Gift Edit 2023

10 Candles AT Editors Will Be Gifting This Mother’s Day

updated Mar 15, 2023
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Credit: From Left to Right: Nordstrom, Homesick Candles, Venus et Fleur

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If there’s one thing we’re major fans of over here at Apartment Therapy, it’s candles. Not only are they a great way to reinvigorate a space, they also make the perfect gifts. With Mother’s Day coming up, now’s your opportunity to discover a new scent that your mother (and the other mother figures in your life) will fawn over on May 14. Want to know which candles we’re gifting our favorite women this year? We polled our staff for their picks for their moms and rounded up 10 scents that are sure to be a hit. From candles we’ve gifted in the past — to resounding success — to scents new to the team, these are our favorite Mother’s Day candles. Looking for other ways to spoil your favorite lady? Check out our Mother’s Day gift guides for splurge-worthy luxuries you know she’d never buy herselfthoughtful finds straight from the heart, and of course, flowers she’ll fawn over.

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was $38.00

Mother's Day is all about thanking the women in our lives who raise and nurture us. Homesick's Thank You, Mom candle makes that task a bit easier. Designed to conjure the aroma of freshly trimmed flowers, this candle has notes of bergamot, lavender, sage, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, musk, and lily. Bonus: You can make it even more special with a handwritten note on the packaging!

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One candle that never fails to make me think of my mom is ROOT's Sugared Grapefruit candle. In fact, we discovered this scent together on a family trip and both became mutually obsessed with its warm, citrusy aroma. It's one of my favorite candles to gift her because it's tied to such a sweet memory and always brings a smile to her face when she lights it.

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was $74.41

The Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle is sure to become a favorite. "My mom actively requests Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir for special days," shared senior manager of sales research and consumer insights Marisa. "It's warm, cozy, and floral, and everything you want in a mom... I mean candle."

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The 125 Collection

When it comes to gifting candles, The 125 Collection is an editor-favorite brand we consistently turn to, and this Mother's Day, we're giving our mothers this playful I Got It From My Mama candle. With approximately 80 hours of burn time and six delectable scents to choose from, it's the perfect gift for moms who appreciate a cheeky gift.

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Yankee Candle

I love gifting candles, and one that I routinely give to my mom is Yankee Candle's Lilac Blossom scent. Growing up, we had a lilac tree in our backyard, so this candle lets us reminisce about spring at my childhood home when the wind smelled of aromatic flowers.

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If you're looking to treat the women in your life to a little rest and relaxation, and the Salt Water candle from Parachute will create a spa-like atmosphere in their homes. With notes of sea salt, citrus, seagrass, cyprus, and clean driftwood, they'll love unwinding with this scent.

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When my best friend became a mother, she wanted to be mindful of the candles she burned around her child. That's when she introduced me to Elon Wick. This eco-friendly brand makes soy candles that burn cleanly, meaning no black smoke, toxins, or residue to worry about. Using unique blends of essential oils to make one-of-a-kind scents (the Grey scent is heavenly), these candles are also vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and have an exceptionally long burn time. Suffice it to say, I know what I'm gifting my friend this Mother's Day — but don't tell her that.

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was $32.00

Another editor-favorite brand, L'or de Seraphine is home to some of our favorite luxury candles, like the Mansour Marrakech candle. We love its unique combination of bergamot, ginger-dusted citrus, green tea, apple, juniper, and clove, above peppered jasmine and tobacco — your mom will, too.

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Venus et Fleur

Looking to spoil her? According to lifestyle editor Ella, this is the candle that'll do it. "My mom would balk if she ever saw the price on this candle by Venus et Fleur because she's the one who taught me how to save every penny. She loves roses, though, and if I can't use all that money I saved on something nice for her, what can I use it for?"

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Sicily Hill
was $79.00

You know that cozy feeling you get when you step into a warm café on a cold day? This is that, only in candle form. Coming in one of Sicily Hill's iconic oversized 26-ounce jars, this candle is described as a warm scent with notes of espresso and caramel, meaning it'll make her home smell absolutely delectable, even if she isn't a coffee drinker herself.