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December 22, 2010

Bottles of wine will enliven an evening, but the cheer they bring is short-lived. Show your hostess you care with these helpful gifts that have a longer finish than any Burgundy.

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Alphabet Cookie Cutters

Available by the letter—–pick and choose a sweet message for the hostess with the mostest.
 

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Twist Salt Cellar

Spice up the nibbles on hand with this take on the salt cellar, a traditional housewarming gift.
 

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Diana Mini

Document the evening’s progressively more festive events with a classic toy camera. Don’t forget a roll of film!

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Hanging Terrarium with Tillandsia Planting Kit

Poinsettias are too on-point for a holiday shindig. These ornamental air plants will last forever with a bit of misting.

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Rasymatto Tea Towels

Party fouls are inevitable. Someone’s bound to spill a drink, so come prepared with this stylish sopper.

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Dustpan and Broom

Dustpans are often relegated to the kitchen's darkest corners, but not without good reason; The old, rusty-and-crusty metal versions can get caked with crud pretty quickly. Ole Jensen's bight polypropelene not only looks nicer—a simple piece of flat plastic with a small beech-and-natural-bristle brush—but works better too, flexible enough to bend and fold to help grab up household dirt. Plus, you can hang it on the wall for easy access.

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Club Barware

Scroogedriver, anyone? Let guests  show off their shaking skills by concocting holiday cocktails.

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Breakfast in Bed Tray

This colorful tray can be put to work immediately, transporting tasty treats to and fro.

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Tools for Living: Design Sourcebook

This beyond-comprehensive compilation of modern design’s greatest hits would be a welcome addition to any coffee-table collection.

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Double Brew Kit

For hosts who prefer strange brews to mixed drinks, this DIY kit lets them make their own suds.

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