‘Tis the season of holiday parties and a zillion thank you gifts for teachers, babysitters, co-workers and your favorite postman (postperson?)

Who wouldn’t want a delectable gift from Haute Mess Holiday Baskets, the European cafe/market that just opened in L.A? With prices ranging from $25 to $150, there’s something for the foodie friend to the teacher who probably needs some vino.Think imported cheese, meats, wine, imported Italian coffee, garlic in oil and other tasty European goods.

Our absolute favorite ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ gift is the Kai candle. They don’t need to put it in water like flowers, or fuss with plating it, just light it up. This year, Kai Fragrance has the new Rose candle, with a subtle, luxurious scent. ($48.) Watch this page because we’ll be giving away THREE of these candles!

For a family holiday party or that vegan girlfriend, the gift set from SpreadTheLoveFoods is perfect.This set includes: Organic Peanut Butter, Almond Cashew Power Butter, Marionberry Artisan Jam, Raspberry Artisan Jamand a PB spoon for that hard to reach last bits of nut butter/jam in the jar.  Packaged responsibly in a reusable gift box made from recycled packaging, it’s it not only saves you time and money on wrapping paper, but helps the planet. $55.00 available on AMAZON and SpreadTheLoveFoods. 

For the host that fancies themselves as a bartender, upgrade their bar cart with this mixologist-approved set, which comes with 10 different cocktail mixers to make everyone’s favorites like mojitos and margaritas. $9.98 at Walmart.


These ‘diamond glasses’ sit at an angle, so party guests can’t knock ’em over (boy, we could have used them at our last party!) Available at Amazon. $29 for two.