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From The Shop: Sweet, Green, Scented Hostess Gifts

Jenah Barry, Retail Manager of The Shop at Wave Hill, brings to the position the sensibilities of artist and floral designer. 

I love this time of year: getaway weekends and time for relaxing and enjoying the company of friends at graduations, weddings, on Father’s Day. What a month for celebrating! Read on for the first in several posts chock-full of gift suggestions. Let’s start with hostess gifts.

Take along something delicious to share. Inspired by Wave Hill’s own bee hives, The Shop carries wonderful, local, artisanal honey. Red Bee Honey is beautifully packaged in apothecary bottles. Unusual varietals include Alfalfa, Star Thistle and Wild Raspberry. Pair your choice of honeys with a lovely, hand-carved honey spoon and a bottle of Wild Bee Pollen, nature’s own super-immune-booster for a lovely hostess gift.

Potting Shed Creations’ micro-greens and herbs grow kits are perfect for the hostess who loves cooking and gardening. Notice the elegant, contemporary, environmentally conscious packaging.

Herbal pampering products, including guest soaps, candles and guest towels, take their cue from Wave Hill’s Herb Garden, adjacent to The Shop.  Take Library of Flowers bubble baths. Produced by a small-batch American perfumery, they include handcrafted scents from the ‘Nectar & Pollen’ range: Forget Me Not, True Vanilla and Willow & Water. These whimsical, natural and memorable scented bubble baths are packaged in generous, beautiful, glass bottles.  The Shop also offers Rica “Siesta Salts”, small-batch, essential-oil bath salts conjured up in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Equally useful are solar-powered lanterns perfect for alfresco dinners on warmer nights. These luminaries incorporate punched patterns that cast beautiful shadows.

To my mind, the best part about these wonderful gifts is the visit to Wave Hill, now glorious in all its early summer finery, to make your selection.

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