The holidays are coming up so without a doubt you will be attending a dinner or party hosted by one of your friends, family or business associates. It’s always nice to be a gracious guest and bring a gift, but finding something both chic and unique can be a challenge. Below are some of my favorite ideas:
Quill Cheese Knife Set, BUY NOW, $28
These gorgeous feather cheese knives from Anthropologie are seasonless and reasonably priced. I want them now!
MoMa Smart Candles, BUY NOW, $28
If you love giving candles but your host has small kids or pets, these smart candles from the MoMA store are safe and gorgeous!
Monogrammed Soaps, BUY NOW, $30
A gift with a personalized touch always makes a difference! These monogrammed soaps are special and look great in any powder room.
Marie Belle Hot Chocolate Tins Set, BUY NOW, $54
The gourmet hot chocolate mixes from MarieBelle are amazingly delicious and come packaged in festive tins. I recently received these as a gift from a good friend and am enjoying them very much!
Thompson Ferrier Candle, BUY NOW, $68
Candles make a great hostess gift because you can never have too many! I am obsessed with these new candles because of their unique, beautiful shape and delicious smell. And, there is also a great love story behind them.
Moderne: Timo Hot Cold glass set, BUY NOW, $69
These multi-functional glasses make a great gift for the host with a modern sensibility. I love that they can be used for both hot and cold beverages.
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These items are sure to give your guest a luxurious weekend retreat this summer season!
Anthropologie Acca Kappa Toothbrush
These toothbrushes are not only stylish but made of entirely biodegradable materials. Perfect for that weekend guest who forgets the No. 1 bathroom essential, this toothbrush brings a little glamour to a notoriously unsightly bathroom accessory!
Buy Now, $6.50
Fancy Guest Soaps:
Jo Malone Bath Soap Bars
Nothing welcomes guests like freshly scented soaps! With several fragrance combinations to choose from, these Jo Malone soaps will leave your weekend guests with a spa-like satisfaction.
Buy Now, $50 for 3 Bars
John Robshaw via Gracious Home Cotton Voile Robes
Comfort and design go hand-in-hand with these fun printed robes. John Robshaw has taken the functional classic robe and given it a twist with a punch of color and cotton perfectly suited for any room and weekend guest!
Buy Now, $95
Unica Home Anything Alarm Clock by Michael Sodeau
These modern yet easy-to-read alarm clocks are the perfect bedside accessory for any guest room. In four different colors, they are appropriate for any décor and give your guests the comfort of mind knowing that they won’t miss out on any weekend fun!
Buy Now, $69
Design Within Reach Night Carafe
Made of blown glass, this carafe is sure to impress any guest. Its sleek design is a perfect complement to any bedside table and is an elegant alternative to the standard nighttime water cup.
Buy Now, $80
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Whether invited to a party, BBQ or to spend the weekend at a friends summer home, it’s always nice to bring a thoughtful gift for the host or hostess to show your appreciation. Here are some fun and creative suggestions:
1. Indego Africa Wine Bags
Wine is the go-to party gift; spice it up with an atypical printed wine bag! These bags are fresh and fun for the summer, with their popping patterns and bright hues. Each bag is hand sewn by women at the Cococki cooperative in Rwanda. When you gift these wine bags you are not only giving to your hostess but to the women who made them as well –100% of the proceeds are returned to the women for training in long-term skills.
Buy Now, $8
Anthropologie is the place to find great creative home goods, especially ones that are priced right. These coasters look like a combination of ceramic tiles with sliced geodes inside them. Potter Kerry Brooks makes them by hand and each one is unique. These daintily detailed coasters are a quirky-cute addition to anyone’s party set.
3. Cocktail Master
No party is complete without some crazy cool cocktails. Ban the host or hostess from spending all of their party at the bar with this great gadget! It mixes the drinks for you to save time and arm strength. Plus it dispenses your drink as well. Complete with a measuring guide on the side, you can precisely follow drink recipes all the while controlling your portion. I LOVE this gadget!
Buy Now, $35
4. Zoku® Quick Pop Maker
Summer wouldn’t be summer without ice pops. Forget the ice-cream truck, entertain your kids by letting them make their own! Yogurt, juice, stripes, fruit –this maker unleashes the kid’s creativity. It’s even great for adults too! (Can you say margarita pops?). In only 7-9 minutes you will have perfectly formed pops. Best of all, this gadget is easy-to-use and clean; no ice-pops stick to the device, and no mess is left behind. Once used, the plastic sticks and holder are super easy to clean!
Buy Now, $49.95
5. Olivier Cruet
Foodies rejoice! This elegant cruet combines hand-filled bottles of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar stacked one atop the other. The cruet also serves as delicious décor to your dining room table or kitchen set. Perfect to bring to a dinner party or BBQ.
Buy Now, $26
6. Slatkin & Co. 3 wick candles
I love anything Slatkin & Co does since founder Harry Slotkin was coined the “king” of home fragrance in the New York Times. These candles with three wicks look substantial and have alluring aromas like Coconut Leaves and Mango Cilantro! With such a nice variety of smells, the luxurious candles can induce any host or hostess into a post-party relaxed coma.
Buy Now, $19.50
7. Crushed Bowl
A modern take on the classic serving dish, this unique bowl is super chic with its novel design. Makes sense that it was designed by a Belgian-Dane architect whose work won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Its geometric shape and white color makes it an easy fit into any contemporary kitchen. Giving this gift will guarantee that your host will be thinking about you after you’re long gone.
Buy Now, $110
8. Monogrammable Paper Guest Towels
I always love to give gifts that are personal and practical! These paper hand towels are nicely monogrammed are great to bring to a BBQ or dinner party. They can be used in the bathroom as hand towels or for napkins. This is one of my summer go-to gifts and everyone loves receiving them!
Buy Now, $29