It’s easy to default to a bottle of wine when seeking a gift for your holiday host, but depending on the occasion, the length of your stay and how well you know the host, it may be in order to put forth a little more effort. Here are a few ideas to consider gifting the kindly soul hosting you and your family this season.
Add a little life to the host’s kitchen with tea towels from Iram-Inal Designs. The 100 percent cotton towels are designed to be decorative but can also be used to tidy up in the kitchen and beyond. Get them at Beehive Atlanta, 1250 Caroline St., C120, Atlanta. 404-581-9261, thebeehiveatl.com.
This microgreen growing kit comes with a Seattle Seed Co. starter pack of soil and microgreen seeds. Home chefs will enjoy adding homegrown microgreens to salads and other dishes. The grower is small enough to fit on windowsills and countertops. A harvest’s worth of soil and seeds is included. Seeds can be reordered from Seattle Seed Co. (seattleseed.com).
WoodWick Candles, starting at $10
These favorite candles offer both home fragrance and the comforting, crackling sound of a fire burning in the fireplace. The wax candles are available in holiday scents such as Fraser fir, cinnamon and more. Get them at Pike Nurseries locations throughout metro Atlanta. See pikenursery.com for location information.
The set of four stemless wine tumblers by Chic and Tonic is made of stainless steel plated with a high-shine copper finish. The 18-ounce tumblers keep beverages cold or at room temperature. They are available at chicandtonic.com.
Offer the host a fresh new scent for his or her home. The Gingembre Room Spray from Diptyque smells of fresh-cut ginger and is perfect for the season. It can be used in rooms or in smaller spaces such as luggage. Get it at Diptyque, 3010 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta. 404-846-0602, diptyqueparis.com.
This collection of teas includes comforting holiday blends that exude the spirit of the season. The box, filled with 10 pyramid infusers, is designed to offer an introduction to a range of tea blends, including Raspberry Ganache, Rum Raisin Biscotti, Spiced Ginger Plum, Winter Chai, and Ginger Snap. There is also a tasting menu inside the lid. The box is available at teaforte.com.
An industrial-style cheeseboard by Mona Does Concrete features a turmeric stain and the word “fromage.” The board is sealed with a food-safe sealer and has four rubber feet on the bottom to prevent sliding. It comes with a bamboo knife. Get it at Beehive Atlanta, 1250 Caroline St., C120, Atlanta. 404-581-9261, thebeehiveatl.com.
Help your host get some much-needed shut-eye with an eye mask embroidered with “Sweet Dreams.” Made with soft velvet and a satin covered elastic band, the mask comes in a matching ribbon-tied bag. It is available in blush pink and burgundy red at Banana Republic stores or online at bananarepublic.gap.com.