Another party, another gift conundrum. What to bring the hostess? I have an idea. Why not forgo the vino? Bag the blossoms? This party season, instead come bearing gifts that spice up her holidays. Here are a few great ideas that have been on my radar.
Expressing a sense of welcome and good cheer, the pineapple signifies hospitality. But you aren'??t exactly going to show up with a big bulbous spiky fruit, now are you. Instead bring the Welcoming Pineapple bangle from Alex & Ani. As we fashionistas know, bangles (and layering them so high that you can barely move your arm under the weight) are all the rage. This would be the perfect way to mix haute with holidays. At just $24 from alexandani.com, you would have to be fruity to not get it.
Throwing a party is hard work! So make her season'??and her skin'??bright with bliss's 'glow', ho ho! radiance-revving triple oxygen trio. It includes full sizes of triple oxygen instant energizing mask and triple oxygen+C energizing cream, and one pair of triple oxygen instant energizing eye masks (perfect for when the last guest leaves or the next morning when the vino has worn off). They'??ll leave her complexion looking so luminous, you would even say it glows. Available only at Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $75.
OK, so I did say to not bring a bottle of wine. But what I didn'??t say is don'??t bring several bottles. But before you hit the liquor store with a shopping cart, let me explain. Tasting Room'??s Samplers are great gifts for your hosting wine-lover. Pick the theme '?? like a Napa Valley reds or Sonoma Zins'??and they'??ll get 6 50ml bottles of different vineyards. They'??ll enjoy a walk through their tasting experience, including explanation of the flavors and aromas for each wine, winemaker notes, and suggested tasting order. They average around $30 ontastingroom.com.
Using the latest craze of the QR code (that little square you see everywhere now), Skanz are the coolest thing I've seen in a while. If your hostess is an active mom or businesswoman (or both!), she can get all her info across, link to her social network, share photos, etc. Someone just has to scan the Skanz bracelet code with their smartphone and all the info is there. No more fumbling for a business card for a potential client or finding a pen/paper for a new friend at school pickup. You get them the bracelet and they register it at skanz.com with all their info (email, phone, FB, Twitter ID, as much or as little as they want to share). Available at Lester'??s stores in NYC and at store.skanz.com for $9.99.
This is beyond the typical sweet treat. In Chocolate is a collection of eight awesome Baked by Melissa cupcakes dipped in chocolate. Flavors included are Tie-Dye, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookie Dough, Red Velvet, Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip Pancake. Although Manhattan-based (all you NYC foodies rejoice), they just added a national delivery for the rest of us. In Chocolate is available for $25 at bakedbymelissa.com.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.
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