The holiday season is upon us. Time to gather and celebrate with friends and family. This year, instead of waiting until the last minute, I’ve been putting some thought into hostess gifts for the season. Although you can never go wrong with a really great bottle of wine, I asked around the Conservatory to see what else people like to bring as a token of thanks. So for today’s Planterra Loves, I am sharing with you some hostess gift love.
Carol Pliska, one of our owners and minds behind Planterra’s creative designs, loves to gift a rosemary plant. It is beautiful and fragrant and can be used in the kitchen all year long or even transplanted into the garden. I love the look of rosemary in an aged, terracotta pot on a sunny window sill.
David likes to treat his hosts with a special something for the next morning and their post-event hangover. He suggests creating a small, but well-curated breakfast box with artisanal breads and muffins, specialty jams and high quality coffee. You can make it really special by choosing a unique vessel and tucking in vintage, linen napkins.
Another suggestion was unique note cards. Stationery that is different and not easy to find. There are so many designers out there creating beautiful paperworks. Check out these three Michigan-based artists that are doing great work. The Detroit Card Co., Wildship Studios and Alisa Bobzien Design & Stationery Studio.
Instead of a bottle of wine, how about an interesting salt cellar and gourmet pink Himalayan salt. Saltworks has a beautiful selection of salts and lots of useful information. Who knew salt could be so interesting?
Books make a nice gift as well. When David knows his host well, he searches out a vintage volume that speaks to the host’s interests whatever that might be, maybe art, cooking or photography. A specialty vintage book shows a lot of forethought.
Our Marketing Director Drew, in his spare time creates personalized wood burned coasters for Holiday gifts. If you can’t get Drew to design some for your next party, you can order personalized coasters on etsy here:
And we’ve mentioned it before, but The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart makes a great gift for any host. It’s a wonderful work of biology, history, etymology and mixology with more than 50 drink recipes.