Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers & Happy Holidays

Image courtesy of Kessara

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next week! I am so ready for some quality time with family and friends but find myself still scrambling for some last-minute stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. Just in case you’re in the same situation, I thought I’d round up some of our holiday scents and where to find them to help inspire you.

And for a current list of where to buy our candles at a shop near you, of course check out the retail list on our site, here.

Our new Triple Wick Winter Candle: Winter is a divine blend of cedar spruce and mint topped off with citrus and vanilla, a best-seller year after year!

New Triple Wick Forest Fir Candle: Crisp aroma of a freshly cut tree. A traditional favorite!

New Triple Wick Holiday Spice Candle: Sweet pomegranate, tart cranberry, and warm notes of clove and cinnamon make this candle a winter favorite, evoking the welcome aroma of a holiday meal.

As always, we combine natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and pure scents. Linnea’s Lights clean-burning candles are carefully hand-poured in small batches.

- Soy wax, fragrance oil, cotton wick, glass
- Triple wick
- 150 hour burn time
- 18 oz.

Announcing our NEW Fall/Holiday 2012 Candles!

At Linnea’s Lights we put so much heart and time into each individual candle and the scent that accompanies it that it makes us so happy when we finally get to share our new creations with the public. We were thrilled to have the chance to tease our new candles at The Markoff Group’s Holidays in July preview event. This year we showcased our newest Fall/Holiday 2012 scents: Hearth, Holiday Spice, and Vanilla Noir.

Each candle is unique, and puts a fun twist on everyone’s favorite seasonal scents. The welcoming scent of Hearth entices you with its smoky and captivating cedar wood that is kindled with sweet amber and leather. Holiday Spice has a warming aroma that makes you want to spend your nights tucked beside the glow of its warm regal blend. We’re also introducing a spin on a classic vanilla with Vanilla Noir, a creamy and exotic Madagascar bourbon vanilla, intertwined with soft woods and musk.

We can’t wait till the holidays and hope you celebrate yours with a new Linnea’s Lights candle.

NEW! Hearth ~ For centuries, the hearth was considered an integral part of a home, often its central or most important feature. On brisk nights, find comfort in hearth and home.

NEW! Holiday Spice ~ Pomegranate, tart cranberry, spicy clove with a touch of warm cinnamon & white spices. Holiday Spice will also be available as part of the limited-edition Holiday Gift Set along with Forest Fir and Winter mini votives.

NEW! Vanilla Noir ~ Vanilla has long been one of western civilizations’ most essential flavors, first discovered by Central American Indians.

Stay tuned here and we’ll let you know just as soon as these become available for purchase. What do you think of the new scents and which ones will you be bringing home?

Not too late to buy Linnea’s Lights for the holidays!

image courtesy of Country Living

Somehow the holidays snuck up on us this year and we’re wondering how many of you are in the same position? We’re scrambling to get our gifts under the tree and wanted to let you know where you can still find the thoughtful gift of Linnea’s Lights candles for anyone on your list.

Our wonderful online retailers always come through in a bind. Here is where you can find Linnea’s Lights on the web in time for the holidays:

ABC Home

Terrain

AshBlue

Oliver’s Twist

The Cross Design (Canada)

Candles Off Main

Orange and Pear

Twigs

Emmett’s the Studio

Susabelle Boutique

Urban Farmhouse

With so many options, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Good luck & happy holidays!

Unwrapped: Our Favorite Gifts to Give

Image courtesy of 479° Popcorn

This is one of our favorite times of the year and before we even begin to deck the halls, we’ve already started buying gifts for loved ones. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite gifts to give and hope they offer you some inspiration!

  • Gourmet Popcorn from 479°: ANY and everything from them…so delicious!  And best of all, no GMOs, Gluten Free, All Natural, No Trans Fat, Air Popped and Kosher.
  • From our friends at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, our absolute favorite sampler is the Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library which also happens to be gluten free for my daughter’s allergies!
  • For Champagne, wine and holiday spirits, our favorites are Henri’s Reserve and Tito’s Vodka
  • Turkish Towel Sets: We find ours at AshBlue and we love that they can be monogrammed for that personalized touch.
  • Divine & Elegant Tea blends: Lynn prefers The Earl Grey and Laura prefers The White Duke.
  • Books! We adore sharing books of fiction from various writers and editorial books from Assouline and Patina Style by Steve & Brooke Giannetti — great inspiration and gorgeous, effortless style.
  • Cashmere! Throws, sweaters, scarves…everyone deserves a little luxury wrapped around them, perfect for both men and women. We actually love it so much we named a candle after it!
  • Seasonal flowers, inspired terrariums and bulb kits (like kits we find from Sprout Home): we love to give the gift of growth in the winter season.
  • Letterpress stationery: We fell in love with Delphine Press, printed on vintage letterpress, & Smock designs on bamboo papers.
  • Spaaaahhhh days and gift certificates for others to indulge and experience time away for themselves, just the best!
  • Old fashioned games & puzzles for the family which goes great with the popcorn suites from 479!
  • And of course, nothing sets to tone like holiday music: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio, the holidays aren’t the same without this!

Of course there’s much more depending on the recipient, but we hope this helps you get a festive jump on the gifting season!

Gifting Illuminated

Image courtesy of marthastewart.com

We’re putting together a just-for-fun Top 5 list and we’d love your thoughts! We want to know the Top 5 reasons why people give Linnea’s Lights candles as a gift during the holiday season. Why do you give Linnea’s Lights as a gift? And how do you decide who receives such a personal present?

When we’re in the studio, we like to find ways to incorporate ideas that we believe are sure to put a smile on your face when you open up one of our candles, or thoughtfully gift one to a friend. Like those cute little matchbooks tucked into the lid of each box! Giving scented items can be tricky since scents are such a personal thing, but Linnea’s Lights has always thought that less is more and our candles never overwhelm. When buying candles, we also know part of the allure is within the packaging. Don’t you find yourselves drawn to the package first? We love that a candle can stand on its own as a decorative item (I have them scattered throughout the house!), making for an understated and homey touch.

So how do you decide when a candle is a gifting match made in heaven? Are candles a giving “must” in your opinion?