We’ve rounded up the best host and hostess gifts for the holiday season.
Stacked Charm Bowls from AVF Home ($185 for petite, $400 for regular).
Alexandra Foster—a Boston native (and former Bloomingdale’s buyer) now living in London—turns out cushions with original and often travel-themed patterns, such as Amalfi Coast rooftops, a Parisian gate, and even an elephant (inspired by her time in Jaipur, India). The pillows are handmade by artisans in Bologna, Italy. Kate & Theo Home, 96 Charles St., 617-227-1915
Kilian Hennessy is expanding his line of bespoke fragrances to include the new, sensory-explosive Addictive State of Mind candle collection. The candles give off such rustic scents as Habana leaves and Turkish coffee, each in a stunning black lacquered wood holder. Opt for the accompanying matchbox and your hosts will remember you long after you’re gone. Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-262-8500
This South End boutique, which has earned a cult following thanks to its edgy apparel, accessories, and home goods, recently opened a second location on picturesque Charles Street. We especially love the set of six melamine bowls by iBride that mimic the shape of a sleek Chinese vase when they’re stacked. 88 Charles St., 617-375-7879
Giving Champagne is a nobrainer, but a truly in-the-know guest will bring a limitededition bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage Blanc 2004, whose label and gift box were conceived by haute couture designer Iris van Herpen. The metallic green design was inspired by the idea of metamorphosis. It might be too good to drink. Almost. Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors, 894 Main St., Waltham, 781-893-1900
Skip the card-and-envelope gift set this year in favor of a silk-covered notebook by Hermès. The 144-page volumes come in two designs inspired by two of the brand’s iconic silk scarves, Brazil and Cavalcadour, and they make the perfect accent for a coffee table or nightstand. 50 Park Plaza, 617-482-8707
Liz Caan Interiors
Nothing says “happy houseguest” like arriving with the signature acrylic candy bowls by Alexandra Von Furstenberg (Diane’s daughter-in-law) in a range of peppy colors. Scoop them up in multiples ($185 each) at Liz Caan’s chic home store. 1066 Centre St., Newton Centre, 617-244-0424
Olives & Grace
We can’t get enough of this cozy South End boutique stocked with local and handmade home goods, all carefully selected by owner Sofi Mercedes Madison. Snap up the set of four wooden coasters, each showing a part of Boston. We love finding our favorite streets on the coasters when they aren’t holding our wine glasses. 623 Tremont St., 617-236-4536
For a Zen host, give the Mecca yoga mat bag, from a capsule collection designed by Stil Studio co-owner Betty Riaz. Each bag is crafted in the US from handmade Indian fabric and accented with vintage leather. The double-zipper pocket, messenger handle, and shoulder strap make them perfect for the yogi on the go. 227 Legacy Pl., Dedham, 781-407-9642
No need to journey far and wide in search of rare, vintage, and antique gifts. Trove’s owner, Dale Lasden, has already done that for us. We love the RabLabs druze and agate serving trays accented in gold or silver, as well as vintage boxes for our friends and family. 542 Boston Post Road, Weston, 781-642-0484