The Faithful Shopper: Happy Hostess

With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it seems like everyone has made plans to visit family, friends and other loved ones for this quintessentially American holiday. And that means it's time to start looking for the appropriate token of appreciation for your host or hostess. Following are some of my go-to shops for that perfect gift:

Beautiful Bouquets

Starbright Floral Design - 150 West 28th Street
Flowers are a work of art here, with stunning arrangements of the freshest stems often found in our best hotels. Stop by the shop on your way to dinner, or order for same-day delivery before or after the big day to express your appreciation!

Bloom Flowers - 255 Murray Street
Want to be ultra modern with a monochromatic assortment of flowers, or more romantic with a variety of jewel tones? Bloom offers it all. And add some candles to your gift, too!

Ovando - 337 Bleecker Street - 19 E 65th Street
Sandra de Ovando has a gift for blending colors and textures, particularly using exotic flowers, plants and even fruits, in her designs. And the presentations and vases are absolutely spectacular!

Choosing Chocolates

Kee's Chocolates - 80 Thompson Street - 452 Fifth Avenue - 315 West 39th Street
You never know what flavors you might find in these handmade chocolates created by Kee Ling Tong - she uses the freshest ingredients she can find every day. And that makes your gift even more special!

Max Brenner - 841 Broadway
Max Brenner believes that chocolate tells a story - so tell a story to your hostess with any of his gift assortments, including hot chocolate mixes, bonbons, and more!

Lovely Libations

Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits - 505 Park Avenue
One of the great go-to shops in the city for vintages, spirits and accessories. Give them a budget, an idea of what you want, and you won't be disappointed!

Kusmi Tea - 1037 Third Avenue
Tea is good for the soul and the body, and Kusmi is known for its innovative blends and high-quality leaves. A collection from here can satisfy every guest after an indulgent meal!

For the Table

MoMA Store - 11 West 53rd Street
Want to give something a bit more long-lasting than food or drink to your hosts? Come here for trays, glassware, knives (love the mezzaluna with its own safety sheath), jugs and more.

John Derian - 6 East 2nd Street
Derian's plates, ornaments and objets d'art are some of my favorite items to give - and receive. They're always tasteful yet fun, and a true style statement. Your gift will grace your hosts' home for years to come.

Perfect Pie

Momofuku Milk Bar - Multiple locations
Whether you want an apple blondie or candy bar pie, cookies, cakes or their Thanksgiving croissant, come here for a sweet treat made in New York City!

Mitchel London Foods - 22A East 65th Street
Pies are just part of what London offers - you could help cater your hosts' entire meal! But if dessert is your assignment, choose from the traditional apple, pumpkin or pecan pie, cupcakes, and tarts from one of the best food shops and caterers in the city.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!