Hostess Gifts We Love

Salt Bowl and Spoon Set
Atelier is a store and studio shared by several makers who create beautiful hand-crafted items. Case in point is this beautiful brass salt spoon and salt bowl, handmade by Malinda Fisher of Desert Rose Jewelry. The set would be gorgeous on a holiday table and filled with Maldon sea salt or a delicate fleur de sel. These types of flaky salts are perfect for finishing or garnishing a completed dish. $10/spoon, $10/bowl. Atelier, 341 W. Pierpont Ave., No. 3, SLC,

Raaka Chocolate Bar
Most of us know Caputo’s as a go-to for party-hosting foods, but the market also sells fabulous host gifts. When visiting someone’s home for a holiday party, a small splurge on high-quality chocolate bars is in order. These chocolate bars come from Raaka in Brooklyn, N.Y., a company that achieves delicious flavors without roasting. They are just the right size to let your hosts know that the chocolate is a gift for them to enjoy alone after everyone has gone. $7/bar. Caputo’s, multiple locations,

The Olive Oil Experience Gift Set
WeOlive sells an impressive array of artisan foods including extra virgin olive oils and vinegars. This gift set includes delicious Arbequina olive oil, garlic olive oil, lemon olive oil as well as balsamic di Modena and peach white balsamic vinegars. The best part of shopping at WeOlive is heading to the wine bar in the back and enjoying a glass of wine while you wait for your purchase to be gift-wrapped. $25. WeOlive, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-448-7489,

Crystal Tonics Abundance Spray
Co-located with Thyme & Place, Greenthread Herbs is an herbal apothecary. Formulated to bring abundance to the user, this Crystal Tonic aromatherapy spray is made with spring water, essential oils, gemstones and minerals. What host couldn’t use an abundance of health and wealth at this time of year, especially after throwing a big party? $14/bottle. Greenthread Herbs, 362 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-918-2824,

Miya Stoneware Whale Plate
Dancing Cranes’ vast inventory contains a surfeit of charming gifts, but this whale-shaped plate is a particular standout. What host wouldn’t want this plate as a serving dish for small bites? Or as a drop place for keys and sunglasses? For those into symbolism, the whale symbolizes the importance of family and community. $14/plate. Dancing Cranes Imports, 673 E. Simpson Ave., SLC, 801-486-1129,

ForLife Glass Mug With Strainer
Good friends don’t let friends drink tea from powdery tea bags. This mug/tea strainer combo is a game-changer. Loose tea is more flavorful and delicious and can be matched to most any taste. Whether your host is a tea enthusiast or a casual sipper, he or she is sure to appreciate the Tea Grotto’s impressive collection of loose teas and products for tea-lovers or the tea-curious. $22/mug. Tea Grotto, 401 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-466-8255,

Marimo Terrarium
Showing up with these distinctive Marimo moss balls in a glass bowl from Thyme & Place might elevate you to favorite party-guest status. Marimo moss balls are said to bring the heart’s desire to both givers and receivers. Marimo moss is actually lake algae that grows slowly and can live for more than a hundred years. Easy to maintain, the moss balls only require a weekly rinse and change of water. $22/boxed set. Thyme & Place, 362 E. 900 South, SLC, 385-218-1684,

Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen (2017)
Food people love not only eating or cooking food but reading about others who share their passion. Amy Thielen’s Give a Girl a Knife, recalls her time trying to make it as a chef in New York City and the constant pull home to the rustic cabin she and her husband built in rural Minnesota. Thielen is a James Beard-winning cookbook author and host of Heartland Table on Food Network. $16/paperback. King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-484-9100,

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