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Staff Picks: Hostess Gifts That Will Get You Asked Back

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We still have a few weeks of summery weather left (right, weather?), but this weekend we're bidding a sloppy, sobbing farewell to the season. If that means that you'll be spending the weekend as a guest at some fabulous beach house/cottage/cabin, stop stressing about gift ideas and check out Whole Living staff picks for fun, thoughtful gift ideas. Don't be surprised if you get a return invite next year...

I like to step up the expected hostess gift a bit with a tote that matches the wine’s region (image above). It’s thoughtful and it’s gift they can use after they’ve finished the wine.  -Michelle Toglia

I tape a few small canisters of Republic of Tea tea bags into a stack and put a ribbon or bow on top. The small, flat tins are called Traveler size on the site, and only cost a few dollars apiece. You can even pick up a mug during your trip and leave behind a little set on the last day. Much easier than lugging a bottle of wine on vacation! -Andi Bartz

If I have time, I’ll bake these shortbread cookies. Or for the ladies, I’ll bring a bottle of wine, something like this. And for the guys, maybe a bottle of this. -Andriana Verdi

After a trip, I like to send my hosts a box of sweet baked deliciousness from Zingerman's, especially my fellow Midwestern ex-pats who love this Ann Arbor institution. -Colleen Egan

Delicious for making cocktails - Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup. -Lindsay Funston

Obscure, uncooked produce. -Amanda Sims

I love to give goodies freshly picked from our yard wrapped with a beautiful ribbon. I'd include a bunch of herbs and flowers and cherry tomatoes still on the vine. (Something I'd love to receive, too!) -Janice Malkotsis

Any kind of beautiful bowl. -Camille Rankin

Truthfully, my hostess gifts are always incredibly unhealthy. I always stop at our local bakery and pick up something sweet and delicious. My favorite is an assortment of tarts or a flourless chocolate cake. And I always bring a bottle of wine. Last weekend I brought this one. -Sarah Engler

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  • I bring something homemade, bananna bread, homemade strawberry jam or strawberry butter along with a lovely antique spreader. a great reminder long after dinner is over

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