Unless you’re somehow burdened with the responsibility of ho-ho-hosting every holiday get-together at your house this year, chances are you’ll be headed to friends’ or families’ places for a night or two. As one mustn’t show up empty handed to such an occasion, here are some ideas for the perfect hostess gifts around town.
Olive and Well is a great spot to shop for a homemaker or cook, as they stock a plethora of balsamic vinegars and olive oils, and many unique flavors of each. Buy a full-size bottle or one of their boxed gift assortments, which include a flight of sample-sized bottles
For wine, Marion Street Cheese Market is a great place to stop, and they also do holiday gift baskets of assorted treats, by pre-order only. CarefulPeach Boutique, in addition to its fine dinnerware, home goods and jewelry, has also started stocking wine and Chicago’s own Letherbee Gin, making it a one-stop shop for your lucky hostess.
For French pastries that are both beautiful and one hundred percent authentic, head to Sugar Fixe Patisserie. Their acclaimed macarons alone are worth the visit, but the shop also regularly bakes an assortment of cakes, quiches, croissants and tarts. With a call 48-hours in advance, they can also whip up something extraordinary for your special occasion
With just a little planning ahead, you’ll be the most welcome guest at the party this season.