Giveaway :: Twine

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


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One of our house goals this past year is to never show up anywhere empty handed. Even if it is just a small token, my husband and I both agree that it just feels so darn good to give our friends little gifts when we head over to visit. This habit has translated into a much more mindful choosing of gifts when it comes time to visit someone. To this end, one can never have too many resources, don’t you think? I’m so excited to feature today’s contributor because I think you’ll find, as I have, that this is a one stop shop.

Stacy Wong curates some of the finest, most unique treasures out there for your shopping pleasure in her shop, Twine. Here you can find authentic goodies that will last through time and trend. From gorgeous Day by Day dishcloths from Sweden to a fully functioning Japanese coffee mill, you will find the perfect something for everyone in your life. But let’s be honest, we like to shop for ourselves don’t we? I’m eyeing this fantastic Butter Keeper and some Hand Carved Utensils. Surely the no empty hands rule applies to our own homes as well, yes? Shop Twine, friends. You can thank me later.

Twine is giving away one exclusive gift box full of goodies to one lucky reader! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, October 15th. *Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Twine and tell us: What is the best hostess gift you have ever given (or received)?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 21st to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Jasanna says:

    My aunt is super great at bringing me fresh fruits and veggies from her garden. That’s one of the best gifts I’ve received!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    a plant (herbs) is always a nice gift. i like to give mint or rosemary in a pretty little pot.

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    Aleta says:

    I love whenever someone brings me flowers. There’s nothing better than fresh flowers in my house!

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    Heidi says:

    I always love flowers 🙂

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I like to bring homemade orange surface cleaner in a spray bottle as a house warming gift.

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    sam says:

    To christen my new deck my friend gave me two hand-painted wine glasses and a bottle of wine, These are “our” two glasses and what we drink out of when ever she visits!

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    Susan F says:

    We were invited to my sisters for dinner and I said I would bring an appetizer so I brought a wonderful selection of cheeses, salamis and fruit on a beautiful cheeseboard with cheese knives which was theirs to keep – added touch an adorable apron

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    Anne H says:

    The best man at our wedding has the same offbeat sense of humour as my husband. He gave us the best hostess gift, it was an incredibly ugly garden ornament and just as we opened it he said ” I was completely in charge of getting this gift, I bet that will never happen again ” We took it out ,his wife gasped, and we laughed ’til we cried. We have passed it back and forth many times over the years 🙂

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    Amy says:

    Best hostess gift I have received is a homemade vanilla extract! My goal is to make my own for holiday gifts this year.

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    Melissa says:

    My one friend is a great baker, and when she came to visit a few months ago, she brought some amazing cookies that she had made. Holy moly, those things were devoured almost instantly!

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    HNR says:

    The most recent excellent hostess gift we gave were jars of artisanal (mocha) peanut butter and raspberry preserves to make decadent PBJ sandwiches. They type of thing you might not splurge on yourself, but would love to receive as a gift!

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    Nikki says:

    While wine and flowers always work, I love to give hostess gifts that are totally personal–bath soap shaped like rocks, apples or walnuts from my yard.  I think the funniest was a bottle of Jet-Dry to a friend that was complaining that her glasses were starting to get “cloudy”, and I was extremely happy to give banana flavoring to an aunt who mentioned she has been looking for it (4+ years later) and she was THRILLED!  The best was taking a huge crystal from a chandelier in the house we were renovating at the time to my great-aunt (I actually got stopped in airport security, so the story of taking it to her is even better than the story of the renovation).  

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    Elizabeth says:

    The best hostess gift I ever gave was personal books.  For my maid of honor and bridesmaids, I hand-made paper (with pressed flowers from our college campus…shhhhh…I don’t think I was supposed to pick them). Then I used a typewriter to write “the story of our friendship”.  I included fun pictures and things we said and did.  Te he.  This was a beautiful gift to me because I got to make them!  And it seemed like a wonderful chance to reflect on my life before I got married.  I got to thank my friends specifically for what I had learned from them, to put into writing some of our special times before we forget them.  (It’s ten years later and I KNOW we would have forgotten some things.)  Plus the pictures are so dear.  We’ve pulled them out many times (mainly with my maid-of-honor) and we are transported.  Back to a time before we were married.  Back to before we had the jobs we do now and (for me) before I was a mom.  They have helped me stay connected to myself and my friends.  

    Oh man.  Writing this has inspired me to start making these kinds of books for my kids.  Yes!  I’m going to totally do it.   My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year and I’ll make a “When You went to School” story to start with.  HOORAY!!!  

