VIOLET-approved offerings for this holiday season’s hosts and hostesses.
Written By Christine Whitney
Market By Cynthia Cook Smith
“Let’s have lunch after the holidays,” is about to become your professional refrain. Indeed, from Thanksgiving straight on through New Year’s, your social calendar is booked. From dinner at the in-laws’ to swanky Penthouse cocktails to a weekend at your best friend’s ski cabin, you’ll be wearing lots of hats—and delivering lots of presents to your hosts. Here, an assortment of favorites to ensure you’ll be invited back.
Before packing up the car and driving off to spend the weekend with your most design-savvy friends, be a gold-star guest and pick up one of these beautiful objets as an offering.
Brass origami bowl
Wish them a very Lacroix Christmas with the designer’s enchanting 3-D advent calendar, an elegant pop-up featuring a menagerie of whimsical illustrated creatures.
Shaman night advent calendar
Perfect for jazzing up your martini (or any cocktail in which something can be speared), these glass picks are the definition of festive.
Glass Sandwich picks
The detail-oriented hostess will take great pleasure in Mrs. John L. Strong’s rich, linen-bound entertaining journal. No ordinary guest book, its pages are designed to catalog plans for menus, guest lists, and seating charts.
MRS. JOHN L. STRONG
When paying a visit to your family’s Ojai retreat, it’s always nice to come bearing fruit. Or, even better, a live lemon tree.
Seeds of life
citrus lemon tree
A tin of cookies that look as good as they taste, these Japanese delights are equally appropriate for a large dinner party or a casual visit with a few close friends.
WINTER CINQ DELICES COOKIES
VIOLET GREY has a file on everything from
the genius of Pat McGrath to
the best eyelash curler in the world.
FOR YOUR BFF
A gift guide sure to satisfy the best—and most discerning—fashion connoisseur in your life.