Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12 Days of Beautiful Gifts: Day 9 - The Gift of Candlelight

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; 
but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends - it gives a lovely light! 
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

You guessed it...today's post is candle gifts. And although candles can be one of those "expected" presents, when chosen carefully they can light up a huge smile on your gift recipient's face. Here are a few on my wish list to consider giving this year.

Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache Candle: It's no surprise that this candle made my list since I'm already obsessed with Laura's pistache honey bath. Ah...this scent, inspired by the creamy and nutty aromas of pistachio desserts, relaxes me like nothing else. I'm sure your lucky gift recipient would be equally smitten by the 4.6 oz candle. Plus, every candle is ozone friendly and contains a 100% cotton wick for a clean, even burn. It retails for $32.00 and can still be ordered to arrive by Christmas from Neiman Marcus.com. Burn time is approximately 50 hours.

Bond No. 9 New York - The Scent of Peace Candle: Here's another candle infused with one of my favorite fragrances, The Scent of Peace. If you want to make a statement, this is the candle to do it with. It's purple glass container glistens, just like the perfume bottle. And when burned, the candle emits notes of sparkling, energizing grapefruit and blackcurrant which are balanced by the sheer loveliness of lily of the valley, and mellow base notes of cedar wood and musk. This luxury candle retails for $98.00. If you purchase at Saks (and get the free upgrade on shipping), it will arrive by Christmas. Burn time is approximately 60 hours.

Slatkin & Co. Winter 25 oz. Filled Candle: I purchased a smaller version of this same scent last year right after Christmas. I pulled it out last month and have been thoroughly enjoying its yummy blend of shimmering pine, crisp bay leaf, red cinnamon, and warm winter woods. Believe me, this three-wick candle will definitely get you in the Christmas mood without damaging your budget. It retails for $24.00 and can be purchased at your local Bath & Body Works. Burn time is approximately 75 hours.

Candle Every Season (4 candles): Here is one of those gifts that keeps on giving all year long! Starting the month of your choice, the lucky recipient will receive a seasonally appropriate candle around the change of seasons for the next year. It's the perfect gift to ring in the change of seasons throughout the year. Each season will bring between 50 and 100 hours of candle burning time. This 4-candle gift is available exclusively at Candle Delirium for $159.00. Note, there are also options for an every month candle (12 candles) or an every other month candle (6 candles).

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