Chic candles, affordable vases, and a handful of festive drinks that your friends will actually use throughout the year

Maya Wong and Nena Farrell  – September 13, 2017 | Updated December 16, 2019

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A Stylish Apron

Courtesy Heather Taylor Home

The beautiful nutmeg shade of Heather Taylor Home’s gingham apron makes it a great classic piece with a twist, perfect for your friend who’s always in the kitchen while entertaining guests.

Heather Taylor Home Gingham Nutmeg Apron, $98
   

An ABV-Free Spirit

Courtesy Seedlip

If your host isn’t a drinker, bring Seedlip to their next gathering. The world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits comes in three aromatic blends—Grove 42, Spice 94 and Garden 108—and is perfect for a host’s non-drinkers or designated drivers of the evening.

Seedlip Grove 42, $18—30
   

Everyday Linen Napkins

Courtesy Rough Linen

We love these 100 percent linen napkins, which add a delicate, refined look to any table. Choose from white, natural, and light gray.

Rough Linen Raw Edge Linen Napkin, $20
   

A Hip Cookbook for Your Friend Who Loves Dinner Parties

Courtesy Penguin Random House

Cook, New York Times food columnist, and queen of dinner parties Alison Roman shares the coolest recipes when it comes to casually cooking for friends in her new cookbook, Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over.

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman, $29.25
   

Sage, Palo Santo, and Crystal Home Cleansing Kit

Courtesy Now or Never

This all-in-one set includes a rough black tourmaline crystal to protect from negative energy, a rose quartz crystal to receive love, and a small white sage stick plus two palo santo sticks to cleanse one’s space before welcoming company. We feel calmer already.

NOW or NEVER Home Energy Kit, $28
   

Chic Coffee Beans

Courtesy Canyon Coffee

Quality coffee is always a great gift, and this chic packaging makes it even better. Choose from one of Canyon Coffee’s organic bean selections, like the peachy, pineapple-like coffee from Ethiopia or the nougat, chocolate-y coffee from Colombia. 

Canyon Coffee Organic Tolima Especial, Colombia, $19
   

Matcha Sticks

Brittany Cutrone

Wellness shop Cap Beauty’s matcha sticks make it easy for your host to whip up a mug of matcha tea, no measuring tools necessary. Plus, it looks like a cool candy box.

CAP Beauty’s The Neat Matcha Sticks, $34
   

A Perfectly-Sized Bud Vase

This is a super affordable gift that your friends will actually use year-round. Add a flower in the vase for a cute, personal touch.

Favor Double Gourd Mini Vase, $21
   

An Eye-Catching Candle

Otherland

Give your favorite cool-girl hostess a candle that she doesn’t have yet. Otherland’s candles have just five classic scents, with limited collections that are constantly changing. Scoop up one of this holiday’s three limited scents—Fallen Fir, Old Fashioned, and Black Velvet—in moody, seasonally-inspired votives.

Otherland Fallen Fir Candle, $26
   

Small-Batch Botanical Teas

Courtesy Leaves and Flowers

This California-based tea company produces their herbal infusions like Sleep Tea and Flower Sun Tea by hand, along with classic teas like oolong, Earl Grey, and a variety of green teas sourced from Japan. The minimalist containers and typography make their teas a beautiful and useful gift for a tea-loving host.

Leaves and Flowers Sleep Tea, $14
   

All-Natural Hand Wash

Courtesy Sisters Body

This minimalistic, all-natural hand wash made with a blend of sandalwood, bergamot, and geranium essential oils adds a chic, thoughtful touch to any bathroom, guest room, or kitchen. Plus, part of the proceeds from this women-owned brand are donated to organizations that support women’s health.

Sisters Body Hand Wash, $16
   

A Bottle of This Santa Cruz Pét-Nat Wine

 

Impress your friends with a bottle of this sparkling, cloudy (yes, it’s supposed to be that way) pétulant naturel wine from Santa Cruz-based winery, Birichino. Each bottle has a variation of frangipani, honeysuckle, and nectarine blossom notes and a low 13 percent ABVmeaning you can sip without worrying about a next-day hangover.

Birichino 2018 Pétulant Naturel Malvasia Bianca, $25