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Holiday guide: Gifts for the hostess

Showing up with any of these will get you first in line for dessert.

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1. No fireplace? Help her bring some nature in with these all-natural Maple Stick candles, cast from fallen branches. $30, www.shopterrain.com

2. Michiko Shimada's ceramic strawberry salt and pepper shakers will give the baby -- and dog -- some tough competition. $38, www.stillhousenyc.com

3. Zara Home's chic teaspoons look way fancier than their $8 price tag. www.zarahome.com

4. Her pigs-in-a-blanket just got classier. Hen House Linens cocktail napkins, $24 for a set of six, www.henhouselinens.com

5. Whether they're places you've been or dream destinations, these graphic coasters will get the conversation flowing. Jonathan Adler coasters, $48, www.jonathanadler.com

6. Help her stir up some summery cocktails without the processed sugar. And this pretty bottle will add a feminine touch to the bar. Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur, $25, www.heavenhill.com

7. Cheeky name, pretty label and big taste -- all reasons to bring a bottle of Thorny Rose. Plus, she'll appreciate the hostess-friendly screw cap. $11, wine stores nationwide

8. You weren't trying to be the star of the soiree -- you just happened to show up with these.

Take your crown as the most fun party guest. Tops Malibu Sparklettes, $14, www.topsmalibu.com

9. Blame Caldrea's new, gorgeous, refillable glass bottles for the hold-up in the bathroom. $18, www.caldrea.com

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