2017 STYLEBEAT GIFT GUIDE: 12 STYLISH HOSTESS GIFTS YOU WILL WANT TO GIVE AND GET

by Marisa Marcantonio


Whether you entertain on a regular basis or keep it in the family, I have uncovered some beautiful and unexpected gifts this season, for the hostess and party attendee. From a pretty planter filled with paperwhites to hand-painted glassware, I've selected an assortment of special gifts to give to show your appreciation for the kind gesture of being invited into someone's home. Cheers! 

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Lettuce ware! Make tea more enjoyable with beautiful presentation. I like the Dodie Thayer re-edition with Tory Burch of lettuce ware in fresh white (in mint condition cause it's new).

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

One can never own too many trays. Use them on an ottoman, as a makeshift bar, and to serve food. When they look as good as this wicker and cane Bedford Tray from Serena and Lily, it makes me want to have a few extra's as backup. 

Photo courtesy of Terrain

Photo courtesy of Terrain

Sending paperwhites as a thank you is always a good idea. I adore the scent of paperwhites, and this set from Terrain ships with bulbs, soil and planter. 

Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Drinks flow freely when you have a special cocktail on tap. Use this pineapple dispenser from Uncommon Goods to serve up the featured cocktail of the evening. 

Photo courtesy of Halo Home

Photo courtesy of Halo Home

I am totally taken with the colorful fringe-edge linen cocktail napkins from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman's Halo Home. Available with embroidered monogram and motif, they add a colorful pop to coordinate with your china and flowers. 

Photo courtesy of AERIN

Photo courtesy of AERIN

Freshen up the bar accessories with AERIN's gold Danton bottle opener and corkscrew set that looks like it was inspired by the clean lines of Carl Aubock. 

Photo courtesy of Moda Operandi

Photo courtesy of Moda Operandi

Hand-painted whisper thin Lobmeyer glasses from Austria are the creme de la creme for entertaining beautifully. 

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Card carrying members of the Preppy Handbook set will rejoice when they see these cut-out acrylic monogram coasters from Mark and Graham,  the go-to for monogrammed goods.  I mean the blonde tortoise and gold mirror-- so chic! 

Photo courtesy of Lindroth Designs

Photo courtesy of Lindroth Designs

Everything looks better by candlelight, and wicker adds a bit of natural texture that provides a casualness. Bahamas and Palm Beach-based designer Amanda Lindroth recently introduced a breezy collection of wicker, cane and woven accessories that are great for bringing the casual flair of island living to city and country alike. These pieces always looks gracious, never fussy. 

Photo courtesy West Elm

Photo courtesy West Elm

Cheese. Nothing wrong with getting straight to the point with this chic marble with brass inlay cheese plate by West Elm

Photo courtesy of Sugarfina

Photo courtesy of Sugarfina

Candy as the new amuse bouche? Yes, if Sugarfina has anything to do with it. 

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Want to really wow? Give the gift of flower arranging for up to ten friends with this over the top but useful gift at The New York Botanical Garden's Midtown Education Center, available through Bergdorf Goodman.