Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

November 17, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe we are one week away from the official beginning of the Christmas season? It seems like it was summer just yesterday, which isn’t absurd given the weather in the South. Today I am starting off my gift guides with a selection of gifts that would be perfect for a hostess. Whether you are going over to an open house with 20 other guests or spending the holidays as a house guest, any one of these gifts would be a thoughtful token of appreciation to your hosts.

When thinking about hostess gifts keep a few things in mind; pick something small that can be appreciated at the moment, but easily set aside for later. Flowers are nice, but require a host putting the finishing touches on dinner to go fetch a vase. Choose a lovely candle instead.This lovely blue herringbone throw is lightweight enough for year-round use and can be personalized with a single initial. It also comes in a great red and cream plaid.This candle is probably my favorite gift in this guide. I am keeping a few on hand this season. For every candle purchased, Williams-Sonoma is donating $5 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. What a wonderful way to give a gift that will be enjoyed by the recipient and also help children fighting life-threatening medical issues.

A beautiful coffee table book is always a thoughtful gift, and this is my favorite by far. It is appropriately titled “Beautiful” and features the work of my favorite interior designer Mark D. Sikes. Mark designed Reese Witherspoon’s home and all of her Draper James boutiques, so you know he’s good. I bought a copy when it came out last year, and Mark was so kind to sign it for me. It holds a prized place on my shelf.  You can expect lots of classic blue and white while incorporating natural materials and plants. One of my favorite decorating rules is “have one living thing in each room”.

With the temperatures dropping, a plush throw blanket is always a solid choice. I love this one from Kennebunk Home. Maybe the fact that Kennebunkport is one of my favorite places to visit helps. Ivory is a failsafe choice, but this light blue would also go in almost any home.

Pineapples are the symbol of hospitality, so what better way to thank someone for their hospitality than with something with pineapples? These marble coasters are the perfect gift for a hostess who loves to have company and protect her table at the same time.

Smathers & Branson are known for their needlepoint belts, but they also make other great items. These coaster sets are a favorite of mine. I choose the DC monuments set because I love the history of our nation’s capital and it is one of my favorite cities to visit. If your hosts are not history buffs, they have great sets for golfers, fishermen, and skiers. The sailing set is also a solid choice.

How cute is this candy jar from Mark & Graham? Take this to a Christmas party filled with some festive candy like peppermints or gumdrops for a nice gift that will also be put to good use.

One of my favorite gifts to give are ones that can be used for years, or in multiple ways. This gorgeous soy candle comes in a blue and white bowl that can be used for years after the candle has burned down.Another great coffee table book is “Drives of a Lifetime”.  This beautifully photographed volume is perfect for the hosts with a little bit of wanderlust.

You can never have too many mugs. Just ask my mother who had to purchase two mug trees. A set of these “Good Cheer” mugs would make a great hostess gift. The message makes them festive for the holidays, yet the color scheme is subtle enough for year-round use.

Roberta Roller Rabbit makes some of my favorite prints. Their pieces are always a welcome addition to any linen collection, and these lovely napkins are no exception. Can you see my love of blue and white coming through? Not only is it one of my favorite color combinations, but it truly can go in almost any home.And finally, you can’t wrong with something for the sweet tooth. This set of three candies from Sugarfina is a delightful gift that can be shared with other guests. Or hoarded in a nightstand drawer. Both are valid choices.

I hope you enjoyed my picks for hostess gifts.  Now I feel like hosting a party. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram.

Have a great weekend!


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