The hardest working people during the holidays are the Hamptons hostesses who bake and prep and serve and toast all night long with nary a hair out of place and a smile on their face. All of that effortless entertaining deserves to be rewarded. For the quick dinner party or long weekend stay we picked gifts that will get you invited back for another wonderful get-together.
Created by Mary Fisher and Thomas Morgan, the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet is a clever way to gift a gift to a hostess and then pass on good deeds all year long. The bead bracelet, available in 18 colors and created by artisan groups to weave the bracelets across Africa, Haiti, Indonesia, and India, has a small rubber ring that is moved along the strand of 100 beads each time a good deed is completed. All proceeds go back into the 100 Good Deeds project. For the friend with a good heart this gift is a perfect way to pay it forward. Celebrity fans include Alicia Keys, Katie Holmes, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, and Cyndi Lauper. ($30, www.100gooddeeds.org)
Light up the room with Annick Goutal’s Noel Candle. The pretty red and gold glass jar holds a long burning candle scented with exotic Siberian pine, bitter orange, lemon, and Brazilian mandarin. After the candle is gone repurpose the glass jar for make-up brushes. Available in two sizes through the holiday. ($85 for 10.5oz and $35 for 2.4oz, Annick Goutal Boutique, 397 Bleecker Street, NY, 646-964-4819)
If your fab hostess loves daily affirmations – you know the friend who has an App for that that she checks out religiously – she’ll love the sweet Affirmation Card Set by KORA Organics. These charming cards are imprinted with quotes from supermodel Miranda Kerr’s bestselling book, “Treasure Yourself.” As a bonus, KORA Organics Vitamin Enhanced Lip Balm is part of the set. ($29.95, www.koraorganics.com)
Mix it up with Demeter’s Holiday Classics 2014 reed diffuser set. Three scents – Christmas Tree, Snow, and Gingerbread – let you play with the scents of the season throughout the house. The holiday-inspired set will last long after the tree has been put away to keep that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling until spring. ($45, www.DemeterFragrance.com)
Tech savvy hostess will love laptop sleeves and iPhone and iPad covers with designer style from the likes of Nanette Lepore and Kate Spade carried at Best Buy. Patterns range from gilded gold to fabulous florals to fun gold polka dots. ($30 to $80, exclusive to Best Buy stores nationwide and online)
Finally, if you’re staying the weekend bring something cozy your hostess will enjoy long after the last canapé disappears. We love a cozy colorful Burgess throw from Crate and Barrel that she can snuggle into while flipping through Instagram pics of her latest fab soiree. ($59.95, www.crateandbarrel.com)