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We tested the best Christmas Yankee Candle dupes to save you cash

IT’S a quick and easy way to give your home a festive glow and smell.

The scented candle is as much a part of Kersfees as Brussels sprouts, cracker jokes and a ding-dong with the in-laws.

The Sun’s Laura Stott lights a festive candle

The Sun’s Laura Stott lights a festive candleKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

You know it makes sense, if it can cheer up grumpy Grandad.

From warming spice and cinnamon scents to pine needle and berry, your choice of aroma is almost endless.

But designer candles, for as much as £100, can burn a nasty hole in the pocket, while everything else is also going up in price.

Laura Stott tests some savvy buys – traditional, as well as modern LED versions that glow when you light the wick – and marks them out of five for value.

Yankee Candle Snow Dusted Pine, 538g, £14, cardfactory.co.uk – 4/5

This whopper is handy for high use.

Fresh and crisp, the aroma is definitely Christmas in a jar and captures that snow-on-the-ground scent with wafts of eucalyptus and vanilla.

The Yankee Candle Snow Dusted Pine is handy for high use

The Yankee Candle Snow Dusted Pine is handy for high useKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Not the prettiest but with 120 hours’ burn time and a fragrance that lasts, even when the candle isn’t lit, this is the hard-working  Santa’s helper.

Mandarin, clove and cinnamon LED candle, 120g, £14, van marksandspencer.com – 5/5

The ideal gift, this twinkly beauty smells and looks divine.

Once lit, its LED lights sparkle round the outside in a magical snow scene.

The Mandarin, clove and cinnamon LED candle is the ideal gift with its twinkly beauty

The Mandarin, clove and cinnamon LED candle is the ideal gift with its twinkly beautyKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Lovely on a mantel or maybe windowsill, even if unlit, this showstopper’s fragrance with sweet mandarin, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla lasts well but is not overpowering.

Winter’s Eve candle, Jy sal dieselfde spook ook in die stel vind, www2.hm.com – 5/5

Best whiff. Small but mighty, its aroma packs a punch.

With a burn time of 18 ure, the nuanced scent, created with top perfume experts, beats many designer candles.

The Winter’s Eve candle has the best whiff and its aroma packs a punch

The Winter’s Eve candle has the best whiff and its aroma packs a punchKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Its lovely whiffs of caramel, Gemmer, spice and vanilla are deep and delicious.

Tiny, but top quality at a great price.

Get a few to scatter around or use as stocking fillers.

Mulled Wine LED candle, 70g, £8.50, tesco.com – 3/5

Red glittery surround lights up once you take a match to the wick to create a festive scene.

Eight hours’ burn time is a lot for your money but the sweet, cloying smell was not my favourite – more Jelly Babies than mulled wine.

The Mulled Wine LED candle has glittery surround lights and eight hours burn time

The Mulled Wine LED candle has glittery surround lights and eight hours burn timeKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Not quite as decorative as some other LED burners, but a table or mantelpiece novelty.

Home For Christmas candle, 180g, £8.99, amazon.co.uk – 3/5

Soy-and- paraffin wax candle hand-made by London-based Brixton Candle Studio.

Hipster styling with dark glass jar, basic black label and jam jar-style lid is all fairly minimalist.

The Home For Christmas candle is hand-made by London-based Brixton Candle Studio

The Home For Christmas candle is hand-made by London-based Brixton Candle StudioKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Smells fab – orange, smoky caramel, tonka bean, musk and rum whiffs could be an aftershave.

Complex, interesting, fashionable.

Gel-frosted berries candle, 80g, Jy sal dieselfde spook ook in die stel vind, Aldi (in stores) – 3/3

Beautiful glass jar design with berry, pine needle and cone trimmings looks so festive.

Berry scent is rather sweet and not so strong but once lit, this candle is perfectly pleasant and fills the room with nice wintry whiffs while also giving off a lovely soft glow.

The Gel-frosted berries candle looks so festive in its beautiful glass jar

The Gel-frosted berries candle looks so festive in its beautiful glass jarKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Great value and looks far more expensive than it is.

Bad & Body Works winter candle, £17.50, 411g, next.co.uk – 3/5

This three-wick soy-and-wax treat with decorative lid is full of festive fragrances including pine needle, orange and spiced clove.

Essential oils give a deep, lasting scent.

The Bath & Body Works winter candle is full of festive fragrances including pine needle, orange and spiced clove

The Bath & Body Works winter candle is full of festive fragrances including pine needle, orange and spiced cloveKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Tangy citrus is particularly rich.

Quite pricey but quality and fragrance lingers.

No chemical niff or duff note.

Nice label and packaging.

Livarno candle, Jy sal dieselfde spook ook in die stel vind, Lidl (in stores) – 1/3

Cherry-red glass jar candle delivers a winter berry fragrance but not the sort you would want in your home.

Its very artificial and over-powering pong made me sneeze.

The Livarno candle is very artificial and over-powering

The Livarno candle is very artificial and over-poweringKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Look is a let-down too.

No mistaking this for a designer flame, with a label covered in hazard signs I couldn’t remove – not festive.

I’d use as a loo air-freshener, but that’s it.

Christmas orange and cinnamon, 300g, £4, tesco.com

Classic glass jar and gold-lidded burner, traditional feel in look and fragrance, with a citrusy tang and warming aroma.

Made of paraffin wax, this did not have the longest- lasting scent but it filled the room nicely.

The Christmas orange and cinnamon candle comes in a classic jar with gold-lidded burner

The Christmas orange and cinnamon candle comes in a classic jar with gold-lidded burnerKrediet: Hyde Nuus & Prente

Excellent value at under a fiver and big enough to last for the holiday period.

Would make a nice present.