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You know the rule: Never show up empty-handed. But how do you find the perfect hostess gifts? We've got you covered! We've gathered a few of our favorite artisan-crafted items that will be a hit with both family and friends this holiday season. No more last minute bottles of wine!

Idea #1: Cutting boards

Nothing sets the mood for an elegant dinner party like a beautifully arranged serving board!

Hostess gifts: serving boards

Quarry marble serving board

This stunning marble serving board has naturally occurring grey veining for a rich look—each one is unique in color and veining variations. Soft bumpers on the bottom protect countertops and minimize shifting while the piece is in use.

Hostess gifts: cutting boards

Fordham cutting board

These  easy-care cutting boards are made from a durable, wood fiber composite which is extremely knife-friendly and dishwasher-safe. Plus, you can write on these pieces with chalk, which is great for labeling cheese boards.

Idea #2: Candleholders

Help your hostess set the mood with lovely sculptural candle holders.

Hostess gifts: candle holders

Lucent candle holders

Whether displayed solo or in a group, these votive holders add an elegant, modern touch to any home. They are made of recycled steel and hand-welded in Minnesota.

Hostess gifts: candlestick

Halifax candle holders

These sculptural turned wood candle holders are made in Massachusetts by a seventh-generation woodworking company. They’re crafted from rich walnut that comes from lengths of wood left after making our dining tables, ensuring that we make the most of this natural material.

Idea #3: Vases

Flowers are a staple hostess gift. How about taking it a step further with a modern vessel for blooms to shine?

Hostess gifts: flower basket

Adashino Hanging Flower Basket

Intricate in form yet functional, these bamboo hanging baskets are hand-woven in Japan. Each one has a woven loop for hanging and includes a glass vase insert.

Hostess gifts: vases

Meadow vases

The skilled hands at Robert Siegel Studio create each Meadow vase from exclusive black porcelain finished with a shiny glaze, boasting a beautiful visual contrast. Each vase is stamped on the bottom with our co-branded logo.

Idea #4: Towels

Towels can update the entire look of a kitchen or bathroom! Give your hostess a refresh with a modern pattern.

Hostess gifts: Bathroom or Kitchen towels

Field towels

These Portuguese-woven towels start with soft cotton that is yarn-dyed to stay vibrant. After dyeing, two strands of yarn are twisted together to create unique heathered colors for a modern look. More than just plush, these towels are designed to be absorbent and dry quickly.

Idea #5: Tumblers

Everyone could use a good-looking tumbler for their bar cart (or coffee) collection!

Hostess gifts: tumbler drinkware

Opus tumblers

The Opus hand-blown glass tumblers are created by the artisans at Hennepin Made. These one-of-a-kind vessels fit your hand perfectly and balance delicacy with heft. Hand washing is recommended to preserve the unique quality of the glass.

Hostess gifts: tumbler drinkware

Clover tumbler

Simple and modern, this slip cast porcelain tumbler has an unglazed exterior and a clear gloss interior.  It’s durable enough to use every day and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Find other gift ideas here: Give Gifts with Meaning!

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