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Gifts for Your Host This Holiday Season

Photos by Elizabeth Podlesnik 

She’s dutifully planned the perfect holiday hobnob, complete with all the trimmings. As you’re picking up presents for your family and friends, don’t forget your loving host, without whom your favorite pumpkin chiffon pie would not have been baked.

Ahead, the holiday gifts that acknowledge her effort and ensure you get a standing invitation—if not an extra slice.


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How to Make Macarons, the Perfect Holiday and Hostess Gift

A pretty plate of homemade cookies is just about the nicest gift one can give or receive during the holidays. But if you’re the type of giver that isn’t satisfied with just nice, you might want to skip the traditional frosted Christmas cookies this year and step it up with a batch of traditional European macarons. As colorful and lovely as your sprinkle-topped snowmen cutouts, these meringue confections aren’t as difficult as their preceding reputation.

How to Make Macarons

We met with expert macaron maker Megan Gordon, aka Lady Yum, for an encouraging tutorial on creating these comely cookies. Her guidance breaks the recipe down in simple steps that even novice bakers can accomplish.

How to Make Macarons


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Say Thank You: 15 Houseguest Gift Ideas for Summer Travel

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Houseguest thank you gift ideas

It’s summer travel season, and that means you may be enjoying the hospitality of a friend or family member who has agreed to open their home to you. Follow proper etiquette, and show up with a gift. We’ve put together 15 ideas to show your appreciation and offer a few tips for selecting the perfect gift to give when you’re a houseguest.


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Get Invited Back: Bright Ideas for Host and Hostess Gifts

Between Facebook, family and the office, odds are that right now you’ve got holiday-party invites coming at you from all angles. After all, ’tis the season for chitchat and cheese trays. But once you’ve squared away all your RSVPs and made any requisite travel plans, it’s a good time to consider what you’re bringing to the table—on all fronts. While your fetching self is unquestionably appreciated, a hostess gift is a gracious way to thank the party-thrower for a shindig well done.

Hostess Gifts Ideas

Of course, not every social gathering is equal. If you’re headed to the in-laws for an extended visit to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, a bottle of wine probably won’t do. For any situation that requires overnight accommodations, a personal touch conveys serious gratitude (and helps secure next year’s invite).

SPARQ custom whiskey rocksSend the right message to hospitable cocktail and coffee enthusiasts by presenting these little soapstone rocks upon your arrival. In hot or cold liquids, SPARQ’s personalized whiskey rocks never melt, so beverage flavors remain unscathed.

It’s likely someone scrubbed a tub or two to prep for your visit. Repay the deed in kind with indulgent goat milk bubble bath from Blithe and Bonny. Made in California, the heavenly scented sulfate-free suds come in citrus, lavender, eucalyptus or herb.

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