gifts for the hostess

With Thanksgiving less than a week away and holiday parties right around the corner, I find that I need gifts for the hostess sooner than I need the rest of my gifts. Whether you have a friendsgiving celebration, attend a wonderful holiday party, or visit friends throughout the holiday season, I hope these gifts spur ideas for the hostesses in your life.

One | Fun tea towel – I always love giving and receiving fun tea towels. Each time I pull out a new one, I think about the friend or family member who gave it to me and the good memory we had when they visited. There are so many fun ones out there around the holidays. I love to wrap a bag of homemade shortbread in a cute tea towel and finish it off with a bow.

Two | Marble serving board – A cheese board or serving board is classic and always useful. I find that it is easy to find a pretty or unique but still affordable serving board, and with all of the holiday parties and meals your welcoming friend hosts, a board to serve more appetizers is always useful.

Three | Pretty coasters – Some of my favorite gifts are those that I don’t think of getting for myself. Coasters are one of those things. There are so many fun and beautiful coasters out there, and it can be fun to find some in your hostess’s style.

Four | Stacking tea set – I think this stacking tea set is adorable. I come from a tea-loving family and have a group of friends that bonds over a good cup of tea, and I think this would be perfect for my fellow tea aficionados.

Five | Bright taper candles – This is another one of those small, but fun items that I don’t often think about but is such a fun small gift. Pair these bright colored tapers with a classic candlestick like this blown glass one, this brass one, or this curvy one.

Six | Unique ice cream scoop – This is one of my favorite items on the list. I love the adorable handle on this unique ice cream scoop and would pull out the frozen dessert as much as possible just to be able to use it and show it off. Your host or hostess will probably feel the same way :)

Seven | Cocktail napkins (monogrammed or cheeky) – I love love love cocktail napkins. I think they make a cocktail hour so sophisticated. There are so many great options to choose from, and it is fun to find a set that match your host or hostesses personality. The monogrammed ones with a grosgrain ribbon are classy, but the monogram and color you choose can totally change the style, while these cheeky “Buzzed” bumble bee or “Hair of the Dog” napkins are cute for your friend who doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Eight | Antler place card holder – I think these antler place card holders would be a great hostess gift, not only because they are great to have around the table for their next gathering, but also for them to use on the cheese board to denote the types of cheese and accoutrements.

Nine | Winter scented candle – This Thymes Frasier Fir is one of my new favorite candles. I found it on a whim at a small shop on a trip this summer and was excited to learn that I could find it again. It smells just like a Christmas tree and one candle can fill the room.

Ten | Decadent hot chocolate set – Everyone can get behind a set of delicious hot chocolate mix, especially one this rich and decadent. These Williams-Sonoma hot chocolates are made from Guittard chocolate shavings that melt into warm milk and the vanilla marshmallows are perfectly cut into adorable snowflake shapes.

Eleven | The Southerner’s Handbook – No matter where you live, this compilation of stories and guides to living the modern day good life in the South is great for the hosts and hostesses in your life. Complete with instructions for the perfect biscuit, the secret to throwing a great party, explanations of why Southern food matters, and more, this coffee table book is well done for anyone below or above the Mason-Dixon line.

Twelve | Lovely cheese knives – Your host or hostess likely has some sort of appetizer or cheese board at their gatherings. Unique and pretty cheese knives are great gifts on their own or with a serving board.

Thirteen | Elderflower cocktail syrup – If your hostess is the type to offer the best bar cart sampler around, add a fun cocktail syrup, bitters, or tonic as your gift to keep the cart well stocked throughout the holiday party season.

Fourteen | Tea (or coffee) sampler – As I mentioned, I come from a tea drinking family (my parents and I both have tea drawers in our kitchens). A sampler of tea (or coffee, if your host/hostess more into that) is a nice treat and gives the hosting friend or family a way to relax after you are gone.

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