What’s Hot: Hostess Gifts

From clinked glasses of mint juleps to celebrate a housewarming, to a brunch to show off some newly acquired art, to a raucous evening dinner party to celebrate the joy of a special occasion, the opportunities to gather are plentiful. Be prepared at all times with hostess gifts that aim to please and impress.

1. A bottle of Herbs de Provence Olive Oil – with top notes of lavender, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf – is the ideal gift for someone who knows their way around a spring salad. Verdure Olive Oil Co., 3634 Magazine St., 373-2848, VerdureOliveOil.com


2. Scriptura’s “Writing and Drinking” series of hand-printed notecards, complete with recipes as envelope liners and illustrations of classic cocktails, will tickle your libation loving host. Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555, Scriptura.com 


3. A petite vase filled with fresh stems is as tried and true as it is a beautiful gesture. Ambrose Garden, 8015 Maple St., 861-1953, TheNewOrleansFlorist.com 


4. Prepping for a party becomes a cinch when the host has a bamboo cutting board that touts our city’s favorite fare. Nola Tawk, NolaTawk.com


5. A quality coffee table book like the Making New Orleans Products Past and Present goes a long way for presentation and conversation. Ogden Museum of Southern Art Gift Shop, 925 Camp St., 539-9650, OgdenMuseum.org


6. A Crescent City hostess will appreciate a gift hand-crafted in France like this box set of Lily of the Valley scented triple milled French soap and matching sachet with a small Eiffel tower charm. RELISH, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com 


7. Wine lovers will savor a custom, made-to-order initial made entirely of wine corks. Sorellas, 200 Metairie Road, 265-0011, SorellasNola.com


8. Arrive in style with mini stemless wine glasses hand-painted with white and gold oysters. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352; 4610 Magazine St., 766-6148; HomeMaloneNola.com 


9. A set of crawfish PJs in pima cotton by Cat’s Pajamas are the ultimate in comfort and style for spring lounging. The Woodhouse Day Spa, 4030 Canal St., 482-6652, NewOrleans. WoodhouseSpas.com