While a bottle of wine (to drink later!) or a bouquet of flowers (already in a vase so your hostess doesn't have to stop what she's doing!) are classic and always appreciated hostess gifts, sometimes you might want to do something with a little more pizzaz. When departing from the norm, it's a good idea to keep your gifts either consumable or functional. A hostess gift should be something small, thoughtful, and perhaps something she wouldn't buy for herself.
Who can't use a little more storage space? Pretty, functional boxes from World Market ($14.99 ea)
Is she constantly entertaining? Bring this set of delicious dips and bowl from Frontier Soups ($15.95)
Chocolate is another classic gift, but these exotic mini-bars from Vosges give it a gourmet twist. ($25.00)
Instead of a candle, give these fragrant home perfume cubes from L'Occitane. ($20.00)
If it's possible for a chopstick rest to be both pretty and soothing, this one from Urban Outfitters accomplishes it. My friend Eileen gave me a set of these - love it! ($6.00 ea).
Does she love fresh herbs but doesn't have garden space? Bring the outdoors in with this cute basil plant from Perpetual Kid ($8.49)