(Review, Photos, Giveaway) The Candle Gift Guide for Holiday 2011: Thompson Ferrier, Balenciaga Paris, Laura Mercier

Gone are the days where you’d use those long elegant candles in candlesticks (although a bit of class now and then, a romantic dinner and some crystal couldn’t hurt, especially during holidays like Thanksgiving).

During the holidays, there are so many intoxicating smells: cinnamon, pine, chestnut, fig…it’s hard to pick one seasonal fragrance. But we’ve tried to narrow it down to what we felt is the best of the best in the candle department. Take a look, shop online or in person if you need to smell them, and enter our giveaway below.

Thompson Ferrier Candles Holiday Gift Guide

For the Romantic: Thompson Ferrier Unscented Candle

If you want exquisite packaging with attention to detail and a fine elegance, you need look no further than Thompson Ferrier candles. From the etched swirl pattern on the glass to the gold and black box, everything about a purchase like this tells the world that you really have taste.

If you want a completely unscented candle (and there are several people out there who don’t like heavy fragrances), this is a great gift to give for the hostess, for the lady or guy who loves fine things in life, or just to keep for yourself. Other scents include Indonesian Vetiver, and French Tuberose.

Another gift option is the elegant $15 travel tins –affordable and delicious stocking stuffers. Try the Indonesian Vetiver, Mudan Peony, Elegant Gardenia and Rhubarb Anise fragrances (tin shown below).

This candle is great for the serious romantic. Read more about how the founders and creators Pauline Dana and Raffi Arslanian met at a New York City restaurant called Ferrier, had their first date on Thompson Street –and made candle history.

Holiday Gift Guide Candles 2011

For the Luxury Candle Experience–Balenciaga Paris L’Essence Candle (shown above)

It’s hard to pass up this elegant silver candle which has a feminine and modern fragrance. It’s leathery violet with woody notes makes this an evergreen candle, but if you’re a fan of florals (no matter what the season), then this is the candle for you.

As a gift, this is sure to impress the modernista. $65 at Neiman Marcus.

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Fir Candle

For the Eco-Friendly Junkie: Soap and Paper Factory’s Roland Pine Fir Soy Candle

Apart from mistletoe, nothing says Christmas quite like a Fir Tree. If you want to extend the smell of holidays into your home (and do it in an eco-friendly way), this candle is an excellent choice –and a budget gift at $28.

For the Foodie: Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts Candle

Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts Candle

This is the candle for the serious foodie , because it’s so strong –yet warm. Infused with Laura Mercier’s signature scent, this fragrance is a blend of roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, spicy berry, clove and warm vanilla sugar. If you don’t feel like cooking, light this lovely concoction and sit back and relax with your favorite soap or magazine.

In the spirit of the holidays, we are giving away one lovely candle to a winner. Please leave a comment below to tell us which is your favorite from our list of choices above, and why. Happy holidays!

Charu Suri

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