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It takes a lot of effort to host a dinner party and I’m sure your host would love a relaxing cup of tea from Capital Teas after all the dishes are cleaned and the last of the guests have left. But don’t just grab a box of tea -- find a beautiful cup and saucer and stuff the tea inside for a functional and beautiful presentation.(Image: Ashley Hafstead)

Gift Guide: 6 perfect gifts for every hostess, plus creative wrapping ideas

It’s that time of year again -- the holidays are upon us and for D.C. that means parties, dinners and more parties! I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to being a gracious guest and I love the tradition of presenting the host or hostess with a token of your gratitude when you arrive at their home. As someone who entertains ALL the time, I understand the amount of handwork and love that goes into each dinner party or holiday soiree. It really means a lot when someone goes the extra mile.

Click through the gallery to see some of my favorite non-wine holiday gift picks for the “hostess with the mostess” in your life, and read on below for a few simple gift wrapping ideas.

For the Fashionista and Fashion Guru

An apron is always a great idea for a host or hostess. They keep spills off your holiday attire and have come a long way since Grandma’s old apron. Go for an over-the-top whimsical apron with fringed tassels and gold accents or a timeless denim apron for him. Try looking at Table Top DC as they always have fun options.

For the Baker in Your Life

Opt for beautiful measuring cups and spoons. Copper and gold are so in and who doesn't like mixing bling and function! Anthropologie is one of my favorite spots for copper and gold baking accessories.

For the Tea Lover

It takes a lot of effort to host a dinner party and I’m sure your host would love a relaxing cup of tea from Capital Teas after all the dishes are cleaned and the last of the guests have left. But don’t just grab a box of tea -- find a beautiful cup and saucer and stuff the tea inside for a functional and beautiful presentation.

For the Die Hard Tablescape Enthusiast

Who doesn’t need a bit of shimmer on their holiday table? West Elm has got the most beautiful gold flatware that is the perfect accent to any table all year long.

For the Salad Obsessed

If your host or hostess always serves a side salad with dinner, wooden salad tongs are the perfect gift! These from Salt and Sundry are beautiful and functional. And they collapse into a sleek form to save precious drawer room.

For the Knitter Who Also Loves to Entertain

Head over to Looped Yarn Works and pick out some bulky wool and knitting needles and knit some pot holders for your host or hostess! It only takes about an hour to knit one potholder. When you’re done, include an unused skein of yarn and the needles in the gift as well.

For your wrapping needs, here are some fun ideas that ditch the standard wrapping paper and bows.

  1. Stuff kitchen gifts in a colander or mixing bowl.
  2. Re-use packaging from breakables like this white paper from Crate and Barrel instead of standard wrapping paper. It has a fun texture and looks beautiful!
  3. Instead of a bow, add a festive wreath to the package for the ultimate wow factor.
  4. Try wrapping your gift in a scarf -- it becomes a bonus gift after the package is unwrapped!
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