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By Cheryl Fenton
| December 11, 2018
Next time you accept a holiday party invitation, think outside the (gift) box and surprise your hosts with an out-of-the-ordinary present. Translation: Forgo the vino, bag the blossoms, and instead show up with stunning floating succulents, a hand-crafted serving tray from across the globe, or soothing beauty treats for unwinding long after guests have departed.
When you arrive bearing packages filled with items from the new seasonal pop-ups at Hingham’s Derby Street Shops, you’re almost guaranteed a spot on everyone’s party invite list next year. Here are some ideas to get you started.
When your calendar is filled with parties galore, it’s easy to feel a sense of community with neighbors, family, and friends. This is precisely the vibe Dan and Jess Hassett wanted to create with their Marshfield-based Levitate and its Derby Street holiday pop up, focused on connecting people through music, art, surf, and skate.
Satisfy your host’s chill nature with a best-selling Made in America heavyweight button-down flannel, specially designed for New England winters. Or opt for something more playful like camp socks, daisy macramé bracelets, or leather and gold bangles. Check out the genuine Pendleton wool and full grain cognac leather wristlet by Cecelia Stitch, or perhaps pick up a Nantucket Island trucker hat to commemorate your ACK summers together.
The holidays are all about celebrating a cozy home filled with laughter, friendship, and seasonal splendor. A gift from the worldly Cape Cod-based shop Elburne certainly channels the “home is where the heart is” mantra.
Sisters Laura and Simone Pereira curate ethically-made home products—most made from recycled, reclaimed, and sustainable materials—to fill their environmentally-conscious boutique. Your host will impress guests serving a holiday dish from a beautifully crafted triple well bowl created from sustainably sourced wild olive wood by expert Kamba Tribe wood carvers. Or she can add a touch of safari style to her table with a pair of exquisitely carved salad servers in elephant, giraffe or zebra forms. As part of the new Endangered Collection, they’re handcrafted and painted in rural Kenya, and 10 percent of each purchase is donated to animal conservation.
Research shows plants can reduce stress and elevate mood. Perfect for when holiday hosting takes its toll.
Pop-up shop plantsandponytails might want to “make houseplants commonplace again,” but their houseplants are anything but common. From Crassula to Xerographicas, the lovingly curated selection includes houseplants, succulents, cacti, air plants, and others exotics (hello, Japanese “Marimo” moss balls). These potted specimens are showstoppers in their quirky containers (think coffee mugs, handmade pottery, Polar seltzer cans), and all easy to care for.
Just ask the shop experts to guide you to the perfect plant for your host’s lifestyle and space, and you won’t be disappointed. All plants come with a care card.
With romantic names like Curva, and Novella, you can’t help but have serious amore for M.Gemi shoes. So why not share the love with generous hosts?
These limited-run styles are created in mom-and-pop factories in Italy and shipped straight to their Derby Street holiday pop-up. Buttery leather is hand-cut and stitched into slip-ons, peep-toes, loafers, and sandals in 200-plus styles for men and women. M.Gemi’s Venetian-inspired holiday styles are ultra lux and take him or her to an office party, black tie gala, or casual at-home entertaining. She’s bound to turn up the sparkle at her holiday gathering with Esatto shimmer pumps or decadent velvet Calma slippers, while he stays on-trend with Lucente calf skin leather kicks or Brolio croc-printed nubuck drivers.
A generous gift card brings your host or hostess steps closer to slipping on a pair. And while you’re at it, pick up a pair of cozy new Cerchio shearling slip-ons for yourself, a new iteration of their best-selling style.
Whether it’s jingle bells or a New Year’s celebration, arriving to the party with these host gifts under your arm will surely ring in the season with a smile.
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