A line of candle making kits, created by Hexham-based Northumbrian Candleworks has been shortlisted for a Gift of the Year Award. The Candle Making Kits range has been listed in the Home Fragrance category in the annual awards hosted by the Giftware Association.

Head Chandler and business owner at Northumbrian Candleworks, Peter Cooke, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon that our Candle Making Kits have made the shortlist for a national award.

“It’s especially exciting to make the list as this year, the awards, which identify and celebrate the very best products on the market right now, received a record number of entries.

“We’re really proud to be flying the flag for the North East and giving the rest of the UK a flavour of the great, innovative businesses that are based and continue to thrive here.”

The Candle Making Kits come in a variety of fragrances with generic and occasion kits available (including Christmas, Kids and Happy Birthday), and include everything to make two candle tins at home. Packaged in a stylish brown paper bag, each kit includes a selection of options for labelling the candle tin, allowing the tins to be adapted and personalised.

Peter Cooke added, “The candle making kits came about after we received questions from our customers about how we make our artisan scented soy candles. Since we enjoy crafting our luxury candles so much, we wanted to offer everyone the chance to create their very own soy candles at home – without the need for any specialist equipment.”

The shortlisted entries for Gift of the Year were chosen by a panel of expert judges. The next stage involves judging of sample products, viewed in person to identify three finalists per category. The winners of each category will be revealed at Spring Fair, an annual gift and home trade event taking place in early February.

Northumbrian Candleworks offers a range of scented soy candles and reed diffusers, all of which are hand-crafted at the workshop in Hexham, Northumberland.
The soy used is sustainable and free from GM with no pesticides or herbicides used in the cultivation of the soy. Soya beans are a renewable source and are fully biodegradable, making it the ideal product for those who like to be eco-friendly.