11 gifts for the Christmas party hostess that are more thoughtful than a bottle of wine

It’s good manners to bring the party hostess a gift to show your appreciation to her hospitality. The last thing she would want? Every guest to show up with a bottle of wine as thank-you-for-hosting gift – well, unless she’s very, very fond of wine. Show that you’re the most thoughtful guest with one of these gifts, which will also make sure you’re on her guest-list again next year.

Something for her home

1. Crabtree & Evelyn Noel Home Fragrance Porcelain Diffuser

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A woman who enjoys hosting is going to love a festive home fragrance that doubles up as a beautiful ornament. This Crabtree & Evelyn diffuser that features a playful porcelain robin is launched annually only during the Christmas season.

The Noel scent infuses the room with mulled spices, Fraser fir spruce, and festive citrus fruits to lift the Christmas mood. The diffuser can last up to three months, which means she will continue to enjoy your gift long after Christmas. This retails at SGD98 at all Crabtree & Evelyn boutiques.

2. Jo Malone Christmas Miniatures Candle Collection

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If she prefers candles, a great is this limited edition miniature candle collection from Jo Malone. Featuring five charming candles packaged to look good in any mantelpiece, she gets to pick the fragrance she wants from these variants: the Sweet Almond & Macaroon Miniature Candle, Green Tomato Leaf Miniature Candle, Frosted Cherry & Clove Miniature Candle, Pomegranate Noir Miniature Candle, Peony, and Blush Suede Miniature Candle.

Each candle weighs 35g, and the collection retails at SGD182, at all Jo Malone boutiques.

Don’t forget the mister

3. BOSS The Scent for him and her

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Her partner has been working hard “behind the scenes” to lay the table or help with cleaning up, and he deserves a token of appreciation too.

A set of matching fragrances is a great gift to show that you’ve thought of both of them. BOSS The Scent is a sensual fragrance that radiates with passion and seduction, while BOSS The Scent for her is an elegant and warm fragrance that’s intriguing. BOSS The Scent EDT retails at SGD107 (50ml) and SGD134 (100ml) and BOSS The Scent for her EDP retails at SGD100 (30ml), SGD141 (50ml), and SGD202 (100ml).

4. This Works Sleep Tight

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Mean it when you bid them “goodnight”, and show that you really do with this kit with mini goodies that help restore normal slumber patterns using aromatherapy blends. Packaged like a Christmas ornament, it’s a caring gift that both of them can enjoy.

The kit consists of the following:

  • Deep Sleep Pillow Spray that promotes relaxation,
  • Sleep Plus Pillow Spray that has proven to help users have less disturbed sleep, and
  • Deep Sleep Stress Less, which helps release built-up tension throughout the day by applying it whenever and wherever

This Works Sleep Tight retails at SGD22 and is available at Sephora.

Bring spa to her home

5. Rose & Co. Cranberries & Cream Bath Tartlettes

It’s hard work hosting a fun-loving group – pamper her with a spa treatment right in the comforts of her own home. Another adorable product from made-in-UK brand Rose & Co., this set consists of two pretty hand-made bath tartlettes – in Cranberries and Vanilla Cream.

These may look delicious, but let your friend know they’re not for eating! She is to add the patisserie-inspired bath tartlette to a warm bath and watch its base dissolve and sparkle gently. Enriched with skin-moisturising cocoa and shea butters, the bath tartlette will leave her skin feeling soft and smooth, as well as delicately fragranced.

This ready-to-gift set retails at SGD15.90 at the Rose & Co. Singapore online store so you can expect quick delivery. Other scents are available. You can also find Rose & Co. products at Naiise outlets and its online store.

 

6. Soap & Glory Soaper Spa

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This collection includes five of Soap & Glory’s most well-known products: the Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Scrub Of Your Life Body Buffer, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Hand Food Hand Cream, and Heel Genius Foot Cream.

To top it off, the beautifully packaged gift set also includes a headband and shower puff to complete the indulgent experience.

This set retails at SGD48 and is available at Sephora stores.

7. The Body Shop The Finest Facial Duo Collection

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This set consists of two luxurious facial masks; she can choose to use each one on its own or to “multi-mask” by applying the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask on her T-zone to help with oil control, and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask to restore radiance to her U-zone.

Packed in a beautiful case, this ready-to-gift set is worth SGD65.80 if you have bought the masks separately, but is available at SGD59 now. It is available at all The Body Shop stores.

Bring a practical gift she’d use

8. Kiehl’s x Jeremyville hand creams

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She may not want you to help out with washing the dishes even when you insist, but you can help care for her hands. From the limited edition collaboration between Kiehl’s and artist Jeremyville, the hand cream comes in Grapefruit, Coriander, and Lavender scents, and helps restore skin’s suppleness thanks to Shea Butter and Vitamin E in the formula.

The hand cream features a specially designed packaging by Jeremyville, and retails at SGD27 for a 75ml hand cream, or SGD39 for a trio set.

9. Sephora The Great Manicure

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This handy set consists of a nail clipper, mini multi-layer nail file, five wood cuticle pushers, and one nail polish, all housed in a stylish box. Great for a DIY manicure set or to bring along for travels, this easy-to-use set will definitely be something she doesn’t mind adding to her beauty stash.

This retails at SGD29 at all Sephora stores.

A more intimate gift for a close friend

10. Lancome Tresor EDP Basic Set

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If she’s a close friend, consider a more intimate gift with a handwritten note. “Tresor” means “treasure” in French, and the Lancome Tresor EDP set is one way of telling her how much you cherish her.

This beautiful set consists of a 30ml Tresor EDP, a seductive floral scent, and a complementing shower gel and body cream. It is worth SGD135 but retails at SGD85 as a set for the festive season.

11. Laneige Milkyway Fantasy Basic Duo Set_Moisture

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Tell her she means the world to you with this sparkling set from the Laneige Milkyway Fantasy Collection. Inspired by the mystery of the Milky Way, this collection has one of the most beautiful packages we’ve seen this festive season.

The limited edition set consists of the Essential Power Skin Refiner Moisture, Essential Balancing Emulsion Moisture, both in full sizes, as well as the Water Sleeping Mask, Water Bank Essence, and Water Bank Moisture Cream in travel-sizes.

It retails at SGD86 and is available at all Laneige boutiques and counters.

 

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