The Perfect Party Guest 6

Unique and Fabulous Holiday Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season for falling leaves, warm sweaters, and festive gatherings. It’s officially party season. And whether it’s a birthday party, Thanksgiving dinner, or girls-night-out affair, the perfectly polite party guest always brings a small token of thanks.

Of course, wine is a nice handy gift. Flowers are quick and easy, too. But isn’t it just a bit boring? Why not bring a creative little something that makes your host or hostess say, “Ooooh!” rather than a quick “thanks” as they add yet another bottle of red to their already full wine rack.

Finding a fabulous gift doesn’t have to be stressful or take any extra shopping time. Here are some suggestions for affordable and unique grab-and-go gifts, all conveniently found at The Vineyard on Memorial shopping center at 106th and Memorial.

Light Up the Party

Candles make a lovely gift. They can be purchased in advance and are easily stored in a closet for last-minute events or employee/neighbor/teacher gifts—bonus: your closet will smell incredible.

Nest Fragrances candles (starting at $16) have become an obsession among candle connoisseurs. Exotic and tantalizing fragrances such as Grapefruit, Pumpkin Chai, Ocean Mist & Sea Salt, and Sir Elton John’s Holiday Classic candle will put a smile on your host’s face.

Dee Dee Levine, owner of Bella’s House, says, “Nest candles are highly desired. The complex fragrances create a relaxing ambience and come already packaged in a lovely gift box.”

Levine is thrilled about their new line of UrbanVintage candles ($22 each).

She says, “UrbanVintage candles are perfect for the holidays. They are soy-based and made with wine. The collection boasts fragrances such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. The best part is they are hand-poured into a stemless wine glass. So after the candle is used, you will have a new wine glass!”

Sweet Nothings

Leave it to Nothing Bundt Cakes to take an everyday dessert and elevate it to something richly decadent. Fresh eggs, real butter, and real cream cheese signature frosting makes these sweet cakes so popular. Just stop in on your way to the party and choose from 10 delicious cake flavors, including red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, and chocolate chocolate chip. Holiday flavors include Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Chocolate. Honestly, you may never bake a cake again.

Bundtlets are single serving cakes that can be gift-wrapped with cellophane and decorated with a ribbon, sentiment flag, and message card for a mere $2 in addition to the cake. Stack the bundtlets into a tower and add a beautiful flower for an additional dollar and you have a thoughtful, beautiful gift ($5.99 for one, $9.99 for two, and $13.99 for three). Can’t decide on which flavor to give? Then try the Bundtinis which are smaller and sold by the dozen ($18.50).

Owner Marie Hicks says, “We simply love hostess gifts. One of the things we have been doing lately is taking our 8″ cake and one of the pretty cake plates we carry and wrap it up with cellophane and other embellishments. Then your hostess can have something to eat and something to keep!”

“Go” Glamorous

Sometimes the best gift is useful and a bit kitschy. And everyone loves a gift that provokes a giggle. Dee Siegenthaler, owner of Creative Concepts, knows this all too well.

“We have had great success with our bathroom sprays. It’s the perfect hostess gift that will definitely get used, especially at a party,” says.

She’s talking about Tyler Candles Diva Glamour Do fragrantly glamorous spray, the “Before you go restroom spray”. We’ve all seen the clever Poo-Pourri TV commercials promoting its blend of natural essential oils that creates a film on the surface of the water, a protective barrier, well…you know. Glamour Do bathroom sprays work the same way but are a bit more chic. Their top secret formula makes your movement fragrantly glamorous when you go. Just spray and Glamour Do will “do” the rest!

Siegenthaler says, “We sell the sprays individually for $5 each, which is great for carrying in your purse, but we also have a wonderful Glamorous Gift Suite with a chamber spray, laundry soap, and candle for $25.”

Creative Concepts also sells Niven Morgan products including a holiday North Pole room spray for $18 and a beautifully boxed Winter Fig candle for $30.

Bringing the perfect hostess gift will certainly make you the perfect party guest. And remember to send a handwritten thank-you note as soon as possible. It only take a few minutes and will make your host or hostess feel appreciated.