2014 GIFT GUIDE: 10 TOP FINDS FOR THE HOSTESS

by Marisa Marcantonio


One of the busiest party seasons is upon us. Whether you are searching for the perfect hostess gift for that annual Christmas party or a last-minute get-together, I've got you covered with 10 entertaining finds, including the perfectly packaged candle to beautiful (and useful) bar essentials sure to delight. 

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Add a golden touch to the bar with Oscar de la Renta's new Acorn Ice Bucket. A tortoise glass hand-blown vessel supports a detailed gold faceted lid, adding elegance and autumnal spirit.

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Brass and marble on the bar? Yes please! West Elm nailed it with these handy bar tool set made of the mixed material combination of the moment.

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

This sleek Orb shaker from Crate and Barrel blew me away with its beautiful rounded design and approachable price point. In matte copper it can work with the various mixed metals found in a master mixologists assortment.

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I always suggest trays for gifts, because you can never have enough of them. This small copper tray, available with a snappy monogram from Mark and Graham, adds an elegant 1920's throwback presence to a bar or coffee table.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Marble is the best surface for keeping cheeses at the right temperature, and this striped serving tray at Anthropologie is an on-trend option. Make the party giver feel at ease by dropping off your gift in advance, this way, they can prepare the cheese platter and enjoy your gift by using it.

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Photo courtesy of C. Wonder

Animal prints look best in either large or small doses, which is why I find C. Wonder's ceramic leopard print coasters to be a good gift for those that prefer the understated look

Photo courtesy of Bauble Bar

Photo courtesy of Bauble Bar

Evocative of the classic Verdurian stars found on their iconic jewels, Bauble Bar's Celestial Drops of cascading stars are a sure fire way to add opulence to a festive holiday outfit

Photo courtesy of Barneys

Photo courtesy of Barneys

A beautifully packaged candle is a hostess gift go-to that is always appreciated. Looking for a unique scent that your host might might not yet know? Go for Cochine's Juniper and Ginger scent this season, through Barneys

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Either alone or given along with a candle, AERIN's gold linen-wrapped match striker adds a glimmer of radiance elevating what can be a ho-hum everyday object

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Alder

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Alder

Moody black glasses accented with a malachite pattern in gold bring a swanky touch to cocktail hour. Jonathan Adler interprets everyone's favorite semi precious stone for the Mad Men set.