Remember when you were a kid and your mom took a little something to her friend for having you all over for dinner? Well the lost art of hostess gifts should be returned. It’s amazing that this day in age, we don’t bring a treat for the lady who put in all the hard work – so we could chow down on a delicious dinner, tasteful drinks or participate in the house party of the year.
We’re not talking about anything hugely expensive or extravagant. Check out these great items all under $25 and show your gratitude!
La Maison du Chocolat Praline Coffret, $11. What girl doesn’t love chocolate? Or Paris? Combine the two with this Praline Coffret four-pack from La Maison du Chocolat. Located on Madison Avenue in New York, it’s the U.S. flagship of the classic French chocolatier. And boy, it’s nothing like the chocolate you’ve had before.
Honeycat Cosmetics Meow Mojo Magic, $20. Help your hostess relax with the sassy products from Honeycat Cosmetics. Go for the new Meow Mojo Magic bath salts – with Bolivian sea salt, rose petals and natural oils, she’ll be thanking you for the thoughtfulness and the soft skin.
Kolo Noci Photo Album, $15. So we all have digital albums these days, but there’s some nostalgic about printing out the favorite 4×6’s and adding them to a Kolo Noci photo album. This bound album with a linen cover is the perfect brag book – it holds 24 prints – Plus it comes in a variety of colors (shown in Cobalt) including Mango, Sage and Chartreuse.
TableTopics Girl’s Night Out Edition, $25. Find out some of your girlfriends’ hilarious secrets with this “girls only” game. With a series of questions ranging from funny to thought-provoking, it’s an entertaining way to jazz up any night with a group of women. And if your hostess is akin to throwing multiple get-togethers, you’ll know she’ll use it over and over.
Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta Sauce, $15. Any future domestic goddess craves one store: Williams-Sonoma. If you’re at a loss about what to get, step into this all-things culinary Mecca. There’s everything from cute dishtowels to cookbooks to wine openers. But considering it’s the season of hearty food and all things pumpkin, go with the Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta Sauce. It’s insanely yummy, quick and maybe you can talk her into another dinner date.
– STEPHANIE CAIN
Stephanie takes a cue from writer Jay McInerney: She’s a hedonist in the cellar. Read her adventures at chuggingveuve.com.