Best Gifts for Holiday Hostesses

These tokens of thanks will have your hostess saying, "you shouldn't have." Though she'll be very glad you did.

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Lollia Calm Perfumed Dusting Powder, $28

A snow white rice powder, lightly scented with hyacinth, vetiver and iris, in a glam, circular box complete with a fluffy puff.

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Jo Malone Grapefruit Scented Home Candle, $65

A classic hostess gift made even more elegant by the perfumer’s refreshing Grapefruit scent.

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L’Occitane Hugs & Kisses Mango Flower, $19

A super softening hand salve-lip balm duo that’s now even more desirable in a limited edition mango scent.

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Lavanila The Healthy Body Wash, $13

No petrochemicals, phthalates, mineral oils, etc., make this body wash (in three fresh scents) an easy-to-give treat.

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Alora Ambiance Festa Reed Diffuser, $60

This limited-edition cinnamon and bitter orange air freshening diffuser is holiday ready.

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Malin & Goetz Rum and Lime Hand Wash, $40

This cocktail-scented duo isn't just useful, it makes for a fun and witty "thank-you".

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Tocca Sofia Candela, Tomato Vine Scented, $38

Based on the scent of a Mediterranean garden, this 10.6 oz candle burns 60 hours (meaning your host will remember you long after the evening is over).

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Molton Brown Aludra Body Wash Gift Set, $50

This colorful set is packed with five scented body washes (in fragrances like Re-charge Black Pepper and Blissful Templetree) and one rich body lotion. Best of all, it’s already gift wrapped, so you don’t have to do it! Just add a note card and you’re good to go.

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Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil, $30

Like a vacation in a bottle—and what holiday hostess couldn’t use one?

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Sonia Kashuk Luxe Ingenue Compact Mirror, $14.99

A dual-sided mirror with 5-times magnification on one side (and an everyday view on the other, all in a stylish studded compact: Something everyone could use, but might not buy. Which makes it a perfect gift.

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Caldrea Dish Soap Liquid, $9

A bottle of dish soap may not sound like much of a gift, but scented with one of this company’s three holiday aromatherapy fragrances (Vanilla Quince Santal, Balsam Fir Plum and Crimson Pear Ginger) it magically morphs into one.

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Diptyque Scented Oval, $45

A handmade ceramic ring infused with wax perfumed with one of the brand’s five bestselling scents (34 Boulevard Saint Germain, Roses, Baies, Amber and Figuier) for stashing in drawers, between linen closets—or hanging in closets.

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Fresh Sugar Passion Princess Gift Set, $28

Personal care items can be tricky to give but there’s practically no one on the planet who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this sweet combination of Sugar Lip Tint SPF 15, Soy Face Cleanser and Mini Sugar Lip Polish.

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Bath & Body Works Sleep Honey Vanilla Dream Luxury Bath, $17.50

Skin-softening bubbles and a soothing, sleep-inducing scent any busy hostess will appreciate.

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Tokyo Milk Handcreme, $20

Indulgent salves served up in delightfully decorative tubes and a slew of pleasing scents to suit a range of tastes.

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Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub, $29

A super exfoliator in an attractive jar (with slimming benefits to boot).

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Photo courtesy of Caudalie

REN Mini Rose Gift Set, $28

Three of the company’s bestsellers (Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, Moroccan Rose Otto Body Cream and Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil) in a pretty decorative box.

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Photo courtesy of REN
First Published November 14, 2011

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