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Ask An OC Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

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When it comes to being invited over as a guest to a dinner or party, it's known to be great manners to bring some sort of gift. From wine to candles or flowers, it's all in the details. We took a deeper look at some great ideas for gifts and found these unique places where you'll be thanked and appreciated for putting in such thought. The following are the best local shops in Orange County.

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Fleur De Lys
369 E. 17th St., Suite 4
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-0810

Fleur De Lys, located in Costa Mesa, keeps a variety of gift-worthy items in stock that are perfect for any small or big event gift. From popular items including cookbooks, personalized cards and a large variety of home goods and decor, gifts run from affordable to moderately priced to expensive, making gift purchasing available to everyone no matter what your budget might be.

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tpt home
3309 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(657) 269-5595

Any house or living space can never run out of additional ideas or new replacements that can add a touch of pizazz to the home. Keeping this in mind, gifts for the home are a great way to provide a practical and resourceful present for a hostess. At tpt home, there are a plethora of practical and resourceful gifts including many of the latest home decor and home goods. The shop also has items that cover just about every area of the home from kitchen to bath to bedroom, and even the backyard. Some of hostess gift ideas to look for at tpt home include handmade lamps, colorful cake dishes and unique wall paintings.

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Dragonfly Shops and Gardens
260 N. Glassell St.
Orange County, CA 92866
(714) 289-4689

The Orange County-based shop is a great starting point in finding an incredibly large number of gifts for a hostess. Inside the shop are a variety of specialty items that include beautiful succulents, miniature and fairy gardens, birdbaths, stepping stones, distinctive statuary and all kinds of creative art for home gardens. If home gifts are not exactly what you're looking for, Dragonfly Shops and Gardens also has other potential gifts like wine accessories, jewelry, boutique clothing, beads, charms, scarves and more.

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Oh, Hello Friend
122 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 104
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 441-9157

For small and simple gifts that carry large meaning, Oh, Hello Friend is the right spot. The Fullerton shop, which offers a large quantity of stationary items, cards and other little trinkets, is the perfect place for you to get a gift for a host like adorable note cards, and more. Find everything here like memo pads which could keep a hostess abreast of what's next on the well as jewelry pieces which would ensure that she looks fab for her next gig. Want more ideas? They offer everything from candles, cards, and letterhead blocks to jewelry, stamps and much more. These hostess gifts and much more can all be found at Oh, Hello Friend and all for the inexpensive price tag of under $20.

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Elegant Hive
401 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-2500

If you're looking to get some pretty flowers and other darling gifts for a hostess, you'll want to stop by Elegant Hive. The Tustin-based floral shop offers a unique arrangement of flowers of your choice including roses, hydrangeas, lilies and everything in between. With professional florists and a friendly staff on location, you can get all of the help you need in finding the right floral arrangement your hostess will love. The shop also offers home decor items as well.

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Barbara Akowuah is a freelance journalist based in Southern California. As a fashion examiner who is privy to style, Barbara loves to write about fashion and how it relates to the Los Angeles scene. Barbara loves to dish out the latest trends, style tips, and inside scoop. Her work can be found on
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