Gift Edit 2023

I’m a Former Anthropologie Employee, and I Guarantee That These 13 Gifts Will Be Crowdpleasers

updated Nov 10, 2023
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During the half year I worked there, all of my gifts were exclusively from Anthropologie. And who could blame me? On top of getting a generous employee discount, looking at all of the items over and over again on my shifts gave me a lot of time to think about what would make the perfect present for my family members. As a major bonus, I also got tons of inspiration from customers when I worked the checkout. I must’ve been asked to wrap hundreds of gifts, especially post-Thanksgiving. 

All in all, from a matching floral apron and oven mitt for my grandma to a Capri Blue Volcano candle as a stocking stuffer for my aunt, every piece I gifted that year was a resounding hit. Even post-Anthro employment, I’m already planning on making a few trips to my local store for my Christmas gifts this year. And speaking from experience, there are so many amazing options that it’s no simple task to narrow down all of their offerings. But don’t fret: I’ve got you covered! Here are some home items that’ll earn you the title of best gift giver, regardless of the occasion.

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You’ll essentially give two gifts for the price of one with this snow globe-candle hybrid that can be personalized with an initial. In addition to the scent being especially fitting for winter — it’s a woodsy evergreen blend — your giftee will want to keep the vessel's snow globe lid long after the candle’s run out.

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Another monogrammed gift that’s been a popular option at Anthro for years? This Art Deco-style mug is shockingly budget-friendly but looks totally high-end. Plus, there are several other matching options — like this dinner plate and these salt and pepper shakers — so you can give your recipient more items to build their collection over time.

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It’s hard to land on the perfect scent for someone else when you have different tastes — so instead of picking one, why don’t you give them 12? One of Anthro’s most popular candle brands is offering a gift set that includes a range of fragrances, from vanilla to orange to pumpkin.

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Show the jewelry lover in your life that you love them with this adorable trinket dish. Its miniature size means that they’ll definitely be able to find a place for it to go, and paired with a couple of rings, it makes for a stellar stocking stuffer.

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I came across these molten rock coasters in-store recently, and they really look as beautiful in person as they do in the photos with the shimmering broken glass look on the inside. They come in a range of vibrant colors that’ll look perfect on a bar cart or side table.

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Is there anything I can say about Anthro’s signature, best-selling candle that hasn’t already been said? Volcano is a tropical, fruity scent that quite literally never gets old — and you can trust me on that, because one was burning almost every shift I worked. It helps that the vessels Volcano comes in are stunning, so it’s a stylish piece of decor as well.

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Among many other things, Anthro is known for its adorable glassware that adds a little luxury to your kitchen. There are eight versions of this juice glass, with different icons ranging from hearts to rainbows, so you can personalize it to the tastes of your giftee.

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I sold dozens of monogrammed felt ornaments over the holidays last year — they are an unbeatable (and affordable) stocking stuffer! The handmade look gives it an extra dose of personal flair that’s sure to go over well come Christmas.

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If you’re an Anthro fan, odds are you’ve heard of the famous (and pricey) Primrose floor mirror that influencers and celebrities love. But if the huge version is understandably out of your budget, this vanity tray is an affordable option that’ll glam up your giftee’s makeup station or make for a luxe coffee table tray.

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If the person you’re shopping for loves to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, Anthro has a wide selection of gorgeous dishtowels that’ll match their design style. This whimsical, bright-colored set is just over $20, which is ideal if you’re on a budget but want to deliver a gift that looks and feels high quality.

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Whenever I wrapped one of these throws for a customer, I was always shocked at how soft the faux fur felt — and hundreds of customers appear to be of a similar mind, according to the reviews. You really can’t go wrong with giving someone a cozy blanket, and this one will be an immediate go-to once the weather starts getting colder.

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This Primrose-esque frame will make for the perfect gift, especially if you add a photo of you and your recipient to it! The Victoria frame comes in a variety of sizes and shapes and has dozens of rave reviews to boot.

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Shopping for a game and interior design lover? This exclusive version of Monopoly features a vintage design of the board game, and when it’s boxed up, it resembles a book, so it doubles as a chic display piece.