Sometimes, your host is a man. If he’s High WASP or, no matter his background, exhibits telltale similar behaviors, here are a few brief suggestions for gifts on arrival.
Arrive at the Master of the Universe’s party with your smart phone to hand. Take your host aside and tell him, if anyone needs a ride home tonight, the Über bill is on you. If you are boycotting Über for their CEO’s bad behavior, which, granted, the Master probably doesn’t mind, go with Lyft.
Bring the Artsy Cousin something funny but pretty for his meditation practice. Buddha can glow in 1 of 4 colors, so M. Artsy can even dabble in a little Feng Shui.
And to our beloved Professor, give a bottle of wine with erudite references, or wordplay, in the label. For bonus points, tell him he can put the bottle away, it’s all for him. Then give him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek, which he will enjoy, albeit with his usual gruff embarrassment. Now go mingle, it’s that time of year.