Gift Guide: Ten Chic Hostess Gifts That Wow...

Useful. Beautiful. Tasteful. And sometimes tasty! These are the hallmarks of truly successful hostess gifts. Demonstrate your great style and recognize theirs as well with any of these ten tantalizing options. Never show up to a fête empty-handed again.

1. If your host is not yet amused by the lavish life of Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette, she will be once you gift her this book celebrating this high-flying pampered pet  2. Waterford is always welcome. This classic "Lismore" dish will be appreciated forever // 3. Normally a fragrance-filled gift is too specific to be appreciated, but Nest's Grapefruit Candle is universally adored and marvelously packaged. (also here & here) // 4. This trio of luxurious pineapple guest soaps arrive in their own tidy gift box. Simply adorn with a bow and you're all set to dazzle. // 5. It's hard to resist the allure of this gold-plated corkscrew. Up the ante by pairing i with a choice bottle of their favorite holiday beverage. // 6. This classic glass art orb is strikingly simple. Your host will know just the spot for it as soon as you present this ever-chic gift.// 7. Two dozen Parisian Macarons showcase your savoir faire and are sure to please the hostess with the mostess (also here) // 8. This elegantly wrapped Tocca handsoap arrives in an equally fabulous gold-rimmed fluted shell dish. A small gift that easily finds a home on their vanity immediately. (that is, if you find it in your heart to hand it over to them at all.) // 9. Appeal to their sweet tooth with a box of Gourmet Toffee. Just don't be surprised if they keep this one to themselves. (also see these here & here) // 10. A brass croc-embossed frame is a stunning gift, especially if you can plan ahead and place a meaningful photograph inside ahead of time.


For the Hostess: Sweet Nothings...

Ahhh, sweet nothings. If your hostess has a penchant for the finer things in life, tempt her refined tastebuds with a chic pink gift box full of sugary french treats. We assure your name will appear at the top of the invite list for every future fête. Perhaps consider adding a few of these precious pink ribbon festooned boxes to your gift closet, you savvy guest, you. 

 Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Truffles via Horchow

For the Hostess: The Candle She'll (Actually) Love...

If I've learned one thing in my adult life it's this: never (ever) show up at a host or hostess's event empty-handed. Especially in the South, this is a no-no. The solution? Always keep something chic on hand for last minute invites and pop-overs. This Jo Malone candle is not only gorgeous (hello, pretty packaging!) it smells DIVINE! A mix of tart blackberry & fresh bay makes for a delightful aroma your generous hostess (or host) will adore long after the last guest leaves. trust you'll be invited back again and again. 

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Candle $70

For the Hostess: A Glamorous Diffuser...

Jo Malone pretty much rewrote the script on diffusers. Gone are those wimpy black reeds we're so used to seeing. In their place are Jo's bold black sticks nestled neatly in a glass bottle worthy of the most glamorous decor. Looks aside, the notes of this particular scent will knock your socks off. The unique blend of Lime, Mandarin & Basil keeps this scent uplifting, fresh and completely suitable in any environment.

I absolutely adore this home fragrance and love using it in my foyer. As a chic gift this one is a no brainer. I promise it will earn you a repeat invite from even the most discerning of hosts. Chic tip: keep a few on hand for last minute invites. Their elegant packaging and memorable fragrance notes will quickly make you a favorite guest! 

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser $85