In the past if I had received a candle as a gift I would have had to do that thing of imagining that I had got what I had really wanted, and acting that fantasy out accordingly. Candles to me were the beauty equivalent of socks, but brands have certainly stepped up their game, from more original scent combinations to beautiful glassware.  Here are my top five picks that will garner genuine smiles of appreciation from beauty addicts.

Christmas gift guide festive candles

Floris Winter Home candle duo

Topped with the signature gold engraved Floris snuffers, this duo features pure fragrance oils of classic winter scents. One juxtaposes spicy and fruity in Cinnamon & Tangerine, whilst the other is  a warm and exotic Sandalwood & Patchouli. This luxury gift set is ready made presented in a beautiful blue and gold box. The attention to detail means each candle is hand poured with blended wax to ensure even burning.

Etro Golden Tree

Etro golden tree candle

Italian luxury fashion house Etro created Golden Tree. The green wax opens with notes of pine needles and comprises a heart of white flowers and cedar wood, while patchouli and tree musk form the base. I have to say that the love is purely physical, definitely a beautiful keepsake, I am going to have to patiently burn for hours to be able to use the chrome gold pot as a new brush holder. Go in store at Harrods or Harvey Nichols.

Noble Isle Rhubarb rhubarb is actually a bittersweet fragrance with notes of juniper berry and muddled rosemary. This candle is great because it is a testament to blended fragrances like a carefully created perfume, burn he cotton wick to unlock heart notes of the  rosemary and Tarragon, and  base notes of Moss, and Cedarwood.

The Orla Kiely Sicilian lemon scented candle is a beautiful homage to the brand we all know and love. There is a strong aroma of sweet lemon when the packaging is newly opened, before you even light the wick. Take into account not just the aroma they will love but also the design, there are some great ones to choose from including fig tree, orange rind and Earl grey.

Ted baker candle gift set

Ted Baker Residence mini candle set

Ted Baker has carefully crafted this stunning collection of home fragrances, inspired by stories from cities close to his heart.  The special Ted Baker Residence collection consists of a set of three ceramic 70g candles spanning London which is a wild rose and leather; Athens is fig and olive; and Miami is a blend of star apple and passion fruit.