Holiday Gift Guide: FOR THE HOST

Every year, we put together lists of our favorite gift items for the season- and this year, we are SO excited with what we’ve found!

One of the first people you may find on your list are hostess gifts for those holiday parties that will surely begin before you know it.  We even like to keep a few in our closet, just in case you find yourself at a party last minute.  One thing you definitely don’t want to do is show up empty handed, and what host wouldn’t LOVE any of these gifts?!

 

These disco ball drink cups might just be my favorite item on the list.  What a fun, festive way to treat your guests- with their favorite holiday cocktail hidden inside!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Marble is classic, neutral, and sure to coordinate with any decor your host has.  Add a unique touch with an initial!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

 

You’ve probably caught on by now how much we love Anthropologie’s funky finds, and this serving set is no exception.  We love how unique the handles are!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Kouboo has come out with tons of beautiful new items, and these hand-woven rattan place mats are so gorgeous, we couldn’t decide which color we liked best!  Which one is your favorite?

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite gifts to ever receive was a box full of my friends’ and family’s favorite recipes.  Whether you fill it with your own recipes, or leave the cards open for your host to fill, this is sure to be a huge hit for the host who loves to cook, or a great gift for a new couple!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RawSpiceBar was generous enough to send us a pack of spices to test out, and when they arrived we were delighted to see that they were Oktoberfest themed- how fun (not to mention, absolutely delicious)!  This is such a fun, special way to gift your host with monthly spices and new recipes for them to try.  Pair your RawSpiceBar subscription with cute little spice jars like the ones below- it’s the gift that will keep on giving!

RawSpiceBar

RawSpiceBar

 

 

World Market

World Market

 

We’ve all been to parties where maybe we don’t know the host all that well, but would still like to bring something nice, other than your typical bottle of wine or flowers.  This sweet little porcelain tray from Jonathan Adler is the perfect gift, without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

When all else fails, you can NEVER go wrong with festive cocktail napkins!  These ones can even be reused after the holidays…score!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

What was your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)?  We’d love to hear some more unique ideas!

Holiday Gifts For the Host (Without Breaking the Bank!)

Last year our “Holiday Gifts for the Host” was such a big hit we decided to update it for 2015.  I asked some of my favorite party goers what are some of the favorite gifts they have received, as well as some of my own… so, here’s what we came up with!

 

This is one of Jillian’s picks- she loves mercury glass, and just loves the sparkle of these baubles.  They’re perfect for a bottle of wine or her husband, Christian’s favorite scotch!

World Market

Mercury Glass Bottle Stoppers- World Market

 

 

Last year, Justin and Lydia gave me this set as a gift and I just love it.  The acacia wood is beautiful and I love the hammered cheese servers!

Acacia Wedge Server- Crate & Barrel

Acacia Wedge Server- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Is your hostess a great cook?  Does he/she always seem to have goodies that she sends to her friends and family?  A personalized embosser will make their delectable gifts look like they came from a pro!

Personal Embosser- Williams Sonoma

Personal Embosser- Williams Sonoma

 

 

I recently went to a cooking class with Claudine Pepin (daughter of the legendary Jacques Pepin) and she gave me a great tip – I love to have fresh herbs on hand, but they never seem to last in the refrigerator.  She suggested getting some pretty small vases, add water and your herbs, and they will stay fresh for weeks.  And of course, the added benefit is always having something fresh and pretty on the table.  These vases would be perfect for an assortment of different herbs!!

Jayson Home

Ceramic 12-Bud Vase- Jayson Home

 

 

No matter how many wine glasses I have, I can always use more.  These are so festive, and the stemless may mean they won’t fall over and break as quickly!

Flurry Etched Snowflake Stemless Wine Glass- Crate & Barrel

Flurry Etched Snowflake Stemless Wine Glass- Crate & Barrel

 

 

Okay, so this guy is just adorable, and you can never go wrong with a cute ornament!

Corrugate Polar Bear Ornament- Pottery Barn

Corrugate Polar Bear Ornament- Pottery Barn

 

 

I have a little teapot collection and one of my favorites is a cast iron one that Jillian gave me years ago!

Blue Geometric Cast Iron Teapot- World Market

Blue Geometric Cast Iron Teapot- World Market

 

 

Have you gotten a host gift that really stood out?  What will you be bringing this year for your holiday party host?

