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Holiday gift guide 2017: gifts for the host

If you are visiting family and friends this holiday season, or just heading to a holiday party or dinner, be sure you don’t arrive empty-handed. Offer a token of appreciation for your host’s effort with one of these great gifts.

Diptyque Limited-Edition Holiday Candle Collection, $35-$70, Diptyque. Three limited-edition scents for the holidays include Frosted Forest, Fiery Orange and Incense Tears. Artist Philippe Baudelocque was inspired by the constellations, including the Unicorn, the Dragon and the Phoenix. The fragrances promise to take you on a journey under the stars. Diptyque, the Shops Buckhead Atlanta, 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.

Garnish & Gather Gift Card: The Atlanta-based meal kit is a great option for home cooks. In addition to regular meals, your host can enjoy a monthly curated chef experience with the “Be the Chef” series, which allows cooks to re-create signature dishes from Atlanta’s most popular chefs, including Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow, Chris Grossman of Atlas and Kevin Maxey of Superica. Meal kits are priced at $28 for a meal for two and $54 for a meal for four. In addition, when you purchase a gift card valued at $75 or more, you will also get a pair of stemless wineglasses engraved with the Garnish & Gather logo. The promotion runs through Dec. 13, while supplies last. Order online at

Swoon Carafe, $30, Crate & Barrel: Your host can serve in style with this carafe. This exclusive carafe allows wine to breathe and features sensuous curves and an angle-cut rim. It is a standout item for the table, buffet or bar.

Rabbit RBT five-piece coaster and stand set, $40, Bloomingdale’s: This set of four melamine coasters comes with a handy zinc stand and a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

Click and Grow Self-Watering Smart Garden, prices vary, This indoor garden is a time-saver for busy hosts who want fresh food all year round. The smart garden provides herbs, fruits and salad greens with watering, light and everything else it needs to grow. Prices vary depending on the item, but the Smart Herb Garden costs $60.

Lavender Baby Alpaca Throw, $250, Guests can cozy up to this Lavender Baby Alpaca Throw from DemiLune at Atlanta-based Dear Keaton. The throw, which is made from 100 percent baby alpaca yarn, is not only exclusive, it is also naturally soft, durable yet still lightweight. The throw features fringe edging and hypoallergenic fibers.

Marimekko Urna Vase, $245, The Finnish design house and lifestyle brand offers a range of gift items perfect for the host. Designed by Carina Seth-Andersson, this glass vase is mouth-blown with a sage green tint or clear glass. It measures 8.5 inches tall and 12 inches wide.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame by Charlotte Olympia, $150 at Give your host the limited-edition Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame by Charlotte Olympia gift box featuring a special edition of Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame 2006 Champagne. Available nationwide now through the end of the year, the gift box celebrates inspirational women and is modeled after the designer’s best-selling Vanina clutch. The box features gold clasp lettering and a luxe leopard print interior. La Grande Dame 2006 has fine sparkling bubbles and notes of peony, fresh peach and pear, and more. It pairs well with oysters, king crab, dry aged cheeses, truffles, caviar or is great for toasting during the holiday season.

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