Hostess Gift Ideas


Gifting is such a big part of the holiday season, and when it comes to things like holiday hostess gifts or edible treats, creative packaging can make the outside of the gift as “delicious” as what’s inside! We used our printable personalized gift labels (plus cute yarn bows!) to dress up simple white boxes – and […]

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Who’s ready to get SHOPPING?! The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide from The TomKat Studio released this week, and it’s absolutely wonderful – kudos to Kim & team! I had a fantastic time flipping through it myself, which is not at all shocking considering all of the talented people involved, including Carrie Sellman, Jessica Kirkland, Maureen […]

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I was trying to come up with some unique & different hostess gift ideas for the holidays recently, and remembered a cool Liquor Lollipops recipe from my copy of Sweet Confections (which is a fabulous cookbook, btw). Then it hit me… instead of giving the 2 most popular hostess gifts – flowers or a bottle […]

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Jen here from Jen CYK Photography, and I’m back today to help you make things look extra pretty, with a super simple way to dress up a wine bottle! You may have noticed, I really like wine (see “Exhibit A,” my DIY wine cork succulent magnets). And you’ve probably noticed I like to make everyday gifts fun […]

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Hello my fellow hostesses! Jen here from Jen CYK Photography, and I’m back with an awesome little DIY gift that you will want to give to everyone you know! Trust me, I know this from personal experience! DIY WINE CORK SUCCULENT MAGNETS {for Fabulous Gifts} I love giving small but thoughtful gifts to people. So […]

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Looking for a CREATIVE GIFT IDEA for someone that loves to entertain? Here are some fun, cheery ideas ranging from cheeky candle sets priced perfectly for holiday party hostess gifts to adorable spatulas, aprons, and pie carriers for your favorite women (and little ladies) that love to spend time in the kitchen! 1. {pictured at […]

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I absolutely love when a product is beautiful, functional, well-made and unique. This gorgeous Castle Key from Anthropologie is all of those things. It’s also VERY affordable at just $12, which makes it even more desirable! I happened upon it when I was styling a shoot where vintage keys were a key element to the […]

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Designer Jen St. Clair from Little Sprout Creations is here with a fantastic HANDMADE GIFT TUTORIAL today! These All Natural Mandarin Mint Candles and Cleaning Sprays are wonderfully creative ideas for homemade hostess gifts, housewarming presents, and more. After reading about the all-natural cleaning sprays below (and seeing how easy they are to mix up), […]

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You may already be aware that Pier 1 has a fantastic {and huge!} selection of holiday entertaining tableware and decor, but for those of you that will be ATTENDING a holiday party  instead of hosting one, there are also lots of creative hostess gift ideas to be found at Pier 1! Here are a few […]

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Not only is this DIY Herb Garden super easy & inexpensive – it utilizes “up-cycled” yogurt containers and makes for a thoughtful, homemade hostess gift – or individually as eco-friendly party favors! Just use your favorite fabric and ribbon to customize the containers to your own party, kitchen, or a loved one’s kitchen. Amber Lay […]

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The weather’s heating up and SUMMER is just around the corner! BBQs, picnics, pool parties…it’s just about time for the outdoor party invites to start rolling in! And if you’re looking for some summer hostess gift ideas that are both creative AND outdoor-friendly (bright colors, non-breakable, etc.), look no further, because we’ve got a fun […]

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With an addiction to cake stands, handmade pottery and anything mini…I naturally fell head-over-heels for these beautiful cupcake stands by Jeanette Zeis Ceramics. The workmanship is just as lovely as the available color selections and I knew I just had to share this fabulous find with all of you!! Since I’m always looking for ways […]

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***Winner Update 4/7: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky, randomly selected winner is… Commenter #353 – Alex, who said, “I love the bird juicer and the cupcake sets, so cute!” Congrats, Alex! *** There are SO MANY fabulous kitchen & entertaining items to share from cool […]

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These fabulous letterpress coasters by Ruff House Art are a recent happy find! They had me at the Mad Men-inspired design of course, but there are lots of other great styles too, each boasting cool graphics that span from Retro Argyle to Puzzle Pieces. I was just thinking yesterday how Jeff Bridges seems to be […]

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It’s been a while since I’ve shopped (or cyber-shopped) at West Elm, and I’m happy to report that they have tons of fabulous new entertaining items out for the fall & winter holidays this year! Pictured above and below are some favorites that would be great for Thanksgiving and Fall parties (or great gift ideas […]

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Update 11/11: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #131 – Lindsay Lee from Lee La La. Congrats, Lindsay! ***** We have a FUN new Giveaway for you today from Clairebella – a wonderful company that creates fabulous (very MODERN!) – personalized products […]

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It’s always a great combo when good design & humor mix! Case in point: Popptags – clever letterpress wine bottle tags that offer the perfect way to add a dose of style – and a dash of witty honesty – to that bottle of vino that you’re about to gift… or re-gift! (see image #3, […]

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Show up to the wine & cheese party or delight your favorite hostess with the cutest wine bottle cover ever!  A fun way to serve guests at your own get-together too… Wine Monkey Bottle Cover – $12.95 at Z Gallerie P.S. You could also use this to cover cover on non-alcoholic beverage bottles for a […]

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There are lots of different styles of drink charms available these days – but these Party People Glass Markers are really fun & different! 12 colorful silicone characters with a suction-cup grip for just $6.95 at cb2

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Loving this super-cute Zoology tableware by Boston Warehouse… the contemporary shapes and all-white finish reminds me of Jonathan Adler’s fabulous signature style, but these pieces are a lot easier on the pocketbook! (Prices range from $9.95 – $24.95 at Heliotrope) Clever gift ideas for hostesses & new nesters too… Pictured above: Rhino Butter Dish ($9.95), […]

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