This Monday, Sept. 23, marks the first official day of fall, with Rosh Hashanah arriving starting on Sunday night, Sept. 29, and ending on Tuesday evening, Oct. 1.
Many of us have been invited to the home of a family member or friend for the High Holiday season, and are just starting to think about what gift to bring those hosts and hostesses.
Recently named “10 to Watch” by NY Now, the largest home goods wholesale trade show in North America, Becket Hitch at Green Spring Station can alleviate the stress of finding the perfect gift. (The “10 to Watch” recognizes retail stores around the country that are changing the retail landscape.)
“I work hard to curate a great selection of gifts, accessories and home goods, so receiving this honor is validating,” says Becket Hitch owner Kohli Flick. “It’s an honor to be one of the retailers that is thriving in the United States and laying the groundwork for the future of retail.”
Jmore Senior Writer Aliza Friedlander recently visited Becket Hitch to get Flick’s top picks for host/hostess gifts that are sure to make a lasting impression.
This list is in no particular order:
04 Varietal Honey Flight
“I love this Becket Hitch exclusive because it is adding a twist to the tradition of honey for Rosh Hashanah. Each honey is single origin, meaning it is from one place, so you can really taste the different varieties and celebrate the food you pair with it for the holidays.”
Empire Apple Candle and Match Cloche
“I don’t typically favor fruit-scented candles, but this one has a really nice crisp apple scent and is a unique way to pay homage to the apples-and-honey tradition. By adding a match cloche, which has a place to strike on the back, you are giving a different approach to the normal match box, and at the same time it is a beautiful gift that can sit on a mantel or coffee table.”
“Kosher Style” (Appetite by Random House) by Amy Rosen or “The 100 Most Jewish Foods” (Artisan) by Alana Newhouse
“I am a book lover so when I give a book as a gift, I try to pick one that will speak to the recipient on a personal level. I love these books because, if you are like me, I’m always looking for new recipes and these are taking the tradition of food and modernizing it.”
Down To Mask: DIY Spa Kit and The Weekender
“This is a nice way to say thank you with a non-traditional gift, something he/she will use on themselves. These masks give the host/hostess permission to take a minute, relax and unwind. In the Weekender, there are three patches: the Be Calm can be used while preparing for the meal, the Nite can be used to help go to sleep after the meal, and Hangover can be used the next day while recovering from all the work that goes into being a host/hostess.”
Wine Glasses, Coasters, and Napkin Holder with Napkins
“This is a way to dress the bar. It’s always nice to give new coasters, an acrylic cocktail napkin holder is a classic gift and the glasses are our Maryland Pride glasses — a Becket Hitch exclusive. I keep this napkin holder on my table and switch out the napkins seasonally.”
Beadah Lickin’ Brownies, Brownie Baker and Spatula
“I love giving kits that cover all the bases. You get the brownie mix; the baker, which can be used to bake or freeze; and the spatula, which ties everything together. A great host/hostess gift is all about the added touches. This is one of my go to gifts because it’s fun for the whole family.”
When thinking about what to bring to someone’s house, Flick says it’s important to keep in perspective the amount of work that goes into cooking a meal for a large group and believes a host/hostess gift should range in price anywhere from $35 to $75.