Six Eco-Friendly Gifts for Hosts


From forever flowers to sophisticated booze-free beverages

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I have plans four times this week, which means holiday season has arrived! I usually bring my hosts a dish I’ve made, a bottle of wine, or some beautiful fruit from the farmers market. But, this time of year, it’s especially fun to greet people with extravagantly wrapped packages. Join me as I delve into gifts for hosts. (Don’t worry, I won’t judge you if you decide that you’d like something for yourself.)

Some of the best gifts are made, not bought; play to your strengths. I like giving infused liqueurs and homemade chocolate bark, both surprisingly easy, and chocolate-dipped candied citrus peels, a real project (I recommend using this chocolate for big-batch projects). For beverage lovers, I recommend an award-winning Honduran coffee; a “Tea by Mood” gift set; and jaggery-sweetened hot cocoa in a hot pink tin. Affordable, creative, earthy candlesin scents like Mistletoe and California Black Walnut exude cozy cheer. And trendsetters and gourmands will love my favorite prestige gift of the seasontomato-scented soaps, candles, and home goods from a famous California garden.

Don’t skip wrapping — it’s part of the fun. You can get creative with newspaper and magazine pages or try recyclable, compostable gift wrap

Happy holidays, and happy shopping! 

–Elizabeth Weinstein, Marketplace Editor

Favorite Presents for Hosts


Fresh flowers fade, but one of these charming felt bouquets from Food52 will last for years. The flowers will look lovely on a mantle or in a powder room, and your hosts will remember you whenever they see them.

Material Kitchen

Bluedot favorite Material Kitchen recently released The Resting Stones, attractive polished glass pieces that serve as spoon rests, ring dishes, small salt caddies, or simply objects to appreciate. The company is known for “indulgently practical” goods for the kitchen and dining room.

Two lit, beeswax pillar candles staged on pewter candleholders.

Bluecorn Beeswax Candles

I just opened up a large order from Bluecorn, a Colorado company that makes wonderful beeswax candles, and the tapers and votives have given my home a wonderfully pure yet subtle honey smell. The company has been making candles by hand in rural Colorado for over 30 years.

Baskets at Made Trade

Woman-owned Indego Africa makes stunning woven goods in geometric designs and colors to match almost any host’s whims. Their available from Made Trade, which sells wares for home and closet from brands that use sustainable materials and employ good labor practices. Save 10% off your order with code BLUEDOT10.

Three bottles of non-alcoholic wine, two white and one rosé, with labels reading Giesen New Zealand

Boisson Alcohol-Free Beverages

Folks who don’t drink rarely have elegant options at parties. The sober and sober-curious will enjoy exploring Boisson’s numerous offerings. What's not to love about a store with the motto “The Glass Half Full”? Their wide variety of low-ABV and alcohol-free beverages that still feel decidedly adult.

Assorted clear glass canning jars, some filled with creamy yellow curd and others with dark red jam, sit on a cutting board with the rings close by to screw on top of the lids.

Ball and Kerr Mason Jars

Every year, depending on how industrious I am, I make about 20 to 40 jars of jam, and some of these become hostess gifts. I’ll often gift infused liqueurs and citrus curds as well. Mason jars make it all possible.

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Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein
Elizabeth Weinstein, Bluedot’s Marketplace Editor, lives in Manhattan with her husband; papillon Finley; and cats SanDeE* and Modell. When she’s not asking the folks at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom to try on their most sustainable sneakers in a size 9½, she can be found at the Union Square Greenmarket or gardening on her rooftop terrace.
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