Whether you’re heading to your buddy’s cabin in the Catskills for the long weekend, or a friend’s apartment for a New Year’s Eve party, sometimes it’s nice to bring a host gift that isn’t a bottle of Champagne. Or sometimes it’s nice to bring a little extra something in addition to a bottle of Champagne. Here are some New Year’s host gifts, which if you order today, will arrive pre–ball drop.
If They're Hosting You for the Long Weekend
A cozy weekend in the country calls for some cozy, fancy tea — packaged in a tin box commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces of the United Kingdom, no less.
Named one of the best getaway games by Vulture, Dominion is an addictive “deck building” game that’s apparently very easy to learn and involves “treasure,” “victory,” and “action” cards.
A Steven Sondheim coloring book that the Broadway baby will get a kick out of, and will provide hours of mindless sitting-in-front-of-the-fire fun. Throw in some colored pencils and make it a twofer.
For a crafty sort: a shibori tie-dye kit. Pair it with some white napkins, which you all can have your way with.
If They're Hosting You For a New Year's Dinner/Party
You really can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another holiday candle we love.)
If they’re slightly more rustic types, they’ll love these New England cabin-y incense sticks from Maine. (Related: Todd Oldham’s favorite incense sticks.)
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