The Season of Entertaining - Hostess Gift Guide

November 01, 2017

The Season of Entertaining - Hostess Gift Guide

We can barely believe it but, somehow, October has come and gone leaving nothing but a trail of crispy brown leaves and Halloween candy wrappers in its wake. That can only mean one thing, it's November and the holiday countdown is on! As your social calendar begins to fill with cheerful holiday parties and dinners, the burning question on everyone's mind is, "What should I bring?" Not to worry; this year we have some fabulously unique gift ideas to bestow upon your favorite hostess this holiday season. Regardless of your budget, we've got some great ideas to ensure you arrive with the perfect gift every time.


Artisan Hand-Poured Soap


Lemon, Sage and Ginger Soap with Fig PowderThere is something special and luxurious about a beautifully crafted and thoughtfully scented soap. Whether its a nice bar in a guest bathroom or next to your bathtub, the act of washing, hands or body, can be a small, relaxing reprieve from your day. Give the gift of this rejuvenating pause to your hostess with our micro-batch, hand-crafted, vegan soaps in a variety of botanically inspired scents. Escape to a juicy summer day with Black Strawberry & Melon Tea, made with activated charcoal known for its purification properties. Or, relax in an herb garden with Basil, Sage & Mint, made with French Green Clay and Dead Sea Clay. For something refreshing, try Lemon, Sage, and Ginger with fig powder. Mix and match for the perfect gift set and don't forget to treat yourself too! Artisan Soap, $10


Vintage Seed Packet Postcard Set

Vintage Seed Packet Postcard Set As seen in Country Living Magazine! Give your hostess a fun way to keep up with her correspondence with a beautiful set of Vintage Seed Packet Postcards. This set of (12) postcards features twelve different vintage seed packet designs printed on 110lb cover stock in a boutique printing studio out of Glendale, Colorado. They are the perfect size for a quick note to a good friend yet pretty enough to hang on the wall. Who knows, you might be one of the lucky postcard recipients... if your hostess can part with them. Vintage Seed Packet Postcards, $10

Hand-Embroidered Aprons for a Cause

Hand-Embroidered Bahar Apron from PalestineWhat makes a gift from the heart even more meaningful? A gift from the heart that benefits other people in need! That is exactly what you get with the Almas and Bahar aprons. Each of these lovely waist aprons is hand-embroidered by refugee and low-income women in Palestine. They are made with locally-sourced cotton blend fabric and cotton embroidery thread to further support the local community. Choose from the lovely cream-colored Almas apron or navy blue Bahar apron, both with unique embroidered detail on the pocket. This is truly a useful gift that you can feel just as good about gifting as your hostess will enjoy receiving. Hand Embroidered Aprons, $22

Elegant Scented Candles

Firewood Scented CandleThere is a reason that scented candles are so popular... they are the true crowd pleaser. Even for the host or hostess that seems to have everything, elegant candles are the perfect bet. Unique yet pleasing scents like Firewood, Rose Tobacco, Fern + Moss, and Japanese Citrus showcase sophisticated taste and are sure to put the frantic mind of a holiday host at ease. And for the distinguished male host, check out the Mandles Wooden Wick Gift Set with masculine scents like Tobacco, Firewood, Cowboy, and Gentleman (choose 3). These elegant candles are crafted from soy wax and wooden cedar wicks in Austin, Texas. Candles and Candle Gift Sets, $25-$75

 True Moringa Calming Bath Soak

True Moringa Calming Bath SoakEveryone could use a little de-stress during the holidays, especially your hostess. Give the gift of R&R with the totally luxurious True Moringa Calming Bath Soak. Herbs and petals with sweet, citrusy notes are saturated with essential oils and beneficial Moringa Oil. Moringa, known for stimulating cell division and delaying aging of cells, is packed with crucial fatty acids and antioxidants. Combined with anti-inflammatory rose petals, balancing lemongrass, and soothing chamomile and sage, this powerhouse of a soak will completely revitalize your thankful hostess. And, yes, this soak is completely sulfate free, paraben free, and vegan. Additionally, True Moringa works with a network of 2,300 smallholder farms throughout Ghana to promote sustainable livelihoods through access to credit, agricultural training, nutrition programs and fair wages. Now that is something to feel merry about! True Moringa Calming Bath Soak, $28

Kitchen Stationary Gift Set

Kitchen Stationary Gift Set Artfully made stationary will never go out of style.  Despite tablets and smart phones galore, nothing can replace a nice kitchen notepad or the feeling of thumbing through hand-written recipe cards. Give your host a gift they can appreciate everyday with the Kitchen Stationary Gift Set. This set features farmhouse kitchen-themed stationary items including a "To the Market We Go" magnetized notepad, 10 "Lets Eat" recipe cards, 3 fabric-covered refrigerator magnets, an Apple Spice Sachet, a spool of red and white baker's twine, and three "I Thought of You Today" letterpress cards. This charming set is produced by artisan stationary maker, idea chic, out of Glandale, Colorado using their 1930's letterpress lovingly named "Hazel." If your host is more of a gardener than chef, check out the equally charming Garden Gift Set and Blooming Gift Set.
Kitchen Stationary Gift Set, $30

Gold Maidenhair Fern Stemless Wine Glasses

Gold Maidenhair Fern Stemless Wine Glasses Unique gifts make great gifts. This set of two lovely glasses features delicate maidenhair ferns in striking metallic gold, gracefully wrapping around the glass. This original design is screen printed by artist Mary Elizabeth in her studio located on her small family farm in North Carolina. Thoughtfully chosen stemless glasses offer modern style and easy practicality that will quickly become part of your hosts everyday glassware collection. Plus, they are dishwasher safe (top rack) for convenience. Gold Maidenhair Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 2), $30

Cheese Boards and Set

Selection of Cheese and Bread Boards for Holiday Gift IdeasEveryone can get on board with a gorgeous cheese board. This hosting essential is a must-have for any cheese lover (everyone) and/or entertaining enthusiast. As such, it makes the perfect hostess gift for your next holiday soiree.  Choose from a classic acacia wood cheese service set with knife and spreader tools, a decorative bamboo set with spreader and cracker server, or an elegant white marble cheese board with a mango wood base. Pair with the ingenious baguette board and bread knife set to complete the experience. Cheese Boards & Accessories, $45-$95

Grapevine Wine Coaster and Stopper Set

Grapevine Wine Coster and Stopper Set For many, holiday parties are synonymous with wine. If this sounds like your host or hostess, the Grapevine Wine Coaster and Stopper Set in gift box is the perfect offering. Picturesque grapevines wind around the coaster and a detailed bunch of grapes sits atop the wine stopper. Your lucky recipient will feel transported to a Tuscan vineyard whenever they use this set. Best part? This thoughtful gift requires that no time be spent in the wine shop agonizing over the perfect bottle for your host's "discriminating" palate. Grape Wine Coaster and Stopper Set, $49 




Olive Serving Bowls

Olive Serving Bowls in Hand-Cast Alluminum A hostess always appreciates a gift she can use for future parties and dinners. The 3-Bowl Olive Condiment server is a great gift for an entertaining aficionado. Three gleaming metal bowls in sand-cast aluminum are joined by a detailed rustic olive branch. This is the perfect Mediterranean-style piece for offering assorted nuts, olives, dips, spreads, or sweet treats. Comes ready for gifting in a gift box. Olive Serving Bowls, $60

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