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The best Christmas reed diffusers — perfect stocking stuffers, in our opinion — are here to embrace the festive spirit, whether it's through the aroma of a Douglas Fir or the sweet peppermint sprinkled into our favorite cookies.
Although it might be hard to believe that the end of 2023 is quickly approaching, one thing we can look forward to towards the tail-end of the calendar year is all things cozy. Needless to say, we're ready for the hygge, starting with scents.
If you're looking for the best reed diffusers in your collection to get a wintry mix, consider your wishlist covered. Even better news? If you're more likely to strike a match, our edit of our best candles has Santa's stamp of approval.
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Whatever the winter lacks in temperature it makes up for with premium home fragrances. You'll love the bursts of firewood and fir, so why not narrow down your list to Kris Kringle? Added bonus? Seasonal reed diffusers not only make your abode smell delightful, but the packaging is so lovely, that it can double as Christmas decor.
And if you ask the experts, a fragrance is a hosting essential that everyone needs, particularly during the busiest season of the year. Stocking up on a reed diffuser (or a few) is one of the clever things people with nice-smelling homes always do, but you already knew that.
15 Christmas reed diffusers
Dimensions: 5.9 oz
Scent: Earthy and Woody
Equal parts citrusy and woody, NEST's beloved fragrance (and bedazzled bottle) sports undertones of pomegranate, pine, and cloves — all of the season's best. Though it's essentially Christmas in a bottle, you'll be pleased to know that shoppers say the aroma isn't overpowering. This bottle will last up to three months.
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The quintessential Anthro aroma is available in more than just a candle, a welcome treat for shoppers who can't get enough of the scent while perusing the brand's boho finds. It's a combination of green apple, clove, fir, and pine needles with undertones of white birch, cedar, vetiver, and musk. It's best enjoyed with a fuzzy pair of slippers, in our opinion.
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Dimensions: 3.4 oz
As you contemplate Christmas tree themes, Pottery Barn's new diffuser will make your home smell like fresh greenery (even if your offering is of the faux variety). Enjoy the mixture of juniper berry, Siberian fir, green apple, and clove for a wonderful winter experience. JSYK, the retailer suggests placing five reeds in the diffuser bottle for a medium-sized room.
Dimensions: 6.76 oz
Kitchen staples come winter, this cinnamon and cranberry twist takes a step away from the Douglas Firs and puts another beloved fragrance on the map. Altogether, it includes top notes of cassia and raspberry, middle notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, lavender, and ginger, and a base of musk and coconut.
Dimensions: 4 oz
Scent: Mountain fresh
So you love the way snow-covered ski hills smell, but you'd prefer to be cuddled up on the couch with Netflix. (Same.) Bring the sensation of the outdoors right to your living room with Thymes' selection. The Nordic look of the bottle will go perfectly with other Scandi Christmas decorating ideas.
Dimensions: 3.75 oz
Scent: Frasier Fir
For that freshly-cut Christmas tree smell, look no further. The real Juniper and pine cones inside the bottle add a rustic touch that's perfect for this time of year. Considering the fragrance has aromatherapy benefits and can last up to four months, we'll take two.
Dimensions: 3.5 oz
Scent: Pine needles
There's nothing better in December than the smell of freshly-cut trees (unless you're Clark Griswold, that is). This combo of pine needles, cedarwood, cypress, and evergreen practically begs for a Christmas movie marathon with cocoa and candy canes.
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Scent: Vanilla and wood
Vanilla gets a winterized touch thanks to this handmade gem from AmberandWoodCo, an in-demand brand on Etsy. You'll love the blend of cologne, vanilla, wood, and iced lavender that this diffuser has to offer. Plus, its bottle just got an updated look that will add a rustic charm to your space.
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If you were curious how Santa's workshop smelled in the North Pole — this peppermint pick is it. But do note, this is considered to be one of the more powerful fragrances of the batch. If you don't want to feel overwhelmed by the aroma, we suggest placing it in a spacious area.
