Gifts Most Welcome: Ideas for the Hostess

12 1 2011

We were instructed never to arrive to a soiree empty-handed — especially during the holiday season that’s a rule you don’t want to break. Wine is a default choice — but it’s not the most imaginative idea during December. You can do better than stopping at the corner liquor store while your hostess was slaving away like a dutiful domestic goddess. A little effort goes a long way.

It’s a sign that you’re giving a good present when you’re secretly reluctant to part with it. Yes, box of La Maison du Chocolat truffles, we could have had a good future together (after all, we haven’t made our New Year’s resolutions just yet). Something that continues to get use—a smart candle, a bottle of unusually good olive oil, a selection of tea, something for the tree, anything from John Derian — reminds your friend just how thoughtful you can be when you put your mind to it. (212 872 8872)

Chateau d'Estoublon Olive Oil and Cire Trudon Nazareth Candle, 212 872 2577  John Derian decoupage plates, 212 872 2866 La Maison du Chocolat Truffles & Bergdorf Goodman Ornament 212 872 8872

You can also try your hand at the BG Gifter — answer some questions just the way your friend would: Are you a dog person? Do you sing karaoke? Do you read tabloids? It will suggest an inspired gift, like knit cashmere mittens or a necklace displaying her astrological sign (212 872 8901).

And if you do have to stop at the liquor store get a bottle of champagne—not yet chilled—that tells your hostess that it’s for her to enjoy in her own good time. It also reminds her that you’ve got a touch of class. Salut!

David CogginsDAVID COGGINS is a regular contributor to Art in America and Artnet.  His work has also appeared in InterviewModern PaintersThe Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  He is currently working on a book for Taschen.  This holiday season, Mr Coggins will be elaborating upon the perilous art of gift giving with his weekly Gifts Most Welcome series here on 5th/58th.  In addition, he’s our in-house scribe and usual tumblr contributor.

 

 

 

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