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5 thoughtful gifts for your host

You can do better than hummus and flowers

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1. Final Touch Aerator and Decanter ($31)

Help your hosts keep the wine flowing with this "light, thin, and affordable" decanter, suggests Home-Designing.com. The elegantly curved glass is easy to grip and helps release the flavors and aromas of a "tightly wound" young wine. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Louis Sherry Chocolate Truffles ($35)

You can't go wrong with a gift of gourmet chocolates. Louis Sherry's "old-school" tin, designed by a 19th-century French chocolatier, "makes a cute container after the sweets are gone," says Better Homes & Gardens. Buy them at Louis Sherry.

3. Sweet Basil in a Terra-cotta Pot ($12)

A potted herb is a gift that keeps on giving. The recipient will remember your thoughtfulness every time they water it, and the basil will add flavor to dinners all summer long. Buy it at Amazon.

4. West Elm Glass Lanterns ($24)

Tiki torches be gone: These pretty blue, green, and gold glass-paneled lanterns will bring a colorful glow to your friends' summer garden parties. Each set includes three lanterns of different sizes. Buy one at West Elm.

5. Lillet Blanc ($27)

Forgo the standard ­bottle of red and surprise your hosts with this delicious French aperitif, known for its notes of orange and honey. It's best enjoyed on a warm summer night with lemon peel over ice. Buy it at Wine.com.

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