6 Personal But Practical Gifts on a Small-Space Designer’s Wish List
Early bird gets the most thoughtful present at Anthropologie.
Published Oct 24, 2022 6:00 AM
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Whitney Leigh Morris approaches gift giving the same way she approaches design: thoughtfully and intentionally. Well acquainted with small-space living (see: the less-than-800-square-foot 1800s French farmhouse Morris and her family are in the process of restoring or their previous 362-square-foot California cottage), the designer has a knack for distilling calm from clutter—which is particularly helpful during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. For Morris, less really is more, and the best gifts are the ones that not only bring joy but utility.
The simplest way to practice mindfulness during gifting season is to start early. (Last-minute presents are usually a recipe for regret.) So we asked Morris to curate a selection of thoughtful gift ideas from Anthropologie to give you a head start. From cozy throw blankets that remind you to rest to bud vases that resemble woodland creatures (for an air-purifying plant, of course), there’s a gift for even the most particular on your list, as she describes, below.
Flora and Fauna: Woodland Bud Vase
We could all use an earth-friendly gift that helps reduce stress while cleaning the air indoors, and houseplants do just that. Make your greenery gift more meaningful by propagating one of your own favorite plants and placing the clippings in these playful yet sophisticated bud vases.
Your Serve: Gleaming Primrose Vanity Tray
Baking for your loved ones this season? Present your fresh-out-of-the-oven treats (just let them cool first!) on an ornately trimmed, light-reflecting tray for them to keep. It can later brighten up their vanity or another small space thanks to its mirrored surface.
Drink and Be Merry: Cozy Teapot Tower
Promote health, relaxation, and connection with the help of this delightful tea set—my personal favorite! Whether enjoying a hot beverage solo or with a special someone, your recipient will be more likely to start the day smiling with one of these adorable ceramic designs in hand.
Soft Spot: Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Encourage your loved ones to rest and recharge in style with one with these faux fur throw blankets. Available in eight seasonal yet versatile colors, they look like they slipped straight off Santa’s sleigh.
Skiing Double: Snow Day Pillow
For those in small spaces like us, there’s no savvier way to seasonally adorn a room without cluttering it up than with festive pillow covers. Create a wintry wonderland—even in warmer climates—with these fluffy, embroidered cushions, either as singles or a set.
Glow On: Wood Humble Home Candle
Remember to take care of yourself this season, too. Cozy candlelight flickering from these sweet wood house candles will not only enhance the festive feeling of your space but will provide you with the simple, soothing gift of a magical glow.