It’s here y’all, my first holiday gift guide of the season! It seems crazy early, but let’s all be honest, it’s right around the corner. Plus, Christmas may be weeks away, but Thanksgiving is quite literally in three weeks which means, do you have your hostess holiday gifts ready? I know people vary on their belief of hostess gifts, but regardless of who is hosting, I always like to take a little something (I typically try to keep gifts under $20/$25). But it doesn’t have to be big and expensive, sometimes it’s a $10 bottle of wine or even just a hand written note, but I think it just shows a little appreciation. Hosting is hard work by the way and can be extremely expensive if you are visiting a “hostess with the most-ess.” I actually have a more in-depth “hostess” gift post coming Thursday, but for those more affordable gifts here I’ve included what I love giving in this holiday gift guide:
- Cozy Throws: If it’s soft and decent quality, no one can ever have too many blankets. It would be adorable to pair this with a holiday movie and write something like “for a relaxing night in” on the card.
- Something edible: Gummies, donuts for the next morning, etc. Wine is also a great option. Bonus if you know what your host’s favorite candy is.
- Coffee Table Books: Or a great bestseller you know your host will like. I love coffee table books and if it revolves around hosting/dinner/cocktails, chances are, your host will appreciate it since they enjoy entertaining.
- Match Box + candle (#12): I like putting these two inexpensive gifts together as a little “gift” but of course, you can also gift them individually.
- Something homemade: Okay, I know this is Nordstrom chocolate, but baked goods, etc. are also appreciated since your host knows you took the time and effort to show your appreciation. Not a baker? See #2.
- Cheese Knives: You could pair this with a few great cheeses and it would be adorable, or gifted alone. Either way, I always break my cheese knives, so this is a great inexpensive gift to pick up!
- Wine Charms: Maybe they’ll open them right there and use them for the evening!
- Bar Ware: If your host likes cocktails, this is an adorable champagne opener that I’d want in my drawer!
- Personalized Anything: A great cutting board, a wine bag, a tote, etc. I love anything monogrammed.
- Mugs: You could even throw a small coffee gift card in!
- Tea Towels of hand towels: Something we all need, but don’t buy for ourselves. Sometimes I pick up a set and then split them and tie one around a bottle of wine.
- Candle: See #4.
- Lotions and Hand-soaps: Again, something we all need, but don’t buy for ourselves.
As you can see from the gifts #11 & #13, I always appreciate getting things for gifts that I need, but don’t technically want to spend money on. A nice hand-soap, candle, etc. seem like little luxuries and definitely are, so we often don’t buy them for ourselves which is why it’s nice to get them from others! I always ask my girlfriends for candles for holidays and they say I always ask, and I do! I hate spending 25+ on a candle that I don’t necessarily NEED, but instead want, so I always appreciate the gesture when someone buys one for me!
Also, this is also a great holiday gift guide for her if you have a coworker, etc. that you like to buy for! Everything is under $40!