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Five Solid Hostess Gifts (On-the-Go)

With all the gift-giving going on right now, it's easy to let a necessary purchase accidentally slip through the cracks. If you forget to get a host or hostess gift and don't remember until that 'd'oh!' moment on your way to the party, we've got you covered. Below, by area of the city, find where to stop–and what to get–when you're in a gift-giving pinch.


Fillmore/Pac Heights/NoPa

Turkish Towel Set from Erika Tanov for $34 Who couldn't use more kitchen towels, especially when in the midst of entertaining? This turkish pair from Erika Tanov is super-absorbent and comes in two sizes, for tasks both big and small.

Embarcadero/North Beach/Downtown

Cream and Sugar Set from Rose and Radish for $21 and $29 Sold separately, these two ceramic vessels from MUD Australia come together for a thoughtful gift, and are available in a variety of colors to match your host's style. Pair with some coffee beans from Blue Bottle's Ferry Building location just a hop and a skip away, and you're good to go.

Castro/Mission/Hayes Valley

Cocktail Shaker from Rare Device for $38 Get the party started when you show up with this handsome stainless steel cocktail shaker and a bottle of booze. Ups the Draper-quotient of any occasion, which is always a good thing.

Cole Valley/Haight/Sunset

Stem Markers from Urban Mercantile for $11 A classic hostess gift, and yet why does no one ever seems to have them? These simple stem charms are not only chicly discreet, they could save you from another bout of cold this season via unwanted germies.

Laurel Heights/Presidio/Richmond

Delta Carafe from Terrestra for $48 Pair with a bottle of wine and you're golden!