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Functional Yet Fun Hostess Gift Ideas

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)

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Reader Comments (2)

That's cool that Urban Outfitters sells those chopstick holders now. At the time, I got them at that giant Japanese market in Arlington Heights (I think the current name is Mitsuwa). BTW, If your ever in the market for sake, they have a whole sake department with a sake connoisseur. One can rightly hum the jazz tune "Too Much Sake" after a visit there! :)

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

I think I might buy the Eggling Herbs for myself....and maybe a whole bunch of other stuff from Perpetual Kid :)

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiira

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