While the pandemic may have caused a slight decrease in party invitations, that doesn’t mean people aren’t hosting get-togethers. No matter the size or type of celebration you’re attending, you still need to show your thanks for the invite. Here, our favorite culinary-themed gifts to impress any host.
Parisian Bistro Serenity Candle from East Coast Provisions
Gift a slice of France to your next dinner party host. This hand-poured Parisian Bistro Soy Relaxation Candle burns for up to 50 hours, emitting warming notes of vanilla, maple, custard and rum. It’s just the thing to inspire a mental journey to a cozy French bistro near a patisserie. $24, at East Coast Provisions
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2018 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon from PlumpJack Collection
The future of wine is organic and sustainable — and is also a decadent gift for the Cab fan in your life. Pick up a bottle of 2018 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon and celebrate with this luxurious, opaque purple wine. The flavors of wild blackberries, Luxardo cherries, plums and crème de cassis are packed in each full bodied, silky pour. Best of all, the PlumpJack Collection of Wineries is committed to sustainability and part of Napa’s first Gold LEED certified wineries: CADE Estate and Odette Estate. $78, at PlumpJack Collection
Vanilla Bean Mallow Pies from Toasted Mallow
This gourmet take on the classic moon pie would make any host swoon. In this upscale version, vanilla bean flavored marshmallow cream is hand-piped between two freshly baked vanilla cookies, then dipped into a rich Belgian milk chocolate. Each Mallow Pie is individually wrapped to maximize freshness (and nostalgia). They are good for at least eight weeks, but who could resist them for that long? $5 each, at Toasted Mallow
Whiskey Acres Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Located in the heart of Illinois corn country, Whiskey Acres Distilling is a true farm-to-glass operation, using only grains grown onsite to create their award-winning spirits. Your host will love sitting by the fire on a cold winter evening, sipping Bottled in Bond Bourbon and enjoying notes of vanilla drizzled caramel corn, cinnamon, nutty oak, ripe apples, and lightly toasted coconut. $50, at Seelbach’s
EVOO & Lavender Gift Box from Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm
This gift box contains an award-winning pair of “first press” EVOO olive oil from the company’s olive grove in Georgia and three lavender lotion bars. Two extraordinary natural products in one package: – one for the kitchen, one for the bath. Designed to soften and moisturize your skin with the fresh scent of lavender, they are packaged in adorable storage tins, making them convenient, portable and mess-free. $37.90, at Woodpecker Trail Olive Farm
Whiskey Bonfire Candle from FarmHouse Fresh
Usher in the scents of crackling wood fires and warm spiced liquor — or give it as a gift. Each vegan Whiskey Bonfire candle, made with a blend of coconut and apricot wax, is hand-poured in Texas and burns for up to 60 hours. Your purchase also helps FarmHouse Fresh in their animal rescue efforts nationwide. $35, at FarmHouse Fresh
Salty Candy Trio from Jacobsen Salt Co.
Bring sweets for the hostess to savor after the party is over! Jacobsen Salt Co. harvests salt from the pristine waters of the Oregon coast and combines it with sugar, butter, molasses, anise and cream. The result is a trio of decadent candies with a hint of salt for contrast. Package includes 6.5-ounce boxes of Salty Classic Caramels, Salty Chocolate Caramels, and either Salty Natural Licorice or Salty Black Licorice. $36, at Jacobsen Salt Co.
Cheers to a Brighter Future Drink Set
Propose a toast to the hostess with this chic drink set, an elegant collaboration between women-led businesses. LA-based Future Gin and NYC-based Upstate have paired signature spirits with a hand-blown, color-swirled, Kokomo glass. Enjoy this dry botanical gin featuring the SoCal flavors of Meyer lemon, grape leaves and avocado leaves while feeling good about the purchase. Proceeds go to two important charities: the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center and Women for Afghan Women. $130, at Future Gin