HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST: GIFTS TO IMPRESS

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Yee-haw! Giftbar is taking over Texas, so this post is hereby dedicated to you, holiday hostesses in Houston. (And Austin… It just didn’t fit with the alliteration). In the Lonestar State, bigger is always better, so you can expect your New Years celebration to be the blowout of the year. 2015, that is. That’s right, it will surely be the biggest celebration of the year, and it’s only day one… Giddy up!

Side note: If she does host an even bigger party in 2015, we expect an invite. We’ll bring the champy.

Solid Gold

No, that’s not the gift we’re suggesting (though it would be quite extravagant, so major props if you do). If your New Year’s Eve hostess with the mostest already has her fair share of typical hosting tools—think fancy salad bowls and a lot of candles—send her a gift card to Austin’s Solid Gold boutique so she can splurge a little on something for herself, like a new fragrance or a delicate piece of jewelry. It’s more “thank YOU” and less “thanks for letting us use your house and can’t wait for next year.”

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Nanne Inez

Another great spot in Austin for hostess gifts? Nannie Inez. New Year’s Eve hosting takes a lot more time and effort than you may imagine. She needs to tidy up the house, decorate, bake the hors d’oeuvres, pour the bubbly, AND doll herself up in a shimmery frock while trying to keep her bold lip color from fading while sipping her drink. We don’t know how she manages to stay up past midnight either. Gift her with a luxe hand cream or bath salts from L:A Bruket so she can take a day to completely relax and restore her sanity. Bonus points if you stay to help clean up.

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Lavender & Mint

If she was brave enough to host a New Year’s bash for all of your friends, chances are she’ll be hosting more parties in the future. So give her the gift of some par-tay inspiration. With a gift card to Lavender & Mint in Houston, she can send out stylish invites and save the dates for all of her upcoming soirees. And trust us, there’s no way you’ll forget to RSVP after laying eyes on this pretty stationery.

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Phoenicia Specialty Foods

Speaking of her next party… Give her the gift of an extra set of hands (and less cleanup in the kitchen). A gift card to Phoenicia Specialty Foods will open her eyes to a whole new world of hosting opportunities, whether she wants the next bash catered, prepared ahead of time, or chooses to indulge in a few baked goods to congratulate herself on yet another party for the record books. It’s all possible with this Houston artisanal food shop. We’re sure she’ll raise her glass to that!

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