What to gift to your hostess during the holidays?
Holiday party season has begun! Of course your luminous presence at any intimate cocktail party or sumptuous sit-down banquet is the best gift anyone could ask for but it’s always nice (and polite) to bring your host or hostess a small token of appreciation.
Sometimes these little presents are the hardest to buy—you don’t want to spend too much but you certainly don’t want to look cheap! Just remember that you don’t have to make a grand gesture or a showy display. In fact, a small, personal gift can be an incredibly sweet way to say, “Thanks for having me!” Think simple, whimsical, useful, and under $30.
Here are some festive, unique gifts that will ensure you a permanent place on future guest lists.
A bottle of wine is easy, classy, and classic. If choosing the perfect vintage isn’t your strong suit, the 12 bottle Zagat Wine Holiday Essentials Mix ($139 or $11.67 a bottle) is a perfect way to cover all your bases for every occasion this holiday season in one fell swoop.
Everyone can use more stationery and this Gracias & Kisses Note Card Set ($14.00) is the perfect way to say thank you and besos!
For the discerning tequila aficionado this Tequila Service ($42.95) is a great choice.
The Gift Stack of Tagalongs ($19.50) comes with five adorable (and reusable!) tins filled with tea sachets. Simple and elegant.
A spicy twist on hot cocoa, Xocolatl Drinking Chocolate ($11.95) is a zesty indulgence. And it’s made from fair trade cocoa!
Who can resist chocolate? This fair trade Dark Chocolate Covered Salted Fudge ($9.29) is a savory guilt-free sweet.
This Garden Bon Bon Set ($14.95) looks good enough to eat but these are actually little seed balls that you can plant in a pot or garden. Absolutely adorable.
These handmade Natural Gourd Ornaments ($8-12.00) from Peru are unique little works of art that look equally gorgeous on the tree or adorning the mantle.
Finally—when in doubt, fresh flowers are always a fabulous and beautiful way to show your appreciation.