We’ve all been there.  Whether it’s an impromptu get-together, a holiday party that your spouse forgot to tell you about, or a last-minute housewarming soiree, we’ve forgotten a small token of appreciation for the host or hostess….and, inevitably, found ourselves picking up a mediocre bottle of wine at the liquor store on the way to their home.

This holiday season, we resolve to put a little more thought into a gift for the host or hostess.  Here’s what we’re planning:


Image via Teavana

If your loved one is a tea drinker, consider some fresh loose-leaf tea from your local boutique (we especially love Teavana and David’s).  The knowledgeable staff can help with selecting a premium tea – you’ll have your pick from dozens – and you can even nab a small teacup set or charming travel mug while you’re there.

Treat the hostess with the mostest to an at-home spa experience courtesy of Lush.  With locations in King of Prussia and Philadelphia, Lush offers handmade, vegan bath and body products.  We especially love their bath bombs, cut-to-size soaps, and creamy lotions!


Image via West Elm

Another one of our favorite wintertime gifts is a cozy throw blanket from a store like West Elm (best patterns and colors), Target (best value), and Pottery Barn (most luxurious).  Consider tying one up with a pretty ribbon and a Netflix gift card this holiday season for a stay-at-home gift that they’ll love.