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Dimensions: 4 fl oz
For a quintessential Christmas cookie experience, we turn to gingerbread. This reed diffuser is everything we love about the classic treat — gingerbread, cardamom, ginger, dark vanilla, and fresh-ground cinnamon. Good luck not feeling hungry after using this diffuser.
Dimensions: 3.5 fl oz
For a musky, earthy aroma, this combination of leather, teak, and orange will make you crave the cold. Start burning early; it'll last up to three to four months.
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Dimensions: 4 fl oz
Scent: Woodsy, fruity
If this fusion of eucalyptus leaf, lemon zest, sweet orange, crushed spearmint, winter berries, evergreen needle, fir balsam, musk, and cedarwood doesn't make you want to bundle up on the couch, we're not sure what will.
Dimensions: 4.06 fl oz
Settle in for a cozy winter's eve with a fragrance that will give your kitchen a run for its money. This combo of sweet caramel, cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla will make you reach for the milk and cookies.
Dimensions: 4.4 fl oz
Brooklyn Candle Studio is well regarded for its fantastic scents, and the Cypress Tree Reed Diffuser is no exception. A hint of cypress, fir balsam, and juniper all come together to help you celebrate the best season of the year.
Dimensions: 4 fl oz
Pine and leaves are perfectly combined with pale musk, crisp citrus, and earthy herbs to delight our senses during the cold weather months, and we're here for it.
How we chose
We took a look at a variety of fragrances and ultimately chose Christmas reed diffusers with positive consumer reviews, high star ratings, and fair price points from a variety of retailers.
What to consider
1. The diffuser's location
Where will you be using your reed diffuser and how do you want it to smell? For example, you might want something cozier in the living room but more citrusy in the bathroom. Take into consideration where you're going to place the diffuser before narrowing down a scent.
2. Your environment
If you have a lot of little ones coming in and out of your abode come Christmastime, perhaps opting for candles isn't the best way to go. A reed diffuser can provide a similar fragrance but leave your digs flame-free. Be sure to keep the reed diffuser out of reach of young children and pets to ensure they don't consume the liquid, or knock it over accidentally.
3. The diffuser's size
How long are you planning for this winter reed diffuser to last? Opting for a larger bottle will obviously buy you more time, but check each label to see specifics in terms of longevity. The number of reeds, and how many times a week you rotate the sticks can also have an impact on the strength or 'throw' of the scent.
4. Whether or not refills are available
Generally speaking, you will get more bang for your buck if you fill an old vessel with fragrance yourself. So instead of buying a new glass bottle each time, see if the brand sells the diffuser oil as a separate standalone product. You can also save money by buying reeds in bulk from Amazon. This 100-piece set from Vikrom store is highly rated and on sale for Black Friday.
What are scents for Christmas?
When the cold weather hits, people opt for fragrances like cinnamon, pine, citrus, peppermint, vanilla, and firewood. In order to achieve these aromas, try candles, reed diffusers, essential oils, simmer pots, or wax melts.
Where should you not put a reed diffuser?
Avoid placing your reed diffuser wherever there's a strong heat source, as it'll likely evaporate that vanilla/tobacco fragrance combo you were hoping to enjoy throughout December.
What can I do with old reed diffuser bottles?
Once your reed diffuser is complete, there's no need to toss the bottle. It can make for a cute decoration on your vanity or a mini vase for your windowsill.
Where to shop
Still thinking about treating yourself? Make like Kris Kringle and stock your bag with your favorite reeds or one of the best Christmas candles. (You have the elves' permission.)
- Amazon Christmas reed diffusers
- Anthropologie Christmas reed diffusers
- Aromatique Christmas reed diffusers
- Crate and Barrel Christmas reed diffusers
- Etsy Christmas reed diffusers
- H&M Christmas reed diffusers
- Kohls Christmas reed diffusers
- Nordstrom Christmas reed diffusers
- Pier1 Christmas reed diffusers
- Pottery Barn Christmas reed diffusers
- Sephora Christmas reed diffusers
- Thymes Christmas reed diffusers
- Walmart Christmas reed diffusers
- Wayfair Christmas reed diffusers
- Williams Sonoma Christmas reed diffusers
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