Holiday Gifts

Oh! You shouldn’t have!

Below are eight of our favorite hostess gifts for the holidays.

Holiday Hostess Gifts

Dorothy Draper BookVintage books about areas of interest to the hostess are always a chic gift. The best selections are on eBay, at Barney’s in New York, and at vintage booksellers.

Drunken BotanistNew books are fun too, and any hostess who likes her hooch will love this New York Times best seller about the herbs, trees, and flowers that have been transformed into alcohol over the centuries. Sold at fine bookstores.

August Morgan

Speaking of hooch, these whimsical linen cocktail napkins from August Morgan are oh-so-pun. Shop the full collection at

Dammann Tea Sampler

There’s nothing like breakfast in bed following a big fête, and she’ll be ready with this chic Damman Tea Sampler. Available at

Mrs. John L. StrongAvid readers will love these gold assorted bookmarks from Mrs. John L. Strong. They might just bring back reading the old-fashioned way. Available at

SmythsonYou’re sure to find a Smythson wafer notebook with just the right message for your hostess. Find the full and colorful collection at

Jim Marvin glass ornament We love these chic Jim Marvin glass ornaments. Choose one in your hostess’s favorite color. Available at stanleykorshak.comDiptyque

Don’t know your hostess well? Home fragrance gifts are always wonderful but these pine bark ovals from Diptyque Paris are so much more fun and unexpected than a candle.

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