If your goal is to surprise that friend or family member who loves to entertain and always thinks of everything, you’re in luck. This collection of party-perfect paraphernalia offers an unexpected spin on the traditional hostess gift.
Those who believe that candles are passé as gifts have not discovered the collection of historical busts from French-based atelier Trudon, featuring figures such as Marie Antoinette and Alexandre Brongniart ($125). Available at Flora and Henri, Pioneer Square, 401 First Ave. S; 206.749.9698.
Help your hosts turn up the heat at their next gathering with homegrown hot sauce ($4.50/ 3-ounce bottle) from Ballard-based Bonache.
Go full hygge with these Icelandic moss balls known as kúluskítur ($4 each), which are easy to maintain and ideal as a desk-top pop of greenery. Available at the Nordic Museum, Ballard, 2655 NW Market St.; 206.789.5707.
This practical, fashionable accessory made by O-Venture ($55) is equal parts bangle and keychain. Available at Hitchcock Madrona, 1422 34th Ave.; 206.838.7173.
Andrea Terrenzio’s handmade chocolates ($14/box of 12) are sweet on their own; the fact that she donates at least 5 percent of sales to feed people in need is giving us a sugar rush. Available at Sugarpill, Capitol Hill, 900 E Pine St.; 206.322.7455; and at dolcetta-sweets.com.
This metallic card case ($6.99) from New York–based Poppin is both functional and stylish; perfect for someone who mixes business with pleasure. Available at Frye Art Museum gift shop, First Hill, 704 Terry Ave.; 206.622.9250.
Complete any charcuterie board with Japanese-inspired jam from Ayako & Family ($42/set of three) in signature hexagonal jars. The hybrid and heritage plum preserves are from fruit grown at Mair Farm-Taki in Wapato.