There is a lot of work that goes into throwing a holiday party. When you are visiting your friends and family, it is customary to bring something as a gesture of thanks. While wine is always nice, we rounded up some other unique items to show the person that is throwing your holiday bash that you are appreciative of their efforts. Here are some favorites that Kristin and I complied for the holiday season.
A fun way to say thank you is to give your host a holiday-themed gift. Some of our favorites are the Natural Fair Isle Stocking Collection, the Reindeer Personalized Ornaments, the Christmas Bowl Set and the Retro Paper Ornament Set from Pottery Barn Kids.
Another special holiday-themed gift to give an ornament like the handcrafted European glass ornaments, cookie jars and ice globes from Christopher Radko. Some of our favorites are the Perfect Timing Nick 2013 and the Midnight Trip ornaments and the fun Stately Snowman Cookie Jar.
For something truly unique for your hostess, we love the Flower Initial Print from Nameberry. Also great for a baby's room, we love this as a standalone piece for your host where you can showcase their initial in style.
We are also big fans of the kitchy and functional gifts from Rocket Design where you will find items like a Pushy Magnet Set, a Walkmats Placemats and the Salt Rocks Salt and Pepper- all of which have a fun rock n' roll theme.
Another special gift is a piece of jewelry and we love The Open Hearts Family by Jane Seymour collection at Kay Jewelers. This features a variety of unique pieces that makes a personal and meaningful gift as it celebrates the family unit, but also the extended families that we create from the people we open our hearts to as we journey through life. Available in select Kay Jewelers stores and online at Kay.com.
One of our favorite new online stores, GivenGoods is also a great play to discover cool and special hostess gifts. We love the unique pieces by artistans from around the world like the Ferdoz: Small Mango Wood & Leather Bangles and the Beauty Essentials from One Love Organics.
For their Home:
Kick-off the festivities by giving your host the colorful Artek ABC Collection Trays from ShopHORNE.com or thefun coaster towers from SPARQ. We also love the Iittala Nappula Candlesticks at ShopHORNE.com as a special gift.
Another fun idea is to get a picture of yourself and the host and place it in a beautiful frame like Custom Frames from framedandmatted.com.
Another fun gift for your hostess is the Horn Butter Knives with Bamboo Handles from Shopping for a Change. Handcrafted in Vietnam, this set of 4 Organic Cotton/Linen Embroidered Aromatic pillow sachets from the amazon in Peru-$40.
For those that you are staying with:
If you are staying a few nights at your guests home, we suggest bringing a bath bundle with some of our favorites being the H2O Plus Let it Glow Purifying Sea Salt Spa Collection and some sweet home scents from Crane and Canopy. Some of our favorites are the Lavender Lemon Linen Spray and the French Soy Candle.
Another fun option for their kids is to bring a DVD set of the Original Christmas Classicswhere you can all cuddle up with hot chocolate to watch thiscute and family-friendly box set. This includes classics like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin to Town and Frosty Returns. Watching these iconic TV specials are part of the American holiday tradition, just like baking cookies or trimming the Christmas tree! The holiday season just wouldnt be the same without them.
We also love games and for the holidays we suggest bringing overOakey Dokey. Designed for the adults, this game is a great way to focus on hand-eye coordination where you have to drop the grippy corks on any flat surface and get them to land end up to score points. The first player to score 21 points wins the game!
We also love Looney Labs, a fun and easy-to-play game for holiday gatherings. Designed for 3-10 players, this ice-breaking party game will allow you to learn new things about your friends making it an ideal group game. How it works is you get 300 topic cards with choices where you have to predict how your friends will answer to advance your token to the finish line. Fun for late holiday nights with friends and family!
Favorite Picks for Everyone:
Every chic hostess needs a beautiful apron. I collect them, myself, and have found a good share of them at Anthropologie. And while I don't have a cookbook stand of my own, it's definitely on my wish list! I do have placecard holders, however. They add such a fun touch to a party tablescape! As do bud vases. You could put an individual bloom at each guest's plate or group a few in your powder room.
But before you sit down at the table, I'm sure you're going to serve your guests some drinks and will want to have some pretty coasters on hand. Speaking of drinks, a fun way to serve vino is with a wine tasting flight. Also popular are stylish bowls filled with nuts and candy. While your guests are noshing and you're back in the kitchen, make sure you have some dish towels at your disposal. And don't forget to create a nice ambiance with some flickering candles!
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