The Anthroplologie Home sale section is generally my go-to for gifts. You can usually find unique serveware, whimsical candle holders or fun desk accessories. The kind of things people don't usually buy for themselves, but appreciate getting from a friend. I'll either stock up for birthday season (my girlfriends all have b-days consecutively March-June) or last minute hostess gifts. In fact, this past weekend, as I headed out to a Galentine's Party, I grabbed a bottle of wine and went into my gift drawer to find a cute lemon bottle opener I purchased last November. It was the perfect present to have in tow.
Even better than an Antrho sale is the Extra $40% they offer from time to time. The most recent EXTRA40 sale started yesterday, so here's my picks for some good buys. The fun (cheaper) stuff tends to go quick, so take a look before these links expire :)
Clockwise from top left:
Citrus Squeeze Bottle Opener: SALE PRICE $6.95 (+ 40% off)
Estella Bowl SALE PRICE $9.95 (+ 40% off)
Sonora Cocktail Napkin SALE PRICE $3.95 (+ 40% off)
Provisions Measuring Cups SALE PRICE $29.95 (+ 40% off)
Sun Grove Salt + Pepper dish SALE PRICE $9.95 (+ 40% off)
Metallic Ruler SALE PRICE $4.95 (+ 40% off)
Truth be told, my only complaint about Anthropologie is their archaic approach to shipping costs. A little dramatic (I know) but anywhere else, it's usually free after a $50 minimum. However, at Antro, the more items you buy, the more expensive the shipping. The trick is to call a local store and ask them to place the order. As annoying as it is, they are usually super helpful and I've heard that they do it all the time. Apparently, I'm not the only one that gets amped up on shipping costs!!
And, if you're in the mood for more of a splurge, this Darby Side Table is on major sale $499 (was $798) + 40% off, so it's basically $300. I'm a huge fan of chestnut burl done well. This would look great next to a modern white leather sofa or or deep blue velvet couch. See how Emily Henderson incorporated a similar look in her guest bedroom below: white leather + chestnut side tables + blue velvet = perfection.