3 shops for last-minute holiday hostess gifts in Oak Park/River Forest

You’ve done it! You’ve managed to score an invite to a completely desirable holiday party. You pick up your party dress from the cleaners and score a quick blowout at your favorite salon. You can practically taste the cocktails! Speaking of, you need to swing by Trader Joes and get your go-to bottle of vino for the hostess with the mostest. Eek. That suddenly seems compromising to the very dignity of your flawless frock.

Embroidered His & Hers towels/Update Interiors


Let’s properly accessorize, ladies. You need a gift that tells the hostess how thoughtful and original you are. Because you are original, dammit! Here are three stores that will guarantee an invite for next year.

CarefulPeach Boutique

Let’s start with extending an olive branch. Your version of the Macarena was a little PG-13 last year.

The Olive Branch Mini Pitcher ($99) and Nicoise Olive Jar ($5) should do the trick. Show your sweet side with a selection of French Fondue ($20) or try Koval infused liqueurs ($27) and a cocktail table book ($23).

Update Interiors

If you’re into cheeky, Update Interiors has everything for a naughty or nice hostess.

A lump of actual coal ($18) might sound harsh, so pair it with something a little softer like a Santa pillow ($70) for a fun-spirited holiday gift.

Wish the party-throwers well with gold painted wishbones ($33 & $42). Or consider the embroidered His & Hers/His & His/Hers & Hers towels ($28 for the pair). They have a custom feel and won’t break the bank.

Tulipia Floral Design

This place is holiday HQ, and their front window display inspired my cover shot.

Your Nana’s potpourri has nothing on this porcelain gift set ($36) and pomander ($36).

With world peace being at the forefront of our thoughts, speak your mind with this Jonathan Adler 3 wick candle ($98). An assortment of wreaths (Star of David, Pine Cone and Ornaments) may be just perfect (prices vary).

I hope your host/hostess enjoys their thoughtful gift. You don’t have to confess your gift source (cough cough), but definitely keep me in mind as a plus one next year.

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