It’s one of the most important rules of party etiquette: don’t arrive empty-handed. (Good to note, since between now and 2013, you’ve got a lot of parties.)
In the past, that’s meant showing up with a bottle of wine, purchased last-minute, or an ill-begotten dessert item. But not this year. Because this year, you’re winning the holidays.
As you might recall, we kicked off Kempt’s Guide to Winning the Holidays last week with a little refresher course on your holiday kitsch. Now we’re upgrading your host gift. The real nugget of wisdom here is that you should be bringing something that enhances the evening—which is why a bottle of wine usually works in a pinch, but we’re thinking: more personal, more fun, more ambiance. (Since really, the best gift you can give any host is to help make the party more fun.) So, we bring to you:
Being Blunt: The ten finer points of cigar etiquette. We’d suggest, as an addendum, “Don’t ash on her cat.” [Luxist]
Mill Work: Woolrich Woolen Mills collections are always worth a look. [Selectism]
Going Quantum: Scientists build the world’s first quantum computer, potentially unleashing infinite processor power and breaking the codes that protect internet finance. But it still won’t run Vista. [Gizmodo]