The holidays are upon us and that equals gift giving. Sometimes we have to get several gifts for different people and that can get pretty expensive. Here is a beautiful (and affordable) gift idea that is great for anyone who loves candles or home decor. I
hoard love candles and would be happy to receive one as a gift, but I know some people aren't comfortable with just gifting a single candle. So a candle + holder duo makes a great little gift. Shops that carry candles (like Bed Bath & Beyond, Yankee Candle, Bath & Body Works, etc.) sell candle holders that usually retail for over $20. However, you can go to discount stores or outlets like TJ Maxx or Marshall's and find decorative bowls for just $3!
I found this bowl at my local TJ Maxx for $3.99. Any decorative bowl or vase will work perfectly as a candle holder. They're not specifically designed to hold candles so they're usually cheaper than actual candle holders. I then popped in a 3 wick candle from Bath & Body Works inside. B&BW 3 wicks are around 4 inches in diameter so keep that in mind when picking out a bowl. Also, try to look for partially opaque or semi-frosted bowls because they cast a beautiful shadow in dark rooms. It's like your own little DIY ambient shadow lamp. This one in particular gives my room a really romantic feel.
You could also buy a $1 glass bowl from the dollar store and spray paint it yourself to get a similar effect. P.S. The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is coming up this Saturday, December 26th. That's a great time to stock up on candles for 2014.
What gifts have you bought this holiday season? Have you put together any presents like this one?