Hosting for the holidays should be an Olympic sport – it’s a mental and physical feat, you must be patient and disciplined, and above all, you need to know how to land the jump. If you are lucky enough not to host for the holidays this year, consider this your guide to fabulous gifts for your host or hostess. It’s always nice to thank those who go out of their way to make our holidays special (and delicious).
Candles are the perfect gift. My favorites are this Trudon candle with the scent of sandalwood and this Flamingo Estate candle with earthy and woody notes.
A soap and hand cream set is a smart choice if you don’t know your hosts too well – everyone needs to wash their hands! I always go for this Aesop Duo.
If you want to gift something for their home, this Anastasio marble tray is gorgeous, and this Alpaca throw is so cozy – I love that the colorway name is Cocoa.
Serving pieces are thoughtful gifts – this Italian ceramic bowl with hand-painted lemons is one-of-a-kind. A set of espresso cups is a lovely gift (throw in a bag of your favorite coffee). These orange cups from La Double J are on my list.
This might be controversial – I think flowers are a sweet choice, but only if they already come in a vase. Adding another task for your hostess is not something you want to do, so order some beautiful blooms and put them in a vase before you take them over.
The best hostess gift I’ve ever gotten was a bottle of good olive oil. I love a useful gift. I would pair this olive oil set from Graza with a pasta sampler box from my favorite pasta maker, Semolina. Yum!
My last gift idea is unusual: breakfast for the following day. I like going to my local bakery or cafe and picking up some ready-to-bake quiche, biscuits, croissants, or even cinnamon rolls for our lovely (and exhausted) hosts to enjoy over breakfast. They pop it in their fridge and warm it in the oven the following day. Happy gifting, and if you are hosting – happy hosting!
Natalia is Care’s Creative Content Manager and the daughter of Co-Founders Pilar and Ricardo. Her favorite sources of inspiration are flowers, food, poetry, farmer’s markets, fashion – and always, coffee. She currently lives in LA with her husband.