10 Great Hostess Gifts

Show your hostess some love with one of these out-of-the-box gifts.

Gourmet Sea Salt

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Special Seasoning

Gourmet sea salt—like Beautiful Briny Sea's pink peppercorn variety—can be used to season the night's meal or saved for the fresh catch another day

Buy it: e-mail info@beautifulbrinysea.com to order

Gourmet Sea Salt

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Squeaky Clean

Cabana-stripe hand towels and pretty paper-wrapped soap is always a pleaser. We like Izola's maritime-inspired box of three bars.

Buy it: Maritime Soap Set, $19; izola.com.

Breezy Tunes

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Breezy Tunes

Laidback music is perfect for outdoor celebrations.

Buy it: The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys, $25; amazon.com.

Coffee & Press

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Rise & Shine

A bag of coffee beans and a colorful French press get a coastal touch with seashell-shaped sugar lumps.

Buy it: Bodum French Press, $45; macys.com. Organic Sugar Seashells, $7; gourmetsugarco.com.

Dwarf Citrus Tree

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Ready to Party

A potted lime tree is a fun party-ready surprise when you wrap the pot in burlap or linen, finish with a pretty bow, and add a bottle of tequila or a few Coronas

Buy it: Dwarf Citrus Trees; fourwindsgrowers.com

State Cutting Board

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Cutting Edge

A handmade wooden cutting board fits any coastal kitchen. We like Etsy seller AHeirloom's bamboo boards, which are made in the shape of your hostess's coastal state—with a heart engraved in her favorite city's location.

Buy it: State Cutting Boards, $48; aheirloom.etsy.com.

Smores & Marshmallows

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Have S'more

A grill-mounted s'mores maker from Cuisinart has just the right amount of whimsy. Package it with artisan marshmallows from Butter Baked Goods.

Buy it: Smore to Love S'more Maker, $14; homedepot.com. Butter Baked Goods Peppermint Marshmallows, $9; surlatable.com.

Beachy Tumbler

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Beachy tumblers come in all sorts of coastal designs. Tervis' cups are shatterproof, making them perfect for poolside use

Buy it: Cabanas Tumbler, starting at $11; tervis.com.

Board Games

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Game On

A vintage-style table game is instant interactive fun. Try Front Porch Classics to find versions such as Mexican Train Dominoes or RummyRun packaged in rustic wooden boxes.

Buy it: Mexican Train Dominoes, $33; amazon.com.

Votives & Matches

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Bright Idea

Sea glass-colored votives light up a beach house. Don't forget a pretty box of matches in a seaside motif, like the ones from HomArt.

Buy it: Mercury Owl Holiday Candle, $24; anthropologie.com. HomArt Large Decorative Fancy Fish Matches, $4; amazon.com.

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