'Tis the season

... to wow your houseguests. (Warning: They may never Leave!).






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Publication: Sunset
Author: Chamberlain, Jess
Date published: December 1, 2011

GLASS WATER BOTTLE AND DRINKING CUPS

These transparent beauties whisper your eco-friendly values. $30 and ^y each; pigeontoeceramics.com

BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES

Because someone's bound to ask, "Do you happen to have a spare ... ?" (73/set of 4; branchhome.com

KEY CHAIN

This silicone cast - the original belonged to an old Italian church - is too cool, and large, to lose. Available in assorted colors; $19; veioeityart onddesign.com

WELCOME NOTE

Add that personal touch with a "So glad you're here!" $3/pack 0/25 notecards, $3/pack of 10 envelopes; paper-source.com

IPHONE ALARMCLOCK DOCK

Download Larva Labs' Flip Clock app (39 cents) to turn the dock - made of sustainably harvested young beech - into a clock. $40; velocityartand design.com

SEERSUCKER ROBE

Make the room spa-like - and morning-coffee modesty more likely - with organic cotton cover-ups. $60; coyuchi.com

ORGANIC KAPOK PILLOW

Ensure peaceful dreams with down-alternative hypoallergenic pillows. from $58; gaiam.com

And don't forget

Fresh bedside flowers They're an all-natural air freshener. Some of our winter-garden favorites: jasmine, Camellia sasanqua, and blossoming branches of citrus or wintersweet.

A local map Promote exploration outside the house - but first, mark your address with an X and the landline number. Major U.S. cities /rom $6.35; streetwise maps.com

A cheat sheet List your favorite sights, restaurants, and shops in a ruled notebook, and encourage guests to add their own finds. Cahier pocket notebooks, $8.9s/set 0/3; moleskineus.com

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