Ann Miller on The Salonniere

My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

If you’re heading to a Fourth of July party next week, you’ll want to arrive armed with a gift that’s sure to delight your host. France set the bar high when they gave us the Statue of Liberty to mark our freedom, but there’s no reason to cry into your Bald Eagle Martini. Here are ten all-American hostess gifts that are also worth holding a torch for.

Apple Pie

It’s the most famous apple pie in America and one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” This towering ten-pound apple pie from Missouri’s Blue Owl Bakery is an all-American showstopper that will delight your host to the core.


For your giggle-water-loving host, skip the wine and bring a bottle of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, which was just named the best American whiskey.

Country Music

Johnny Cash may be the bad boy of country music, but he’s also the best-selling country music singer of all time. Walk the line over to this Johnny Cash autographed poster, which is sure to hit the right notes with your music-loving host.


There’s no sport as all-American as baseball and no gift that an American sports fan will treasure more than an authentic Major League baseball signed by one of the all-time greats.

John Wayne

Academy-Award-winning actor John Wayne was known for his distinctive drawl, trademark walk, and all-American attitude. If your host is a movie buff, pony up for this complete collection of The Duke’s greatest and grittiest films.


Whether or not your host is a cola drinker, he or she will love browsing through this kitschy, all-American cookbook filled with patriotic recipes featuring the real thing.

 The Old West

Your fashion-conscious hostess will love this chic take on a traditional cowboy hat. Created by couture milliner Maison Michel, it’s trimmed with a printed cotton bandana, which is a key trend for fall.


A buttermilk fried chicken donut? GBD, which stands for Golden Brown Delicious, has taken the all-American art of doughnut making to an entirely new and savory level. Order a batch for your foodie host here.


Arthur Bryant, Kansas City’s legendary King of Ribs, is one of the most famous barbecuers in history. His vinegar-based sauce, a closely-held secret recipe, is legendary, and fans include former presidents Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter, as well as Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, and Jack Nicholson.

The Founding Fathers

From serving as our nation’s first Treasury Secretary and founding The New York Post to being the subject of a Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton is the trendiest of our Founding Fathers. Whether your host has seen “Hamilton” or not, he or she will love owning this spirited soundtrack.

Happy birthday, America, and here’s to a safe and spirited holiday!

Fourth of July Hostess Gifts Welcome Mash-Up

Welcome photo: Ann Miller
Welcome quote: Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942

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