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Candle Gifts for Friends: From Birthdays to Just Because

We humans are social beings. We thrive on connections and interactions with others.

From a hug to a high-five, we have social cues that acknowledge and celebrate our many types and layers of friendships. And one of the deepest ways we can nurture these relationships is through gift-giving.

Getting gifts for friends is a universal language that goes beyond words.

Gifts allow us to show our appreciation, celebrate milestones, honor special memories, and strengthen the bonds of our friendships.

But this isn’t a new concept!

Gift-giving is a timeless tradition that’s been an integral part of human culture for centuries, transcending time, culture, and geography.

Here’s a brief exploration of the history of gifting and how (spoiler alert!)—whether it’s for a birthday, a celebration, or just because—a sensory candle can be the perfect gift to brighten a friend’s day.

RELATED: Get a free notecard with any candle gift order →


Here’s 5 reasons why a candle gift set makes the perfect gift:

Historical Roots of Gifting

In ancient societies, like that of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, gift-giving was a common practice.

The types of gifts exchanged were diverse and symbolic—everything from fragrances to coins, jewelry, textiles, and wine.

Gifts were tokens of appreciation to those they loved and admired.

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Modern Significance of Gifts for Friends

Express Your Love and Affection

Gifts are a tangible way to express love, appreciation, and gratitude. Whether it’s a handwritten note, a small trinket, or a luxe gift, giving something special offers an element of surprise for your friends and a moment of pride for you. Gifts communicate and conjure up all the good feelings that words alone can’t do.

Strengthen Your Relationships

Exchanging gifts strengthens personal connections. It’s a way to show that you’ve thought about your friends and that you know them well enough to gift them something they like (and perhaps love!). Gifting goes a long way in creating more memories and value in your relationships.

Mark Special Occasions

Gifts are often associated with life milestones and celebrations like birthdays, weddings, holidays, anniversaries, and personal achievements. Gifts for friends on these occasions can help to commemorate those moments and make them even more memorable.

Work Friends Count, Too

In the workplace, the culture of gifting plays an important role in fostering camaraderie, boosting morale, and showing appreciation among colleagues and employees.

In an environment where the mission is work, work work 🫡 corporate gifting offers an opportunity to foster work friendships that create deeper bonds that can help improve the work and workplace.

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Best Gifts for Friends (4 Ideas)

There was that one celebrity who gifted a llama to another celebrity friend for their birthday. And that one sweet birthday show where every sixteen-year-old seemed to get a new car.

Rest assured that the best gift for friends doesn’t have to have four legs or four wheels.

The best gifts for friends can include:

Personalized Jewelry

Friendship bracelets, anyone? Customized necklaces, bracelets, or rings with initials, names, or meaningful dates are popular gifts for friends 💎

Custom Photo Book

A collection of cherished memories captured in a beautifully designed photo book. These days, you can get the photos that are on your phone printed, too. So you’ll have no shortage of photo options and memories for your book! 📸


Tickets to a concert, a cooking class, or a weekend getaway to create even more memories together. Book it and bring your bestie 🎟️

Sensory Candles

High-quality candles with unique scents and sensory features to match your friend’s personality and preferences—or surprise them! 🕯️

Shop the candles named ‘Best Candle Gift’ by Architectural Digest →


Best candle gifts for friends
Spoken Flames named Best Candle Gift to Give by Architectural Digest

Why Scented Candles Make Great Gifts for Friends

Scented candles are more than just a light source; they are a source of comfort, relaxation, and ambiance.

Here are three reasons why you should consider giving candle gifts to your friends:


  • Personalized Ambiance: Scented candles can transform any space into a cozy retreat. They create a warm and inviting vibe that can help your friend unwind after a long day.
  • Aromatherapy Benefits: At Spoken Flames, our scented candles are infused with safe fragrance oil and essential oil blends that can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mood. For example, floral and lavender scented candles are known for their calming effects, while citrus scents can be uplifting and energizing.
  • Versatility: Our candles come in a variety of scents, messages, and bundles, making it easy to find the perfect match for your friends. There’s something for every friend—for one with luxe taste or a strong mind.

