Holiday Gift Guide: Six Unexpected Hostess Gifts

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Being the hostess with the mostess is hard work. All that planning, cleaning, decorating, and mingling – how does she do it?

 

‘Tis the season to party hearty and share holiday joy, and as any seasoned party-goer knows, a gift to the gracious host is a must. Easy enough, huh?  Just grab a bottle of wine on the way out the door, right? Re-gift that Santa apron from your mother-in-law, yes? Wrong and no. This year, why not arrive with a gift that will show not only how gracious a guest you are, but how chic as well?

 

Our picks below accomplish both, in style:

 

 

A local favorite, The Oak Cliff Soap Company uses quality ingredients and essential oils in its handmade soaps. Perfect for all skin types, the Lemon Polenta ($7) is a favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parisian pastry-inspired Macaron Tea from Mariage Frères is decadent and delicious. This is not your ordinary tea; the packaging itself is beautiful, and unique flavors make it a perfect gift. Find it in town at Urban Flower Grange Hall (4445 Travis St., Suite 101, Dallas).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the ‘80s, Taschen has published books that enrich the world by offering a colorful variety of lavish limited-editions. New York: Portrait of a City ($69.99) is the perfect coffee table book, filled with images of one of the world’s most iconic cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based in Oak Cliff, Lilco Letterpress Company makes 100% hand-powered prints, cards, and tags. With designs both fresh and modern, prices start at under $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Adler’s designs speak for themselves – colorful, quirky, and cool.  His Jet Set Deux Coasters ($48) are not only useful, they’ll have everyone asking, “Where did you get these?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrain is a beautifully-curated store with everything for home and garden. These striking Hammered Copper Napkin Rings ($48) are sure to enhance any design scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo credits from top: 1. Oak Cliff Soap Company, 2. MariageFreres.com, 3. Taschen.com, 4. Etsy.com, 5. JonathanAdler.com, 6. ShopTerrain.com)

 

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