When I travel, whether it's a few towns over or across an ocean, I try to check out the local farmers' market. Walking the aisles and browsing the booths is a great way to get a sense of the place you're visiting. The locally grown and raised products literally and figuratively give you a taste of the culture.
If I come across a market that sells honey, there's usually a beeswax candle vendor nearby.
Beeswax is a material naturally produced in honeybee hives; worker bees use it for strengthening and supporting the hive structure. Just like honey, beeswax differs depending on where it's from and the types of flowers present in the pollination process. People have been extracting this wax and using it for candles for centuries. Candles that you'd typically find in a grocery store or chain candle shop are often made from paraffin, a material derived from non-renewable petroleum, coal, and shale.
At a farmers' market, the person selling you a beeswax candle is likely the same person who actually raised the bees that made it. As gift-giving season officially kicks off today, consider beeswax candles over their paraffin counterparts. They're more sustainable and often locally made. Plus, they omit a natural honey scent. How sweet!