It’s gift guide season, everyone! It seems like with all of the sales and online shopping, more and more people are doing a lot of their Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (or before December) and during Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. I definitely fall into this camp, so I thought I would get started with gift guides while they were still relevant. This guide to gifts for the hostess is good for anyone from the Thanksgiving host, to hosts of holiday parties, to friends you might be visiting throughout the season. It includes a good range of prices – everything is under $40, with most items under $25 or $30 and some ideas for great homemade additions to pair with them.
Roll of cocktail napkins – I mentioned these in the Thanksgiving hosting guide, but in addition to your own hosting, a roll of cocktail napkins makes a great gift for other hosts and hostesses. They come in so many different colors (and this fun tartan pattern!), so there is sure to be a style for everyone on your party list.
Jingle bell bottle opener – How cute is this bottle opener? It is fun and unique on it’s own, or use a ribbon to tie it to a bottle of wine or the top of a gift and you’re set!
Hand lotion – With the dry air this time of year, a special tube of hand lotion is always needed and welcome. I love love love the beautiful scent of this lavender one, but if you have a favorite or one that works really well, it is also fun to share your secrets with friends in the form of a gift. Kiehl’s makes one of my favorites (their emergency hand balm is amazing) and this set of lotions looks dreamy.
Hand towel – A pretty hand towel is a wonderful gift for many people, but especially the regular hostess. This version with a simple piped trim is classic enough to go with most decor and comes in multiple colors.
My favorite fir candle – I have smelled my fair share of winter candles and this one wins every time. It smells just like a Christmas tree and really fills the whole room. I have one that I’m saving to light as we get closer to the season. As much as I would want to keep another, I know it would be a great gift for other people too.
Jingle bell door hanger – This jingle bell door hanger is adorable and a fun hostess gift on it’s own, as addition to a bottle of wine, or as a present topper. And for those friends who have trained their dogs to ring a bell on the door to let them know when they need to go out, this is a great Christmas version!
Personalized cocktail napkins – If you have time, a set of personalized cocktail napkins is a great gift for the constant hostess. The embroidery shows that you thought ahead and they are sure to be put to good use at the home bar. I love the red for the holidays, but if you know their style you can pick from the other colors too.
Peppermint bark – I cannot get enough peppermint bark in my life. It is so delicious, and only around for a little while so I feel like it is appropriate to indulge in it until it is gone for the season. Williams Sonoma has become known for their peppermint bark, and rightfully so, but you can also find a version at Trader Joe’s, or even make your own chocolate peppermint treats to give. This one comes in a tin that can be used for Christmas cookies later in the season and would be an easy treat that pleases everyone.
Fun taper candles – Taper candles come in so many colors and styles, but can be hard to track down. This rope version is a unique twist (see what I did there? ;) ) on the traditional taper and would make for a pretty accent all year round. For a more traditional version, I love this pretty set of blue smokeless ones too.
Good coffee – One of our favorite gifts to bring to friends we are visiting is a bag of local coffee and a local treat. We were lucky to have Counter Culture right nearby in Durham but love their coffee even when we go other places. The great thing about this gift is that, thanks to you, the host or hostess can enjoy a hot cup of great coffee the morning after the party. Pair this with a breakfast baked good and you’re sure to be remembered as a great guest.
Cheese knives – Cheese boards are all the rage for parties, holidays or not, and these simple, but gorgeous cheese knives would be a great addition to any cheese board. This nutcracker version is perfect for the hostess with all the holiday cheer.
Gourmet hot chocolate – Gourmet hot chocolate isn’t something a lot of people think of picking up for themselves, but it makes a great treat from someone else. These tins are pretty enough that they just need a bow to be complete, but you can also mix and match and pair the hot chocolate with the peppermint bark or mugs also shown here for a fun treat set. While I’m a sucker for the red tin that this classic hot chocolate comes in, peppermint hot chocolate and double dark hot chocolate sound almost more delicious. Can’t decide? Grab one of these samplers and let them decide for themselves.
Cocktail syrups – What host doesn’t want more variety on their bar? These syrups make unique drinks and spins on the classic cocktails – perfect for the host who has already everything they could need on their bar. If you know they love a certain drink, grab some fun bitters or an exotic bitters set for them to try on their next round.
Pretty mugs – Similar to the coffee beans, a set of two pretty mugs is a great gift that the host or hostess can use the morning after the party as they are recovering from all the fun. I love gifting a breakfast quick bread (think banana bread, pumpkin bread, etc) or frozen scone dough for them to bake the next morning. Pairing the breakfast baked good with either coffee, hot chocolate, or these mugs would make for a memorable and wonderful post-party morning.