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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Discriminating Host/ess, Under-$50 Edition

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Discriminating Host/ess, Under-$50 Edition

November 26, 2019

Truth be told, a bottle of spirits will always be a welcome hostess gift. But if you want to make a really good impression (good enough to be rewarded with secret extra helpings of dessert), cross the threshold bearing one of these considered presents.

Above: What we especially love about La Riccia’s free-blown recycled-Glass Ornaments is that they aren’t too Christmas-y and can have a life all year-round; $25 each at Il Buco.
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Above: Kohchosai Kosuga’s adorable Bamboo Tea Strainer is just $21 at Nalata Nalata.
Above: Fog Linen’s one-size-fits-all Wool Linen Slippers are made from their fabric remnants. “The sole is a many-layered base of quilted fabric and features two leather bands for traction. Interior footbed is lined with linen and the upper is wool/linen.” Each pair is $34.
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Above: Both Margot and Julie collect vases from Paris glass studio La Soufflerie. They make eccentric but useful gifts. John Derian carries a collection of their surprisingly affordable glassware, starting from $10.
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Above: We’re not fans of gifting scented candles (unless you’re absolutely certain of the recipient’s fragrance preferences), but we do recommend giving these prettily packaged, incredibly elegant Hand-Dipped Taper Candles. March SF carries them in a variety of colors; we’re partial to this pretty blush taupe hue. A pair starts at $6 each.
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Above: St. Frank’s Vintage Muong Lavender Eye Pillow is colored with natural dyes; $48.
julie cloutier&#8\2\17;s petite, hand thrown, unglazed stone/ware dish (it  20
Above: Julie Cloutier’s petite, hand-thrown, unglazed Stone/Ware Dish (it measures just 2.5 inches cross) is super-versatile and can be used to hold rings, salt, or any other small items that need a home; $26 each.
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Above: Here’s a kitchen towel that feels elevated and worthy of gifting. March’s Turnips Vegetable Kitchen Towel, screen-printed onto pre-shrunk cotton towels using a hand-carved wood-block print, is $18.
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Above: Hay’s Time Hourglasses come in a slew colors and are sold in many of our favorite stores: DWR, MoMA Design Store, Nannie Inez, and, of course, Hay’s US online store. Each carries a selection of colors and sizes, so you may want to shop around for your favorite combo; $15 (for 3-minute size) to $55 (for 120-minute size).
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Above: The Marie Antoinette Wine Stopper is handmade exclusively for Nickey Kehoe by ceramic artist Andrea Kashanipour. It costs $60 (so technically shouldn’t be on this list), but it’s just too good not to include. (Anne Boleyn and Henry VII are currently sold out, but Napoleon is also still available!)

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