'Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that's a full month in which we'll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our holiday gift guides. Next up: A selection of stunning home goods and culinary gifts for your friend who is the hostess with the most-ess.
Being a great hostess is an Olympic sport. One has to create a welcoming atmosphere, anticipate every guest’s needs, enable vibrant conversation, smooth out speed bumps, and more — all without breaking a sweat. Hostessing is simply a calling; not everyone has what it takes! Those who do are the most sought after of friends, and should be cherished for their invaluable talent. Enter: hostess gifts.
Your hostess friend likely has everything necessary to throw an unforgettable party with remarkably short notice, but there's no harm in presenting them with a gift that will take their skills to the next level. Showing up empty-handed is, of course, gauche as hell.
Just like your hostess friend knows what guests want before they open their mouths, plan on gifts that will bring ease and little levity to the party planning process. Does that mean showing up at the door with a box of pre-made Negroni cocktails to minimize time at the bar and maximize time for gripping gossip? Or, is it more like presenting a charming little apron that feels too beautiful for actual use? However you interpret hostess gifts, you'll find inspiration in NYLON’s selection of the best hostess gifts, below.
Ghia has taken the non-alcoholic beverage world by storm (and also had a very charming pitch on Shark Tank) for good reason: It actually tastes great. The beverage has the true bitter flavoring of an aperitivo to give any mocktail the extra oomph. Ghia’s cocktail box features a full-size bottle along with a fancy pour spout, a handmade totem glass designed in collaboration with Sophie Lou Jacobsen, glass stirrers, and holiday coasters. Substantial!
Date sugar is all the rage for its lower glycemic index — that means “healthy” in doctor — and how it can be swapped in for regular sugar in most baking recipes. Just Date’s Good & Sweet gift set features a box of organic date sugar, a bottle of its stellar date syrup, and a book full of baking recipes for future parties.
The world’s foremost hostess Catherine “Deeda” Blair shares her inspirations for entertaining with understated elegance and distinction. Think of it as the hostessing bible with menus, recipes, table settings, and charming stories about her extraordinarily colorful life.