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Buying For The Hostess

Don’t show up to the party empty-handed! After your hostess has opened up her home to you, stacked her bar with liquor, cooked for hours, and decorated her living room and dining room space, don’t you owe her a little something?

Whether you arrive with a nice bottle of champagne for all to share or a large box containing some flatware she can use on a future occasion, your hostess will be overjoyed by your thoughtfulness.

Check out these gift ideas, perfect for those who like entertaining in style.

Kim Seybert barware

Kim Seybert Glossy Croco Barware; individual pieces range from $35-$185. Available at Saks.com

From martini shakers to ice buckets, designer Kim Seybert’s barware collection is so luxurious, it will make very guest want to play bartender.


Mi Abuela Coquito, $21.99. Available at premium liquor stores. Visit MountCarmelWines.com

No Puerto Rican holiday meal or party is complete without some good coquito (the Puerto Rican version of eggnog, which features coconut cream and lots, lots, lots of rum,) but anyone who has ever attempted the feat knows making it at home is a painful ordeal. Now, you don’t have to ask who is selling coquito in your neighborhood or kill yourself in the kitchen, gutting all those coconuts. Just buy some ready-to-serve Mi Abuela Coquito and you’re good to go! Salud!
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Mighty Leaf Tea Abaca Holiday Gift Box, $24.99. Visit MightyLeaf.comAfter dessert, most guests will indulge in a nice cup of coffee or tea.

Your hostess will appreciate this elegant box, which packs 30 biodegradable tea pouches in flavors like Organic Breakfast, Bombay Chai,
Marrakesh Mint, Organic Hojicha Green Tea, Rainforest Mate and Ginger
Twist (my favorite).

Stolichnaya elit Magnum Martini Case, $200. Available in select liquor stores. 

Between the brushed-metal case, the red interior, and the weapon-like shape of the 1.75L magnum bottle of Stolichnaya elit vodka, this looks like something out of Quantum of Solace.


Godiva Candy Cane Bark, $8.50 (cellophane bag) or $16.50 (holiday box). Available at Godiva boutiques nationwide. Visit Godiva.com for stores (or to buy the delicious Candy Cane Crunch, which has a similar taste).

This festive treat, which looks like it came straight out of Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole, combines the taste of rich, dreamy chocolate with the sugary peppermint zest of crushed candy canes for a holly, jolly Christmas-time feel.
KRosé Half Btl

Krug Rosé Half Bottle, $150-$200. Available at high-end liquor stores. Visit WineAccess.com 

If you’re headed to an intimate gathering, don’t overdo it with a massive case of champagne. Instead, opt for a half bottle of Krug Rosé champagne and toast with you nearest and dearest.


IKEA “Dinera Dekal” 10-piece Dinnerware Sets, $19.99 each. Visit Ikea.com

These quaint, Asian-infused ceramic dinnerware sets include two plates, two set of chopsticks, two bowls, and two bowls with lids — perfect for serving some sushi rolls, dumplings, or dim sum.

Belvedere Gift Set

Belvedere Vodka Gift Set, $65. Available at high-end liquor stores nationwide.

Vodka connoisseurs know Belvedere, which is distilled four times as opposed to the traditional three, goes down smoother than most other brands. So why not bring your A game when you show up to the party? Keep it nice and smooth with this classic gift set.


Crate & Barrel Genie Dessert Plates, $11 each. Visit CrateAndBarrel.com 

Every hostess obsesses over her dishes and glasses, so why not add something dazzling to her collection with these funky dessert plates from Crate & Barrel? She’ll remember your kind gesture every time she lays a slice of pie on one of these!


IKEA “Senior” Fondue set, $49.99. Visit Ikea.comLg1_002711 

L’Objet Key Candle, $85. Visit OwenLawrence.com51mF5PeoOSL._AA400_ 

Under The Tree Spreader (Set of Four), $12.74. Visit Target.com

Who could resist a smile when looking at these adorable, hand-painted, ceramic-and-steel spreaders? They’ll spread more than cheese on crackers — we’re talking tons of holiday cheer.

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