Hostess Gifts with a Twist

Wine and flowers are great, but these hip new takes are truly memorable.
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Wine and flowers are great, but these hip new takes are truly memorable.

SOAP IN A LOAF

An elegant 1-pound block of handmade lilac-scented soap -- made with natural oils -- comes with a bamboo board and crinkle cutter, so your hosts can slice off just what they need.
$23, abesmarket.com

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DESIGNER MATCHES

Light their hearths (and hearts!) on fire with a set of happychic fireplace matches. The Lilly Pulitzer- and Jonathan Adler-designed boxes come with 50 pink-tipped, extra-long sticks -- sure to start a spark!
$9 and up, lifeguardpress.com

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VINO-FLAVORED SUCKERS

Red wine Bacchus lollipops are dotted with bing cherries and cracked black pepper to complement the fruity merlot reduction. Throw in some peach schnapps- and absinthe-flavored pops for a fully stocked candy "bar."
$10 for 7, thegroovybaker.com

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COMIC STRIP PHOTO KIT

What a toon-up! A collage frame comes with comic-book speechbubble stickers your host can use to animate pictures. Insert one of yourself with a "Thank You!"
$18, perpetualkid.com

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EDIBLE ORNAMENTS

Each regal Yölka chocolate ball is wrapped in foil that’s printed with contemporary interpretations of Russian folk art and tied with a ribbon. Your host can hang it up for the holidays -- or eat it on the spot!
$16, yolkachocolates.com

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BLOOMS IN A CAN

Your host won't be scrambling to find a vase for this bouquet! Each cute can is filled with seeds and soil: Just pop the lid, add water and place it in a sunny spot. The flowers will start sprouting in a few days.

$14, fredflare.com

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