This teapot comes with its own knitted cozy that looks charming displayed on a tray and is fun to use for unexpected drop-ins. $25, target.com / Paul.Weber
The holidays are packed with big parties and impromptu gatherings. “As a rule, if you’re invited to someone's home, you should never show up empty-handed, regardless of how well you know — or don't know — the hostess,” says John Newlin, editor in chief of Livingly Media, publisher of Lonny magazine (lonny.com). “A hostess gift is a timeless way of saying thank you, in a very personal and tangible way.” Stumped on what to bring? Try these ideas:
The Efficient Host. Treat friends who love to entertain to a clever wine spout that keeps wine chilled for up to an hour out of the fridge. A simple gel rod freezes within 30 minutes, and the silver spout makes for drip-free pours no matter the bottle. ($28, corkpops.com)
The Favorite Neighbor. This teapot comes with its own knitted cozy that looks charming displayed on a tray and is fun to use for drop-ins. ($25, Editor's Note: Unfortunately, this item is available in stores only. Enter your zip code )to find a local Target store that has it in stock.
The Garden Guru. The modern design of a Korean hand plow is actually centuries old, and the hand-forged blade is a multitasking master. The sleek edge saves time planting seeds. ($21, nybg.org)
The Intrepid Twosome. Give that jet-setting couple a modern way to ID their luggage. A programmable QR code lets you update contact info for each trip. ($10, givesimple.com)