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Where To Buy Host And Hostess Gifts For Every Holiday Party

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you've probably been busy figuring out what to get your drunk aunt or persnickety boss. But have you thought about spending Thanksgiving at your boyfriend's mom's house, or attending the holiday party at your friend's apartment? You just can't show up empty-handed when someone is graciously throwing a holiday get-together.

So here, we've rounded up 30 of NYC's best stores to find gifts for the host or hostess. We've got you covered with the traditional wine and flower spots, but there's also great stores featuring home goods, candles, candies, and more that will make you look like the most thoughtful guest ever. Check out our map after the jump to see where you can purchase these gifts. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Monograms Off Madison

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Give your gifts a personalized touch at this Upper East Side store. The husband-and-wife-run business offers dozens of lettering styles and thread colors to be placed on notecards, aprons, towels, and more. [Photo]

The Secret Garden

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It's classic to express your gratitude to the host with a bouquet. Choose your arrangement by season or event, and they can deliver anywhere in Manhattan (sorry, outer boroughs). [Photo]

Vosges Haut Chocolat

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Add a little something to the dessert selection with Vosges' specialty bacon chocolate, especially their truffles. You can even pick out a gift set that's paired with champagne or wine. [Photo]

Diptyque

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Candles are a no-brainer to bring as a guest, so you might as well go for the best. Stop by the Madison atelier for the broadest selection from the French candle and scents brand. [Photo]

Grace's Marketplace

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We chose this for their exceptional selection of flowers available right outside year-round. It's a quick and easy stop at this florist, which is actually not affiliated with the marketplace. [Photo]

Gracious Home

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Stop by the Upper West Side location to pick up any item that might add to your hostess's home, like coasters, placemats, and decorative towels. Kids in the home? They also have a stuffed animal selection. [Photo]

Sur La Table

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Come to this one-stop kitchen shop to pick up the fun cooking accessory your hostess never knew she needed. They've got a microwave omelet maker, a quesadilla grilling basket, and, if you're in the holiday spirit, beer koozies that look like ugly Christmas sweaters. [Photo]

Crush Wine & Spirits

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This award-winning wine store prides itself on properly shelving their bottles—sideways. The knowledgable staff can help you pick out delicious, affordable selections, and there's free delivery to all five boroughs if you're feeling generous enough to get your host a case. [Photo]
This African-inspired shop uses naturally sourced ingredients and materials whenever possible in its soaps, spa products, and incense. The shopping experience here will be both a present for yourself and your hostess.[Photo]

Delphinium

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This unique home gifts and accessories store was founded by three former musical theater performers who saw a need in the market. It's the perfect place to pick up candles, salt and pepper shakers, and any other tchotchkes your hostess might enjoy. [Photo]

Jung Lee

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This home goods and gifts store opened earlier this year right by the Ace Hotel. Event producer Jung Lee offers a great selection of throws, pillows, trays, and vases that will brighten anyone's home. [Photo]

Fishs Eddy

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This legendary kitchenware store in Flatiron is a classic spot to pick up a clever party gift. Some great selections from their gift section include a glass dog treats jar, an artists' palette cheese tray, and Empire State Building salt and pepper shakers.

The Ink Pad

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Is your hostess crafty? She'd love anything from NYC's only store dedicated to rubber stamping and paper crafts. Personalized stamps can be ordered with a 3-5 day turnaround. [Photo]

The London Candy Co

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Is your hostess obsessed with the royal family? She'd love a treat from their homeland—and so will others who don't care what Will and Kate are up to. This shop specializing in British candy just moved to Bleecker Street from its Carnegie Hill location earlier this year. [Photo]

Le Du's Wines

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If rankings are your thing, Zagat's named this shop—run by the former Daniel sommelier—the number one wine store in the city. And the rest of the staff is just as knowledgable as the owner, assuring you'll find the perfect bottle to bring over. [Photo]

Exit 9 Gift Emporium

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Go for something quirky from this East Village gift spot, whether it's a popsicle maker, 3-D cookie cutters, or colorful neighborhood maps. [Photo]

John Derian Dry Goods

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Get your hostess in the holiday spirit with John Derian's great selection of wrapping paper gift tags, and Christmas tree ornaments. We also love their vast selection of hand-painted plates, mugs, and bowls. [Photo]
If everyone else at the party is going to bring a bottle of wine, go a step further and select a clever bottle opener or corkscrew from the Italian brand's Soho flagship. There's also a great selection of stoppers and even a "cork presenter" case. [Photo]

Red Flower

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Fill your hostess's home with wonderful scents in the form of bath products, candles, or diffusers from this botanically-based shop. On their website, you can shop by product or scent to find the best gift.

Papabubble

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Get really for some seriously crazy candy from this Soho store. Watch them mold sugar into anything from ducks to dentures, and you can even pre-order customized candies for your hostess. [Photo]

Greenpoint Floral Co.

