Skip the cliche bottle of wine — here are some suggestions on what you can bring the gracious host of your New Year’s Eve party.
“Don’t bring a bottle of wine — I’m sure the host has gotten a squillion already,” designer Jonathan Adler says. “I like to bring one of my Champagne candles — all the fun of drinking and guaranteed not to give you a hangover.”
“Bringing a game is a great gift — something hypothetical like Apples to Apples or Table Topics,” chef Carla Hall says. “A game is a gift that the host can also use at another gathering.”
“Other great hostess gifts include a plant — one that doesn’t have to be tended to right away or require transferring to a vase,” Hall says. “Something that lives and can be watched is a great gift.”
Whiskey and whiskey stones
“Bring a Dean & DeLuca dual bottle tote, which can find a nice bottle of champagne and your favorite bottle of whiskey,” says Joel Pettersson, executive chef of Dean & DeLuca SoHo. “Don’t forget to bring whiskey stones from Teroforma. They’re handcrafted in Vermont and will make a great gift for the host.”