While flowers, chocolate and wine may be reliable bets, they’re unlikely to leave a lasting impression. For gifts that no hostess will forget, check out these finds.
Who knew you could get something Hermes-related for under $100?
Absolute Dreams Body Oil, $24.99
One of Linden Leaves' many beautifully-packaged body oils.
Floral Arrangements, prices vary
Not your run-of-the-mill floral arrangement.
Everyone loves a themed Philosophy gift set.
Di-Stress Mi Pairing, $42
A tea and facial mist designed specifically to ease stressed nerves and complexions.
Photo Cookie, $2.99 each (one dozen minimum order)
These cookies are dipped in Alpine chocolate and topped with an edible image of your choosing (photo, logo or message). Cookies are packaged in a cellophane bag with matching ribbon.
Swedish Sweets, prices vary
Skip traditional chocolates and opt instead for a sampling of Swedish treats.
Pink Climbing Rose, $58
Aerin Lauder has capitalized on her discerning taste by launching an eponymous line of home, fashion and beauty "essentials," including a collection of refreshingly-scented candles.
Subscriptions, prices vary
Get anything from artisanal cookies to pickles delivered monthly for three, six, nine or 12 months.
Gift Card, prices vary
Gift your hostess a break with a gift certificate to Kitchensurfing, a site that matches you with a personal chef. You pick the style of food and work with the chef to solidify a menu (prices vary based on ingredients and number of people, but come out to about the same as a nice dinner out). The chef then comes to your home, prepares, serves and cleans everything up.
Just Enough of a (very) Good Thing
Box of two, $7.49
Launched just last month by the founder of Tom Cat Bakery, Just Enough of a (very) Good Thing is a new chilled, single-serve desserts brand — it's a perfect budget-friendly find (and useful for portion control!).