8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays: Gingerbread, Peppermint & Other Fragrances to Make Any Room Feel Cozy

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Candles never go out of season, but with winter right around the corner and Christmas in a few weeks and Hanukkah on Thursday (Dec. 7), now might be the perfect time to shop for scented candles.

What’s not to love about scented candles? They smell good and look nice, and can transform your space in an instant.

Candles don’t usually take up much room, unless you’re the type to shop for giant, luxury candles such as this Voluspa Moso Bamboo 5-Wick Hearth Candle ($225). Apart from offering an aromatic scent, candles are great for adding a pop of style to your room decor and they might just be the perfect holiday gift. From stocking stuffers to white elephant gifts, Hanukkah presents and last-minute gifts, candles are a good option no matter what your budget looks like. However, if you happen to be on a tight budget, candles are a thoughtful, wallet-friendly gift item. And they’re great for other special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

For the candle lovers who didn’t get a chance to make Bath & Body Works’ annual Candle Day sale last week, we rounded up a collection of scented candles to shop for the holidays and beyond. Included on the list are a collection of delicious scents from brands like Homesick, Nest and Glossier, that are perfectly designed for the holidays and winter months. Some of the scents include apple-cinnamon, vanilla, sugar cookies, buttercream, pomegranate, peppermint and spiced cider.

Check below for a list of scented candles that channel the unforgettable aromas of the holiday season.

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Nest Holiday Classic Candle

Nest’s Holiday Classic Candle captures the season with blends of pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon and a hint of amber. The Holiday Classic Candle is available in a 3-wick option ($80).

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Homesick The Nutcracker Candle

$28.50 $38 25% off
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The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition — which is probably why this Homesick candle became so popular. This candle features top notes of cinnamon, clove and pecan; middles notes of sandalwood and wintermint and base notes of ginger, vanilla and musk. The 13.75-ounce candle typically burns for 60-80 hours. Save up to 25% off select Homesick candles while supplies last.

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Sweet Water Decor Sugar Cookies Candle

Get in the holiday spirit with this Sweet Water candle featuring sugar cookies, buttercream and vanilla scents. The 9-ounce candle has a burn time of 40 hours.

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Candle Collection

Mint to be! The Voluspa Crushed Candy Cane Candle offers a fragrant candy cane scent and a festive design.  

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Yankee Candle Balsam & Cedar Scented, Classic 22oz Large Jar Single Wick Candle, Over 110 Hours of Burn Time

$16.88 $30.99 46% off
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Yankee candles are a holiday tradition for some. The Balsam and Cedar candle is a top-seller at Amazon. Balsam, aromatic cedar wood and a juniper berry blend make for a festive forest fragrance housed in a 22-ounce jar. This candle is also available in other scents including Red Apple Wreath, Christmas Cookie, Mistletoe, Sparkling Snow and Sugar & Spice.

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Anthropologie Capri Blue Spiced Cider Jar Candle

$26.20 $38 31% off
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Get spicy for the holidays! Anthropologie’s Capri Blue Spiced Cider Jar Candle. Available in large and medium sizes, the candle features a mix of sparkling berries and grapes, harvest apple, cinnamon, vanilla and Canadian fir base.

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Harlem Candle Co. Holiday Luxury Candle

Sugar, spice and everything nice! Harlem Candle Co.’s Holiday Luxury Candle pays homage to jazz legend Billie Holiday. The seasonal scent is inspired by Holiday’s favorite perfume, Emeraude, which contains blend of fresh winter spruce, pine needles, mint-infused eucalyptus, fir balsam and spicy cedarwood.  

8 Best Scented Candles to Buy for the Holidays

Glossier Candle

The Glossier candle has the same scent as the brand’s best-selling fragrance Glossier You ($64). Notes of pink pepper, fresh Iris, and woody ambrette and ambrox will help warm up your space. The candle is also available in Orange Blossom Neroli and Sandstone.

Latifah Muhammad