gift guides   //   November 10, 2015



1. BOOK: A Touch of Style // 2. MARK & GRAHAM Acrylic Tray // 3. WAYLANDE GREGORY Bowl // 4. DIPTYQUE Sapin Mini-Candle // 5. McCREA’S Classic Vanilla Caramels // 6. AUGUST MORGAN Cocktail Napkins 

Holiday procrastination seems to be the worst kind – which is why I’m kicking off my gift guides a little earlier this year. Along with weekly gift guides, I’ve also created separate gift sections in The Shop (for him, for her, under $100…) that will be updated daily with new finds. The holiday hustle-and-bustle is already well underway, and I’m hoping that by getting these guides going it will not only be helpful to you all, but will also force me to finish up my own holiday shopping a little earlier this year. It certainly would make for much less stressful season…

Since holiday parties seem to start the second Thanksgiving is over (16 days, people), I’m kicking off this year’s guides with gifts for the hostess. While the bottle of wine is lovely, it’s a bit predictable. I prefer to give something a little more unique – especially during this time of year. For instance, I love to give something that has been personalized for the hostess. One of my favorites is a personalized acrylic tray from Mark & Graham. It makes a great catchall (I have one and love it), and you can easily add a monogram, an address or a playful phrase (“Bottoms Up!”). Two other ideas: a Smythson notebook that has been embossed with the hostess’s initials or a set of monogrammed playing cards. Not only are all three of these gifts under $75, but the personalization shows forethought and feels special.

Every hostess loves a sweet treat so with that in mind, go with McCrea’s Caramels or a tin of Studmuffin cookies. Both are delicious (seriously. so. good.) and come in ready-t0-go cute packaging. For the hostess that loves games, I usually show up with a big red ribbon tied around Cards Against Humanity. And since she obviously loves to throw parties, a gift for the bar is always a good idea. I love this polka-dot cocktail shaker, cocktail napkins (love these, too) or a set of these toasting flutes.

You can shop the gift guide and scroll through below for more creative ideas. Because there’s nothing worse than showing up empty-handed, right?

Image via Vogue

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