Beeswax Totem Candles by Grain

This post was written by guest contributor Jess Chamberlain, a Seattle-based writer whose love of good design is second only to her passion for all things crafted by hand. Look for her holiday gift guide posts all month on our blog.

(Photos courtesy of Grain.)
When it comes to small gifts (hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, presents for coworkers), I always go for goods that are edible or useful—I am adamantly anti-tchotchke. That's why I'm smitten with these new Totem candles by Bainbridge Island-based Grain. They smell like honey and look like art, plus they burn for 35+ hours. I want a family of five, just for myself! Formed in Oregon of 100% beeswax, the Grain team turns each candle on a lathe to create these unique designs. Available in three sizes and four styles from $22 each.

(Stick Candle Holders also from Grain, sold separately.)
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