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champagne bucket

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The job of a hostess is a labour of love. They take on board all the planning, set up and clean up responsibilities simply to gift their friends and family with an opportunity to connect and to eat To thank them for this effort, we always bring a thoughtful little gift for our hostess with the mostess. We asked all the girls at the shop what their go-to hostess gifts are and here is what we found.

 Andie thinks that a scented candle with a little bottle of matches is the perfect gift. To those that say scented candles are overdone, we say nonsense. They are delightful and universally adored.  

Laurie loves to bring a cut glass ice bucket filled with a bundle of fresh flowers for her hostess. It takes out the hassle of finding a vase while they're entertaining, and leaves them with a beautiful vintage piece that reminds them of you. 

Kelsey always gives a vintage brass candle stick with a natural beeswax taper. She loves that after the candle stick burns out, her hostess is still left with an eclectic piece for their home. 

Michele is convinced that the petite french bread board is the crème de la crème of hostess gifts. Perfect for chopping veggies and cheeses for a delicious charcuterie board.

Sepi likes to give a classic dinner plate in black filled with cookies and wrapped in an over-dyed kitchen towel. Nothing calms the hostess' stresses like a sweet treat.

 soap gift set

India believes that you can never go wrong with Savon de Marseille and a towel gift set. It leaves your hands extra soft and look so pretty sitting on the sink between uses.  

Erin's go to gift is always petite pressed botanicals. It's like bringing flowers, but better, because they last forever.

Terri swears by the gift of savoury salts with a tiny vintage salt bowl and spoon. It always comes in handy. They will thanking you every time they reach for it. 

Anna loves to gift etched champagne coupes. They are timeless and sophisticated pieces, perfect for a special occasion or your ritual apertivo. You choose. 

Paulina likes to gift a carpe diem mug to the hostess'. They are the perfect size for your morning coffee, and have a sweet little note across the front.

Sarah always arrives with a vintage stoneware crock in hand, filled with a beautiful foraged branch from her garden.

Andie Furber