The Most for The Host

Forget flowers and wine. Give a memorable hostess gift without spending a whole lot more.

  • flute set
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • terrarium
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • towels
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • chocolate bars
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • napkin rings
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • pick-up sticks
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • salt
    Photo by Becca Sabot
  • vinegar
    Photo by Becca Sabot

Ali’s Tip: One of the most charming and clever hostess gifts I’ve ever received was a quiche from Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe. It made the morning after the party so much more relaxing!

1. Cheers. Made from shatterproof, reusable, BPA-free polymer. Go Anywhere flute set ($12.95 for set of four), by Govino, from Alfresco Casual Living, 321 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-439-0814,

2. Low-Maintenance Greens. All these air plants require is a weekly soaking. Hanging terrarium (prices start at $20), from Spruce Flowers & Home, 4940 France Ave. S., Edina; 4751 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-767-1101,

3. Clean Up. Pretty kitchen towels are something we don’t always buy for ourselves. Add a scented counter spray and a note that it’s for “after the party.” Kitchen towels ($25–$28 each), by Busatti, from Lussuria lini, 850 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-746-5826,

4. Indulge. It’s all about the packaging—Max’s will put together a chocolate gift bag and tie it with a bow. Gourmet chocolate bars ($4–$17 each), from Max’s, 3826 Grand Way,St. Louis Park, 952-922-8364,

5. Ring It In. For the host who has everything, bring pretty napkin rings to make the table sparkle. Dove napkin rings ($65 for set of four), by Juliska, from Ampersand, Galleria, 952-920-2118,

6. For the Family. A perfect way to elevate game night. Shanghai pick-up sticks ($39.99), by Beyond123, from Creative Kidstuff, six metro locations including 1074 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2472,

7. Well Seasoned. The gourmet will enjoy trying exotic sea salts, like pink Himalayan, from a new Wayzata store. Specialty sea salts ($7.25 each), from Wayzata Olive Oil & Vinegar Co., 743 Lake St., Wayzata, 952-473-1818,

8. Double Duty. Great on a salad, lovely on display. Herbes de Provence vinegar ($12.50), by St. Paul-based Golden Fig, from Weisman Art Museum Store, 333 East River Pkwy., Mpls., 612-625-9495,