Merry Sniffmas! PEOPLE Editors Pick the Best Holiday Candles of 2022

From budget-friendly to luxury lines, PEOPLE staffers narrowed down the best festive scents to brighten up your home just in time for the holidays

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An ideal cozy winter day does not exist without a seasonal candle burning by your side. With so many festive scents to choose from, we know it can get a little overwhelming to pick the perfect festive winter candle, so PEOPLE editors curated a list of the best candles for you!

From budget-friendly aromas to more luxury scents, read on to see a variety of candles (all available for purchase today!) that are sure to bring some holiday cheer into your home.

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Friday Collective Sleigh the Day

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Friday Collective

Looking for a holiday candle that can be burned year-round? Friday Collective has you covered. "This scent is really pretty — it's floral but still smells like a holiday candle which is a triumph," one staffer notes of its magnolia, violet, amber, and white moss blend. "I'd burn this in my bathroom during a party to impress my guests," another editor adds.

Buy it! $15.99,

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diptyque Etincelles

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"This luxury candle is worth every penny," one editor says, adding that the packaging is "divine" with its "beautiful gold lid." In this limited-edition, glow-in-the-dark candle, notes of a wood fire, coffee, and chocolate set the mood for a cozy winter evening. "The warm red wax emits an incense-like aroma that's mostly smokey with a hint of sweetness," the tester adds.

Buy it! $84,

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Bath & Body Works Fresh Balsam

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Bath & Body Works

Woodland balsam, crisp eucalyptus, fir branches, and cedarwood melt together in this holiday favorite that one editor describes as "a Christmas tree lighting and a winter wonderland forest bottled up into one candle!" Meanwhile, another editor adds, "Ho ho ho yes, I'd buy this again... and burn it after Santa and his sleigh are long gone."

Buy it! $26.50,

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"I really enjoyed this candle. It has a warm sweetness, but not at all like baking cookies or the other typical sweet holiday scents," one PEOPLE editor says. "It filled the room nicely without being overpowering," noting its bold blend of pink peppercorn, oakmoss, and clover fern.

Buy it! $35,

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Harlem Candle Co. Holiday Nightclub Map

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Harlem Candle Co.

"It wouldn't be weird to burn this candle year-round because the smell is more versatile while still being holiday," an editor comments, describing the scent as the "classic holiday notes of pine and spice with other complimentary fragrances." They also noted that the "chic design" made it a big winner and added some flair to their space.

Buy it! $54,

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Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie

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Yankee Candle

This candle is a holiday hit yet again for our PEOPLE editors. One editor comments that while they don't usually love sweet candles, this one is "cozy" and "fills up the room" nicely. Another adds that it's perfect to "fake the smell of fresh-baked cookies" and that you can "definitely use it from pie season to Valentine's Day."

Buy it! $24,

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LAFCO Fireside Oak

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"I've said it before, I'll say it again — these candles are bomb," comments one editor. "They burn SO slowly, and the scents are always subtle but permeate a small room well." Filling their space with oakwood, vetiver, and golden amber notes, the editor describes the aroma as "rich and dark."

Buy it! $70,

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homesick Ski Trip

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Want to pretend like you just spent the day hitting the slopes? Close your eyes and light this candle to feel like you're sipping the perfect cup of cocoa by the fire after a long day of skiing. "This candle is sweet and yummy smelling without giving me a headache," a PEOPLE staffer notes of the candle's rich blend of frosted air, cinnamon, cocoa, and vanilla.

Buy it! $38,

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WoodWick Frasier Fir

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A favorite among many of our editors, this candle hits the nail on the head when it comes to recreating the scent of a festive evergreen. "I can't deny it smells great — just like a fresh-cut tree, emphasis on fresh," one editor says, while another says that the wooden wick's "crackle is a nice, cozy touch."

Buy it! $31,

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Infusion Candle Co. Cozy Cashmere

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Infusion Candle Co.

This hand-poured soy candle reflects notes of plum, peony, patchouli, and leather. A staffer describes it as a "clean and subtle scent" that can be used as a "cozy bedroom candle" all year round. Extra points for the cute travel tin!

Buy it! $16,

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Moods by Yemmie

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Moods by Yemmie

This seasonal candle is blended with pink cardamom, coffee, coconut shreds, nutmeg, cinnamon, and more! It gives off a "light, creamy and natural" scent and "reminded me of a cup of iced chai," an editor notes.

Buy it! $40,

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Otherland Cinnamon Musk

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"Can't go wrong with a cinnamon-scented candle for the holidays," one staffer says of this candle's Ceylon cinnamon, creamy almond, and amber musk blend. "It filled the entire room nicely and evoked a festive mood the second I lit it!"

Buy it! $36,

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Predominantly Black Winter Harvest

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Predominantly Black

"This candle is fruity yet cinnamony at the same time, and the screw-on lid is good if you have kids too," comments a PEOPLE editor. It melts together notes of cinnamon, apple, peach, wild berries, and clove in a soy-coconut wax blend.

Buy it! $15,

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Spoken Flames Winter Full of Wonder

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Spoken Flames

Mixing notes of cedar leaf, lemon, and winter forest, this slow-burning candle lasts over 50 hours. It's an all-natural coconut wax blend that aims to convey a snow day and winter forest escape combined. "I like the crackle, and it's super cute how it gets glittery when you light it," an editor adds.

Buy it! $34,

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