Lance Lawson and Jim Wetzel
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
The Michigan Avenue shop, space519, has been lauded on “Best” lists in The New York Times, Allure, Lucky Magazine, Chicago Magazine and other publications for being “a general store that is anything but general.” The owners entertain all the time and Lance has a blog if you want more info on how to best express your own personal style. The guys, having just returned from France, have a wonderful assortment of these fabulous items at the store. In addition, the Mag Mile store recently launched ecommerce at space519.com.
For The Chef
Instead of bringing pastries, cakes or the ubiquitous holiday cookies, bring a cookbook from a cool restaurant or bakery like Frenchie in Paris paired with a stack of Striped Linen Dinner Napkins – also with a French theme.
For The Whisky And Wine Enthusiast
Rather than a bar of booze, Lawson and Wetzel suggest you deliver The Schillers Liquor Bar classic cocktail bar reference set and pair the gift with an Ebony Wine Key/Cork Screw. “It’s a beautiful and useful bar tool,” they add.
For The Traditional Hostess
Don’t allow her to be relegated to paper goods from Party City. Instead of generic cocktail napkin, s/he can impress with adorable August Morgan hand-embroidered, hem-stitched linen cocktail napkins with cheeky characters and sayings on them like “easy on the ice” and “make mine a double.” Pair the hand-stitched items with a classic crystal ice bucket. Voila!
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For The Lover Of High Design
Sure, Yankees can make candles but so can your aunt in a crafts class. Rather than the typical candle, try the Eclectic Candle Series from Tom Dixon, the noted London designer. “They come in mixed metal vessels which can be used again later to store desk accessories or catch change,” the pair explains. “Or try a whimsical piece of small pottery from Waylande Gregory with mid-century motifs.”
For Someone Who Has Everything
Walk in with a bottle of wine? You and every other guest. “Rather than a bottle of wine, bring a bottle of Aesop Aromatique Handwash or Gentleman’s Brand Body Wash,” Lawson and Wetzel advise. “Any host would love these little luxuries for them to use everyday.”
Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.