All Natural Hostess Gifts for the Holidays
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All Natural Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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Bottle of WineWill you be enjoying Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at a friend’s or family member’s house? Maybe your boss is hosting a holiday party at his house, and you want to make a good impression. Bringing a hostess or housewarming gift is a great way to say “thanks for inviting me.” Looking to give a gift that fits your all-natural lifestyle? We’ve come up with some great ideas that will definitely leave a lasting impression:

Organic Wine

Many vineyards are producing organic wines. Bonterra makes an organic chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon that you can pick up at your local BevMo for under $15. Of course, perusing the wine aisle at Trader Joe’s or another specialty grocery store might result in some delicious organic finds. The Organic Wine Company features a selection of organic, vegan and sulfite-free wines that can be delivered right to your door. Find a nice gift bag made from recycled paper and voila!

Soy Candles

Candles are an easy, inexpensive gift you can pass onto any hostess. Instead of buying traditional candles, look for candles made from soy. Soy candles are much better for air quality and are often made with natural essential oils rather than artificial fragrances. If you’re crafty, soy candles are also easy to make. Check out our tutorial here.

Gift Basket

A small (or large) gift basket is another great way to say ‘thanks.’ If you don’t already have baskets lying around, you can inexpensively pick one up at your local craft store. The possibilities for filling it are endless. You can add the soy candle you just made, along with some homemade cleaners and re-usable rags. You can also buy some organic cheeses and all-natural crackers and pair with a nice bottle of organic wine for a delicious gift that just might get used at the party you’re attending!

Consider the Wrapping

If you’ve already taken the plunge and committed to giving an all-natural gift, remember to keep the wrapping eco-friendly as well. Consider using wrapping paper or a gift bag made from recycled paper. You can also carefully take apart a brown-paper bag and use that as wrapping. It can be decorated with some paint, stamps, or stickers or dressed up with something as simple as a beautiful bow. For smaller gifts (like the soy candle), you can purchase a beautiful scarf made of organic cotton and tie it around the gift for wrapping that is beautiful and a second gift in itself!

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