We recently moved to San Francisco and finally opened the last box, which means we can start hosting people again – I love a party! I certainly don’t expect guests to bring anything when they come over, but once or twice I’ve gotten something unexpected and the surprise of it makes me love it more. Which got me thinking: what gifts will make any host smile?
Mini-succulents: These two darlings are from Trader Joe’s ($5 each!), and are a really modern gift idea. We actually recieved these two as a house-warming gift and it was such a nice surprise. Super versatile and you can pop them on a bathroom counter, bedroom dresser or on the mantle! Any local grocery store or Home Depot/Lowe’s would carry these, so they are also easy to find.
Candle: Always a strong option! My FAVORITE candle right now is from Nest Fragrances. Nest has a variety of sizes/fragrances in any price range and the jars themselves are so pretty – they can be repurposed after the candle burns down. The one in the picture below is the 22oz in Grapefruit (it’s such a fresh, citrus, but clean scent!).
Accent plates: These can be used anywhere, including outside the kitchen – bar cart, dresser as a jewelry catcher, bathroom for hair ties, pins. I love the gold in the Rosanna ‘Luxe Moderne’ set and Jonathan Adler ‘Canapes’. Your friend have a simpler style? Try the polka dots in Kate Spade ‘All In Good Taste’.
Tulips or an Orchid: Tulips in spring are such a dream! 10-12 stems should run you about $10, and if you get a strong pink or yellow color they will pop in any room. Pro tip: Put a penny in the bottom of the vase so the tulips stand straight up day after day. Orchids are also another great plant option, they are usually $15-$20 but last much longer and generally come with a vase.
Wine/Booze (Duh), but with a twist: This one is obvious so if you are going to do it, make it special. Pick a bottle with a really interesting label, or from a place that you know she/he loves. Did they recently go to South America? Try a Chilean wine! Do they love margaritas? Research tequila and find a bottle they haven’t tried. But if you want delight him/her, don’t just grab any bottle off the shelf, put some thought into it!
And if your very best friend moves into her very first house, splurge on some champagne. That bubbly, champagne-popping feeling can’t be beat. Get a bottle of Veuve Rosé or Moët – the host will know you spent a little extra to make them feel special. Then toast together to a new house and a new chapter.