As the holiday -- and therefore the holiday party -- season approaches us, we cannot forget about having beautiful gifts on hand to bring to those parties' hostesses. There are only so many times you can bring a bottle of wine (think about the hostess that doesn't really drink outside of the party she's hosting...or the 40 other guests who will also bring wine with them...). I like to put a little more thought than a stop at the liquor store into something I bring to someone's home. At the same time, with the many parties we all have to attend, it can get rather expensive to bring anything more than an average bottle of wine.
Alas, Stylewhipped comes to the rescue. (Really, would you expect anything less?!) From a company called Fringe, and available at Bloomingdale's, come these gorgeous little glass dresser trays. In designs that include striking Asian-inspired paintings, lovely Old-English lettered sayings, and even religious icons and fashion references, there is one of these for everyone. I recently bought one for a friend's new apartment that looks vintage and has a pretty little saying about "friendship" on it in fancy calligraphy. Two of my other favorites (and perfectly holiday-party-appropriate) are pictured here...the larger rectangular "lace" tray fits right in with current fashion trends (and a black-and-white palette tends to work with any decor), and the smaller red "fleur-de-lys" square tray in vibrant red & white would be adorable in multiple design schemes. And here's the best part. The larger tray? It's $25. The smaller one? A mere $15. Hmmm, sort of like a nice bottle of wine. But way, way better.