How to choose the right scented candle for gifting

It can be difficult to choose the perfect candle for someone else without asking them and ruining the surprise. Here are some tips to choosing the right scented candle as a gift.


Match the season

Candles are most often burnt in Autumn and Winter. During these seasons we’re reminded of log fires, warmth and staying indoors. Choosing woody scents such as sandalwood or pine can add to the seasonal experience. In spring and summer, choose fruity or floral fragrances like berries, citrus or jasmine. Try to choose scents that are in season. 


Many candle brands release limited edition scents for different seasons, so keep an eye out while browsing your favourite stores.


Consider the occasion

What occasion is your gift for? If it’s Christmastime, opt for a gingerbread or peppermint scent. On the other hand, Halloween candles are usually scented with sweets like candy corn or pumpkin spice. If it’s the recipient’s birthday, choose a more traditional scent.


Determine the mood

Different scents have a knack for making us feel certain ways. Choose a candle that suits the mood you want to set. If the person you’re buying for is often stressed or anxious, pick a scent that is known for its calming effect, such as lavender or vanilla. If you’re aiming for a more uplifting mood, choose citrus scents like grapefruit and lime.


Consider their décor 

Study their décor and personal style. Is their house colourful and bright, warm and rustic, or pale and minimalistic? A rustic décor may suit candles with a warm or woody scent, like sandalwood or black oak, whereas a pale interior is more likely to be paired with a soft, floral fragrance.


Consider their personality

Is the recipient very traditional, or more alternative? If they are more traditional, they may prefer modest scents like rose or vanilla. If they are more alternative or unusual, try a new and interesting combination, such as fig and coconut or lime and mandarin.


If you don’t know the recipient

It can be difficult to choose a gift for someone you don’t know and choosing the right fragrance can be even harder. Whether it’s a colleague, an acquaintance or distant relative, it is a good idea to stick to more traditional scents when buying for someone you don’t know.