Whether you are headed to the in-laws’ home, the parents of a significant other, your BFF’s house, or just hitting the party circuit, it’s always a classy move to bring a little something for the hostess. I love bringing the hostess a small token of appreciation to acknowledge the time and energy she invested in planning the gathering, given I believe most of us find the Holiday Season to be a busy time, like bananas busy! Plus, being the resident “gift-purchaser” for both clients and several members of my family, I love shopping for chic (of course!), thoughtful gifts, with people’s personality and interests in mind.
(Disclosure, although relatively common, bringing the hostess their favorite wine or champagne is always gracious and appropriate …we all have those Rose all Day gals in our life! If guests are bringing a bottle to share at the party, I do like to bring the hostess her own with a little note attached indicating for her to enjoy herself…later!)
For the Girl Who Loves Her Home…
First, one of my absolute favorite go-to hostess gifts, especially for the gal who loves pretty things for her home, is a fabulous coffee table book! I believe this is a universally-loved gift, as it can add interest and beauty to ones’ living space, help the millennials in your life feel like they are truly adulting, spark interesting conversations among guests, and of course offer beautiful photos of things of interest. A few that I have given or received, and LOVE, are below – The Fashion Book (dubbed “the Fashion Bible” by Vogue Magazine), Behind the Runway (amazing photography and serious eye candy), The One Hundred (a fun insight into pieces every woman should own from acclaimed fashion editor Nina Garcia), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (NYT-best-selling guide to decluttering that has reached cult status in recent years), and of course, The French Laundry Cookbook (celebrating the acclaimed Napa Valley restaurant, and the classiest, most beautiful cookbook around in my opinion). Obviously, the options are endless depending on the recipients’ interests. And, as an added bonus, you can usually score the perfect coffee table book via Amazon…quickly…for all my fellow Prime addicts out there!
Another one of my all-time favorite places for purchasing unique gifts for the home is Minted. Minted is a website selling unique and beautiful pieces from independent artists around the world, primarily in the areas of art, stationary and home décor. I can get lost on the site for hours at a time! Many items on the site are able to be personalized (i.e., size, matting, frame design, etc.), so gifts are truly special. I particularly love the foil-pressed art, and have both received and given gold foil-pressed art gifts, which are so gorgeous and sparkly! (Gold foil Florida print pictured below.) So, for any lady who loves unique art that she most likely has not seen before, I highly recommend Minted! (PS – Minted allows you to design your own cards as well…some VERY cool ideas there!)
One more quick idea for the gal who loves home décor is a stunning and stylish catch-all tray or trinket box. (Anyone following my blog knows I am obsessed with both!) These can be placed pretty much anywhere throughout the home, and in addition to adding a touch of glam they are useful in keeping track of small, random items. My favorite place to find both is Z Gallerie, where they have a variety of designs and colors suitable for a range of décor styles, with many being adorned with fab adornments. Z Gallerie’s Annabelle Box is below; the Mia Box and Geo Box are available online / in-store, which are also perfect options.
For the Girl Who Loves to Entertain…
For our girlfriends who love to host, whether that be large gatherings or smaller more intimate dinners, my first stop for hostess gifts is often Nambé, a Santa Fe-based tabletop and décor company. Nambé offers a collection of serverware, barware, décor and gift items, created via collaboration with designers from around the world. If you are not familiar with the line, a variety of pieces are offered in mediums like alloy, wood, crystal, stainless steel and others…and the designs are AMAZING! The line is sold in some retail stores, but the website makes gift shopping super easy by offering ideas based on price, occasion and interest. As a bonus, the products are packaged beautifully, adding some serious WOW factor to an already beautiful gift. While the Nambé options for the consummate Entertainer are many, I have gifted the serving set pictured below on more than one occasion.
Next, I urge you to never underestimate the power of gifting a hostess a fabulous serving tray! I find these are always appreciated, enjoyed and USED. My favorite place to find modern and original trays is Crate & Barrel. It seems they are always offering new designs, and in reviewing what is available online I would venture to say that most (if not all!) décor styles are represented, making selecting a gift simple and more importantly, quick. (Remember, serving trays are a perfect gift even for those gals who might not consider themselves too talented in the kitchen…like yours truly! Even I can handle creating a gorgeous cheese platter!) Two styles I love are glass slab and slate, but depending on the recipient, tons of other options are ALWAYS available. (By the way, I believe coasters and small appetizer plates to be universally perfect gifts as well!)
For the Girl Who Loves to Pamper…
After watching the IMMENSE amount of time and effort a girlfriend of mine made in planning a large, extravagant and beautiful Thanksgiving dinner year after year, I strayed from the more “usual” themes of hostess gifts and bought her a luxurious collection of bubble bath! Although it may seem random, I decided that she needed something for herself, and certainly deserved it after showing so many of us such a wonderful holiday. (I always attach a little note telling them to indulge in these gifts after their fabulous fete!) This particular girlfriend was a Laura Mercier lover, and she absolutely raved about the Laura Mercier bath products, so she received a variety of their honey bath products. The line is available at many retailers, but I have always purchased mine at either Nordstrom or Sephora. (Eventually I had to try them myself (shocker, I know!), and my favorites were the Fresh Fig, Crème Brûlée and Almond Coconut…DIVINE!)
Another quick and easy idea for the lovely hostess and beauty lover, especially at this time of year, is one of Sephora’s makeup, hair, skin or fragrance gift sets / boxes. These boxes are carefully curated by Sephora based on best-sellers and “favorites”, and usually contain a selection of both full and sample size products. The Holiday 2017 offerings seemed almost endless when I recently visited to pick up a few stocking stuffers, and I found even more awesome options online! Two I purchased for others this year are the Buxom Purrfectly Plumping lip collection and the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip set. (What girl does not love some shimmer and shine, or a PERFECT nude lip for that matter!?!?) So, by selecting a set based on their favorite brands, products or beauty regimen, I think that although arguably somewhat unconventional, I firmly believe this is a seriously underrated hostess gift idea!
While my post is long, I focused on offering ideas that I know are both easily accessible and available, literally, via a few minutes on the Internet! (If you have to read later, see photos and highlighted websites!) I know there have been party-heavy seasons in the past where I find myself with serious hostess gift fatigue, so I hope these ideas either inspired you and/or assured you that the idea you originally had is a fabulous one! (Note, I think all of these are awesome gifts for virtually any occasion…not just hostess gifts!) As always, thank you for being here, and I will talk to you soon!