Ho-ho-ho—it’s the time we wait all year for! This week, we welcome the big man in the red suit! He, the Mrs., and their squadron of elves are almost done in the toy shop, perfecting every detail of all the must-have items on our list. They all took a morning break to send us an important telegram from the North Pole. We are supposed to keep it a secret, but we’re going to share it with you!
Santa and the crew have a few last-minute tricks up their sleeve: a haul of handmade gifts perfect for the gamers and toy lovers in your life! So if your present pile was lacking a few extras, surprise friends and family members with a post-holiday bonus they’ll love.
Level Up Your Holiday With 9 Candles and Self-Care Goodies Inspired by Toys, Video Games, and Tabletop RPGs
3D Candle Creations by Esma (GA)
Game Controller Candle
Maker: Elizabeth Young
Every gamer knows that a crowd-pleasing streaming setup has two qualities: the right equipment and a captivating ambiance. When picking out LED strips and key lights, don’t forget one of the most important illuminators: candlelight. Get your hands on these hyper-realistic game controllers to immediately level up your vibe.
Epic Adventure Candle Co. (IN)
GEN CON RPG Candle Gift Set
Maker: Terra Perry
Welcome players into your game with immersive scents and sounds. This 4-pack of fantasy gaming candles plunges everyone into the full tabletop RPG experience, wafting storied fragrances of dragons and frostmaidens. Plus, the crackling wooden wick will flicker like torches and backwoods campfires.
Iron Clover Candle Co. (NJ)
Brewster's Hot Cocoa
Maker: Justine Bergman
Turn in your hard-earned bells (ahem, dollars) to turn your home into a paradise! This candle delivers on the theme of everybody’s (32+ million sold, so we really do mean everybody’s!) favorite comfort game with cozy hot chocolate and creamy peppermint scents. Now be sure to light up this candle right when you receive it: you don’t want to ruffle Brewster’s feathers.
Incendio Candle Co. (CA)
Maker: Jamie Colbert
Skip the long years of hero schooling and immediately power up with this manga-inspired candle from Incendio Candle Co.! Each candle captures the quirks of a certain set of champions in training. Like this Todoroki candle that merges competing psyches of fire and ice into one fragrance: it’s bright and floral yet speckled with deep-woods mystery.
The Cat and the Crystal (NJ)
Babydoll Head Candle
Maker: Jaime Clayton
Elves go through precision training to ace every doll detail. Their only competition might be The Cat and the Crystal, who designs their own 3D printer candle molds to get the look just right. Pick from a bevy of colors for a babydoll that will surprise—or spook!—guests!
Dungeon Master Candle
Maker: Josephine West
Every Dungeon Master deserves a little pomp and circumstance—make sure your fellow players know who’s in charge by lighting this RPG-inspired candle! This masterful and valiant scent will bring every detail of your world to life, inspiring a sense of adventure in every participant.
Gamer Fumes (CA)
Pog Sauce Wood Wick Candle
Maker: Vincenzo Cerruti
This candle is the true pogchamp of the holidays. Gamer Fumes captures all the POG hype (used to celebrate an extraordinary Play Of the Game) in this woody, musky, and myrrh-y candle worthy of all the emotes.
Maker: Jen Henkel
The artisans at HenkelMade have all the one-of-a-kind decor pieces set to level up your game lair. This engraved signboard was all the rage at Comic-Con, listing out the key ingredients needed for an unbeatable all-day gaming session.
It's A Beautiful Life Boutique (Ontario, Canada)
Hidden Toy Bath Bomb
Maker: Natalie Bossence
Santa’s haul is not complete without the friendly plastic toy block brigade! These guys make bath time fun—each fizzy is filled with a surprise toy. Immerse it in warm water to reveal the hidden bonus!
Questions for discussion and sharing
What toy or game is topping your gift list this season? Let us know in the comments!
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