These candles are the perfect gift for the friend who has everything

These candles are the perfect gift for the friend who has everything

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Text: Renée Batchelor

We all have that one friend who already has everything. Here's what to get this tough-to-buy person for Christmas

If there's one gift you can't go wrong with, it's something from Byredo. Whether it's a tube of powdery-smelling handcream or an out-of-the-box fragrance, the quirky brand has something for even the most discerning scent enthusiasts and the most particular of design connoiseurs. But while a fragrance is deeply personal and it can be difficult to gift the exact, right one to a picky friend, you really can't go amiss with one of the brand's ultra-chic, scented candles. This Christmas season, the brand has launched a trio of candles each in a fragrant, red wax and in an elegant red glass container that literally matches any decor style. It's the perfect way to 'do' the festive season while retaining a sense of elegance — you'll find no Santa Clauses or snowflakes embellishing these gorgeous candles. And the simple design means the giftee can use them well past the 25th of December.

The first candle, Rosewater features a trio of rose ingredients — Bulgarian rose, rose petals and rose absolute — as well as a touch of geranium. If the recipient is on the more conservative side, this is a great option, as the scent still bears a touch of familiarity and is a pleasant scent to burn any time of the day. If the person is a daring and fancies themselves a lover of all things avant garde, then go for an edgier candle scent like Altar. A seasonal favourite that brings to mind, old churches and an air of mystery, this has a top note of clove bud, a heart of ylang ylang and carnation and a base of papyrus and Haitian vetiver for an intoxicating, interesting brew. If the person is a traditionalist at heart, but wants something a bit more out there, then Incense is a great choice. It has incense as the main feature, but other heady touches including patchouli, guaiac wood, eucalyptus and a crisp amber note, for a warm, comforting scent that will create a homely atmosphere and leave a sillage that's pure bliss in any space. 

$110 each at Escentials