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    Tiffany says:

    We enjoy sharing our favorite freezer jam from the local market. This stuff is seriously good! I like to jazz up the jar by putting a bit of fabric and ribbon over the lid and present it with a card.

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    Eliza says:

    I used to always bring candles or flowers, but lately…I’ve been bringing…little creatures!  My daughter and I use felted wool and to make little birds or little dogs or little frogs or little whatevers (my daughter always votes for unicorns).  I started doing this after visiting my aunt and uncle and noticing that they had little plastic creatures all over their house.  I loved it!  So we make little woolen critters who can stay behind after we go.  My favorite was a little giraffe.  Te he.   They are soft and inviting and we love to bring something we’ve made.  🙂

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    Madeline says:

    Booze is always a good answer- right? My go to gift is a bottle of wine.

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    Susie H. says:

    Anything local and/or artisan/handmade is always my favorite to both give and receive. Ages ago, my pen-pal had remembered our town’s famous kringle from her visit, so a few years later when my sister and I visited her, we carted two rings of fresh kringle on the 7-hour flight. l still can’t believe they both actually made it intact (ie us not nibbling on them!).

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    megan says:

    Wine would be the gift I give most often but I also like to buy little local things at the farmer’s market like local honey, handmade pasta, jams, and sauces. 

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    Stephanie says:

    Candy! You can never have too many boxes of sour patch kids. As far as the best gift I’ve given, chia seed care kit 🙂

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    Marilyn says:

    I like practical gifts which can be used. But sometimes different is fun. My favorite gift was a wine puzzle that you had to complete in order to get to the bottle. Unfortunately you had to put it together, too! It was very fun. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I baked cakes that the hostess may have previously liked.  That way they can enjoy it at their leisure.

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    Trisha says:

    The best I’ve ever given is a jar of my homemade cranberry liquor. It’s always a big hit. The best I’ve received is fresh flowers. I rarely buy them for myself, but I love having them in the house. 

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    Sparrow says:

    I come from a culture that doesn’t really do hostess gifts, so when a friend brought over a gourmet bottle of pomegranate balsamic vinegar and Tuscan herb olive oil, it was like a revelation! This man is truly the most gracious I’ve ever met. Thereafter, he never came to the house without bringing something lovely to brighten our days: a basket of fresh, local peaches, a homemade blueberry pie (if you can sense a pattern, there is: food is the way to my heart!), and homemade bread. He passed this last Friday after a short and painful battle with cancer and now every time I drizzle the balsamic or olive oil he gave us, it’s a little gift of remembrance. Now when my husband and I are invited over, we try to give something of ourselves, something homemade and lovely, something to brighten, something to share a remembrance of friendship and love.

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    Jennifer says:

    When we had a housewarming party, someone gave us a bag of tulip bulbs. Such a perfect gift for people just starting to put down roots!

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    Lacey says:

    It always makes me smile to make the bed after a final night’s stay with a friend, and leave a small stack of handmade thank you cards tied in twine – right there on the pillow.  It’s like leaving one last little whisper of gratitude.

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    cindy says:

    The best hostess gift I have ever received was a whole watermelon and a watermelon scented candle. It was a warm summer evening and we ate almost the whole watermelon for dessert and then I had the watermelon candle to remind me of the evening long after it was gone.

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    Kate B says:

    My husband cultivated a beautiful garden this year, along with a “seed patch” in which we literally just dumped the contents of 10 or so expired seed packets onto the ground and lightly raked them, pleased to take whatever the earth saw fit to grow. It resulted in a LOT of delightful lettuce, which my husband then thinned out and transplanted to small pots for us to bring to our friends when we visited them in the next month or so. (We had already planted several lettuce starters ourselves, so we knew we’d have an abundance to share!) We also dug up a volunteer tomato and transplanted it to a pot for my sister, whose daughter loved watering it! It’s not quite as lovely as bringing fresh veggies from our garden, but we enjoyed giving our friends (many of whom didn’t have their own gardens) the opportunity to grow their own!

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    Lu says:

    Best hostess given would be my moms canned tomato sauce. Not only because it was my moms and it is delicious (and the best ) but because it was made by my mom with passion and unselfish love. You cant buy that anywhere.

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    rachel says:

    I like to give a cookie jar full of fun household stuff — soap, towels, etc.

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    heather says:

    Maybe it’s not a hostess gift per se, but whenever my sister & her boyfriend come to visit, they make us dinner one night and are sure to make extras to leave in our freezer. It’s such a nice gesture, and you can be sure that they’re welcome to visit any time!

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    Heather N. says:

    I love making fresh granola with all kinds of yummy stuff in it, and then putting it in a mason jar with a piece of twine around it for friends and family…cute and delicious!