Along come holiday parties, laughing all the way.
It’s so nice when guests bring presents. But here’s the rub. Everybody can find something to hate about anything, “Can you BELIEVE she brought a perfectly hand-crafted widget that she had the GALL to make with her own hands? She KNOWS I have no space.” So don’t spend too much money, or fret much about the perfect object. It is the thought that counts.
Of course, we don’t want to offend. No cheese to vegans, no alcohol to teetotalers, no Christmas-dominant objects to observers of other winter holidays. Oh, and no scents for the scentsitive.
To my way of thinking, the best presents for your hostess are tools that elevate routine activities and tasks.
For our beloved Gal I suggest a wooden large flat saute tool from Earlywood. It solves the spatula problem, the one where you worry about non-stick coating toxicity, but you don’t want to use metal on Le Creuset. Earlywood also offers wooden spreader sampler, or what they call the Trifecta, if you’re feeling flush.
BTW, contrary to conventional wisdom, you can give a Gal flowers, because she doesn’t stand on ceremony. She will just point you to the vases with a quick, “Can you fill this with water for your gorgeous bouquet and thank you and now I’ve got to get back to my rolled roast pork with rosemary stuffing and the 16 side dishes I’m preparing? And how’s your family?” Just don’t give her a vase, she has plenty.
Not even this one. Well, maybe that one.
The Cousin’s daily tasks are all generative. Occasionally mystical. You might want to bring something for her creative mind, like a set of color pencils.
Or she’d love anything you make yourself, like an infused oil or vinegar, because she believes in your creative mind too. I have always been daunted by the container and labeling issues, but, hey, online commerce for the win, here, and here. A how-to on infused vinegars, here.
Or, because, yes, she believes in harmonics, or at least wants to, something crystalline. Safest would be these coasters. Gray agate purportedly encourages quiet self-confidence. But if you know her house setup, what about couple of Anthropologie geode pulls? Sure to align the atoms in her junk drawer just right.
The Dame prefers tradition. Things hard, and shiny. You might bring her a set of ornamented metal skewers, for her passed hors d’oeuvres. Or wine charms. They come in many forms. Nautical. The Cole-Porteresque numbers above. Or little silicone dahlias that stick to glass. Heaven forfend that one’s glass might touch the lips of another. Oh, and if one keeps on drinking less and less alcohol as time goes by, one no longer feels the need for these admonitory sayings in one’s goblet.
Now go, my friends, make merry. Just please remember to designate a driver and thank him or her profusely.
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