The holiday season means lots of fabulous parties hosted by friends and family. Show your appreciation by giving your host something other than a boring bottle of wine or flowers.

My ultimate advice is to stay away from tacky poinsettias! Here are few of my favourite gift ideas:



I absolutely love this new invention! Just place the Corkcicle in the freezer, and then insert into your bottle to keep whites perfectly chilled for up to an hour. Oprah Winfrey featured it in her Favorite Things for 2012. If Oprah loves it then so do we! $25, available at and Secret Location in Vancouver.







These candles look so realistic, hence their name! Made from genuine wax, they are by far the best flameless candles I have seen – the flame even flickers! These candles are available in three heights, which operate on two AA batteries. The candle can also be set on a timer that automatically turns on for five hours. Not surprised that they won the ‘2011 Best Gift for the Home’ award by Retail News. $35 – 44, available at




Mary MacLeod’s Shortbread

It’s official. This range of shortbread is truly amazing! They are meltingly gorgeous to eat. Who can resist butter and sugar?!

Mary MacLeod’s pure butter shortbread is handmade in small batches, based on her grandmother’s traditional Scottish recipe using only the finest and all natural ingredients. The Chocolate Crunch, which is Mary’s signature shortbread, is my favourite. Available at a range of prices at and Holt Renfrew.




Wine Barrel Trays

Who wouldn’t be pleased to receive this beautiful tray? Made from the barrelhead of a recycled wine barrel, your host will be thrilled to show off his/her cheese course on this stunning tray. $110, available at






Breakfast Gift Basket

This hostess gift is the least expensive, but the most thoughtful. Your host will most likely have a hectic morning trying to re-organise their house after a night of entertaining, so why not provide them with a breakfast gift basket to make things more pleasant? Line a basket with country inspired tea towels and fill the contents with an assortment of scones, pain au chocolats, seasonal fruit, coffee, tea, and the finest jam.




Story By: Nikki Dhaliwal