Mamatoga's 12 Days of {Local} Gift Guides: Hostess Edition

hostess2hostesshostess4hostess6hostess8hostess9I just adore giving hostess gifts, and we have a bunch of cute options right here in town. First up, this Winter Cocktails book is perfect. Perhaps you will get invited again to try some of the recipes out? And Mason Jar shot glasses? OMG! Both available at Northshire Bookstore.

Wine is divine, but this locally made Applejack is the coolest spirit to give this holiday season. Made from 100% home-grown apples, Harvest Spirits carefully distills their fermented hard cider twice in small batches, resulting in a sweet distinctive spirit, both smooth and warming. More like a bourbon whiskey than a brandy, Cornelius Applejack is a fantastic (gluten free!) alternative rye and bourbon. Available at Crush and Cask Wine and Spirits in Saratoga Springs.

We all have that nemesis on Words with Friends, that smart one we just cannot seem to beat. If you have a Scrabble loving word nerd in your life, show them you L-O-V-E (seven points) them with this super cute tea towel, available at Northshire Bookstore.

Saratogians love living here, and these gorgeous napkins are such a chic way to show your hometown pride. A classic, understated design means these will be a staple in your lucky recipient's home for years to come. Available at Next Summer.

Mast Brothers chocolate is delicious both inside and outside with their incredibly cool packaging (most of which I would happily put on my house as wallpaper as well). You can choose from a number of different designs (and flavors) at Healthy Living Market and Cafe.

How cute are these racing themed ornaments? There are a ton of cute ones to choose from at Impressions of Saratoga. Also available at Impressions, no Saratoga holiday is complete without this Victorian tradition, the Peppermint Pig. If you don't already do this at your holiday table you MUST start, and it is such a classic Saratoga Springs gift. Maybe your hostess will open yours up and you can take a crack at the pig yourself?

If you are asking what a Buche de Noel cake is, to put it simply, it is an absolutely over the top decadent dessert usually served in France around the holidays that includes multiple frostings, buttercream, and all kinds of sweetness. Get one that will feed a small crowd at Park Side Eatery (be sure to order at least 72 hours in advance).

I loved these little fox tumblers from Silverwood Home and Gallery the minute I set eyes on them. Playful and sophisticated at the same time these would make a tastefully unique hostess gift.

Need more Buy Local Gift Ideas? Click here for Mamatoga's 12 Days of {Local} Gift Guides for oodles of ideas, all local, all the time. xoxo

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