She'll be sure to display this charming Winter Village dishtowel in her kitchen year after year. $18.00 from Anthropologie. Isn't it adorable?!
Go big: Pick a frilly nostalgic apron $24-38 or Christmas potholders $12 to go with.
Other ideas for hostesses: William-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining Book $34.95, the best Christmas tree candle ever - it actually smells like the real thing $2-29 at Illuminations, Pottery Barn Condiment Set $49, Holiday spreaders $20 at Sur la Table, Holiday guest towels $14 at Pottery Barn, Jazz Christmas CD - see Diana Krall, or almost anything from Crate & Barrel: hot cocoa spoons $2.95, cheese plates, knives, picks, or platters, Whimsy serving bowls, punch bowl set $36.95, appetizer spoons $19.95.