Small yet thoughtful favors can be found at the online wedding and party supplier www.beau-coup.com. Chic silver snowflake wine stoppers, jeweled snowflake votive holders and miniature, cinnamon-scented pinecone candles would all make pretty takeaways. (Wine stoppers, $2.30 and up; votive holders, $2.42 and up; pine cones, $7.24 and up)
A homemade take-home favor is always appreciated. HGTV.com has instructions for putting together interesting ones like custom-mixed loose tea, colorful candies packed in cork-topped vials, and mini bottles of custom-flavored liquors such as ginger anise vodka and vanilla cinnamon bourbon. Music lovers could create USB thumb-drive mixes, perhaps with the evening’s party playlist. (www.hgtv.com/entertaining )
Monica Pedersen, a designer, HGTV host and author of “Make it Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home” (Agate Midway, 2012), has a favorite fragranced candle she likes to give.
“Pretty, scented votives wrapped like a firecracker are always easy favors. Kai brand’s my favorite, and definitely soothing for New Year’s Day,” she says. Kai’s Twilight candles are a heady blend of exotic white florals. (box of four, $48, www.lifetherapy.com )
Finally, as revelers head out the door, Pedersen suggests setting out an attractive cooler filled with iced bottles of coconut water.
“Encourage your guests to take one for the road,” she says.
Offering some post-festivity hydration may be the best favor of all.