Forgo the vino. Bag the blossoms. This holiday party season, instead come bearing gifts that will spice up the host’s holidays and definitely get you invited to next year’s shindigs.
Chat Charm: Holiday parties are a source for some of the best tweet-ups, so show your hostess some love with a chat charm from Gemvara. Express your style with sterling-silver necklaces with OMG and LOL pendants ($49).
Lolita’s Mini-Martini Ornaments: Raise a glass to your host with these hand-painted mini martini ornaments ($12). Designs include frosty party, holiday splash, Christmas lights, holiday cookies and jingle bells, and each comes in a gift box with a tree-ready hanger.
Mario Bianco Miele Chestnut: How sweet it is — the perfect gift for the entertaining foodie. Available at BiNA Alimentari and an Italian fall favorite, this chestnut honey ($24) comes from nectar collected from chestnut trees and emotes a dark spicy flavor with hints of smoke and leather. Use with desserts, as game or root-vegetable glaze, in tea, or drizzled over cheese and fruit.
Stephanie Hessler Cards: I’m always thrilled when a local gal does good. Or funny, in this case. Hessler, a Boston-area native, creates cards that are great for any occasion, with clever insights like “I’m Better at Kissing Than Cooking” and “For One Day Just Let Me Sulk, Whine And Complain.” At $3.50 each, buy a few, then wrap them together in pretty handmade paper for your own mix-and-match card gift set.
TY KU Sake Bomb Gift Set: Your hostess might need this before or after the guests arrive. Whenever they’re ready to indulge, TY KU’s Sake Bomb Kit contains a bottle of TY KU Sake, two black sake cups and four stirrers, all set in a sexy black dragon-inspired gift box for $27.99.
What’s the most interesting hostess gift you’ve ever received – good or bad?