Come December and your social calendar will start to get increasingly hectic. Perhaps you are visiting friends you haven’t seen in a while or a business associate has asked you over — there will be more than a few occasions on which you don’t want to show up for a party empty-handed.
Instead of rummaging through your drawers looking for gifts that can be ‘recycled,’ we’d recommend planning in advance so your gracious host feels truly appreciated. Our top 5 gift suggestions are sure to show your gratitude — and perhaps they’ll help you snag another coveted invitation too!
BE A COPPER SHOPPER
To those who follow Ayurveda, this is no secret. Water stored in a copper vessel has a multitude of health benefits, including the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body. While we’ve known this for centuries, copper hasn’t really been considered cool until recently. We’re avid trackers of ‘what’s hot’ and we can tell you, copper is currently having a moment! From pitchers and trays to contemporary cheese knives, copper is being rediscovered and fashioned into all sorts of cool gift items. Put the pedal to the metal and get on this gifting bandwagon.
HELP THE HOST
When picking presents for the host, you have to walk the tightrope between not spending too much (it is a token gift after all) and being thoughtful. The best way to achieve this balance is to gift something that’s relevant to entertaining. We absolutely love glass charms that help in identifying individual drinks, so you aren’t sipping out of someone else’s glass all evening. Select a variety of charms that aren’t specifically designed for wine glasses, but work just as well on whiskey glasses too.
DRINKS THAT DELIGHT
While you enjoy the open bar at party after party, why not give a gift that will go towards replenishing the drinks cabinet? Wine is always appreciated, but picking poorly gives the impression you were just doing your duty by showing up with a bottle. If you do opt to gift wine, buy a bottle each of red and white, pack it in an adorable double gift bag and throw in a wine bottle stopper for good measure. Better still, take the path less trodden and buy scotch as a gift. A superior bottle of single malt is a testament to your good taste and will certainly be appreciated. Our current favourites are Oban and The Singleton.
PLEASE DO PAMPER
Any gift that pampers the host will always be welcome, so don’t shy away from giving indulgent spa products and sweet-smelling balms of the best quality. Brands like L’Occitane and Crabtree & Evelyn have decidedly decadent gift packs in store, but we rank local labels like Forest Essentials and Kama Ayurveda highly too. They offer quality products that are packaged to please and don’t fall short when weighed up against their international equivalents.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Votives and candles don’t usually make it to our list of top gift recommendations, unless they come from Good Earth. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything picked from their range of sustainable luxury items — be it coffee mugs and candle stands or even an incense set. With outposts in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, plus an online store that delivers nationwide, this is the perfect place to shop for hostess gifts for the home.
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