Enhance your favorite hostess’s tresses with these hand-made art glass hair barrettes, large enough for a pony tail, $23 each.

Lindsay Art Glass, 109 East F Street, lindsayartglass.com, 748.1336

Customize a perfect message with these hand-painted letter tile magnets. They come in two sizes and multiple colors, upper and lower case. Large tiles $5.50 each, small tiles $4.50 each. Studio 41, 700 First Street, studio41.com, 745.0254

The quintessential holiday hostess gift, prewrapped and ready to go. See’s Candy, $16.50, one pound box.

Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street, beniciamainstreet.org, 745.9791


Glass Fusion bottle-stoppers lend a festive element to any gathering. Buy finished or make your own. Finished pieces, $20.

Artcentric, 733 First Street, artcentricbenicia.com, 745.9553


This luxurious glass soap dish holds a bar of honey-almond shea butter soap. Soap, $9.50, Dish, $8.50.

Steve’s Hallmark, 844 Southampton road, steveshallmark.com, 745.5421


Gourmet salt and a hand-carved wooden salt bowl with spoon will impress any guest at the hostess’s table. Gardener’s salt, The French Farm, $24, and wooden bowl with spoon, $10.

Studio 41, 700 First Street, studio41.com, 745.0254


A few of these small hardbound titles scattered on a nightstand to read or re-read favorite passages will be appreciated by the hostess and her guests. Collector’s Library Miniature Classics, $7.95 each.

Bookshop Benicia, 856 Southampton Road, bookshopbenicia.com, 747.5155


This versatile pitcher is large enough to hold kitchen utensils, mix up a batter and pour, or just look pretty on the counter. Large red pitcher, Stonewall, $19.95.

Benicia Bay Company, 714 First Street, beniciabay.com, 745.8232