Anthropologie

Hostess Gifts

Gifts for the hostess

I’ve been spending time with friends and family in an effort to savor the last days of summer. The season has certainly been a step up from last year when my primary source of joy was flâner-ing with a straw tote. Zoom meetings don’t compare to seeing someone face-to-face, and in my world, dinner and the hostess gift have made a comeback.

I never show up to someone’s house empty-handed unless the token of my appreciation is arriving via mail. My creativity is usually put to good use in the selection process, but when I’m pressed for time, I opt for the respectable homemade baked good or flowers in a vase with water. Sending a handwritten thank-you note shortly after the event has passed is an elegant gesture.

Works Sighted

Uncommon Goods swivel cheese board // Mark & Graham small bamboo lacquer tray // Creekside Farms dried French herbs wreath

Pineapple Collaborative olive oil // Verve Culture Moroccan glassware // Hu Kitchen chocolate gift box

CapaBunga cheese vault // Anthropologie serving set // Art et Manufacture pie plates

Vases for Spring-Blooming Flowers

Vases

Tulips are my favorite kind of flower, and lately, I’ve been receiving quite a few of them. I own one vase, a Vetreria Etrusca design, which has probably been in my family for at least as long as I’ve been alive. While it continues to serve me well, I recently realized that one vase may not be sufficient. Three bouquets came through the door the other day, and I had to put two of them in a pitcher. My hunt for a new vase is underway. Here are some of my preliminary findings.

Works Sighted

Crate&Barrel direction vases // Nude Glass mini magnolia vase large // Anthropologie gradient vase

Anthropologie apothecary jar // Lyngby Porcelæn 15 cm vase (burgundy)

Crate&Barrel Laurel vase // Lyngby Porcelæn 20 cm (blue) // Bloomist Ikebana vase

Useful Holiday Gifts (Les Femmes)

Holiday gifts for women.

Finding a gift for everyone on your holiday list may be stressful. Thus, it is important to keep a few things in mind. A gift is supposed to be a symbol of your love and affection for someone else. It’s the thought that really counts. Being thoughtful doesn’t have anything to do with the amount of money you spend. If all else fails, a gift card (perhaps, from a local establishment) will do just fine. For someone who has everything, consider donating to a charity in his/her name. World Vision and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust come to mind. The gift of membership to a local museum may also be worthy of your consideration.

cashmere sweater / vase / photo frame / necklace / jewelry box

travel capsules / cashmere comb / pouch / wine tote / book / notepad / notebook / small notebooks

photo album / straw basket bag / cashmere wrap / travel candle / mug

lunch bag / luggage tag / key chain / tote / picnic basket