In this, the season of giving, it's a sin to show up to a holiday party empty handed. Shame on you.
Every host loves a guest who shows up with something useful. Flowers are great, but then you've made the host go fishing around for a vase. So scrap that. If you bring food, make sure to set it up on a platter before you arrive, so you won't have to bother the host with borrowing one.
But for a quick, inexpensive, cute "happy holidays," "thank you," "you're sweet" for the host or hostess, you can't beat these four finds.
Wine with Wit
Jazz up that $7 regifted bottle of wine with these adorable, letterpress holiday gift tags by Popptags
. Three for $10 online or at Dean & Deluca in New York, D.C., California and elsewhere
Christmas trees never seem to smell enough. Guess that's because they're slowly dying in your home
. But never matter, help your hostess holiday-up the place with an evergreen-scented candle like the Winter Forest essential oil candle
at Williams-Sonoma, $20. Or the Balsam-scented candle
at Bath & Body Works, $20.
Sometimes smaller dinner parties need a little spice. This small card-based game poses provocative questions to the group. Your host will thank you for helping to break the ice. Plus, they're the perfect way to get to know your host. Available at Pottery Barn
, $29, Amazon
, $25, and gift shops everywhere.