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HC Hostess Gift Guide by Aerin Lauder

by habituallychic

11 . 30 . 14


I’ve slacked off on holiday gift guides for the past few years.  To make up for this, I’ve asked some of my favorite people to contribute gift guides in their area of expertise.  Some of them you will know and some will be an introduction but I guarantee you will love all of their choices.

Aerin Lauder is one of the nicest people and is always sending thoughtful gifts so I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to share her hostess gift favorites for the holidays. Her taste is flawless and effortless which can be seen in her AERIN lifestyle brand and the beauty products, accessories, and home decor pieces she has designed, some of which have made this list.


AERIN Spiral Link Bracelet – perfectly suited for the party season.

[Editor’s Note: Buy one for a friend and one for yourself.]


An AERIN Sphere Wine Stopper and a great bottle of wine makes a great hostess gift. To help chose a great bottle, check out my World of Aerin feature with Jamie Ritchie, CEO of Sotheby’s Wines, who lists some of his favorites for heartier winter meals.


Happy Menocal Stationery Co. – the perfect personalized gift. I’ve had Happy create invitations and menus for many events and love her work.


“My favorite gift at the holidays has been artwork from my children.” – Aerin


Zezé Flowers – I love to send a potted plant to the hostess the day after an event with a handwritten note about the special evening. I rely on Zezé in New York for his stunning selection of orchids. 7-aerin-lauder-hostess-gift-guide-2014-habituallychic-books

Books – A great book is a wonderful gift. Pick one that matches the interests of your hostess. Right now I’m loving Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan and The French Riviera: In the 1920’s.


“Having all of my friends and family under one roof would be priceless this holiday.” – Aerin


AERIN Tapered Cone Match Striker & Holiday Candle Gift Set – a great gift for anyone.

[Editor’s Note: I love AERIN Candles because not only do they smell good but they don’t have a label.  You can use the container for pens and pencils or even a vase after the candle burns down.]10-aerin-lauder-hostess-gift-guide-2014-habituallychic-tates-bakeshop

Tate’s Bakeshop – treats From Tate’s are my go to. Their pies are delicious and, paired with ice cream, make the perfect dessert.


“My favorite holiday tradition is having a festive christmas eve dinner with my family. My grandfather’s birthday was christmas eve so we celebrated all together, always ending the meal with a delicious bouche de noel. My grandmother also always put bowl of candy on the dining room table, encouraging people to have something sweet throughout the meal. Not just for dessert. The AERIN small gold candy bowls are inspired by this tradition.” – Aerin 


Graeter’s Ice Cream – My favorite from Ohio. They will send boxes of their delicious pints anywhere in the country. It’s an amazing gift.


Tomas Maier Mohair Blankets – a cozy gift for winter available at Tomas’ new store at 956 Madison Avenue in New York.


“I gave my parents a puppy a few years ago. It has brought them so much happiness.” – Aerin

[Editor’s Note: this is not the actual dog but one used in an Estée Lauder ad.]


AERIN Footed Deco Bowls – I love using candy in mix-matched bowls. The AERIN Footed Deco bowls in various sizes are great for entertaining and giving as a gift.


Photos via Elle Decor, AERIN, Aerin Lauder’s Instagram, and companies listed.