Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Hostess Gifts

Wow your holiday party hostess with these unique local gifts
  • Seattle gifts for your favorite hostess

This article appears in print in the December 2018 issue, as part of our 2018 Gift GuideClick here to subscribe.

If your goal is to surprise that friend or family member who loves to entertain and always thinks of everything, you’re in luck. This collection of party-perfect paraphernalia offers an unexpected spin on the traditional hostess gift.

Those who believe that candles are passé as gifts have not discovered the collection of historical busts from French-based atelier Trudon, featuring figures such as Marie Antoinette and Alexandre Brongniart ($125). Available at Flora and Henri, Pioneer Square, 401 First Ave. S; 206.749.9698.

Help your hosts turn up the heat at their next gathering with homegrown hot sauce ($4.50/ 3-ounce bottle) from Ballard-based Bonache

Go full hygge with these Icelandic moss balls known as kúluskítur ($4 each), which are easy to maintain and ideal as a desk-top pop of greenery. Available at the Nordic Museum, Ballard, 2655 NW Market St.; 206.789.5707.

This practical, fashionable accessory made by O-Venture ($55) is equal parts bangle and keychain. Available at Hitchcock Madrona, 1422 34th Ave.; 206.838.7173.

Andrea Terrenzio’s handmade chocolates ($14/box of 12) are sweet on their own; the fact that she donates at least 5 percent of sales to feed people in need is giving us a sugar rush. Available at Sugarpill, Capitol Hill, 900 E Pine St.; 206.322.7455; and at

This metallic card case ($6.99) from New York–based Poppin is both functional and stylish; perfect for someone who mixes business with pleasure. Available at Frye Art Museum gift shop, First Hill, 704 Terry Ave.; 206.622.9250.

Complete any charcuterie board with Japanese-inspired jam from Ayako & Family ($42/set of three) in signature hexagonal jars. The hybrid and heritage plum preserves are from fruit grown at Mair Farm-Taki in Wapato.

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