After Monday’s serious post, I thought I’d do something a bit more seasonal and light-hearted.
If you’re like me, the next couple of months are packed with parties and birthdays and showers and gatherings. October-January is always the busiest time of year. I don’t have the opportunity to host often as we live away from our close family and friends, so I’m usually the one bringing the hostess gifts. I try to bring a gift anytime I’m invited into someone’s home – I know how much work goes into preparing for an event!
Here are some of my tried-and-true hostess gift ideas:
Candles: I am a candle-hoarder and want my house to smell good every day. I stock up on these candle sets during the NSale and then use them as gifts throughout the year. They’re quite fragrant: I lit one in our bedroom over the weekend and you could smell it downstairs. If you’re just buying one, I highly suggest the Volcano candles from Anthropologie. They last forever and are absolutely worth the money, plus they’re pretty! I also bought this pack of holiday mini-candles to gift during Christmas last year. They smell like the holidays!
Cheese board: We do a lot of charcuterie – it’s a treat night for us! And is there any better way to fancy up a regular weeknight than with some olives and cheese? Even better to bring if it’s already decked out with snacks. I just bought this marble and wood cheese board – it’s well-made and looks pretty sitting on the counter!
Seasonal Essential Oils: If your friends or family prefer the natural route, why not gift some seasonal essential oils to diffuse? I have my eye on this Christmas Morning oils set!
Wine or other nice booze: In Kentucky, it’s customary to gift bourbon. We’ll often pick up a higher-shelf or rare bottle for special occasions. When it comes to wine, I find Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have great selections for $10 and under. One of my favorite wines is $3 and comes from Whole Foods (Three Wishes brand): I bought it to place on tables for my sister’s wedding reception and SO many people asked me about it. They were shocked when I told them it was $3! The bottle is pretty, too. I usually ask for a case for Christmas.
Tyler Laundry Detergent: I saw this idea on another blog and thought it seemed weird… then I tried the product. If your hostess will have overnight guests, this is a great gift! I’ve been using this on our sheets and I’m obsessed with the smell.
A cozy throw: Am I the only one who can never have enough blankets? I just ordered this pom pom throw from Pottery Barn, and think this tassel throw from Target is cute, too! The southerner in me would personalize it with a monogram.
What hostess gifts do you love to give? To receive? Let me know below!
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