Shiny Brite Guide to the Best Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season to celebrate! And chances are, you are doing plenty of party-hopping, with or without the kids in tow. That means you need hostess gifts in hand!

Here are some of of the things I plan to give (and hope to get):

I love these Star Wars Heroes & Villains Pancake Molds from Williams-Sonoma for hosts with a young family. For $19.95, parents can serve up pure pleasure in the morning. For another $10-$13, you could throw in a pancake mix!

Star Wars Pancake Molds, $19.95 @ Williams-Sonoma

Food gifts make great hostess gifts, especially if the gift is something your hosts can use right away, or at a later party. A gift pack from Stonewall Kitchen is just the thing if you are one of those organized parents who have time to plan ahead and place an order.

Chutney Collection, $20 @ Stonewall Kitchen

And if you’re like me, short on time and long on good will, you can head over to your local grocer and make your own gift pack with artisan jams, sauces, and fancy crackers. Pop it in a bag and voilà!

One of our favorite cookbooks this season is (in case you missed it), How Easy is That? by Ina Garten, otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa. Wrapped up with a bow, this makes a lovely gift for your host to pour over after you leave.

For the swank cocktail party (sans children), my go-to hostess gift is a lush floral arrangement that he or she need only admire, and place. There’s no muss, no fuss, no taking time out to find a vase while the doorbell is ringing. Tell your florist what you want to spend, and if possible, pick out the flowers. You don’t have to spend too much to get something pretty. In Brooklyn, the place to go is  Zuzu’s Petals on 5th Avenue in Park Slope.

And if all else fails, in lieu of the predictable bottle of wine, try this gorgeous bottle of Hendrick’s gin tied with a white bow:


Hendrick's Gin




3 Responses to “Shiny Brite Guide to the Best Hostess Gifts”

  1. 1 Paula/adhocmom December 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I’m getting those star wars cookie cutter for a client who is OBSESSED. They are so cute. . .

  2. 2 Melisa December 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Excellent — hope the client thinks they’re cute, too!

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