Published on March 24, 2021

It’s not that I’m thrifty. As someone who’s willing to pay $300 for a touch-screen toaster, a hefty sum for a tablecloth, and an undisclosed amount for a vintage side table (we will never discuss that purchase again, ever), I’ve become accustomed to throwing down serious cash for items that I’ll keep for a long time.

But a taper candle? Well, aside from a few special ones that I’ll never light because they’re just for show (don’t ask me to explain my logic on that one), I prefer to hunt for cute, colorful options that won’t break the bank. After all I’m just burning them anyway, and in general I like to avoid literally lighting my money on fire. 

In my personal quest to avoid spending more than $4 per candle, here are my favorite taper candles that come in sets, give off the perfect glow, and are well within my budget.

The Classics

Each of these is a solid choice for dinner parties (when we can do that again) or even takeout on a Tuesday. And in a fun color like neon pink—those are Jordan Ferney’s faves—they’re anything but basic.

The Dipped Ones

Dipped candles get narrow at the top, giving them a rustic, handcrafted vibe. And because they usually come in pretty pairs held together by a string, they’re a gift that doesn’t need wrapping.

The Shape-Shifters

Twisted tapers are having a moment, and so other fun designs have followed, from super-straight columns to a hexagonal one that proves geometry is officially cool.

The Multicolored Ones

From ombré to marbled, these pattern plays make a style statement, even if you never light them. Though I strongly encourage that you do, especially the color drip one.

The Variety Packs

These six-packs each come in a perfect palette—no guesswork or online color matching needed. It’s the easiest way to set a cohesive table, period.

Our Winter Renovation issue is here! Subscribe now to step inside Leanne Ford’s latest project—her own historic Pennsylvania home. Plus discover our new rules of reno.

Discussion

Privacy Preference Center

Multiply

These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to this website and how users interface with this website.

mx_bucket_*, mx_cookie, mx_uuid, mx_xp_d, xp_xp_m_android, xgeo, xroll