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In the grand list of things that are good about winter, holiday candles land pretty close to the top for a solid chunk of people. The spicy, pine-y, sweet, and sometimes-boozy fragrances of the limited edition scents that start to hit shelves in late fall seem to draw in shoppers more than their springtime counterparts. In fact, according to the National Candle Association (yes, that's a real thing) about 35 percent of candle sales happen during the holiday season.
But with the rise of social media, the scent isn't everything: You also need a candle that'll pair well with all the Instagram photos you plan to take while hiding inside, away from the horrific winter winds. Of course, your favorite candle brands are delivering on all fronts. Whether you like a minimal white votive or massive, gold-plated five-wick, there's a candle on this list that'll slot into your grid perfectly. Oh, and of course, they all happen to smell amazing, too.
1Fir & Mint
2Saffron & Tobacco
Indie fragrance brand PHLUR sells clean, white candles that are reminiscent of a perfect little snowball — and the ceramic vessel is specifically designed to reuse after you've burnt up the wax. All the scents work pretty well for any season, but Howl's smoky tones make it excellent for cooler weather.
5Sandalwood & Smoke
7Holly Berries & Cardamom
If your IG aesthetic is less "minimalistic" and more "as extra as possible," this massive candle is basically a must-have. It's a whopping 120 oz. (peep it on @voluspacandles for scale) and has an impressive 250-hour burn time, which actually makes the $200 price tag less scary — as long as this is the only candle you buy all season.
These striped candles are just-holiday-themed-enough to give any of your snaps a little non-cheesy festive vibe.
18Book, Oolong, & Orris
All three of these highly 'grammable candles have winter-appropriate scents, but don't smell like pines trees or cinnamon. You can get mini versions all three in a $38 set during the holidays, but the full-size candles are now part of Commodity's permanent collection.
19Stemmed Tea Holder
It's easy to turn a bunch of plain tea lights into an Instagrammable festival: Just get some really pretty holders that can be used over and over again.