Gifts for Your Thanksgiving Hostess

For those of us lucky enough to be going to their family/friends’ home for Thanksgiving, it’s nice to have a little something to bring for your hostess that’s not your usual bottle of wine (although that’s always welcome!).  Think small and easy.  Fresh flowers are beautiful, but unless they are in a container ready for display, they require the hostess to stop and find a vase, cut the stems, and arrange… just one more thing to do on a busy day.  Here are some small, easy-to-wrap gifts.  Or perhaps you can incorporate the napkins, wine dish, or knives into a dish you’re bringing!

Whatever you bring for your hostess, remember that it’s the thought that counts!  So bring a smile and a helpful hand (maybe with a little something special in it)!

 

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

Cotton and Birch Co via Etsy

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

Midnight Owl Candle Co via Etsy

 

 

Rehabulous via Etsy

Rehabulous via Etsy

 

 

Uncommon Goods

UncommonGoods

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

 

Big Dipper Wax Works

Big Dipper Wax Works

 

 

What gift would be your favorite hostess gift to receive?

Holiday Gift Guide, Day 1: For the Host (All Under $25!)

Today is day 1 of our 7-Day Holiday Gift Guide, and it’s dedicated to the “Host”.  This one is so much fun to write because I have received so many hostess gifts over the years – some useful, some fun, and some really unique.  Here are a few (all under $25) that any host would love to receive.

 

Yes, we all have a cheese board, but I love this one because it’s slate and can be used as a “board” to let your guests know what’s being served.  I’ve also used it to put breads or cookies or anything containing nuts, to alert any of my guests that may have a food allergy!

Park Slope Slate Cheeseboard & Chalk, Dot & Bo

Park Slope Slate Cheeseboard & Chalk, Dot & Bo- $16.99

 

Just saw this and couldn’t resist.  Red or white?  Bring one of each!

Elf Pants Wine Bag, Pottery Barn

Elf Pants Wine Bag, Pottery Barn- $15

 

Hands down, this is the best grater EVER!  I use it for everything.  Add some Himalayan Salt cubes, some cinnamon sticks, or nutmeg pods, and I guarantee your host will love it!

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater, Available on Amazon

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater, Available on Amazon- $12.60

 

Last week, I was in San Diego visiting my daughter Jillian, and we stopped in this little store that sold the yummiest scented sugars.  They had everything from spices, to citrus, to herbal!  I wanted one of everything.  This is a great DIY project- just put it in a pretty jar and and you have a true one-of-a-kind gift.

Scented Sugars, PS by Dila- DIY

Scented Sugars, PS by Dila- DIY

 

I love a unique take on a boring kitchen item, and this is both practical and cute.  I love the corks!!  Makes filling them a snap!

Holiday Village Salt & Pepper Shakers, Anthropologie

Holiday Village Salt & Pepper Shakers, Anthropologie- $14.00

 

As you know, I’m Italian!  There is not a piece of bread that goes on my table where there isn’t some garlic and olive oil.  I love this garlic grater plate- no extra mess… just peel your garlic, grate, and serve all in the same place.  If you want to really impress your host, add some slivers of garlic, peppercorns, basil, whole allspice, and fennel seed to that bottle of olive oil!  Yum!!

Garlic Grater and Oil Dipping Dish by Donna and Randall Rollins, Uncommon Goods- $15.00

Garlic Grater and Oil Dipping Dish by Donna and Randall Rollins, Uncommon Goods- $15.00

 

Yes, we all love to give and get candles, but let’s face it, they’re all pretty much the same.  These remind me a little of a Russian Matryoshka nesting doll. They are as pretty to look at unlit as they are when they are burning.

Animal Doll Candles, West Elm

Animal Doll Candles, West Elm- $16-22

 

This cocktail shaker is screaming “pick me up”, and isn’t that what you’re supposed to do with a cocktail shaker??

Telescope Cocktail Shaker, Pottery Barn- $22.99

Telescope Cocktail Shaker, Pottery Barn- $22.99

 

I was introduced to the Corkcicle by Christian, my soon to be son-in-law.  It’s such a great idea and it really works!

Corkcicle Air, RedEnvelope $17.99

Corkcicle Air, RedEnvelope $17.99

 

How great is this!?  Chill your drink without watering it down!  Perfect for the scotch lover on your list, too!

Whiskey Wedge, Corckcicle- $16.95

Whiskey Wedge, Corckcicle- $16.95

 

 

Check out tomorrow’s blog for Holiday Gift Guide, Day 2: Gifts for the Gardener!

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