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When I was buying myself some votive yankee candles before Christmas, I decided that I would also be best to get myself a holder so I could burn the candles in safety and I was immediately attracted to the gingerbread range made by yankee candle. I really liked the cute little gingerbread characters as they seemed rather jolly and festive, so I went for the holder as shown above in the picture.
The holder is basically a little glass holder which has got a ceramic outer layer that features 4 gingerbread characters with their arms outstretched. When the candle you are burning is in the holder, you can only see small glimpses of it through the gaps between them. The characters are decorated with little squiggles and dots like you would see on an edible iced gingerbread man. They have been made to look like 2 females and 2 males.
The female characters have green curly hair, a red bow round there neck, and a squiggle to indicate the hem of a dress. They are holding red swirly lollipops. The male characters hold a candy cane, and they feature buttons down their top, a green bow tie, and a white curl to indicate hair.
The ceramic portion also has a dusting of glitter which reminds me of when you sift icing sugar onto freshly baked cakes and biscuits. It looks a little like a frosty morning.
I have found that the holder is really good quality. It is quite heavy, and the holder is really insulated so even when it has been holding a candle for a couple of hours, then the base does not feel hot at all.
As a holder, I have found that it does have slight issues. It is only just bigger than a votive candle, so when the candle has been left burning a while, it can lose wax by it dripping down the side of the candle. Once this happened, my candle was stuck within the holder, so I had to keep burning the same candle till it was used or I guess I could have tipped out the molten wax, but this would have been a waste.
Once the candle was stuck in the bottom, I could only light it with a match, and I found that the wick also got longer than I would like and started to burn quite sootily, leaving a black layer round the lip of the glass. I have some stuart crystal candle holders, and I find with them, even when wax has gone down the side, the glass is so smooth that the wax hardens again and I can take the deformed candle out of the glass quite easily. The glass here is definitely low grade, more similar to a drinking glass really.
Another slight problem is you are not supposed to wash the holder, as I guess all the paint and glitter will come off, so I need to just carefully wipe away any soot and waxy residue.
For the price I paid, £7.25, the quality is good enough, and I can't really complain about it. I like it well enough that I didn't put it away after Christmas along with the decorations, and I have been using it regardless of the season because the cute little characters always make me smile.