Gift Guide: Candles

I’ve finally decided on the format of my gift guides, on the 2nd December. Organised. Each weekend this month, I’ll put putting up ‘bonus’ gift guide posts, each with 5 gift ideas in the category, so check the site each day to see what I’m up to. Today is candle day! I adore candles and have more than I care to admit. I personally own all of the ones listed below, so know that they will make great gifts. A rather happy coincidence is that 3 of the 5 are local, so if you’re looking for a way to support local, these are perfect. I think the Africology Frankincense and Myrrh candle has featured in every Christmas post I’ve ever done, and it’s here again because it’s flipping amazing! R490 available in Africology boutiques and online here. The freshest scent in this round up is the Amanda Jayne Greenhouse notes of neroli, lemon, lavender and bergamot. I wish I could have this in perfume form. Not particularly festive, but gorgeous for all year round. R350, but currently on sale for R300 online here. I discovered Cape Island at Kamers this year, and couldn’t be more delighted! They have three scent ranges, but honestly, I couldn’t think of a more perfect combination than the Constantia Heights neroli, fig and ylang-ylang. This set contains 3 x 100ml votives housed in a gorgeous box. R390 for the set and available online here. I think the H&M Velvet Fig is one of 5 fig candles I have dotted around the house. I love the fresh yet cosy scent, and reminds me so much of our time in Morocco. This container is by far the prettiest, though. R229 available in H&M home stores. You can browse the rest of their collection here.   It might seem like a cliché, but it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Yankee Candle. This year I chose Crackling Wood Fire because we miss out on the roaring log fires at Christmas, and this way your house can still smell like you have one. With notes of amber, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar wood, sandal wood, nutmeg and myrrh, you don’t get much more festive. R398 and available online here.