At the end of the month, next month and in October and November I will be the guest of a few of my very favorite people, on both sides of the ocean.
I will also be the guest of someone I have yet to meet, but we have become friends through the wonderful world of blogging (more on her later because this involves a very exciting book signing).
Like everyone, I have friends who would come under the category of “they have everything,” which is not to say they are jaded or remotely spoiled. It’s just the way it is. Therefore they present a very special challenge when it comes to gift giving. They are not difficult in any way, they are kind, generous and ever appreciative of the slightest gesture.
Nevertheless I like the idea of surprising them, finding something they have never seen or thought of, so you see my conundrum.
Years ago, my great friend Anne-Françoise decided to collect all things rooster. Today she considers her decision a mistake. For decades, almost everyone she knows has given her either a rooster effigy or something emblazoned with the bird. She has such a huge flock she doesn’t know what to do with them. She mainly rotates.
For her, I try to find something in the States. For my American friends I try to find something from France. This is quite a lot of fun for me because I like the surprise element particularly when I can find something truly unusual.
For a while, one of my go-to hostess gifts for my American friends was a silver Champagne opener and a bottle of Champagne, but I’ve exhausted that little number.
This year my great coup (I hope) for my American friends will be the gorgeous leather bound Proust Questionnaire book published by Assouline. For friends who speak French, it will be in French. For those who don’t, it will be in English.
I’ve decided to turn the hostess present into a series and I would absolutely love to hear from you with your ideas and success stories.