Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess


Happy December, friends! ‘Tis the season for glittering decor and so much more—like those holiday parties filling every other slot on your calendar, for instance! Since you know you’ll be leaving each gathering of family and friends with a full heart, arriving empty-handed to a holiday soiree simply isn’t an option. With that in mind, we’ve curated a gift guide alongside several of our most trusted industry friends that’s filled with items the hostess-with-the-mostess in your life is sure to enjoy all year long. Bonus: These gifts aren’t tied to one particular season, meaning any of these options would work fabulously for a bridal shower hostess as well! (Or as a “just because” gift for yourself…don’t worry, we won’t tell.)


1. Sertodo Copper, “Nile Cradle Oval Ice Bucket” | $250
Don’t be fooled: this gorgeous copper ice bucket can do much more than cool your Chardonnay (although it’s great at that, too). It’s equally as chic—and more than a little luxurious—when used as a centerpiece for an outdoor tablescape. photos: Natalie Seeboth

2. RedBliss at Home, “Affinity Collection Cards” | $95 for a set of 6
Designed by sisters Christine Traulich and Dori McDonald, the RedBliss at Home line constitutes one of our favorite product launches of 2015. The collection as a whole is striking, and we’re particularly taken with the idea of gifting a set of these magnificent correspondence cards this season. While a hand-written note always make a statement, sentiments penned on these Chroma-laden cards are sure to be infused with an extra dose of splendor and significance.  photo: Genevieve de Manio Photography

3. Baccarat, “Louxor Silk Twill Scarf” | Available for purchase via Consilium Lifestyle Collections
Dean Driver is our go-to for gift ideas that are both the height and heart of luxury, so if he recommends gifting a gorgeous scarf from Baccarat, that’s exactly what we’ll aim to do. “These elegantly designed scarves are of the highest quality silk befitting the House of Baccarat,” says Dean. “The square scarves come in seven different colors and the smaller rectangular scarves come in five. This is a true luxury accessory.” photo via Baccarat

4. JK Chocolate, “MICROCHIP® Cookies” | from $14
Delicious, dainty, and perfectly packaged—JK Chocolate’s signature confection contains all of these qualities and more. Cookies are available in a variety of sizes and flavors (from chocolate chip to peanut butter with sea salt), meaning the selection is sure to suit the tastes of everyone on your nice list. photo via JK Chocolate

5. W&P Design, “Carry-On Cocktail Kit” | from $24
You know that friend who’s planning on jet-setting for the Bahamas as soon as the last guest waves goodbye at her holiday party? This is the gift for her—a beautifully-designed kit that allows her to mix up her own Moscow Mule or Gin & Tonic while flying first class. photos courtesy of W&P Design

6. Glassy Baby Votives in “Sorry” and “Blue Eyes” | $44
This is a gift (and company) that does a world of good…literally. To date, Seattle-based Glassy Baby has donated more than $3 million dollars to help people, animals, and the environment heal. We love the warm glow that candles bring to an event environment, meaning these votives get our vote for anyone who loves to entertain at home. The aqua color palette caught our eye, but if you’d rather not have a blue Christmas, be sure to peruse the options in their holiday collection. photos via Glassy Baby

7. RedBliss at Home, “Affinity Coasters” | $85 for a set of 6
They’re almost too beautiful to play host to your glassware, but that’s exactly what these coasters were designed for. Christine also suggests placing them beneath candles to add extra glamour to a holiday tablescape. “Our clients are seeking a more modern approach to event styling and home entertaining, and gatherings are becoming more intimate with increased personal touches and luxury details,” she says. “This has translated into designs becoming more sleek, sophisticated and unconventional.” PS: RedBliss Design can also create a custom home entertaining collection just for you, an idea we think is more than worthy of your own wishlist. photo: Genevieve de Manio Photography

8. Le Jacquard Francais, Tea Towel “Bar à Vins Zinc” | Available for purchase via Lifestyle Consilium Collections
These tea towels unite two of our favorite qualities, functionality and beauty, into just one gift for your favorite foodie’s kitchen. “These beautiful kitchen towels come in many different patterns and the designs are updated each season,” says Dean. “I like to wrap a bottle of wine in one and tie it with a bow. It makes a great presentation and is actually two gifts in one.” We’ll clink our glasses to that suggestion. photo via Le Jacquard Francais

And there you have it! Our 2015 picks for the happiest holiday hostess gifts. May your festivities be merry and bright, and all your gift ideas be just right!