Traveling is a multisensory experience. Whether it's the soothing scent of a salty seawater breeze or the enticing aroma of freshly baked sweets at a local farmers’ market, the smells of a place leave their mark just as much as the sights do.
So during times like now, when travel looks much different (read: practically non-existent), you may find yourself missing the scents you once took for granted. I, for one, am even longing for the unpleasant yet familiar scents of my former home, New York City, and I know plenty of my loved ones are, too.
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Since launching in 2016, Homesick has been on a mission to “bring joy to your home by helping you feel closer to the people, places and moments that matter most,” according to the brand. And really, isn’t that what we need most in this crazy year?
It helps that the popular brand has expanded its original catalog to include candles inspired by major cities all over the country, ones that capture the scent of each state, and ones that celebrate international destinations. So if your travels have been put on hold and you’re longing for a beloved place miles away, Homesick candles make it possible for you to escape there.
Another reason I feel great about gifting the candles is because I’ve received them first-hand and loved the sentiment. Each time I lit the maple-scented Pennsylvania candle that rested on the coffee table of my Austin, Texas home, I fondly thought of my home state over a thousand miles away and all the people there whom I love.
As far as candles go, they last surprisingly long. And if you, like me, are working from home right now and burning through candles like it’s your second job, you’ll understand just how rare it is to find a one that doesn’t disappear too quickly.
While traveling may be paused right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t give the gift of someone’s favorite place on the map. Below, shop select Homesick favorites, and head to Amazon to check out the entire collection of destination-inspired scents.
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