COMPILATION:Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostest
By Cheri Leavy
We travel a lot in the summer to visit friends and family and I am always looking for a good hostess gift. Here are some ideas to show appreciation for hospitality.
1. Low Country Luxe, known today as the “southern fragrance house,” is a welcomed gift and can commemorate your favorite locales in the south such as Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans. Picture the smell of Charleston as a masterful blend featuring white magnolia, camellia, azaleas, lilac, lavendar, violet, bois de rose and pine with cucumber.
2. Phickles Pickles is a gourmet pickle company located in Athens, Georgia that uses the freshest, closest produce available and takes pride in every hand-packed jar. Pickled Okra, Asparagus, Snap Beans, Carrots, Jalapenos, Green Tomatoes and occasionally Cucumbers and Sweet Peppers and Peaches. Perfect to package with all the “fixins” needed to make a bloody mary.
3. Monogrammed Linen Cocktail Napkins are a beautiful, traditional gift. A classic white linen cocktail napkins embroidered with a single initial in your choice of thread color makes a lovely personalized gift.
4. Premium specialty coffee is an awesome gift. Get it from your local roaster. Charleston Coffee Roasters customizes their blends and roasting methods to bring out the richest aroma and optimal flavor of each coffee. They hand roast in small batches for a rich, smooth taste that is never bitter.
5. An olive tree from Georgia Olive Farms to produce table olives or purely for ornamental purposes is a neat gift. Or a bottle of the Chef’s Blend of Georgia Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and other USA EVOO. It is outstanding with depth and freshness.
6. Byrd Cookie Company’s Southern Scenes Quad Pack with Forsyth Park Fountain (Key Lime), Factors Walk (Benne Wafers), Tybee Island Lighthouse (Key Lime) and Lowcountry Cheddar tins are a welcomed gift. Byrd Cookie Company has been a Savannah tradition since 1924 and their sweet and savory cookies are outstanding.