December 10th, 2012

Hostess Gifts

My mother cautioned me to never take cut flowers to a hostess because she will have to stop what she is doing to put them in water. I learned the hard way recently that wine too can be a tricky gift- our host blatantly looked down his nose at my choice. Unbeknownst to me, his wine cellar is his pride and joy and I suspect he will regift my bottles to his staff.

So here is my tried and true hostess gift list made up of items I would like to receive myself.

Grace Coddington’s Memoir; Small topiary; Cire Trudon candles; Heather Clawson’s ‘Creativity at Work’Laduree tea; Mrs. Strong scratch pads; Bulbs; Bee Haven honey; 

Bulbs in terracotta pots image courtesy of That’s not my


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Pocket Bandoleer bag


Lace-up corduroy shirt


Corduroy trousers


Small tote


Wool-Blend pants




Wool-blend sweater


Marmont loafers


Printed silk dress


Mary-Jane pumps

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  • How can I order the Bee Haven Honey from Locust Valley?? I had it at a friends once before and it was amazing! Is there a way to order directly from the local producer? So excited getting that for all of my health conscious friends! 😉 xxJ

    JamieDecember 10th, 2012  10:30 AM

  • Beautiful post and wonderful gift ideas, but shame on the person who looked down his nose at a gift presented out of kindness and appreciation.

    aliDecember 10th, 2012  12:09 PM

  • Agreed on the wine reaction. A good host smiles and makes his/her guests welcome; you can thank someone for a gift without loving the gift.

    GingerDecember 10th, 2012  12:16 PM

  • I think that host should be locked in his wine cellar.

    AprilDecember 10th, 2012  2:30 PM

  • Thank you Ali, Ginger and April…my sentiment exactly.


    JulieDecember 10th, 2012  7:31 PM

  • I love this list and agree totally with your mother. Have you tried Bellocq Atelier teas? They are my go-to gift this season and are available at Waxwing.

    Luisa GiuglianoDecember 10th, 2012  11:59 PM


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