by the editors at Rodale’s
Summer party season is in full swing, which means it’s time to stock up on gifts thanking your party hosts for their hospitality. This summer, forget the boring bottle of wine and choose something unique, beautiful, and environmentally friendly instead.
Here are a few of our favorites to help get your creative gift-giving juices flowing.
For beach party hosts: Sunset After-Sun OilThis after-sun oil is an essential for beach bums…and for beach party hosts! Thank your shore soiree host or hostess this summer with this handmade, multipurpose oil made from organic ingredients that help keep sun-soaked skin moisturized and soothed. It comes packaged in an attractive, recyclable amber bottle. Simply wrap a ribbon around it, and you’re ready to join the party!
For the dinner party hostess: Organic Mushroom Print ApronA dinner-party hostess deserves a useful, thoughtful gift anytime, but especially in the summer, when who wants to be stuck in the kitchen all day preparing a meal? That’s where this attractive, practical apron comes in. It’s comfortable and features generous pockets and extra-long ties and a beautiful printed design. Fashioned after vintage-style aprons, it’s handmade in the USA from certified-organic cotton and low-impact dyes, making it a distinct and memorable eco gift that your hostess is sure to love.
For the dance party hostess: Organic Luminous Shimmer ScrubAdd sparkle to a hot summer night! This cruelty-free scrub smells like sunshine and shimmers like the moonlight with its simple blend of organic sugar and oils. Better yet, its natural mica leaves behind a hint of beautiful shimmer that fun- and organics-loving hostesses everywhere will enjoy!
For your potluck hosts: Organic Cotton Side Dish CarrierBring your dish to the party in this sturdy organic-cotton carryall then gift it to the hosts once you unpack it! It’s perfect for plates, bowls, pies, bread, and everyday items. It’s also the perfect gift for entertaining types, as it’s eco-friendly, classy, versatile, and great for sharing all sorts of favorites at a party or picnic.
For a BBQ host: Marshmallow Roasting Tree ForkBring this long-stemmed roasting fork to the BBQ along with a bag of marshmallows, some graham crackers, and chocolate, and you’ve given the gift that keeps on giving—a beautiful tool that helps you make delicious s’mores without getting too close to the flames! A great gift for the camping, BBQing, and/or s’mores-loving hostess in your life.
For the long-weekend hostess: Short Robe with Venice Lace HemBeautiful and made in the USA, this robe makes a great gift. It’s practical for use right then and there, yet it will be useful for years to come. Give one to your hostess on a long-weekend getaway, and you’re sure to be invited back again!