Now that holiday party season is in full swing, don’t be that guest that shows up empty-handed!  It’s always nice to show your gratitude when being invited over for dinner or cocktails.  Read on for a few of my suggestions for a hostess gift that will be remembered long after the event is over.

Holiday entertaining is a lot of work; from menu planning to decorating to the food preparation, it’s a labor of love. And while a hostess gift is never an expectation, when a guest gifts me with something other than a bottle of wine or a last-minute bouquet from the grocery store, I appreciate their thoughtfulness.


From Gianna Rose Atelier, I love these personalized Liquid Hand Wash ($22) and Bar Soaps ($11). Very chic and elegant packaging, the personalized letter on the label shows you were thinking ahead. Infused with natural ingredients and scented with the clean crisp scent of Green Tea & Bergamot, the Monogram Collection is available in letters A, B, C, D, E, G, J, K, L, M, R, S. Find the Gianna Rose Atelier Collection at

What hostess  wouldn’t love this Oscar de la Renta Mosaico-etched candle? The narcissus scent features a heady bouquet of paperwhites, one of Oscar’s favorite holiday flowers. This elegant soy-blend candle is showcased in a silver-plated vessel with gilded interior for a luxurious finish and a burn time of approximately 55 hours. This Narcissis candle ($75) is also available in Orange Clove at

And something she’ll really love, from philosophy…the cookbook. This set includes four 4-0z. shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths in the following scents: old fashioned eggnog, peppermint bark, hot buttered rum and cinnamon buns.  They smell delicious and every time your hostess uses one, she’ll think of you! You can find the philosophy cookbook ($30) at Nordstrom and Sephora.

Turning the tables, if you are the hostess and like to give each guest a favor, then the Jouer Sparkle & Pop Holiday Crackers are perfect! Dressed in an elegant pale pink box with festive gold confetti and a chic hangtag for personalization, Jouer’s Sparkle & Pop Favors will be a gorgeous addition to your table. I think they’d be fabulous used as a placeholder. The Jouer Sparkle & Pop Crackers ($12) contain five fun surprises including a special Jouer treat and are available at select Nordstrom doors, Henri Bendel New York and online at and I love these–they’d be great for bridal showers, too!


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