased some candles to keep on hand! 

The holidays are full of last-minute gift opportunities: your son’s teacher, your favorite barista, the mailman who is always so kind. We recommend purchasing some of our signature 11oz soy candles, available in 100+ fragrances right off the shelf - including limited edition holiday scents. 

Everything in our stores and online is buy three, get the fourth free and ships free over $50, so stock up and get a candle or two for everyone on your list! 

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