our favorite no-fail hostess gifts: part 1

We asked Shelterrific’s amazing contributors to tell us the one hostess gift they always go to during the holidays. Here’s their picks!

Sarah Lyons: Doggie treats

Holidays can be stressful for our canine friends, with all the hustle and bustle and new people in the house. While I never forgo a bottle of wine for human hosts, for the canines in the home, I love to pick up gourmet doggie treats. As an added bonus, it keeps guests from feeding Fido party food. Always a good thing. — Sarah L.

Sarah Christensen: Slate cheese board

It may be having the best year ever as far as hostess gifts go, but even mainstream popularity doesn’t dissuade me from reaching for a slate cheese board every night the clock strikes party time. Available in red or black, the natural slate slabs are a chic way to display cheese and other nibbles on the holiday table. Each comes packaged in a cute burlap bag equipped with chalk for labeling by the savviest of hostesses. $28 for the 10” x 14” at Brooklynslate.com.

Mary Sheely: Tea infuser

I love getting a small tin of tea from Tuscan Tea Room, a local West Seattle shop. They aren’t selling online yet (but plan to), so think local and visit your nearby tea shop for tiny, colorful tins of yummy flavors. (I love Tuscan Tea Room’s creme brulee.) I usually sweeten the deal with a tea infuser as well, so my hostess has no excuse to not try the tea! I like this one by Tovolo a lot (and it comes with a built-in stand).

From our partners

My favorite hostess or housewarming gift is an antique salt/pepper shaker (usually cut glass) filled with cinnamon sugar or some exotic spice. The other favorite is a gift bag filled with beautiful paper plates and napkins. The kind people don’t usually buy for themselves!

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