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If you’re headed to a Friendsgiving this year and it’s decidedly NOT a potluck, you can’t just show up empty-handed. There is a certain tier of universal gifts that just kind of work, no matter the occasion or recipient. A special bottle of wine, a low maintenance plant or fresh flowers, and of course, a quality candle.

Candles make warm gifts both literally and figuratively, have gender-neutral appeal and add fragrance, soft light and instant mood to any space. Ahh yes, candles are truly classic but classic doesn’t have to mean boring. Here are a few brightly burning gift ideas that are safe bets for almost anyone while still remaining unique and thoughtful.

Lemon Vanilla Bean Soy Candles, $13.99 on Amazon


Soy wax candles have come into favor lately over the traditional paraffin for burning longer, cleaner and being generally toxin-free. Try an unusual scent like this lemon vanilla bean-scented soy candle from Lulu Candles.See It

Hyggelight: The “Growing” Candle, $24.95 and up on Amazon


This brilliantly designed candle gets a second life going from soothing lavender candle to charming planter. (Other styles and scents are also available.) Once the wax has burned away, simply plant the paper label—filled with wildflower seeds—into the ceramic pot with soil, then water and watch it grow. Now, why didn’t I think of that?!See It

Colorful Turkey Tea Light Holders, 6 for $14.99 on Amazon


These quirky little metal tea light holders are right on the nose and serve as a whimsical and welcomed addition to the turkey day decor.See It

Homesick State-Scented Candles, $29.95 on Amazon


Chances are if you’re hitting up a Friendsgiving the host is missing his or her hometown and family vibes just as much as you. This clever line of 50 candles (one for each state) sport signature scents like Texas (leather), Vermont (maple), or Rhode Island (ocean) for a little whiff of home.See It

Succulent Tea Candles, 12 for $11.99 on Amazon

succulent tea lights


These adorable fake out tea lights look exactly like mini succulents and add a funky charm to any space. The pack of 12 come in metal holders to keep wax from spilling and no watering needed.See It

Frasier Fir Pine Needle Candle, $26.45 on Amazon


There isn’t a scent that screams “the holiday season has begun!!” quite like pine needles and this attractive and modern candle is a mix of Siberian Fir, Cedarwood and Sandalwood. It’s 50-hour burn time will keep things lit through New Years with exactly zero sticky sap to clean.See It

80-Hour Horizontal Candle, $31.99 on Amazon


This eye-catching candle contraption with natural beeswax and mad scientist design will burn for 80 hours as the beeswax unravels fueling the flame. So cool!See It

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