The holidays are upon us — and with them, holiday parties. The question becomes: Can you express gratitude for someone other than your family by buying a bottle from the grocery store?
Two gift professionals were consulted by us to help you find the perfect host gift. Jessica SalcedaJ. Isabel Designs is owned by. Charly GossA wardrobe, interior, and event stylist shared her tips on choosing the right gift.
“When selecting a host gift, I always consider the person’s unique style and interests,” Salceda said, noting that something practical is always a good bet.
Goss stated that offering to provide a service was another way of saying thank you.
“I love to support local makers and business owners,” she said. “Seek out your favorite florist for a fresh bouquet, or gift the hostess an hour of house cleaning a few days in advance.”
If you’re going to a Thanksgiving dinner or holiday party at someone else’s home, read on for their top 10 suggestions to ensure you don’t show up empty-handed.
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Make s’mores at the table with this tabletop maker
Immediately up the cozy factor at your next party with Chef’n S’mores Roaster. “Kids and adults alike would love this cozy and interactive addition to a holiday party, Christmas dinner or a chilly afternoon,” Goss said. You can simultaneously toast marshmallows and melt the chocolate over a tiny flame.
Get it from Amazon for $49.99.
Candles scented with essential oils
Brooklyn Studio’s Montana Forest Minimalist Candle is simple and thoughtful gift. Salceda noted that the combination of scents is both subtle and captivating. The packaging also offers luxury at an affordable price. All candles by the brand are vegan, cruelty free and phthalateless.
Get it from Brooklyn Candle Studio for $28.
The memory collector
To collect thoughts and comments from family members, friends or relatives who come to visit, you can leave this stylish guest book out. “Have guests write a quick hello, and savor those memories for years to come,” Goss suggested. It has 100 pages and is bound with a hardbound cover.
Get it from Anthropologie for $36.
Gorgeous salad servers
These elegant brass-finish utensils bring a bit of elegance to every party. This stainless-steel salad server needs to be washed by hand to keep its shine, but it makes a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates a beautiful aesthetic. “These are stunning. Every host loves sharing food with loved ones, and adding an elevated utensil to the tablescape is always appreciated,” Goss said.
Get the set from Williams Sonoma for $39.95.
Minted partners with independent artists in the creation of chic linen napkins. Goss stated that they are “so elegant when serving drinks or appetizers to close friends.” “A touch of sophistication that won’t go unnoticed.” Each set includes eight machine-washable napkins.
Get it from Minted for $30.
The perfect gift box
Cherry Picker Gift Box will be appreciated by any host. The Cherry Picker Gift Box contains goodies made from local producers as well as self-care essentials. Hand-packed, each box includes: sour cherry gummies; a Korean face mask; a chai chocolat bar; a spongecloth and a card. Salceda called it “a perfect combination of useful and unique items that spoil and wow your recipient.”
Get it from the Good Box for $45.
Reversible, beautiful cutting board
This gorgeous Stella Falone cutting table will be a hit with the perfect host. These boards can also be used as serving pieces and are made with responsibly-sourced West African Ebony. This reversible board comes with conditioning oil and nonslip mat to help it stay in its original shape.
Get it from Stella Falone for $129.
You can make a simple dessert for your guests or treat them with this delicious sweet from B Toffee. Available in dark or milk chocolate, it is also available as a gift. “It’s already packaged in a cute kraft box with a ribbon or a fun clear canister,” Salceda said. “Delectable and unexpected makes this a treat to remember!”
Get it from B Toffee for $16.95.
Tea with Tae is a woman-owned tea company that offers the top herbal and caffeinated combinations. These high-quality teas come in flavors including Jasmine Green Tea, Lemon Crème and Bombay Chai, and the beautifully simple packaging brings a bit of luxury to your host.
Get the sampler from Tea with Tae for $39.99.
An unbeatable panettone
Panettone (or Italian bread) is rich and delicious. It’s typically served at Christmas and new years. From Roy makes panettone available in candied orange raisin, chocolate or pumpkin maple pecan, and Goss deems it “THE coolest luxury baked good money can buy.”
Get it at From Roy for $75.