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10 Unique Hostess Gifts Guaranteed to Get You More Invites

Unique, green gift ideas that show you care

10 Unique Hostess Gifts Guaranteed to Get You More Invites

When tasked with buying a hostess gift, it's easy to fall into the trap of leaving it to the last minute or buying the same gifts over and over again. You know what I'm talking about. Soaps, flowers, a box of chocolates...all very nice thoughts, but all on the predictable and boring side.

As with all gifts, the best ones are unique and show the recipient you put lots of thought into buying it.

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Here are 10 unique, eco-friendly gift items that will send that exact message.

1. Custom Engraved Bamboo Coasters

These personalized bamboo coasters will make a very personal and unique gift. Did you know that bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable resource?

2. Soy candles

If your hostess loves candles, opt for soy candles over regular paraffin candles. Soy candles are a sustainable resource and produce 90% less soot than paraffin which makes them better for your indoor air quality and your health. Look for candles that are fragranced naturally like Lucia candles. Here are 8 more reasons why soy candles are better than paraffin.

3. Organic wine

Wine is a popular and easy hostess gift choice. If this is the way you want to go, then take it one step further and buy an organic wine. The grapes used to make organic wines are non-GMO, and they are not grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. Organic wines also do not contain sulfites. Haven't had an organic wine before and not sure which one to get? Ontario-made Connect Organic White Wine from Southbrook is an excellent one to start with.

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4. Homemade food gifts

Who wouldn't love a gift that involved you taking the time to bake? Make your specialty baked item or if you don't have a special thing you are known for, here are some great ideas to give you inspiration. Package your homemade gift up in a reusable tin or in recyclable packaging.

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5. A Basket of Baking Essentials

If your hostess loves to bake herself, then you can't go wrong with a few high-quality, fair-trade, organic baking essentials. My favourite place to shop for really good baking ingredients is Ten Thousand Villages. All of their baking supplies are organic, fairly traded, and high-quality.

6. Organic Cotton Towels

Chances are, if your hostess is throwing a party, she likes to be in the kitchen. For those of us who love being in the kitchen, we know that there is no such thing as having too many tea towels. Especially when they are cute. Gift her with a made-to-order, printed organic cotton towel.

7. A E-Book

If you know your hostess well, you may have a pretty good idea about what is on her reading wish list. Get her a book she can download to her e-reader. Go for one you've read and think she will enjoy too or one you know she has been wanting to read.

8. Organic, fair-trade coffee

For the coffee lover, you definitely can't go wrong when you gift her with one of her favourite things. Ten Thousand Villages makes some of the best organic, fair-trade coffee I have ever had.

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9. Stationery or notebooks

If you know your hostess loves stationery, then she will love a gift that includes pretty, Canadian-made, eco-friendly journals, or cards from ecojot. Find a store near you that carries their products or order online.

10. Up-Cycled Herb Markers

For the indoor gardener, these hand-stamped, up-cycled herb markers made from re-purposed vintage knives are as unique as you can get.