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5 Hostess gifts that make a statement

Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

Whenever you are invited to someone’s home, it’s polite to bring a hostess gift. What makes a good hostess gift? Here are five ideas for gifts that really make a statement:

Always remember to bring your hostess a gift.

New Amsterdam Gin

Everyone brings wine; it's the thing to bring. But gin? That's a step off the beaten path. Produced in California, this gin has citrus undertones—perfect for those who like infused liquors. Also good in cocktails. Around $15. (


polka dot apron from etsyThe BELLA Vintage Inspired Black and White Polka Dot with Lavender Purple Full Apron

This fabulous polka dotted apron has classic flair. The form-flattering design and sensibility (hello, pocket!) make it perfect for a classic-loving hostess ($28.75). (



Daisy Cake Server from Pylones

How about a serving piece that really says something? This fancy cake server is fashioned to look like a puppy but, in reality, it's a really useful item—and one that is often overlooked in the home. Your hostess will thank you ($32). (


Mini Salt Pig

What's the deal with salt pigs? They are a great way for home cooks to have salt handy without exposing it to dust and debris. This mini one is neutral and comes with its own spoon ($4.95). (


Bridgewater Chocolates

From truffles to toffees, Bridgewater Chocolates® are special, delectable chocolates that will leave your hostess weak in the knees. The Connecticut-based company ships, prices vary. (

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