This year, before you and your family gather to remember departed loved ones on Dia de los Muertos, don’t forget to pick up a gift for you hostess. Sure, you can bring traditional flowers (marigolds are customary) or a homemade pan de muertos (bread of the dead), but these gifts can be enjoyed long after the party is over. Here, our top 10 most memorable gifts.
Here’s one gift that’s okay to use before you give it away: a set of four cookie cutters that double as stamps. Cut, stamp, and bake—then decorate sugar cookie skulls to bring to the party. Your hostess can put out the cookies that night and she can use the cutters to make another batch.
This salt and pepper shaker set is sure to spice up any meal. Each skull measures 2.5 inches tall, so your hostess can keep them kicking around for a while before they need a refill.
Margarita Master, $14.99
Chances are, your hostess is going to be making a lot of margaritas. Help her out with this handy all-in-one bar tool. It has tons of built-in tools including a fruit reamer, a salt rimmer, one-ounce jigger, a strainer, and a knife.
Wrap up this hand-printed tea towel with baker’s twine and a gift tag. When your hostess opens it up to its full size (28-by-20 inches), she’ll be surprised to see the towel’s festive pattern.
Sugar Skull Glasses, $20
The party you’re headed to may have more than four people, but your hostess will still get plenty of use out of this festive glass set. She can save them for later or she can put flowers in them right away and turn them into makeshift vases.
This is no ordinary corkscrew; look closely and you’ll see that it resembles a classic Day of the Dead skeleton. The opener is actually a winning student entry from the Mexico Design Challenge, a collaboration between Kikkerland, Ariel Rojo and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Any hostess with a decent supply of sugar (read: everyone!) needs this special DIY skull kit. It comes with molds, gel colors, royal icing mix, and meringue powder. All she needs to do is add sugar and get creative.
A hostess needs as many coasters as she can get—especially when it comes to this hand-printed set, made from marble quarried in Verona, Italy. The porous stone absorbs moisture and a cork backing prevents the coasters from scratching furniture.
Dessert Plates, $48
These enamelware dessert plates are as authentic as it gets: They’re made in Mexico! The company also makes matching bowls, mugs, and espresso cups, so you can help your hostess complete her set over the next three years!
Montelobos Mezcal, $50
Traditionally, many people bring tequila and other bottles of booze for the dead, but this stuff should be enjoyed by the living. Made from agave plants, this mezcal has complex notes of fruit, caramel, and smoke.