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Pick up a simple bouquet on your way to the party or offer to bring a Thanksgiving or holiday-themed centerpiece. The family-owned business can help you pick out the best selection by theme or price range. [Photo]

The Natural Wine Company

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For the all-natural hostess, pick up a bottle of wine made from organically grown grapes. It's a bit pricier than your average wine shop, but you can buy bottles based on price range, region, or how the grapes were farmed. [Photo]

A&G Merch

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The Williamsburg shop has been providing locals with quality furniture and home goods since 2006. Check out their "small merch" section for good hostess gifts, like bottle openers, coasters, and wooden games. [Photo]
The owners of this Brooklyn store wanted to bring their love for the kitchen to the public. Check out their handy gift guide online to shop by price, or stop by the store and ask the friendly staff what they think will be best. [Photo]

Fuego 718

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Spanish-born owner Alex Aldama stocks tchotchkes from all over the world—Peru, Italy, Cambodia, you name it. Pick up a vase or stuffed toy, and each item comes with a fun description of where and how it was made. [Photo]

Fine & Raw

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Pick up a gift set filled with organically-made chocolates wrapped in sustainable packaging from this Brooklyn shop that your hostess will likely refuse to share with the rest of her guests. [Photo]

Atelier Cologne

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The collection of colognes, perfumes, candles, and soaps are luxurious on their own, but take it one step further by adding a monogrammed leather case with your hosts' names or initials. [Photo]
In addition to customized bouquets, pick up a Saipua soap or a jar of honey from this Boerum Hill shop. There's even a clever book called "The Drunken Botanist" that any gung-ho gardening hostess would love. [Photo]

Owl and Thistle General Store

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This Crown Heights store specializes in locally made crafts at an affordable price point. They carry everything from clothing to home goods to snacks. If you're not sure what to get, pick up the "Best of Brooklyn" gift box in small or large. [Photo]

The Little Soap Shop

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This Astoria shop is certainly little, but it's big on using all-natural ingredients. Your hostess will love anything from the soaps to the hand whipped shea body butters in stock. [Photo]

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Monograms Off Madison

Give your gifts a personalized touch at this Upper East Side store. The husband-and-wife-run business offers dozens of lettering styles and thread colors to be placed on notecards, aprons, towels, and more. [Photo]

The Secret Garden

It's classic to express your gratitude to the host with a bouquet. Choose your arrangement by season or event, and they can deliver anywhere in Manhattan (sorry, outer boroughs). [Photo]

Vosges Haut Chocolat

Add a little something to the dessert selection with Vosges' specialty bacon chocolate, especially their truffles. You can even pick out a gift set that's paired with champagne or wine. [Photo]

Diptyque

Candles are a no-brainer to bring as a guest, so you might as well go for the best. Stop by the Madison atelier for the broadest selection from the French candle and scents brand. [Photo]

Grace's Marketplace

We chose this for their exceptional selection of flowers available right outside year-round. It's a quick and easy stop at this florist, which is actually not affiliated with the marketplace. [Photo]

Gracious Home

Stop by the Upper West Side location to pick up any item that might add to your hostess's home, like coasters, placemats, and decorative towels. Kids in the home? They also have a stuffed animal selection. [Photo]

Sur La Table

Come to this one-stop kitchen shop to pick up the fun cooking accessory your hostess never knew she needed. They've got a microwave omelet maker, a quesadilla grilling basket, and, if you're in the holiday spirit, beer koozies that look like ugly Christmas sweaters. [Photo]

Crush Wine & Spirits

This award-winning wine store prides itself on properly shelving their bottles—sideways. The knowledgable staff can help you pick out delicious, affordable selections, and there's free delivery to all five boroughs if you're feeling generous enough to get your host a case. [Photo]

Rain

This African-inspired shop uses naturally sourced ingredients and materials whenever possible in its soaps, spa products, and incense. The shopping experience here will be both a present for yourself and your hostess.[Photo]

Delphinium

This unique home gifts and accessories store was founded by three former musical theater performers who saw a need in the market. It's the perfect place to pick up candles, salt and pepper shakers, and any other tchotchkes your hostess might enjoy. [Photo]

Jung Lee

This home goods and gifts store opened earlier this year right by the Ace Hotel. Event producer Jung Lee offers a great selection of throws, pillows, trays, and vases that will brighten anyone's home. [Photo]

Fishs Eddy

This legendary kitchenware store in Flatiron is a classic spot to pick up a clever party gift. Some great selections from their gift section include a glass dog treats jar, an artists' palette cheese tray, and Empire State Building salt and pepper shakers.

The Ink Pad

Is your hostess crafty? She'd love anything from NYC's only store dedicated to rubber stamping and paper crafts. Personalized stamps can be ordered with a 3-5 day turnaround. [Photo]

The London Candy Co

Is your hostess obsessed with the royal family? She'd love a treat from their homeland—and so will others who don't care what Will and Kate are up to. This shop specializing in British candy just moved to Bleecker Street from its Carnegie Hill location earlier this year. [Photo]

Le Du's Wines

If rankings are your thing, Zagat's named this shop—run by the former Daniel sommelier—the number one wine store in the city. And the rest of the staff is just as knowledgable as the owner, assuring you'll find the perfect bottle to bring over. [Photo]