Ready for a little Etiquette 101? When you're invited to a dinner party, a cocktail party, a holiday party -- basically any party with food -- it's considered thoughtful to bring a gift for the hostess, as a token of your appreciation for all her hard work. But what to bring? Contrary to popular belief, flowers are a no-no -- your average hostess usually has enough to do without having to scramble for a vase. The best hostess gifts are elegant, simple and charming -- which really makes them good gift picks for anybody on your list. Jordin Ruderman, our Stuff We Love video host, presents our selection of goodies for your favorite hostess, or even for that hard-to-buy-for relative.
For the hostess who makes every tray of carrot sticks look like a work of art, order a box of Masterpiece Chocolates from Payard, the New York specialty food shop. Each decadent flavor is named for a different master artist: "Monet" is a cinnamon ganache; "Matisse" is a peanut praline orange; and "Picasso" is an Earl Grey tea ganache. Every piece is decorated by hand and beautiful enough to hang in the Louvre. $35 for 30 pieces at Payard.com.