These candles smell like home, and they're the perfect gift

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The holiday season is all about families and friends coming together to celebrate, eat good food, and open presents. But sometimes, you can't make it home for the holidays and you end up feeling a bit homesick. There's one sure-fire way to erase the holiday blues and that's with an awesome candle that will conjure memories of your home city, state, or favorite experience.

Homesick makes classic white candles with customized scents for each of the 50 states, several cities, and experiences like being in grandma's kitchen, smelling books, or heading off to marine science summer camps camp. 

It may sound crazy, but scent is very closely tied to memory. That's why when you smell cookies baking in the oven, you feel like you're back in your kitchen helping grandma decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles. 

To come up with the customized scents for each city and state, Homesick polled people from those areas to find out what home smelled like to them. The results range from the hilarious — like Jewish Christmas, which smells like, "Buttered popcorn and a movie at the local theatre followed by an overindulgence of Chinese food with friends and family," — to the classics, like Grandma's Kitchen, which smells like "The scents of rich butter mixed with touches of apple, cinnamon, clove and a hint of sugar cookie. Tonka bean and sugar finish out this homey aroma."

Each candle is made from all-natural soy wax, which is hand-poured into a classy glass container. The simple black and white labels look cool and let you know what candle you're smelling. The candles come in cute, colorful boxes, making them perfect gifts for anyone who wants a whiff of nostalgia in their home away from home. Homesick's candles are also really reasonably priced at $29.95 and you get free one-day shipping on Amazon.

We tried two Homesick candles: New York City and Holiday. Keep scrolling to see what we thought of them.

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