May 4, 2021
National Candle Association shares seven candle ideas

The National Candle Association (NCA) shares seven candle ideas that are ideal for Mother’s and Father’s Day.


Bring the Day Spa Home

Since going to a spa may not be possible this year, bring the spa home! An at-home facial mask, DIY manicure/pedicure or even a regular bath can be transformed into the feeling of overall relaxation you get from being at a day spa with aromatherapy candles that offer the healing properties of lavender, citrus and eucalyptus. Pick a couple great scented candles and pair with a spa gift of new slippers, or a facial mask for mom, and match a scent for dad with a new pair of slippers.

Personalized Candles

Nothing beats a personalized gift. A one-of-a-kind candle can convey meaningful experiences but also evoke specific feelings unique to those who receive one.

DIY Candle Holder and Candle Making Kits

Skip the store and make a gift from scratch. A custom candle holder is the perfect blend of functionality and personalization that any candle-loving parent will appreciate, and a fun project to do with the kids. Check out this Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration! Go one step further and get mom or dad a candle making kit like this one, so they can make their very own.

Candles as Home Décor

Some candles are simply just too beautiful to burn. Candles shaped like body-molds or geometric shapes are trending for 2021. Hand select your favorites and gift them as mantel décor, bookshelf fillers or table displays. Make sure to buy or find a great candle plate or holder that will round out the gift and allow for safe burning, if they do choose to light one of these beauties.

Stamp His Space with A Signature Scent

There are a lot more to candles than traditional floral scents. Try gifting dad with spicy or smokey scents to create an appealing atmosphere in his favorite space. Consider scents like patchouli, musk, amber, or the smell of bergamot that both new dads and grandfather’s alike will enjoy.

Destination Candles

Many are missing travel to see family, friends and vacation spots. Candles that offer the scents (and a sense) of a hometown or favorite vacation place are trending and bring happy nostalgia.

In Memory of Mom or Dad

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 lives have been lost, and many of those loved ones were moms and dads. Mother’s and Father’s Day can be hard for many people and this year will be harder for many, many more. To recognize a parent who has passed, a special candle placed in a spot of importance can symbolize their life, their light and enable us to remember those we have lost.

National Candle Association

NCA encourages all to use safe practices when burning candles. For a full list of safe candle protocol, visit NCA’s Candle Safety Guidelines. For additional information on candles and fire safety, visit our Fire Safety page.

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