Four Thoughtful Hostess Gifts

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Photo courtesy of Molly Dansby, Ply Fine Paper
Photo courtesy of Molly Dansby, Ply Fine Paper

Take a cue from these four locals next time you need a gift idea.

“I am a huge fan of packaging, so when I give a gift, it has to look lovely as well as be reasonably priced. My go-to gifts are soaps, lotions, spa products or dusting powders from Greenwich Bay Trading Company. They are beautifully packaged, smell amazing and can be purchased in travel sizes. They also are made in North Carolina, which I love!”

-Jeannie Petterson, Uniquitiques of Hillsborough

“This summer, I bought a bunch of inexpensive, white fabric dinner napkins and an indigo dye kit. I dyed a huge batch, got some pretty ribbon from Mulberry Silks and Fine Fabrics in Carrboro and tied up sets of four napkins for hostess gifts. They are a handmade, inexpensive and trendy alternative to a bottle of wine.”
-Molly Dansby, Ply Fine Paper

“When I’m invited to someone’s home, I love to bring a box of locally made Chapel Hill Toffee. It comes in small, medium and large boxes so I can fit the occasion. Everyone thinks it’s awesome, particularly my grandchildren. Also, it’s nicely packaged so the hostess can share it with other guests or keep it to enjoy later.”
-Catherine Palomba, WomanCraft

“My favorite hostess present for my foodie friends who love dinner parties is a Moonspoon pickle fork or knife for spreads. Made in Pennsylvania from lovely cherry wood, they have designs cut into the handles that I can match to my friends’ homes.”
-Ginna Earl, Vespertine

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Jessica Stringer

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