Back up, I'm about to offend a lot of people.
I just have to say this: Yankee Candles are THE WORST. Right now, you're either nodding in agreement because you too have reached enlightenment, or you're about to x-out of this story and wish bad things upon me because you're a Yankee Candle loyalist. So, let me make this clear: I'm not saying you can't have Yankee Candles in your house. All I'm saying is never, ever, ever, ever give one as a gift. To anyone. Unless you hate that person.
I know I sound a little harsh, but I can break it down for you.
1. The scents are headache-inducing.
Test-sniffing Yankee Candles in the store isn't even fun. Every time I put my nose up to a jar, I feel like I'm choking on a pine tree car freshener. They're either too perfume-y, too sweet, or just too random. Like, City Lights. WTF is that? How am I supposed to know you got the scent right if your candle is named after something that doesn't have a smell? You're doing too much, YC.
2. Those jars are fugly.
You'd think the company that spends so much time dissecting what City Lights should smell like would spend an equal amount of time in the vessel they serve that concoction in, but when it comes to the jars, it's like they're not even trying. A clear glass jar with a stock photo of the beach? How is that going to add to the charm and aesthetic of my home? They don't even make an effort with the lids. At least give us a rose gold option. Sheesh.
3. It's thoughtless.
Candles are the safe gift. Yankee Candles are the easy, last-resort, I-don't-know-you-that-well-so-I-just-got-you-one-of-these gift. Not to mention, you can literally buy them anywhere. How do I know you didn't just pick this up on your last Target run and throw it in a bag when you remembered it's my birthday? I don't. So if you give me a Yankee Candle, I'm questioning our relationship. Unless the person you're buying for hardcore loves Yankee Candles — like, gets emotional just thinking about them — then giving one is practically insulting.
4. You can do better.
I can't stress this enough. There are so, so many other candles out there. Ones that show you took the time to think about the person you're buying for. Ones that come in such pretty jars, you can't even tell they're candles and not part of the decor. Ones that smell like something you can identify.
Now, I'm not just here to rip apart an iconic candle brand. I want to help, so I made a list of candles you should give to someone; candles that say, "You're cool, not basic, and I really like you a lot." See below:
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