I've always heard that aroma is one of the most powerful memory triggers, and I believe it. I can still smell my grandfather's pipe, and it puts me right back there in that day and time almost instantly. The same thing goes for the holidays. For many of us, no other smell ushers in fall quite like pumpkin spice. For me, there's nothing like the scent of balsam fir and cinnamon to remind me of Christmases growing up.

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Candles make it easy to evoke the past nowadays. There are so many different varieties. Probably as many as there are noses. Good Housekeeping knows a thing or two about what it takes to make your home smell great for the holidays. From the traditional to the unique, these candles are sure to keep your holidays bright.

LOOK: ENJOY THE SMELLS OF THE SEASON WITH THESE 8 HOLIDAY CANDLES

Photo: Nest Fragrances/Amazon
Photo: Nest Fragrances/Amazon
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Nest Fragrances - Holiday Candle

Bring the holidays home with the fragrance of orange, pine, cinnamon, cloves and more.

Photo: Bath and Body Works/Amazon
Photo: Bath and Body Works/Amazon
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Bath & Body Works - The Perfect Christmas Candle

Light this one up and get hit with that nostalgic scent of Christmas.

Photo: Thymes/Amazon
Photo: Thymes/Amazon
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Thymes - Frasier Fir Candle

The aroma of a fresh Christmas tree is one of the best of the season, in my opinion.

Photo: Santa's Naturals/Amazon
Photo: Santa's Naturals/Amazon
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Santa's Naturals - Snowfall Christmas Candle

It's clean and pure-smelling, just like fresh snowfall.

Photo: Yankee Candle/Amazon
Photo: Yankee Candle/Amazon
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Yankee Candle - Christmas Cookie

Why not? For many of us, Christmas cookies are one of the best parts of the season.

Photo: Sweetwater Decor Store/Amazon
Photo: Sweetwater Decor Store/Amazon
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Sweet Water Decor - Christmas Candle

You'll find all the classic scents of Christmas in one. Citrus, cinnamon, cloves - it's all there.

Photo: Two Goats Candle Co./Amazon
Photo: Two Goats Candle Co./Amazon
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Two Goats Candle Co. - Cinnamon Buns

I've burned this one. You talk about freshly baked cinnamon rolls out of the oven, light this and enjoy.

Photo: Candeo Candle Store/Amazon
Photo: Candeo Candle Store/Amazon
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Candeo Candle Store - Peppermint Bark

You'll love this one with scents of chocolate and peppermint. You just can't go wrong with these aromas at Christmastime.

For me, there's nothing that goes better with holidays than all the scents that go along with them. It just ties everything together. Plus, they make great gifts themselves. If you're still looking for last-minute gifts, we're here to help. Keep scrolling for a list of good ones and some that maybe aren't so good.

6 Great Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas (And 6 Really Bad Ones)

So you put off your Christmas shopping until the last minute, huh? Well, hopefully this quick guide can help you get a thoughtful gift that'll be a hit rather than a dud that will get you hit. Good luck!

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