Stuck on ideas for brilliant, non-knick-knack hostess gifts that they’ll actually like? Here are 16 great, useful items special enough that they won’t get put in the re-gift pile. Pinky-promise.
Dolce & Gabbana Pasta
Food + fashion = what’s not to love? Only problem is the packaging is so stunning they won’t want to open it. Sigh.
Use this in the kitchen for serving or simply to accessorize anywhere in the home. This is one of those great gifts that looks expensive but isn’t.
Jonathan Adler coasters
A modern pop of color with gilded accents means a gift that’s as pretty as it is practical.
Cocktail napkin roll
These semi-disposable thin cotton napkins tear off and can be used 5-6 times. Machine washable, and available in every color under the sun.
Blossom design place mats
Elegant (especially in gold) but made from wipe-clean vinyl so can withstand kid-use, too.
Leather wine tote
Like a deluxe sleeping bag for wine! Just add a favorite bottle of vino or bubbly and you’re set! Magnetic closure helps secure bottles cozily. Monogram available.
Hand towels for the loo are the ultimate in adulting.
Teak double cellar
For the friend who loves to cook. Trés chic and comes with a little gold spoon for scooping the salt, pepper or whatever spices you put inside.
Large enough to hold ALL THE FOODS, plus comes with a stainless steel cutlery set and soapstone chalk for labeling.
Naughty/ nice guest soap
Scent is a unisex, calming lavender.
Turkish herringbone throw blanket
So ultra-soft it deserves prime real estate at the foot of the bed or draped on the couch as a permanent Netflix partner-in-crime. Monogram available.
Vintage cocktail book
Part mixology manual, all eye candy.
Remember the mind-blowing fun days of Polaroids? This one comes with a case, batteries (aw yeah), and film to get you started snapping away.
Handcrafted porcelain looks sleek and delicate in any room, but don’t be fooled: this workhorse can go for 7 hours with favorite essential oils.
Inspired by Hollywood vintage cinema, these take any celebration to the next level.
Acacia wood cake stand
This versatile, earthy serving and display tray can be used for cake or cheeses or whatever strikes your fancy.