GIFT GUIDE: The Hostess with the Mostess

Posted on Dec 2, 2016

Tonic Maison Tonic Syrup

For The Barkeep

Sure to inspire any cocktail enthusiast, Montreal's 3/4 oz Tonic Maison creates simple, healthy alternatives to your regular bar mixes. This signature tonic syrup adds the perfect splash of spice and bitterness to any appertif, and is made from all natural ingredients.


Available at: ¾ oz. Tonic Maison

Retail: $25

For The Sommelier

Who says you can't cork wine bottles in style? Definitely not Alessi, who offers this gorgeous pocket-sized Parrot Corkscrew made of cast aluminum and PC. It's also hand decorated, adding that special finishing touch for the sommelier you love best.

Available at: Alessi

Retail: $65

Alessi Parrot Bottle Opener
Theory 11 Playing Cards

For The Party Gamer

Perfect for the hostess who always seems to have a trick up their sleeve! This premium deck of playing cards packs a double whammy: elegant design courtesy of Neil Patrick Harris's art direction, and every purchase donates $1 to (RED)'s fight against HIV/Aids.  

Available at: Theory 11

Retail: $9.95

For The Sophisticated Server

If you're obsessed with contemporary master of design Tom Dixon like I am, you need to wrap up this celestial-inspired set of circular trays - for yourself and the hostess! Each tray is made from solid brass and can be used for anything you can imagine!

Available at: Tom Dixon

Retail: $140 - $290

Tom Dixon Serving Trays
Ella Fitzgerald's 'A Swinging Christmas' CD

For The Dinner DJ

As far as I'm concerned, food always tastes better when paired with good wine and great music. Ella Fitzgerald's classic "Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas" is a holiday mainstay in our house and beyond - her rendition of Sleigh Ride still gives me goosies!

Available at: Amazon

Retail: $10

For The App Aficionado

Every hostess strives to whip up appetizers so delicious that guests will rave for weeks. The Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook - with 225 recipes covers everything from dips to nibblers and sweets and is a hostess's gold mine. It also features beautiful photography to help up your food-styling game. Score!

Available at: Urban Outfitters

Retail: $25 (no longer available)

Appetizers Idea Book
Sarah Style Napkin Set

For The Table Trend Setter

A beautiful table setting has been known to improve appetite and enhance conversation - so, add a splash of Sarah Style to the table with these Jade Modern Chevron Napkins. Made from 100% cotton, these napkins pair perfectly with silver flatware and snow-white dinnerware. Available in sets of 4.

Available at: Shop Sarah Style

Retail: $24