On a cold, December night in South Hadley, Massachusetts, a 16-year-old high school student sat at his family’s kitchen table. Christmas was just around the corner and he didn’t have any money to buy a gift for his mother. Fortunately, his desperation led to inspiration.
He decided to make a candle for his mom because it would be a completely unique and personal gift – something she would really appreciate. He also knew she was a little nostalgic, too, and that memories and emotions were important to her. Best of all, she loved to celebrate the holidays.
So he created a simple candle from everyday materials he found there in the kitchen: household wax, a red crayon, some string for a wick and a milk carton for the mold. A neighbor happened to see the candle before he could give it to his mother and was so impressed, she convinced him to sell it to her. With his newfound wealth, the teenager bought enough materials to make two new candles – one for his mother and another to sell. And that’s how Yankee Candle was born.
Today, The Yankee Candle Company is proud to be a part of so many people’s lives, from celebrating special moments to making every day brighter. Because of this, we have a uniquely personal relationship with our customers. It’s something we never take for granted. After nearly 50 years, we remain as particular, passionate, creative, caring and genuine as ever. We still make sure that every product and service we offer reflect the things that matter most to us … and to you.