By Beth Zollars
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Showing up empty-handed is not an option
Hearing my words of wisdom, family and friends know without any doubt I will not be showing up on my host’s doorstep with just a smile and a handshake. No thank you. Whether a batch of cookies, linen napkins, candle, fresh herbs or small bud vase there isn’t a reason on the planet not to show your appreciation for the effort your host has undertaken to entertain. And don’t you want to be invited back?
My fab go-to hostess gifts work for any occasion, any type of person. I may adjust and tweak brands, depending on what is au courant but categories stay about the same.
#1 Le Feu De L’Eau Candle
Year after year, when I had my retail store, continuously hunting for the next best candle line – unique, beautiful scents seemingly an easy task became increasingly difficult as availability exploded with internet sites popping up everywhere. Well, a bit late to the party but I came across this line while on a recent trip to LA and have to say, LOOOOOVE it and I think you will too.
Jo Strettell and Wendy Polish have been friends since 1998. With their knowledge of art, beauty & fragrance they created a high-end candle line called LE FEU DE L’EAU, which translates as The Fire Of The Water. Inspired by the “fantasy candle” of the late ’60s. The candles are created without using a mold. They are sculpted with the use of water.
Find these and all the beautiful Le Feu De L’Eau products online
#2 Ceramic Match Striker from Wild Poppy Goods
So pretty! Who wouldn’t want a beautiful handmade ceramic piece of art on their coffee table? So much better than an ugly plastic lighter.
Wild Poppy Goods carries these beauties but can be found in many places that carry unique home and gifts.
#3 Karite Rich Hand Cream from Alder and Co
Featuring raw, unrefined shea butter and palm oil sourced from Ghana, as well as unrefined organic coconut oil.
When the heat turns on, the hands dry up. I am constantly applying moisturizers to my hands and I am super picky about the feel. Not too slimy or gooey but perfectly coats and soothes my dry skin. I found the perfect hand cream at Alder and Co., a little shop in Germantown NY.
Made in the US / 3.4 oz. / Sustainably sourced and supports the livelihood of rural African women and their communities / Hypo-allergenic and free of synthetic dyes, silicones, and parabens
For the hostess who has worked hard all night entertaining you!
Available and Alder and Co
#4 Wabi Sabi 11 Bud Vase from Cloth and Goods
In my book, you can never have enough cool unique vessels for whatever purpose you please. I love the irregularity of this one by Cloth and Goods.
Wood fired ceramics using crude Kaolin harvested in the California mountains with feldspar and crushed Idaho granite. Mitch captures the essence of indigenous materials honoring the enduring expressions of the natural world.
Available at Cloth and Goods
#5 Coffee Table Books from Amber Interiors
Extra special if you know your hosts’ preferences and likes. Impressionism, architecture or cooking are all good areas to explore even if you don’t know specifics of their taste. A few of my favorites can be found at The Shoppe Amber Interiors my go to home goods and interior spot with locations in Pacific Palisades and Calabasas.
Her beautifully curated shop has light filled rooms, colorful textiles, home goods, furnishings, art, tabletop, and amazing books.
Available at Amber Interiors/ Shoppe
Enjoy your holidays and don’t leave out your host or hostess!