The holiday social season is in full swing and amidst all of the get-togethers, dinners and parties, it’s easy to forget to properly thank the person who makes each of those fabulous events possible. “Bringing your hostess a gift tells her that you’re aware that she has gone out of her way to entertain you and that you are appreciative in advance,” says Robin Coe-Hutshing, founder of the hip beauty boutique Studio BeautyMix. Here are her tips for choosing the perfect gift.
Pick a budget and stick to it. While it may be tempting to try and wow your hostess with a luxe gift, it’s important to make sure you’re spending within your means. If you’re not quite sure how much you should shell out, Coe-Hutshing has a formula to calculate your proposed budget: “Consider how long you’ll be staying, proportionate to how much of a pain in the neck you are. Be honest and measure your gratitude accordingly, albeit within your means,” she says.
Opt for the classical over the eclectic. If you want to find a unique home décor gift, stick with a small, tasteful item and steer clear of large and cumbersome pieces. “While you may covet that vintage moose head, your hostess may not. Try to keep their style in mind and remember that it’s always better to err on the side of classic,” says Coe-Hutshing. We like: Adrienne Landau Faux Fox Throw.
Basics aren’t boring. “Wine, gourmet items, candles, hand wash and hand lotion, guest soaps, and a great bottle of champagne are ALWAYS welcome,” says Coe-Hutshing. If you’re struggling to find a “wow!” piece for your hostess, take a step back and remind yourself that it’s more about the gesture than the gift. We like: Burn Fig Leaf Candle or Gianna Rose Atelier Le Chouette Owl Soap.
Don’t forget that thank you note. While a gift may be a nice touch, a thank you note is an absolute must. “A hand-written thank you note after the event is a lost art that desperately needs to be revived e-mail does not count,” says Coe-Hutshing. Taking the time to tell your hostess that you enjoyed the event is an invaluable (and budget-friendly!) way to show her just how much you appreciated her efforts.