Presents for that perfect party host that wont end up in the regifting pile.
Youll love picking the perfect pairing for your party hosts at Olive This, a tasting store in The Shops at Piper Glen. Find more than 40 varieties of imported extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars on tap; select one of each and present it in the twin gift pack. Preselected samplers are also prepared for when youre pressed for time. Twin gift packs, $12.
Olive This, 6414 Rea Road. 704-544-8099, www.olivethis.com.
Govino glasses are shatterproof and ideal for indoors and out. The ergonomic thumb-notch makes swirling simple; the food-safe, BPA-free polymer product reflects a wines color and aromatics much like crystal does. Reuse it, abuse it, recycle it. Set of four reusable wine glasses retail for $13.95.
GoodNews The Shop@Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road, 704-372-5906, http://bit.ly/R4Yqwz.
Since we woodnt want you to attend your event empty-handed, Ill suggest a unique twist to the common cutting board. Local woodworker Robert Waddell handcrafts the pieces using various types of wood. Distinct enough to decorate with yet durable enough to dice on. Boards come in various sizes; the smallest is 5-by-10-inches and retails for $22.
Creative by Nature Home, 9830 Rea Road, Suite H, 704-542-7570, www.cbnhome.com.
Perfect for his pad, a Mandle is sure to spark some conversation with your host and his guests. Created by an artist in Raleigh, wine, beer, liquor and soda bottles are upcycled into drinking glasses, lamps and candles. Mandles are made from all natural soy and have hemp wicks; scents include teak, cool water, aqua glo and more. Prices start at $11.
The Boulevard at South End, 1440 S. Tryon St. Suite 100, 980-219-7526, www.blvdatsouthend.com.
Hats off to him for hosting at his house. This gift is trendy and also serves as a two-fer: Its a cool cap that also takes off caps bottle caps, that is. Take it tailgating or toss it on for hangin with the boys. Miller Lite Bottle Opener Baseball Cap retails for $19.99.
After the after-party comes the cleanup. Present your hosts with a present that will leave their home smelling sensational. Vacuum Beads by The Good Home Co. come in various scents and are placed in a vacuum bag or canister; they leave a fabulous fragrance in the air while doing away with the dirt. Retails for $18.
Cottage Chic, 1232 East Blvd., 704-375-1888, www.chicgoodness.com.