Mia Shulman, Acting Managing Editor
Thursday, November 1, 2012 4:03 PM EST
If you’ve ever entertained, you know how much work goes into a party — even if a hostess makes it look effortless. That’s why hostess gifts are essential. While some occasions call for only a small token of thanks, others, like formal dinner parties or extravagant holiday affairs, require something more unique or indulgent. No matter the occasion, we’ve found 10 gifts that will fit your bill.
Stack ’Em Up
Gorgeous, glossy napkin rings that stack to create a decorative tower will capture every hostess’s heart...and ensure future invitations for you!
Lacquer Napkin Ring Tower, $82; available at Leif.
Put a Cork In It
This malleable cork bowl can be shaped to fit just about anything a hostess could throw at (or into) it. Cork is anti-microbial and has stain-resistant properties; it’s also dishwasher-safe. Impressed? Your hostess will be too.
Adjust a Bowl, $35; available at Canoe.
Spice up the next fête with flavoured bitters for your hostess-turned-mixologist. Cranberry is a classic flavour for the holidays.
Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters, $11; available at BYOB Cocktail Emporium.
No party is complete without a tasty cheese tray. If your hostess hasn’t clued in to that already, she certainly will after receiving a gorgeous marble cheese platter, complete with matching knife.
Distinctly Home Marble Cheese Tray (w/Knife), $30; available at The Bay.
Clear the Air
A beautiful decanter will come in handy when your hostess is assessing all that leftover wine from the party. This one, especially unique in design, will make a stunning statement on any bar.
Alexander Decanter, $50; available at Crate & Barrel.
Burn, Baby, Burn
Not the most original gift, candles — but a hostess can never have too many. Look for one in a decorative jar that’ll match your hostess’s decor.
Voluspa Maison Candle Tin, $16; available at Anthropologie.
For the hostess who has everything: a chic champagne opener. Take the pressure out of popping the cork (and keep everyone’s safety in check)!
L’Atelier du Vin Champagne Opener, $29; available at Chapters Indigo.
Flowers are always a sweet gesture, why not step it up a notch with a plant your hostess can keep forever? Terrariums look cool and require relatively little care. You can find them for purchase online or locally, or make your own to add a personal touch.
Take to the Sea Echeveria Terrarium, $35; available at Shopcaster.
After endless hours of dishwashing and cleanup, your hostess will appreciate a little TLC for her tired hands. This ultra-nourishing cream contains botanical oils and natural wax derived from olive oil, and absorbs quickly — so she can get back to more important things, like hand-drying her fine china.
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $18; available at Kiehl’s.
Even the most amateur chef knows the annoyance of smelling like garlic and onions after cooking. This stainless-steel ball removes those odours instantly — just about the coolest party trick we’ve ever seen.
Magic Soap, $10; available at Kikkerland.