Posted on May 24 2013

My Top 10 Host/Hostess Gifts

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If you’re enjoying the holiday weekend as a guest of gracious friends or family, don’t forget to include something special for your host and/or hostess. Keep in mind: the best gifts are the most thoughtful ones – regardless of size or price.

Even if your host(ess) is the type of person who has everything, here are a few of my go-to ideas for gifts this summer:

1. Riedel Swirl Glasses – These gorgeous glasses are sculpted in a sexy shape that is sure to wine and dine your host or hostess. They come in a set of 2 or 4 and are great for any summer beverage, from iced tea to wine or margaritas. Price: $29.50 and up.

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2. Rex Ray Ice Bucket – It’s always happy hour with one of these! Bring it along with your favorite spirit and you’re sure to have a fun weekend. Price: $58.

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3. It’s All Good Cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow – As someone who enjoys a well rounded lifestyle, this book is a perfect gift to inspire health, wellness, and delicious food all summer long. Price: $17.60.

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4. Serving Stand – The various cake stands available at Target right now are a great way to bring an appetizer or dessert for a fabulous presentation. Price: $19.99.

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5. Lafco House & Home Candle in SEA and DUNE / Beach House – This perfect theme-appropriate gift will leave your host’s house smelling like summer. Price: $60.

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6. A Set of West Elm Ikat Printed Napkins – This brand has an array of fun prints and patterns to add a bit of fashion to the table. I’m a big believer in a Navy/White combo for a crisp dose of pattern this time of year. Price: $20 and up.

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7. Monogrammed Serving Tray – Personalize your gift with a beautiful monogram. Jonathan Adler currently has great options in bright prints starting at $86.50.

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8. Jawbone JAMBOX – As I mentioned in my last post, I can’t get enough of my new Jawbone JAMBOX. Paired with your laptop, phone, or tablet, you’re guaranteed quality portable entertainment anywhere you go (those of you with kids will especially love it). I recently splurged on the BIG one, and am obsessed! Price: $179.99 and up.

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9. Mariposa Napkin Holder – I swear by Mariposa’s Bamboo Napkin Holders. Add a great set of cocktail napkins and you’ll help keep your host/hostess’ bar looking tidy and chic. Price: $48.

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10. Gourmet olive oil and sea salt – Food is where the heart is, and one can never have enough yummy dips for appetizers. Badia A Coltibuono Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Maldon Sea Salt make for a wonderful combo. Price: $28 & $6.99, respectively.

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Now wrap your gift in fabulous wrapping paper, and you’re set to go!

Xo –



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