Holiday gift guide: What to give the hostess with the mostest
This time of year, you’re likely dashing from one holiday gathering to the next. You may even be spending the night with friends or family if celebrations take you out of town.
The authors of Emily Post’s Etiquette (18th edition, William Morrow) have one firm suggestion: Don’t arrive empty-handed.
“A gift for your host or hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality and is always appreciated,” write the great-great granddaughters of the original Emily Post (good manners is clearly a strong family value). “It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive: Simply consider the nature of the occasion and local custom when making your choice.”
They suggest wine, specialty food items and—our favorite—small gifts for the home. Michele Loeper, spokeswoman for Ten Thousand Villages, adds one other suggestion: Consider something hand-made. If you’re not the crafty sort, the store, which specializes in fair-trade, handmade gifts, has you covered.
“A hand-crafted home accent is a perfect way to thank a friend or neighbor for inviting you into their home,” Loeper says. “Consider choosing an item that is both practical and unique. That way, she’ll remember your thoughtfulness and appreciation of her each and every time she uses it.”
We’ve plucked a few thoughtful, unique gift suggestions sure to make any host smile:
Bowl ’em over
Let a little reindeer watch over a holiday party with this fun metal trio of bowls, hand-crafted in India. Winter Wonderland condiment bowl, $20, tenthousandvillages.com
Coast on by
These handsome coasters are perfect for the male host. Monogram coasters and coaster holders, $19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Light it up
If your relative or friend isn’t much of a baker, this candle will at least give the home the illusion that it’s filled with the smells of wonderful baked goods. Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie jar candle, $24.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
Toast the season
For the host and hostess with a sense of humor, we suggest this fun towel. 12 Days of Holiday Cocktails kitchen towel, $4.99, bedbathandbeyond.com
This board is so cool, don’t be surprised if your hosts use it right away. Ceramic markers even allow you to mark the kinds of cheese presented. Picnic Time Dello cheese board, $30.99, kohls.com
What do you get for your “girls’ night out” buddies? Problem solved. Clearly Fun three-pack Martini soap, $19.99, bedbathandbeyond.com