5 Holiday Hostess Gifts

Party season has arrived, and we have a beautiful selection of host and hostess gifts to make you the perfect guest. Each item is handmade, under $50, and supports artisans in emerging economies. Take a look at our top 5 picks!

1. Uzbek Dipping Bowls

Ceramic Dipping Bowls

These sweet little hand-painted ceramic dipping bowls can be used as decoration, dipping sauce bowls, or to store little things, like coins and paperclips. They are handmade in Uzbekistan by a family operation that’s been in business since the 18th century. 

2. Walnut Jali Coaster

Walnut Jali Coaster

A great host needs great coasters. These stylish "jali" (lattice) coasters are handcrafted from walnut, a durable, sustainable wood that is native to Afghanistan, and hand-finished with a thin layer of protective oil.

3. Usmani Tea Cozy

Usmani Ikat Tea Cozy

This tea cozy features a cotton-and-silk ikat covering that has been hand-woven using a detailed 70-step process. The landscape-inspired design in vibrant shades of saffron is based on centuries-old patterns and colours. A very thoughtful gift as the weather gets cold!

4. Papier Mache Zig-Zag Bowls

Papier Mache Zig Zag Bowls

For a very memorable gift, give our colourful, decorative Zig-Zag bowls, from Swaziland. Handcrafted entirely out of recycled magazines, these bowls are then brightly painted on the inside and stitched with cotton thread in a zig zag pattern. They are varnished with an eco varnish for durability and are water resistant.

5. Geometric-Patterned Note Cards

Geometric-Patterned Note Cards

These cards are inspired by the dazzling geometric patterns that grace historic mosques and mausoleums across the Islamic world, from Morocco to Malaysia. Miniature painter and illumination artist, Tamim Sahib Zader, ground semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise, to create richly luminous colours for the original design. Far & Wide Collective purchased the design and pays the artist a royalty per packet sold. 

Perfect for writing thank you notes!

Hedvig Christine Alexander
Hedvig Christine Alexander


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