Add to Cart: Anya Hindmarch's Silly (But Chic) Pencil Diffusers

I'm fresh off a trip to London and Paris — two of the greatest shopping cities in the world, woo-hoo! Some of the places you should definitely check out if you're across the pond: Liberty, The Conran Shop, and Le Bon Marché. These are department stores known for being trendsetters and setting the bar for what's new in luxury.

One thing I saw in all three? Anya Hindmarch's line of home fragrances. You may know her name — she's a British designer (well, icon, really) who got her start in handbags and now makes all sorts of things from clothing and shoes to trinkets and accessories. Her candle collection was a display you couldn't miss in London and Paris: stacks of large votives plastered with stickers that would remind you of high school. Some of the candles are herbal, others fruity, but all decidedly high-end — you know when you smell an expensive candle and it just, well, smells fancy? (And fancy they are: the small size is $75, large is $225, and the jumbo will set you back $525.)

Then she has these diffusers which look like cartoon-y versions of cups filled with pencils:

At first I was like, Wow, that's very silly. But I'm still thinking about them — I mean, I don't think I've ever seen anything like them and honestly, sometimes decor takes itself way too seriously. The scents are also really fun: Pencil Shavings features cedar and rose; Lollipop smells like black currant and "purple tongues,"; and Chewing Gum is a minty-berry aroma.

And yep, they're pricey: $150 each. But if you're searching for a nice gift for the friend who has everything or the person who makes you laugh the most, Anya Hindmarch's diffusers are definitely up for consideration.

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at