Sock money dolls originated in the 1800s and they have made a comeback recently in the form of toys and decor. If you are looking for a whimsical hostess gift, get this Wine Monkey. Created from a traditional red-heeled sock and featuring button eyes, you can just slip this bottle cover over a bottle of wine and present it as a fun hostess gift. $12.95, Z Gallerie
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For the hostess who loves to cook, you can't go wrong with one of the aprons from Anthropologie. Our favorite is the Lucille Apron with a blue and white floral print. It has an adorable shape, two front pockets and a shawl collar style. Any foodie would love this fantastic hostess gift. $38.00, Anthropologie
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This isn't any ordinary cocktail shaker. Designed by Fred Bould, this modern creation makes a fantastic hostess gift. With a bullet point top and sculpted sides, this shaker is made from Nambé metal and can be freezer chilled before mixing. The unique shape makes this hostess gift a little work of art. Holds 14 ounces. $145.00, Nambé
Even the hostess who has everything will love this thoughtful (and tasty!) gift. Martha Stewart recommends a jam gift package that includes two French baguettes in a dishtowel topped with a jar of homemade jam and finished off with a ribbon and wooden spreader. This hostess gift is easy to put together and you don't have to stick to jam. Homemade spaghetti sauce and crusty Italian bread is another fantastic option. Under $20, at home
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Reed diffusers make terrific hostess gifts. This gift set features an 8 oz glass apothecary diffuser bottle with cork, a wooden diffuser cap and an 8 oz bottle of scented reed diffuser oil in a juicy pear scent with touches of vanilla. The set also includes eight reeds, a no-mess funnel and coaster. This set comes in a gift box with a ribbon and gift card. $21.99, The Diffusery
The busy hostess deserves a break. Even if she doesn't have time for a trip to the spa, she can enjoy the relaxing Eucalyptus spa products in this decorative gift basket. The Serenity Bath & Tea Spa Basket contains bath salts, shower gel, body lotion and body scrub from Yardley of London, plus a stainless steel infuser and five packages of gourmet loose tea. This hostess gift is sure to be appreciated. $55.95, Baskets for Her
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