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If you’re heading to a Fourth of July party, 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 10 all-American hostess gifts that are also worth holding a torch for.
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.
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.
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 John Wayne DVD collection featuring The Duke’s greatest and grittiest films.
Whether or not your host is a cola drinker, he or she will love browsing through the Coca Cola cookbook, a kitschy, all-American tome with patriotic recipes featuring the real thing.
The Old West
Your host or hostess will love an authentic Stetson cowboy hat. Founder John B. Stetson’s friendly gesture towards a wayward traveler on the new frontier gave birth to what is now known, the world over, as the “cowboy hat.”
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. Heading to a foodie’s party? Bring your host a batch of GBD Chicken Doughnuts.
Arthur Bryant, Kansas City’s legendary King of Ribs, is one of the most famous barbecuers in history. His vinegar-based Arthur Bryant’s Original Barbecue Sauce 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 the 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 the Hamilton soundtrack.
Happy birthday, America, and here’s to a safe and spirited holiday!
Fourth of July Hostess Gifts
Welcome Photo and Quote Mashup
Welcome photo: Ann Miller
Welcome quote: Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942