Brides' Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for Your Hostesses

Favors & Gifts
Best gifts for hostesses

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Getting married means hosting the biggest shebang of your life...right? Well, not exactly. I do's come with a whole slew of other parties leading up to your wedding, and you can't be at the helm of every single one. Did your sister throw your bridal shower? Your maid-of-honor organize your bachelorette weekend in Miami? Did your cousin slave over the menu for your rehearsal dinner? Just as you'd never show up to a dinner party empty-handed (or at least without a bottle of wine, of which you're planning to partake), you shouldn't let your generous hostesses watch you sip champagne and open wedding presents without a little extra appreciation. Give your number-one party people the latest, greatest tools they'll need to throw future bashes with these stylish entertainment pieces. We helped you find sentimental gifts for your mother (and others), and now, we searched high and low for presents for the other important women in your wedding (and life).

Here, six treasures our editors know your built-in party planners will adore:

1. For the Lady Who Always Hosts the Potlucks: Haute Olive Oil

This guy's not going in the cabinet with the cooking spray and canola oil, we promise. The extra-virgin formula is so intense and the packaging so elegant, it will instantly earn a spot of honor next to the stove.

Intenso Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $50, Dean & Deluca

2. For the Lady Who'd Try to Preserve Her Bouquet: Mini Trees

She'll have to toss a thank-you bouquet after a week, but these chic, modern herb trees grow and thrive for years. Plus, they're a major asset in the kitchen!

Meyer-lemon patio tree, $59.95, Sur la Table; Set of two rosemary trees in burlap, $49.95, Sur la Table; Olive tree, $39.95, Sur la Table

3. For the Slightly Forgetful (But Still Loveable) Lady: A Foil Tray

When she leaves her keys on a tray as beautiful and shiny as this one, she'll never lose them again.

Nix foil tray, $26, Jayson Home

4. For the Lady With the Most Festive Decorations: Playful Votive Candles

In warm, subtle scents like amber, willow, and rose, these cheeky mini candles will smell as awesome as they look on her mantel come holiday-party season.

Candles, $40 each, Kate Spade available at Macy's

5. For the Lady Who Planned an Artsy Shower: An Architectural Dinner Plate

So sleek and well crafted, it gives your culinary-gifted girl's artful filets and canapés some competition. This plate doubles as a charming serving piece, making it a striking standalone gift.

Aster de Villatte Etoile Small Tray, $140, Sue Fisher King

6. For the Lady Who'd Love to Host a Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party: A Wine-Tasting Kit

Every hostess needs to do her research before cracking open the perfect red. Sign her up for a tasting kit, then she'll receive a shipment of 12 wines—calibrated to her expert taste—every three months, just in time for her next bash.

Wine-tasting kit, from $24.95, available at Tasting Room by Lot18

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