Adult friends don’t always get one another birthday gifts, but bringing someone a lovely present to celebrate a new home or thank them for throwing a lovely dinner party is absolutely de rigueur. It doesn’t have to be anything
extravagant, but it ought to be something special that shows you put in a little thought.
It’s always best to pick out something distinctive for each individual, but it’s not a bad idea to keep a few of these thoughtful gifts on hand for those last minute invitations or hectic times when you don’t have time to shop.
You can never really go wrong bringing your host a delicious treat that they can enjoy themselves and share with guests. Try your hand at putting together a personalized collection of gourmet olive oils, vinegars and spreads offered by the Mediterranean cuisine masters at Fig & Olive. Or pick up a beautiful tea set from Dammann (2 & 4) and indulgent and exotic Vosges chocolate bar gift set (3), which are all are available at Barneys.
Pleasure to Serve
If there’s one thing that every party host will almost certainly adore getting, it’s stylish serving ware. A successful party often means running out of food, drinks and dishes, but you can make sure your friends are covered by giving them a gorgeous piece like the Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check serving bowl (5) or an elegant, Simon Pearce hand-blown glass pitcher (6) from The Perfect Setting. You may also want to opt for this pretty Malmo rose gold 4-piece serving set from Kate Spade (7) or whimsical lettuce-inspired serving dish from Tory Burch (8).
A Special Touch
If you don’t know your hosts very well or you’re just not quite sure what their home’s style is, you may be best off choosing a classic gift that you can be sure will please anyone. What does that mean exactly? Well, they’re those things you can never have too many of like candles, picture frames and cozy throws, for example. A few of our favorite picks include this virgin wool Ibiza throw from Barneys New York (9), a Tory Burch Cedarwood candle (10), leather picture frame from Barneys New York (11) and Andy Warhol Polaroids coffee table book.
The shops on Oak Street are so full of amazing gifts that we had trouble choosing just 12. These are only a very few of the many treasures you can find on Chicago’s premiere shopping street.
And if you’re still stumped about what to get your favorite hostess with the mostess, we advise browsing around until the right thing calls out to you. But if you need an expert’s eye, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide some hand-picked recommendations just for you.