Next week marks the beginning of Holiday Party Season... which means hostess gifts. It can also mean Secret Santa gifts, oops-I-forgot-something-for-a-cousin-who-just-sent-me-a-gift emergencies, or thank you's for beloved clients. Of course, you can grab wine or some bubbly, but how about something a bit more memorable and longer-lasting?
-- Fancy Soap: Luxurious hand soap is such a treat, yet many of us don't splurge on it for ourselves. Check out Molton Brown's fabulous holiday gift selection.
-- Kitchen Towels or Olive Wood Cooks Spoons: Who doesn't need more kitchen towels? And when was the last time your wooden kitchen utensils looked pristine?
-- A nice umbrella... this continues the theme of useful items in a luxurious shade.
-- If you must bring drinks, why not tack on some fabulous tumblers or wine glasses? I love the curated selection of drinkware at Burkelman's.
-- Sticking with the drinks theme, how about some locally-produced bitters? Or, a gift bag with all the ingredients for a fabulous cocktail (hot toddies, bourbon-and-cider, Pimm's Cup...).
-- Something for the kiddos... if your hosts have children, why not take this opportunity to get them something? Shopping for kids' gifts are easy (hello, lego aisle) and very fun (hello again, lego aisle).
For more ideas, I love everything on the Real Simple Holiday Hostess Gift Guide.