In all of the hustle and bustle around holiday gatherings and parties, I love being prepared with hostess gifts in advance. Everyone needs a go-to gift stash. It helps make life go smoothly. With so many parties, gift exchanges, and spontaneous gatherings, it is smart to have a dedicated spot in your home that houses these goodies. I have my gift stash in our garage. Be sure to stock up on beautiful ribbons, papers, and gift tags which will elevate your gift giving. The wrapping and presentation is half the fun. I like to have a few wrapped gifts ready to go so I am not crazed during such a busy time of the year. Here is a round-up of some go-to finds and timeless, gift-giving ideas to help you prepare for holiday fun.
Aplat makes wonderful, hand-sewn totes and is all about elevating the act of giving when it comes to food and wine. The dish warmer tote is perfect for a friend who loves to bake, or the wine tote with a bottle of bubbly, are sure to please. Gift totes.
You can never go wrong with flowers – they are universally liked. I like to bring flowers in a vase so your hostess doesn’t have to worry about pulling out a vase with a house full of guests. Even a single bud in a small vase can transform a table or bar. Heath Ceramics offers a wonderful collection in cozy wintery and rich colors. Ceramic Vases.
The perfect addition to any great gathering is a taste of chocolate. I love these artisanal chocolates by Compartres. The 65-year-old, Los Angeles-based company makes over fifty different kinds of bars with themes and designs all done in-house. They are delicious and decadent. A piece of this and a glass of red wine! A perfect pairing. Artisanal Chocolates.
I also love bringing a bottle of champagne because it is festive and enjoyable. I think most people love a good glass of champagne. I love wrapping it in fabric. Festive Champagne. And, pairing it with a wine stopper or a bottle opener makes it a luxurious combination. Wine Stopper.
Nothing is more fantastic than giving a personalized gift such as monogrammed cocktail, dinner napkins, or hand towels. The gift could personalized with initials, an address, a special date or celebration. This is a timeless, classic gift sure to make an impression on your hosts. Personalized Cocktail Napkins.
Everyone loves a festive wreath tied in a gorgeous ribbon anytime from Thanksgiving on. The hosts can use it on their front door, over their mantel, or over a mirror in their foyer. We look to Ribbonerie in San Francisco for a wide range of specialty ribbons and trims from around the world. Specialty Ribbons.
Cheers to starting your own collection of go-to hostess gifts!