The holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means - much merry-making. If you want to be the guest who gets remembered for your thoughtfulness, here are some simple, but unique, ideas to express your appreciation for those hard-working hosts and hostesses. No more leaving an anonymous bottle of wine-these are gifts that will ensure you are invited back again and again. (But if you'd rather avoid a certain unpleasant or annoying host and his invitations, by all means, stick to the bottle of wine. Just make a it a bad one.) Otherwise, here are our hostess gift ideas:
Not Just Another Pretty Vase. Who doesn’t love a fresh bouquet of flowers? Let Mother Nature supply the blossoms — and partner them with the Jill-able vase. Jill-ables are unbreakable, collapsible and reusable —they even store flat in a drawer and come in four colors & pattners. Made from recycled plastic, they’re both earth-friendly and the perfect gift to give. ($8.00) Buy Jill-able's portable and collapsible flower vase here.
Made In Vermont, Delivered To Your Door. Maplebrook Farm is where artisans make curd from the milk of Vermont cows and stretch the mozzarella by hand in small batches, using no preservatives. Give your host the gift of fresh mozzarella for sandwiches, pizza, or the perfect appetizer ... just thinking about it gets our mouth watering. ($28.00 and up) Buy Maplebrook Farm Fresh Mozzarella here.
Hotel Chocolat is both a cocoa grower and chocolatier – your host will swoon over this delectable and sophisticated experience. Select from lovely gifts like a dipping adventures and luxurious truffles. These are truly meant to be shared! ($35 and up) Buy Hotel Chocolat's chocolate fondue set here.
Move Over, Chocolate. From the Smiling Hill Farm in Maine, you'll discover award-winning artisanal cheesess from the Silvery Moon Creamery. These unforgettable cheeses will make an unfortgettable impression on every recipient. ($40.00 and up) Buy Silvery Moon Creamery's Maine artisanal cheese sampler here.
Brew Up Happy Holidays. The beautifully packaged collection from Tea Forté includes three tasty blends: a decaf sweet orange spice, a caffeinated traditional English breakfast blend, and a decaf crimson nectar tea that steeps to a deep ruby red—a great alternative to humdrum hot cider this holiday season! ($15 and up) Buy Tea Forte's gourmet tea gift set here.
Pickle Love. Root Cellar Preserves is dedicated to bringing back the art of pickling and has established a fund from their profits to help preserve early American homesteads - what a special, and meaningful gift to bring! ($5.99 and up) Buy Root Cellar Preserves gourmet pickles here.
Sweet! We instantly fell in love with Sassy Sauces for their bold flavors, quality, all-natural ingredients, and adorable packaging. Yummy and versatile. Sweet! ($4.99 and up) Buy Sassy Sauces dessert sauce toppings here
A Wetsuit For Your Favorite Libation. Your wine deserves better than a brown bag. So does your beer, sparkling water, soda and other favorite beverages. These spirit totes from Built can accompany you to all your holiday events. ($13 and up) Buy Built neoprene insuated bottle totes and carriers here.
No Mere Placeholder. Bring these fun Placemats to the next party and you'll add a burst of personality to any event without any fuss. This is a funky paper goods business with a curious name: Bob’s Your Uncle. ($20) Buy Bob's Your Uncle disposable paper placemets here.
Chocolate 2.0. TCHO is decidedly different. This San Francisco-based chocolate factory was founded by a Space Shuttle technologist-turned-chocolate maker and a chocolate manufacturing veteran. These are chocolate you'll be dying to share! ($55.00) Buy TCHO good fair trade chocolate here.
Art On A Plate. MY Design founder Mary Yanke dusted off the old craft of decoupage and the lusterous objects she creates with it are pretty, evocative, almost nostalgic. Select one of these hand-made pieces of art and you'll have the perfect, special gift for your holiday hostess. ($50.00 and up) Buy Mary Yanke's handcrafted decoupage plates here.
Washing Away The Opium Trade. In 2002, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Sarah Chayes started a cooperative called Arghand to make these unique soaps resembling beautiful stones polished by river water. The enterprise encourages farmers to plant crops like apricots, pomegranates, spices and herbs — instead of opium. Arghand means "triumphant” in Persian. That’s how you’ll feel when you bring them to a special holiday event. ($15.00) Buy Arghand's handcrafted soap pebbles here.
Modern Imbibing. ‘Tis the season to be social, and we’ve found a great way to welcome your guests or say thank you to your holiday hosts. These wine tags have a simple, modern vibe are called Vinotagz, and they’re made from translucent silicone that you can write on with a ballpoint pen (and later wipe clean) if you want to personalize the reusable tags with each wine drinker’s name. ($14.00) Buy modern-twists' wine glass markers here.
See more host/hostess gift ideas here.