As the whirlwind of festivities that accompany the holiday season winds down we have the opportunity to review the past year and celebrate the coming of a new one… with a party! If you are on the receiving end of the invites this year be sure to sparkle and shine as the most gracious guest by bearing a beautiful gift to thank your host and/or hostess.
If you’re not sure what to bring or are looking for some new ideas you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few suggestions that are thoughtful and will be appreciated throughout the New Year (well except for the edible items, they’ll be gone in an instant!).
First up, what better way to welcome in a New Year than with a gift of a calendar? These gorgeous botanical graphic designs will brighten an office wall and will add a fresh artful accent to a desk, side table or book case.
– Rifle Desk Calendar – $49.99, Rifle Wall Calendar – $29.99
After surviving the holiday rush, I don’t know what host would turn down the offer of a little “me” time. Give the gift of relaxation and rejuvenation with a selection of spa inspired bath essentials.
– Simpatico Tea Shea Butter Soap – $10.99, Simpatico Tea Shea Butter Cream – $24.99, Simpatico Tea Bubble Bath – $26.99
Speaking of “me” time, another great way to indulge is to curl up with a good book. Your host will be thrilled to know that when they need to pause their literary exploration in pursuit of another interest, say, a nap, their place will be held beautifully by these lovely Gold Plated Parisienne Bookmarks. There’s a motif for everyone.
– French Bookmarks – $24.99
You can’t go wrong with food! Bring something yummy to the table with a selection from our Gourmet Food department. So many things to sample, so little time. An easy pick, this Artichoke Lemon Pesto by Bella Cucina is a real crowd pleaser! Provide crackers or a bread to spread and you’re guaranteed invites to next year’s soirees. Beef it up by adding a specialty cookbook and offer to taste test any recipes your host may undertake.
– Bella Cocina Artichoke Lemon Pesto – $29.99, Grate Britain Cheddar Crackers – $7.99, Stonewall Kitchen ‘Winter Celebrations’ cookbook – $19.95, Vietri Lace Baking Dish – $101.00
The only thing that wins out over food would be cocktails! Doesn’t every host wish they had the mixology chops demonstrated by Tom Cruise to entertain and enthrall their guests? Give them a starters kit including a shaker, a great mixer and some new recipes. Your host will be expertly spinning and flipping his cocktail shaker in no time!
– Quince & Apple ‘Lime and Cucumber’ or ‘Tart Cherry Grenadine’ syrups – $14.99, Kiro Hammered Cocktail Shaker – $29.99, Shot glass – $9.99, ‘The American Cocktail’ book – $19.95.
You may opt for the time honored tradition of presenting your host with their favorite brand of champagne (or maybe yours). Dress up the bottle for the occasion including a black (bow) tie with a commemorative 2014 cork ornament to mark the coming of the New Year. Our very own Eric Cortina created this beautiful memento to be admired long after the bottle is drained (and glasses broken. OPA!).
– Eric Cortina 2014 Cork Ornament – $19.99
A guest bearing warmth and light will never be turned away. This luxurious DayNa Decker candle collection not only makes an impressive entrance, but will fill the room with sumptuous fragrance and cast a dazzling glow whether lit or not.
– DayNa Decker Chandel in Oud Vetiver, Essence Musc, and Santal Myrrh – $64.99
However you choose to ring in the New Year be it at a glitzy gala or by enjoying a cozy evening with friends and family we have living arrangements to fit the bill. A thoughtful and elegant gift of one of Rogers Gardens exclusive designs will be sure to please the most discerning hosts. Especially those that are sensitive to fragrances, that don’t drink or eat, have a bubble bath anxiety disorder, hate to read and couldn’t care less what day it is.
–Rogers Gardens Living Arrangements – from $50.00