Entertaining gift guide for the hostess with the most-est
With all the holiday parties you’re attending this year, we’re taking the stress out of your hostess gift shopping. Every one of these holiday gifts will show your favorite entertaining expert how much you appreciate her impressively flawless and full-of-grace talent for hosting the best holiday gatherings.
The Macy's Culinary Council Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook ($25)
For the hostess who turns to celebrity chefs for culinary inspiration, this beautifully-illustrated cookbook from Macy's Culinary Council is packed with recipes from chef greats, including Cat Cora, Todd English and Emeril Lagasse, as well as entertaining tips and a commemorative overview of America's favorite Thanksgiving event in celebration of the 85th anniversary of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. From a Hanukkah dinner with Michelle Bernstein to a New Year's Eve party by Takashi Yagihashi, this Macy's cookbook is overflowing with impressive dishes, festive drinks and irresistible desserts, ideal for the holiday season this year and beyond.
Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations ($75)
What better hostess gift for an entertaining pro than Martha's Entertaining? In her latest cookbook, Martha Stewart, the queen of gracious living, presents four seasons of her best parties and a diverse collection of all-new recipes, rich photography and party-hosting inspiration. Featured events include a Friday night Bolognese dinner for Columbus Day weekend guests, a Sunday blueberry breakfast, a lobster picnic on the boat in Maine as well as holiday-themed menus, recipes and tips, including Martha's favorite table settings and hundreds of creative entertaining ideas. This is the must-have cookbook for the hostess that loves any occasion to gather people together around food.
The Company Store Wine Bottle Covers ($12)
Along with that perfect bottle of wine, show your fave hostess your appreciation with these adorable decorative holiday wine bottle covers. Made of 100% acrylic, these reusable "sweaters" come in seven different designs, all including matching hats. Each holiday wine bottle cover also features a front pocket for that special gift card of thanks or happy holidays. We suggest buying these unique gifts in bulk so you always have a ready-to-give gift on hand for unexpected holiday guests.
Duca del Frassino ($20)
The hostess with the most-est is the one who knows how to work her party so she keeps everyone well-served while also visiting with her guests. Give her a hand with the refreshments by gifting her with Duca del Frassino, Italy's first premium wine in a box, which holds four full bottles of wine. Each box has an easy to pour spout so guests can help themselves, and the special packaging will keep wine fresh up to five weeks after opening. Choose from four wines from the Veneto region of Northern Italy: garganega/pinot grigio, corvina/cabernet sauvignon, durello/chardonnay, merlot/pinot noir. Available at wine retailers throughout the country.
Borghese Gardens Tuscan Home Candle Collection ($39)
Borghese, the venerable Italian beauty and spa brand, is making more than skin glow this fall with the introduction of their first-ever candle offering, the Borghese Gardens Tuscan Home Candle Collection. The enticing three-scent set made from beeswax and all-natural ingredients is inspired by the lush Tuscan countryside and includes earthy and rich Tuscan Herbs, sweet and vibrant Clementine and fresh and soothing Lavender. Colored with natural minerals, the six ounce candles are hand-poured into imported Italian glass jars that accent any décor. These candles are the ideal gift for the hostess who savors the scent of food-inspired candles when she isn't whipping up a party menu in the kitchen.
Serveitup (starts at $20)
Perfect for the entertaining maven who loves serving gorgeous multi-tiered buffets to hungry guests, serveitup is the first stand that provides a secure lift to any size or shape plate or bowl. Your favorite hostess can put fine china or everyday plates on this food pedestal and instantly raise the bar on serving and entertaining. The serveitup, which comes in two sizes, has a porcelain base, topped with a suction cup that securely affixes to flat, non-porous dinnerware.
Cornucopia Fruit Gift Basket ($61)
A unique hostess gift welcome at any home, this horn of plenty is delectably filled with a 13-piece arrangement of farm fresh fruit, smoked gouda cheese, Dolcetto wafer rolls, assorted caramels and smoked almonds, all in a decorative wicker cornucopia basket. Available at WineBasket.com, you can order a few to be shipped to you or straight to your favorite entertaining expert. (Note: Due to state restrictions, this basket cannot be shipped to CA.)
Frangelico Truffles (starting at $14)
The newest addition to the roster of whimsical chocolate ganache flavors from MarieBelle Chocolates, the Frangelico truffles boast an indulgent blend of hazelnut and rich dark chocolate, layered with hints of almond, vanilla and coffee. An absolute work of delicious art, these chocolate delicacies will delight your favorite hostess. The iconic Frangelico Truffles are available in 4-piece, 9-piece and 16-piece boxes at MarieBelle Chocolates in Soho, online at www.MarieBelle.com and nationwide at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
BLACK Sipping Chocolate ($19)
Not every hostess wants another bottle of wine, so surprise her with Normal Love Confections BLACK Sipping Chocolate. This gourmet collection of dark chocolate features rich single-origin chocolates from five of the finest growing regions in the world, including the exotic and deeply satisfying flavors of rare Criollo and Trinitario beans from The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela and Madagascar. For the ultimate hostess gift, pair BLACK Sipping Chocolate with Norman Love Confections BLACK ultra-dark chocolates.
Sweet Sally's Bakeshop Holiday Gifts (prices vary)
If your favorite hostess lives too far for you to hand deliver a special gift, turn to Sweet Sally's for dessert gift ideas that are made with natural, preservative and trans fat-free ingredients. Sweet Sally's Bakeshop offers beautifully packaged gifts like the Scones Trio Tin which includes Sally's Double Chocolate, Sour Cherry White Chocolate, and Lemon Currant Scones; or a holiday tin of Irresistible Pecan Bars. Each package is made to order and comes complete with a card. You may just want to order a dessert gift for yourself!