Party Favor

Eight Exceptional Holiday Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season for dinner gatherings, holiday soirees and cocktail parties. Show your hostess she’s appreciated with these unique gifts she’ll actually use. Next year, you’ll be at the top of everyone’s invite list.

Glow For It
Scented like a Christmas tree, a crackling fire or mulled cider, these whimsical graphic candles are the perfect token of holiday spirit. With 60 hours of burn time, she’ll get to adore the glow of winter scents straight to St. Patrick’s Day. $49
Design Solutions
146 Elm Street, New Canaan; 203-966-3116

Naughty or Nice
No matter which list Santa has her on, pair beautiful pads from The Printery with the sarcastic holiday read, Snark! The Herald Angles Sing, for a casual gift that shows humor and taste. Finally, have it wrapped to perfection at Good Food Good Things. iPads, $25 each, Book, $12.95
Good Food Good Things
865 Boston Post Road, Darien; 203-655-7355

En Vino Veritas
For the wine-lover, choose a delectable drink in precious packaging. Three varietals—Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay—make perfect pairings for robustly-flavored foods. The best part? Your hostess can re-use the innovative square containers to store olive oil, as vases or as bookends. $19.99
Total Wines & More
380 Main Avenue, Norwalk; 203-840-0007


Going Postal
For the hostess always signing party invitations, make her life a little easier with a custom stamp. Each lovely package includes a self-inking stamper, one black ink cartridge and one gift certificate that allows your recipient to customize a stamp plate online. $39.95
Paper Source
100 Post Road East, Westport; 203-682-0500

Put Your Name On It
A sweet-smelling set from Lafco New York infuses any room with a punch of color and waft of scent. Plus, personalization shows your bestie you didn’t grab her gift from your emergency drawer. Diffuser $105; Candle $60; Bath Soap $20.50
M Milestones
32 Forest Street, New Canaan; 203-801-0020

Hopped Up
A whimsical seahorse bottle opener adds a nautical touch to every occasion, while the gilded gold exterior is perfect for the holidays. Pair with a pack of her favorite brews and crack one open! $112

4 Sconset Square, Westport; 203-227-4406


Mind Your Beeswax
Aptly named Frolic, these delightfully-scented beeswax candles from Austin Press will bring you to the holidays of yesteryear. In festive red packaging and a fancifully printed label, a simple ribbon is the only wrapping required. $55
56 Post Road East, Westport; 203-222-7500

Graphic Design
Give your art lover a one-of-a-kind token of your appreciation with these graphic trays, measuring just over 13-inches long. Handmade by a local potter, they look chic in use or on display in sophisticated black and white. $68
48 Elm Street, New Canaan; 203-972-8166

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