Skip the wine and the dishtowels. Instead, give a unique gift. With countless parties to attend and so many hosts to thank, check out our list of hip host and hostess gifts you’ll love to give all season long.

Skip the wine and the dishtowels. Instead, give a unique gift. With countless parties to attend and so many hosts to thank, check out our list of hip host and hostess gifts you’ll love to give all season long.

 

A bowl of another name

This isn’t just another serving bowl; this gorgeous and unique piece is the perfect “thank you” gift. Whether you bring your dish inside of it or wrap it up with a big bow, this 10-inch Cork Bowl looks good every time. The state-of-the-art piece shapes itself to whatever you’re serving. Stretch the sides to hold salads or fruit, or pull wide for use as a platter. Your lucky hostess should machine wash and line dry to ensure this versatile bowl is ready for the next meal.

Price $34.95

Where to find it www.crateandbarrel.com/10-cork-bowl/s320617

 

Food lover’s inside track

Any good foodie worth her salt knows to order specials and always ask for a knowledgeable server’s recommendations. “Off the Menu: Staff Meals from America’s Top Restaurants” by Marissa Gugianna gives readers the inside info on the best meals made in kitchens around the country, straight from the people who know best. Tell your host you’ll be glad to stop by again when she starts using her new cookbook!

Price $26.40

Where to find it Bookstores

After-party assistant

Anyone who has had a holiday gathering or party of any kind dreads the post-party cleanup; specifically washing the delicate glasses that can’t handle the dishwasher. These specialty wine glass and champagne flute sponges are the perfect solution to reaching unreachable places without jeopardizing the glass. Lipstick removal is a breeze, thanks to a special notch in the sponge. 

Price $9.95

Where to find them www.spoonsisters.com/product/1032000/
69402.html

 

Scents for the season

Give the gift that truly keeps on giving, a potted Spanish lavender plant. It’s soothing scent will grace the interior of your host’s home for months to come, and it can be planted in the garden come spring. The linen-lined wire basket will prove useful for years to come and the vivid, sweet-smelling blooms set the tone for a
relaxing holiday season.

Price $58

Where to find it www.shopterrain.com/potted-plants/spanish-lavender

 

Sweet treat

When the last guest leaves, or the next day when the cleanup is complete, your host will thoroughly enjoy the sweet-salty combination of Sweet Jules Caramels. Two culinary sisters use only the best ingredients to blend these delectable treats, like fleur de sel and Sicilian orange. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t open them during the party, because your hostess will be forced to share them with her guests!

Price $34.95 per pound

Where to find it www.dailygrommet.com/products/gifts-occasions/host-hostess/sweet-jules-caramels-artisan-caramels