Candles are great. They smell nice, look pretty and tickle our inner fire-bug by letting us play with the hot stuff indoors. They’ve also become the go-to gift for anyone celebrating anything at all—weddings, babies, birthdays, a new haircut or winning $3 on a scratchie.
So when your next dinner party rolls around, don’t succumb to your inner couch potato and get your host a candle. Get one of these 5 awesome hostess pressies that aren’t candles! Your friend will love you for it.
THE BEST GARLIC CRUSHER IN THE WORLD
While delicious and a necessary addition to just about everything we cook these days, garlic is a nuisance to work with. It’s sticky, smelly and melds to traditional garlic crushers like glue, leaving you no choice but to scrape the excess off with your fingernails, leaving your hands smelly for days. The worst! Enter the Garject Lite Garlic Press ($24.95). This bad boy crushes multiple UNPEELED cloves at once, scrapes the hard to get bits into your pan and the bits not fit for consumption can easily be ejected straight into the bin. There’s also a more fancy pants chrome version available for $44.95.
STICKY 9 PHOTO MAGNETS
Put all those Instagram selfies of you and your host to good use with some awesome photo magnets from Sticky 9. Starting at $18.99 for nine magnets, these would make the perfect gift for a sentimental soul who has a lot of spare room on their fridge. Sticky 9 even let you upload pics from Facebook or your computer, it’s easy peasy!
HAPPY PILLS FOR THE BUDDING GARDENER
The gift that just keeps giving, these Seed Pills ($39.95) are probably the cutest way there is to grow herbs. Each pack comes with 48 colour-coded pills ready to burst into life with organic sweet basil, coriander slowbolt and organic parsley, along with instructions on how to keep them alive after planting. Just be sure to tell your buddy that these are not to be taken in pill form!
FANCY PANTS SALT FOR A FANCY PANTS FRIEND
Just think how cool you’ll look in front of all your friends when your host with the most unwraps this fancy pants chunk of Himalayan salt with a Japanese laser cut stainless steel grater. Sitting at the pricier end of the spectrum this bad boy will set you back $59, but will be totally worth it when the time comes for your friend to get you a gift.
TAKE CARE OF TOMORROW’S BREAKFAST
The last thing your host will want to do after cooking, cleaning and entertaining is worry about what to have for breakfast the next day. Now’s your chance to be super thoughtful and take care of that for them with this lovely Full of Grace Honey bundle from Bindle. For a neat fee of $45 the kit includes scrummy date granola, iron bark honey, a wooden honey dipper and a gift card in case your friend wants to go back for more.
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