These thoughtful gifts for your hosts
will help make their house party-ready.
1. Sophisticated Scents
Jo Malone’s onyx candle
has notes of amber and black orchid, cardamom, ginger and water lily and is the
sophisticated sort of gift that guarantees another invite.
Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Candle, $75. Available at
2. Brew Master
Serious tea drinkers know that the best tea
doesn’t come in a bag. This press has a filter so you don’t need one. Bonus
points for the double wall design that keeps the brew piping hot for a really
Bodum Columbia Double Walled Tea Press, $100. Available at Mighty Leaf.
This outside-the-box gift allows you to
choose from an array of intriguing popcorn varieties like Black Pearl and
Midnight Blue, and a host of tantalizing seasonings like Cocoa Caliente (a mix
of dark chocolate and chilies), Amish Caramel and Country Fair Dill Pickle.
Popcorn and Seasoning Kit, $28. Available at Etsy.com.
Chances are a busy host also has a
well-used cutting board that could use a little TLC. This oil ensures it stays
in fighting shape.
board oil. $36. Available at Plain & Simple.
A great reference guide for winter staples like mulled cider and hot toddies. This cocktail book also provides great
ideas for cocktail party snacks.
Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks. $16. Available at Amazon.ca.
6. Game On
Buy the host some extra
prep time and keep guests entertained with this addictive game.
Pub Game Coasters, US $15. Available at Restoration Hardware.
7. Good Scents
Like the sweet smell of
just-baked cookies, this cinnamon, clove, orange peel and
allspice berry brew makes the whole house smell divine.
Williams-Sonoma Mulling Spices. $16. Available at Williams-Sonoma.
A set of these brightly coloured knives
from an iconic French brand is certainly a good gift. The fact that they are
dishwasher-safe makes it a great one.
Laguiole Cheese Knife Set, US $32.
Available at Anthropologie.
These gorgeous glass bottle stoppers
can be put to use immediately. Though just how long they actually stay in the
bottle is another story.
Bottle Stoppers, $25. Available at Pottery Barn.
If there’s one thing someone who
entertains a lot could use, it’s multiple sets of dinner napkins. These linen
ones are the finishing touch to a well-thought-out dinner party plan.
napkin, set of 4. $19. Available at Chapters.