What to gift the hostess with the mostess? We have a few ideas.
Whether a birthday party, holiday gathering, or Thanksgiving extravaganza—every hostess deserves a little token of gratitude. Not to mention, it is a sure fire way to keep your name on the guest list for years to come.
Any green-thumbed hostess will love this soap from the gentlemen farmers behind Planet Green's "Fabulous Beekman Boys." It
is handmade with exfoliating poppy seeds to get the grit off.
Shop: Beekman 1802
For a gift that gives more than what meets the eye. These 100-percent cotton, fair-trad Geo place mats and napkins are made
in Ethiopia and support women's economic independence.
Shop: Creative Women
In an earlier incarnation, this "Open" circle necklace from Atlanta-based Smart Glass Jewelry was a wine bottle. Show in sage
with sterling silver chain.
Shop: Smart Glass Jewelry
The Curve Tall Tea Mug comes with a strainer and lid (or coaster), all in one delightful package.
Each pewter set is hand-forged in Metal Morphosis' Georgia studio.
Shop: The Villager
Light up the night with colorful mini lanterns.
Price: $28/set of 2
The birds can’t miss this powder-coated steel Seattle-made feeder.
Shop: These Creatures
2 x 2-inch tumbled marble markers keep your cilantro and parsley straight—in pretty fashion.
Price: $9 each
Rustic woven raffia place mats take up less space, so they’re great for smaller tables.
Price: $64 (set of 4)
Shop: Pomegranate Inc.
IceMilk takes the apron trend from frilly to sleek with this lovely linen number. Each comes packaged in a canning jar.
Shop: IceMilk Aprons
You can never have too many cocktail napkins (mainly because ironing them is such a chore). Add to your hostess' collection
with one--or more--of Dwell Studio's designs.
Price: $28/4 napkins
Shop: Dwell Studio
We think this is the cutest apron ever! 100 percent cotton layers of ruffly balinese prints are flouncy fun.
"We design tea towels" is this single-minded company's slogan, and we love the tea towels they design. Modern patterns and
colors, even peace symbols, there is a towel that will fit each hostess to a "tea."
Price: $42/set of 2
Shop: Studio Patró
A bucket—as a hostess gift? If you think we are crazy, think again. Filled with pretty tissue paper and your favorite little
luxuries (think pretty soaps, a few magazines, or even a homemade pedicure kit) this will be a thoughtful gift that your hostess
will love dipping into once the last guest has bid adieu.
Shop: Alice Supply Co.
For the hostess who is always looking for creative touches to add to her next gathering, these porcelain napkin rings might
be the ticket. Formal placecards can become tired, but vibrant lettered rings breathe new life into traditional pre-arranged
Printed inside and out with red, blue, or green cornflowers, pale blue daisies, or red and green geometric patterns, these
Anthropologie bowls look lovely whether they are full or empty.
These recycled-paper coasters are fun for a party, then ready to be recycled again.
Price: $8.50/12 coasters
Shop: Rock Scissor Paper
Show up to a get-together with this four-tiered Tiffin box full of treats, and a return invitation is all but guaranteed.
Luxurious silk and cotton tea towels from textiles tastemaker John Robshaw.
Shop: John Robshaw Textiles
James Beard Award-winning cookbook authro Susan Costner-Kenward makes luscious hand creams in a variety of natural scents.
Price: $18/2.5 ounces
Shop: Olivina Napa Valley
Bright retro-mod look, budget-friendly price. Like the patterns? Download to your desktop for free.
Each of Potting Shed Creations' bamboo grow box kits contains organic soil, seeds, and a sustainable container. Available
in 8 varieties, including basil.
Shop: Potting Shed Creations
Each natural willow Picnic Plus Eco basket has a pair of bamboo plates and utensils, a cutting board, and two wineglasses
made from recycled glass.
Warm, citrusy scents and pretty packaging to match with soaps from Daub & Bauble.
Price: $9/16-ounce dish
Wine bottles get a second life as cute hydroponic planters.
Shop: Potting Shed Creations Ltd.