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.)
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.