These Hostess Gifts Will Make You The Most Popular Invite in Town

hostess gift ideas
Posted on Jun. 26, 2014
Between summer parties and getaways, I've found myself shopping for the perfect hostess gift pretty regularly. I like to tailor the gift to her personality, so rather than give the predictable bottle of wine, I've included thoughtful gift ideas that are always winners.

1. A candle can be generic, but not when it's a NEST. There's a cool-factor associated with their candles, the packaging is sensational, and the scents truly smell amazing. The brand has a boutique feel that will make you look like you're in-the-know on what's chic, and anyone who appreciates design will be excited about putting one of these on a console table or bookshelf. It looks way more expensive than $34, which is an appropriate price point for a hostess gift. The Lemon Grass & Ginger candle is great for summer. And the Blue Garden Autism Candle is always a good choice because the company donates 100% of net proceeds of this candle to Autism Speaks.

I met with Laura Slatkin, creator of NEST fragrances at Neiman Marcus. A bit of trivia: Laura and her Husband Harry were the creators of the home fragrance brand Slatkin & Co., which they eventually sold. I asked Laura which scents she burns in her home and where, and she shared some great tips: She and her hubby entertain a lot so they always burn the grapefruit, Sicilian tangerine or wasabi pear candles because they are "crowd pleasers."

Entryway: A floral scent works well for greeting people; Living room: uplifting citrus scent; Dining room: gourmand or herbal scents; Powder room: "This is the place to try a more unusual scent because you only spend a few minutes there," she says.

2. Williams Sonoma 25-year Barrel-aged Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil is delicious and will impress any foodie. If you're only buying one, the balsamic is the way to go. Drizzle it on a mozzarella and tomato salad, and you'll know what I'm talking about.

3. A personalized gift is always a nice touch. If she likes Kate Spade, she'll love C. Wonder. This zip pouch and tote, a celeb fave, can both be monogrammed. Plus they're on SALE!

Shop more of my hostess gift picks below. 


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