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Compassionate Holidays: Hostess Gift Guide

Local gift guide and giveaways throughout December from Vegan Living.

To kick-off this week's gift guide, Vegan Living congratulates:

Carolyn Redmond who commented on last week's Vegan Living gift guide and is the lucky winner of a Luanne's gift certificate! Happy shopping Carolyn! Please send your address to Emily.Cappiello@patch.com to claim your prize.

December tends to fly by with holiday happenings booking up our calendars. Friends, coworkers and family entertain with flair and when you arrive, it's kind to show your gratitude with a thoughtful token of appreciation. While a hostess gift is a lovely way to thank someone for their hospitality, remember that the wine may not be served and do not bring food unless you were asked.

I checked in with the fabulous, and local, interior designer Rose Ott of Rose Ott Interior Design Corporation, for her advice on compassionate gift giving to the hosts with the most this holiday season.

"When I am invited to someone's home, I always bring a good bottle of wine and a small gift as a token of my appreciation. I especially love Pottery Barn's etched mercury glass candle pot (paraffin wax), not only because the beautiful design would compliment any decor, but because of its promise – 50 percent of the purchase price will go directly to St. Jude Children's Hospital, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases," she said.

According to Ott, another hostess gift that is organic and unique is a rosemary topiary in a pot. Not only does this aromatic herb bring a little greenery indoors, it can be also be used for seasoning.

The last suggestion, if time prevails, is giving a box of vegetable-based monogrammed soap with the hostess's initials. Its is a lovely, personal way to say 'thank you' for the invite.

This week's gift give-away: One lucky reader will receive a gift certificate to Feldis Florist for a host(ess) gift of their choice or for their own decor. Simply comment on the article about a few other gifts that give back! Good luck!

Contest rules: You must comment on this article to be eligable to win. One reader's comment will be selected at random from the three patch sites in which Vegan Living is featured (Rockville Centre, Bellmore and Merrick). All comments must be submitted by 9 a.m. on Saturday. One comment will be counted per user. Winner announced in the following week's Vegan Living column.

Debbie Peck December 14, 2011 at 04:13 PM
loved learning that Pottery Barn's etched mercury glass candle pot donated 50% to St Judes - great hostess gift and I am going to stock up on a few of those just because. Great give aways with your column - for both the giver and the receiver - nice to check out different places around town. Namaste! :)

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