Photo by Birgit Loit

Times are tricky for just about everybody right now, but local businesses are especially vulnerable to certain setbacks, like, say, a global pandemic. The good news: it’s easy and fun to support them. We have compiled a list of ten creative entrepreneurs, whose products make great gifts. This time: Brandt Candles.

Giselle Habraken started Brandt (which means it burns in Dutch) in 2016, after she learned the art of candle-making in Sunset Park, New York City. She calls it “one of the most inspiring candle studios in the world”. Back in Utrecht she decided to start her own label, and now she creates beautiful handmade candles from soy and other plant-based products. The packaging is sustainable, and inspired by old-fashioned apothecaries.