There’s nothing like a candle to instil a feeling of calm. Perfectly positioned beside the bed, bath tub or along the lines of a mantelpiece, a candle is lit for a special occasion – sometimes just enough occasion for a good read, a glass of wine, and a single, flickering flame. These forty decorative picks show the range of styles, scents and themes a candle can cover. Gift wisdom to a friend, in the form of a black owl. Watch the outside of an animal melt away, revealing a skeleton. Get a candle in beeswax, wrapped daintily around a coil. Get quirky and creative with your gifts for downtime, with our top 40 selection for decadent and decorative candles.
Artistically Hand-Sculptured Candles: Handcrafted in Israel, these intertwining wax candles make your flame a dazzling sight. Get them in black and white, a multi-colour pattern, or add to your peacock decor with our last quirky find.
Layered Candles: Bored of one, or even two-tone candles? These 40-hour candles are layered with many shades of the same colour, adding subtle style to your muted interior.
Beautiful Taper Candles: For the fancy customer with an upcoming occasion, these taper candles are the perfect asset. Sit their dripless, smokeless and hand-dipped forms into any standard candle holder, to celebrate a wedding, dinner party or church service. Their elegant gift box adds a touch of class.
Personalized Candles: Want to commemorate a special occasion? These French, handmade taper candles allow you to print names and dates, offering a personalized touch to your next formal gift.
Luxury Jar Candle: Love the smell of coconut milk and mango? This gorgeous glass-jar candle burns the scent for 120 hours.
Aromatherapy Scented Candles: Extend your aromatherapy selection, with these soy wax candles in non-drip jars. Choose from four different combinations – lavender, orange, peppermint eucalyptus or vanilla – to make up your pack of three. Gift wrapping is available.
Metallic Gold Ball Candles: Want a more original way to light up Christmas? These three-inch balls comes in boxes of six, for a 24-hour flame upon your mantelpiece.
Floating Rose Candles: Candles are synonymous with a spot of romance. Run a bath filled with bubbles and these rose-shaped candles, for a night for two you’ll never forget.
Pumpkin-Shaped Candles: Want to celebrate Halloween – without the real pumpkin? These cute flame holders are smokeless and clean-burning, adding novelty to your kitchen without the carving mess.
Pear-Shaped Candle: Think a pear only comes in green? This original 45-hour candle comes in 13 shades.
Succulent-Shaped Wax Candles: Forget living cacti in your garden – these mini succulents add style and flame. Place these citronella candles out the back, to keep away mosquitoes for up to six hours.
Cactus-Shaped Candles: Make your office Scandinavian, with these set of six desk cacti. Housed in metal tealight holders, their unscented paraffin burns for half an hour.
Owl Candle: Made with pure beeswax and natural ECO dye, these owl candles are wise inside and out. Gift them to the bird lover in your life.
Owl Skeleton Candle: Ever wanted to see an owl’s insides? This cute owl decor candle hides a terrible secret – a haunting metallic skeleton with fire blazing in her eyes. Light her wick for up to 30 hours, to see her pretty exterior melt all the way down.
Gummy Bear Candle: Purple gummy bears have evil secrets, too. This fruit-scented candle with a cotton wick reveals a horror-story skeleton inside. Burn it away in five to seven hours.
More Animal Skeleton Candles: Believe in the angelic nature of cats, reindeer and birds? Although bathed in pretty pastels, their lit wicks soon reveal their inner skeletons of death.
Rock Candle: Rock on! Perform a séance or get ready for a rock gig, with this rad hand-shaped candle at your side. Made with medical-grade wax and natural colours, it’s a great present too in its beautiful gift box.
Victory Candle: Rather root for peace instead? This bright pink or grey peace candle is the size of a real hand – and is handcrafted in Europe.
Skull Candle: For a skull-shaped candle, this find really is rather pretty. Embellished with a pearl-seed texture, this seven-inch long and four-inch wide find is larger than life in 100% beeswax.
Bleeding Skull Candle: Looking to scare someone away? Place this bleeding skull candle outside your front door.
Dinosaur Hatching Candle: Have a child or friend that’s just mad about dinosaurs? Gift them a candle that’s truly unique – one that hatches dinsoaurs. Available with a blue or green glass dinosaur inside, these unassuming eggs reveal prehistoric figurines you can take out and keep.
Batman Candle: Batman is unpredictable – but seeing him in your candle is still a surprise. Delivered all over the world, these carved paraffin candles are a scintillating addition to your superhero home decor.
Coiled Steampunk-Style Candle: Unravel the candle, and re-coil it on a roller. This steampunk find in 100% beeswax is the perfect fit for a Victorian-style home.
Natural Beeswax Coiled Candle: Stand up your coiled candle, on this elegant bronze contraption. Although appearing self-feeding, this flamed illusion is only adhered to the clip, which self-extinguishes for safety when the flame reaches.
Glass Pillar Candle: The minimalist home would love this ever-so-simple candle. Moulded in hand-blown glass, its wick burns your own choice of coloured or scented oils.
Pebble-Shaped Candles: Take a more natural approach. These handmade pebble candles in soybean wax would look perfect beside a beach-themed bath setting.
Concrete Candles: Get the industrial look inside your bathroom. These wee concrete candles are painted with pastels or metallics, adding a touch of style to your daily flame.
Soy Wax Candle In Concrete Pots: After a soy wax candle? These concrete-potted, American-made finds come in seven scents and a myriad of colour ways.
48 Unscented Wax Candles In Glass Holders: Need a lot of little candles for a special occasion? This box of 48 in glass might do the trick.
Scented Candle Set: Can’t choose between the hundreds of different candle scents? Let these candles choose for you, in their best-selling packs of four different aromas.
Flameless Candle: For places where children and pets run riot, a flameless candle is best. Made from paraffin wax, these candles use electromagnetics and glowing LEDs to make a light. Use its smart timer to automatically turn it on for five hours a day.
Dripping Wax-Style Electronic Candle: Want the real candle feel? This battery-operated find gives off a vanilla aroma and dripped-wax look.
Flameless Wax Cut-out Candles: Take your battery-powered candles to the next level. This set of three ivory candles can switch to eight different settings, using their own remote control.
Flameless Marble Candles: Marble always adds class. Made by the same manufacturer, these candles come with batteries, a remote and a 90-day warranty.
Electronic Silver Pillar Candles: Match the metallic tones in your interior. Another remote-controlled creation, these flameless candles steal the show on any dinner table or mantelpiece.
Geometric-Style Flameless LED Candles: Remote-controlled and always cool to the touch, these modern-looking candles are perfect inside a bunch of flowers or beside the children’s bedside table.
Textured Flameless LED Candles: Let the lady in your life have a candle in pearls. These remote-controlled candles add a touch of daily luxury.
Modern Candles-Shaped Lamp: For a higher price tag, you can fuse candles and a lantern together. This Scandinavian design houses its flames in wrought iron.
A great candle deserves a great holder. Do check out: 50 Unique Tea Light Holders To Light Up Your Occasion