Sure, a bottle of wine, cut flowers, or a box of candy are thoughtful hostess gifts. But a dash of creativity and fun can really make your present memorable
“Like well-written thank-you
notes, homemade treats are thoughtful.”
— Martha Stewart
Kaleido trays, designed by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay, $16-$78; dwr.com.
Blue Hill honey, $14.95, at Williams-Sonoma, Rochester Hills, Novi, and Troy; williams-sonoma.com
St. Clair nest bowls in seashell satin, $68, at Ann Sacks, Michigan Design Center, Troy; 248-643-3393, annsacks.com.
Food 52 Cookbook: 150 Winning Recipes From Exceptional Home Cooks, $23.33, area Barnes & Noble stores; barnesandnoble.com. Dot tea towel and spoon set in mineral, $32; studiopatro.com.
Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat bars, $10.45 each, at Astro Coffee, Detroit; 313-638-2989, astrodetroit.com. Happy Goat vanilla-bean caramel sauce, $13.99, at Sur La Table, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township, and Somerset Collection South, Troy; surlatable.com.
Cacharel dessert plates, $162/set of six, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-642-9000, saksfifthavenue.com.
Anniversary wine box, $130; uncommongoods.com.
Gone With the Vin single-wine tote, $14; uncommongoods.com.
Alessi parrot sommelier corkscrew, $57, at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Gift Shop, Midtown Detroit; 313-833-7948, dia.org.
Paper gem coasters, $20, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023, katespade.com. The American Cocktail, $19.95, at Crate & Barrel, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-6610, crateandbarrel.com.
Canine coaster set, $18; riflepaperco.com
Skybar wine chill drops, $39.95/set of two, at Williams-Sonoma, Rochester Hills, Novi, and Troy; williams-sonoma.com.
Crystal orbit ornament, $50, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023, katespade.com.
Duke Ellington: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958, $60, area Barnes & Noble stores; barnesandnoble.com. Foldable star sculptures, $40-$160; dwr.com.
Mr. & Mrs. Acrobat ornament, $28 each; jonathanadler.com.
Brass-shoe bottle opener, $98; jonathanadler.com.
Thymes Limited Fraser Fir pine comb reed diffuser, $60, at Casual Concepts, Rochester; 248-652-1080, casualconceptsinc.com.
Don’t Spend It Cha Ching coin purse, $78, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023, katespade.com.
Candy bar travel speaker, $29.95, at Crate & Barrel, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-6610, crateandbarrel.com.
Conversation games, $20 each; uncommongoods.com.
Tradig candlestick, $8, at Ikea, Canton; 734-981-6300, ikea.com. Coil rope vase in silver, $75, at Annex in Complex, Birmingham; 248-792-2495, complexmi.com.
Pop Fizz Clink iPhone-4 case, $35, at Kate Spade, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-458-2023, katespade.com.
Campbell’s Soup alphabet dice game, $16.95, at Paper Source, Birmingham; 248-594-4954, paper-source.com.
Etch candleholder in brass, $78; dwr.com.
Nest Birchwood pine classic candle, $32, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300, neimanmarcus.com.
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