Coveting Candles

12 Aug

It’s that time of year again, when everyone I have ever met has a birthday. It’s a time where I bake a lot of cakes (I feel sad for anyone who didn’t have a Mum like mine, who crafted beautiful cakes for us and our friends on our birthdays, and try to pay it forward) and have to think of creative present ideas for my loved ones. I’ve never been the sort to give money or buy vouchers – I love getting it right with thoughtful gifts. Although there have been a few wild misses over the years, I’m pretty accurate when it comes to the art of thoughtful gift giving.

That being said, I do find gifts for boys much easier than girls. Bath bubbles and beauty products to me fall into the realms of slightly disingenuous present giving; readily available and lacking thought unless you know someone loves the brand.


But candles are always the one. People love the pleasure of scented candles; the luxury of the fact that they aren’t items you would necessarily treat yourself to, and the beautiful fragrances that make a house feel like a home. I am a huge fan of the ones sold in Hampton Court gardens – really expensive smelling candles with gorgeous floral scents that transport you to old memories and bring on a sense of nostalgia. These are the types of gifts I want to give; the gifts that people really understand were picked for them.


Although sometimes, a gift for you is just right. When Culture Vulture Direct got in touch with me to see if I wanted to try out some of their products, I was really taken by the selection that they had on offer. I love products that are designed from travel inspiration (my passport cover is a vintage style one with border control stamps) and immediately fell for this mirrored tray and beautiful Jasmine candle.


The only thing is, I’m too scared to use it as I don’t want to ruin it!

Have you ever owned anything you were too scared to use, wear or enjoy? And what do you think of the products?

Products were provided by Culture Vulture, but all views (and words) are my own.


3 Responses to “Coveting Candles”

  1. prenin August 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I have learned to use the good stuff, wear the good clothes and enjoy the pleasures that they bring – we’re a long time dead and tomorrow isn’t given… 🙂

    Love and huge squishy hugs! 🙂


  2. philosophermouseofthehedge August 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    I have an candle that is years old – it’s a group of angels that was a gift…I always put it out and say, it would be lovely to use it during the holidays, but just never manage to light it.
    You are right that candles do make great gifts. (Now I am really curious about the ones at Hampton Court…maybe the “good” Brit import store in town has them…shall look when close there)

    • tinkerbelle86 August 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      I think Debenhams stock them, they are so delicious. And I’m pretty sure they ship to the US!

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