Here's a fast idea for a hostess gift that's both beautiful and useful: an edible salad bouquet! Here's the how-to:
Buy starter plants-- green-leaf (like oak), red-leaf (like ruby) and flavorful mesclun mixes (arugula, kale)-- at farmers' markets or gardening stores and transfer them to a planter or pot. Add a note on a gardening tag, then let your friends dig in. Your hosts can enjoy it all season long!