Matching Candle Gifts to Your Friend’s Personality

When choosing a candle gift, consider your friend’s personality and tastes. This thoughtful approach can make your gift even more special. Here are some ideas:

  • For the Dreamer: Got a friend who is ambitious, driven, and motivated—and believes in a little manifestation? ✨ Gift a candle with scents of rose petals and dreamy lavender. Shop this candle →
  • For the Bold Adventurer: For the friend who’s unafraid to explore, take chances, and be themselves, this candle, named ‘Best Scented Candle’ by New York Magazine, is perfect for them. With uplifting notes of citrus peel, spice, and cedar, it’s the perfect candle gift for friends with a fearless sense of adventure. Shop this candle →
  • For the 5-Star Friend: A luxury candle gift set would be for your friends (or for you, no judgment 😉) who enjoy the finer things in life. ‘Wow’ them with the stylish packaging on these candle sets—one of which includes the candle named ‘Best Candle Gift’ by Architectural Digest. Shop gift sets →

Occasions to Give Candle Gifts for Friends

There are countless occasions where giving a candle can be the perfect gesture. Here are some ideas:

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Candle gifts for friends’ birthdays are a great way to celebrate another year ‘round the sun. Consider choosing a candle with a fragrance that matches your friend’s favorite scents or surprises them with a message or fragrance that matches their energy.


During festive seasons, when things get extra hectic, candles can add to the holiday spirit and the calm. Look for seasonal scents (Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter), and maybe even one candle that smells like snow, especially for Winter. Surprise them!

Friendship Milestones

Celebrate anniversaries of your friendship or special achievements with a meaningful candle with an inspiring quote.

Just Because

Sometimes, the best gifts are given for no reason at all. Surprise your friend with a digital candle gift card to brighten their day (and their 📧 inbox) and show them you care.


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6. Candles can help increase focus in a work from home environment

The rise in WFH and remote work means our workspaces are full of comforts—and distractions. But why would anyone light a candle at their work desk? To keep those distractions at bay. From chatty co-workers (albeit via Slack) to social media, candles are a thoughtful corporate gift that can help us focus and create space for us to do our best work.

Consider it a productivity hack. 💡

The presence of a candle flame can set a calming mood. Wooden wick candles in particular have a unique soft-crackling sound, which can serve as natural and relaxing ambient sound in one’s space. Plus, select scent profiles, like citrus, woody or a floral scent of a scented candle can influence physiological responses that help keep the mind on track.

7. Candles can be an environmentally responsible gift choice

First, it‘s a candle, next it’s their favorite whiskey glass. 🥃

Depending on the candle’s vessel, most candle jars can be upcycled after the burn cycle of the candle. It can be used as storage, glassware and more, so you can feel good knowing that your gift will keep on giving! And your candle gift (once upcycled) can be a pleasant reminder, if not a conversation piece in their home, of your thoughtfulness.

A candle gift set solves my gifting needs—but wait! I don’t know what candle scent they may like 😟

Bonus tip: How to pick a candle scent for a gift

So a candle gift set meets your needs, but you’re not sure what scents they like 😟 Pro tip: consider an unscented candle or a gift set that offers a variety of scents.

The unique thing about Spoken Flames’ Trio Sets is that each candle gift set has a variety of scents with great range—from woody, citrus and floral in our F, Yes Collection, for example.

Your gift recipient would never get bored, and it increases your chances for satisfaction with a broad range of scents in their hands.

Because Spoken Flames candles are message-driven, our motivating candle statements (even without scent) mean that you’ll still win big with this meaningful gifting choice!

Candle Gifts for Friends (In Summary)

Candle gifts for friends are a timeless and thoughtful way to show appreciation and celebrate your bond. And candles as a gift carry a deep meaning.

Candles symbolize light, warmth, and guidance—all qualities of a great friendship.

By gifting a candle to friends, you’re not just giving any old object. You’re giving them an experience that can stimulate memories, mindfulness, and positive emotions.

So, embrace the longtime tradition of gift-giving with the meaningful and versatile charm of Spoken Flames candles, and light up your friends’ lives in a very special way.

Photo credits: Spoken Flames; Tima M. (Pexels)

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