10 Holiday Gifts for a Happy Hostess
How do you let your host(ess) with the most(est) know you appreciate how much time they spent rolling those pigs into their tasty blankets? You’ll always win with wine and sweets, but if you’re interested in thinking outside the gift box, here are 10 hostess gifts sure to get you invited back next year.
Grid Art Wall Photo Display
This one takes a little bit of effort, but your host will be thrilled when you present this Grid Art Wall Photo Display that holds sixteen 4×4 images that you went ahead and printed out from their Instagram feed, you sneaky, clever thing. Choose vivid images that will make your host happy, including selfies, cat pics, food shots, scenery and even photos of you. Scratch that – especially photos of you.
$30 at Zone
Faux Fur Wine Bag
Slip your sauvignon blanc or vintage red into something a little more comfortable with this lush faux fur wine bag. It’s a stylish way to tote your tipple to the party, and your host will be more than happy when you leave it there. Just be sure the bottle inside is something good.
$9 at Restoration Hardware
Want to give a gift that supports our Canadian athletes with true north style? The Bay’s iconic red mittens can’t be beaten. In addition to looking good and keeping your host’s hands warm, The Bay will donate $3.33 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation for each pair sold. Considering how quickly 2010’s Vancouver mittens sold out, you’d be wise to get your mitts on these right away.
$10 at The Bay
Oak and Slate Cheeseboard
Remember last year when your host mixed up the cheddar with the gouda and the party was ruined? Okay, so that never happened. And it never will, if you can help it. Chalk your holiday greetings on this oak and slate cheeseboard from Indigo Books and tie it up in a pretty ribbon. Add a box of fancy crackers and a selection of local cheese and you’re good to go.
$29.50 at Indigo
Molton Brown Myrrh Muske & Cypress Candle
Word to the wise men: myrrh is something of a traditional Christmas gift, and you’ll elevate the seasonal scent with this luxurious Myrrh Muske and Cypress Candle from London’s bath & body connoisseurs, Molton Brown. Wrap it with a gold ribbon (since frankincense is a bit harder to come by) and you’ve got a gift fit for the magi.
$55 at Holt Renfrew
Menorah Napkin Rings
If you’re visiting a Jewish home to light the Hanukkah candles and take the dreidel for a spin, offer your host these rather substantial Menorah napkin rings made from silver-plated brass with an antiqued lacquer finish. Bring along some napkins (we love these in gold damask), especially if you plan on getting your latke on.
$62.88 at williams-sonoma.com
Tea for the Tree Ornaments
Decorate your host’s tree with David’s Tea’s cute ornament set filled with holiday teas like Santa’s Secret (black tea and peppermint with mini candy cane sprinkles), Sleigh Ride (an apple and spice blend) or Gingerbread (a sweet and spicy rooibus) for a post-party cuppa. Add a pretty mug with its own stainless steel infuser for a sweet steep.
$12.50 at David’s Tea
l’Occitane Hand Indulgence Set
It is a fact of Canadian life that every person needs at least three tubes of hand cream to make it through the winter. l’Occitane’s hand indulgence set comes with three ultra-pretty tubes of shea butter-enriched formulas in a variety of scents including Passionate Jasmine, Violet and Rose Tenderness. You know, you may as well get one for yourself while you’re at it.
$32 at Sephora
If you’re already planning to bring an assortment of holiday cookies (homemade or store-bought), artfully place them on this beautiful floral tray from Zara Home and you’ve got a gift that will keep giving long after the party is over. Tray chic, non?
$39.90 at Zara Home
For the host who takes their vodka seriously, this sleek vodka set from Glucksteinhome with six shot glasses and a metal holder certainly suggests a level of seasonal spirit to which all parties aspire. Who will be the six guests left standing when you’re decking the halls with shots of vodka at the end of the soirée? Better make sure one of them is you.
$69.99 at The Bay