Ask A South Florida Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

Ask A South Florida Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts
Sara Zamikoff is the owner of the lovely curated Coral Gables boutique, Emporium. Emporium is one of the top shopping destinations in the area as well as a perfect place to stop for gifts. With a selection that includes fashion apparel and accessories – from handmade jewelry to handbags – it’s difficult to make the wrong choice. In fact, personally tailored shopping experiences are available including styling sessions and closet consultations.
emporium Ask A South Florida Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

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Sara Zamikoff
Emporium Boutique
2606 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(786) 268-0689

As the owner of a hot gift shopping destination as well as a former pastry chef, Zamikoff knows a lot about entertaining. She shares her expert gift shopping ideas with tips on how to shop for party hostesses with CBS Local – just in time for the busy holiday season. Her gift ideas include ideal options for hostesses of events ranging from cocktail parties to formal dinners and naturally they involve plenty of taste and style.

Bring A Bottle Of Booze

“Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as too much booze at a party. If you know your host’s favorite brand or drink of choice, bring that. When in doubt, champagne is always the best call.”

A Scented Candle Can Go A Long Way

“Everyone likes scented candles, and you can never have too many. Stick to a unisex scent like sandalwood and stay away from overly floral, abrasive scents. My favorites are from Voluspa.”

A Coffee Table Book Makes A Great Gift

“Pick one on a topic your host is interested in – fashion, art, food, etc.”

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Flowers Are Always A Delight

“This seems like a no-brainier, but make sure you do them right. For the holidays, I recommend all white floral arrangements, so as not to clash with the rest of the decor your host may have put up. Hydrangeas, roses and orchids make a lovely, monochromatic combination.”

No One Will Turn Down Homemade Baked Goods

“This depends on the personality type of your host. If they would be offended by your adding to their food selection, choose from one of the above choices. But a homemade treat is a wonderful way to show that you’ve put time and effort into making something for them. During holiday time, a pie or holiday-themed cookies is a safe bet. Since I was previously a Pastry Chef, this is my go-to gift.”

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