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Summer Hostess Gifts

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Have you taken a look at the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living? A few of the "Good Things" featured in the issue would make wonderful hostess gifts. And if you're like me, you're always trying to think up new, personal ways to show your host appreciation.

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Create dried-herb mixtures for friends and family from the remains of your herb garden.

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Embellished cork coasters are a personal, practical hostess gift, protecting tables from guests' frosty glasses. I'd pair these with the host's favorite bottle of wine.

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Gardening editor Stephen Orr likes to give friends this portable garden, which contains the ingredients for tisane, or herbal tea.

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