Hostess Gift Ideas


I’ve been eyeing these funky pink & brown Giraffe Appetizer Plates for a while now…so I was really excited to discover that there are tons of other coordinating products available sporting the same fun print – including the cool ceramic cocktail shaker and adorable notecard set pictured below. Super cute for holiday or hostess gift […]

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Artist Adam Frank truly takes candlelight to the next level with his lumen candles – a series of beautiful, stainless steel oil lamps that cast intricate silhouettes of pine, magnolia, or cedar trees on the wall. As the flame flickers, the shadow silhouettes “dance”. ($48/ea at Red Envelope) And a few more pretty candle picks […]

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I was recently asked to create a gift guide for “domestic divas” at the gifts.com blog – “gift rap”, which was really fun! Of course everything on my list has a modernist feel to it – so it’s probably better described as a gift guide for “modern domestic divas”! In any case, here are my […]

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I’ve received a lot of emails asking about hostess gift ideas for out-of-town stays – something different that what you’d typically bring to a dinner or cocktail party. One thoughtful idea for showing your appreciation is to give a gift geared towards rest & relaxation to help her recuperate after all the company is gone. […]

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This Daydream Cappuccino Set from bud™ by designroom is fan-tas-tic!! Set includes 6 cappuccino cups adorned with an out-of-the-ordinary modern organic design, a steel stacking caddy, and a beautiful cylinder gift box embellished with the same design. $34/set at Heliotrope. (perfectly priced for holiday gifting!)

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I was browsing etsy today and discovered these gorgeous glass coasters & candles from gamiworks, a beautiful shop featuring a contemporary collection of Japanese chiyogami-inspired gifts and accessories. And at only $24/set of 4 coasters and $15/set of 3 candles, these pieces are definitely suited for gifting!

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One of the best things about a the start of a new season is checking out all the great new merchandise at your favorite shops, like these cool entertaining products from Zanisa. I get a lot of emails asking about hostess gift ideas, and all of the products pictured below would make great, unique gifts […]

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If you haven’t been introduced to the ELSEWARES Independent Art & Design site yet, it’s definitely worth checking out! There are tons of great finds for your tabletop, home, stationery collection, wardrobe, and more. Some of my personal favorites are pictured below – click here to check out the entire collection! {pictured above} Roots & […]

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I’m loving these ultra-modern Star Beverage Coasters ($25/set of 4) and Toothy Frog Bottle Openers ($6.50 ea) from innovative product designer Mario Bogdan… The coasters come in 7 color combinations and the bottle opener also doubles as a coaster after you’ve opened your drink – and sticks to the fridge when not in use. Very […]

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How cute are these mood bottle openers from poketo ?! For a great hostess OR host gift – tie one of these onto a 6-pack of their favorite bottled beverage. I’m thinking that both the Shocked or Scary versions tied to orange or Jack Black sodas would make the ultimate Halloween hostess gift :) Happy […]

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How fantastic are these mugs by Scandinavian designer Hanna Werning! Aptly named “Hanna Mugs“, Werning received her inspiration from a childhood chest of drawers filled with souvenirs that her mother had brought back from Russia. That inspiration sure paid off! $16/each at Bunny Maxwell. A few more of the cool new arrivals at Bunny Maxwell… […]

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Susie from Rock Scissor Paper sent me an email on Friday with some very good news: the brand-new Home Collection from RSP is now available! I’ve been anticipating the arrival of this new line ever since Grace posted some sneak-peek snapshots from their tradeshow booth a few months back – and now that everything is […]

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I’m loving the ultra-hip engraved patterns and bold splashes of color in these ceramic-glazed “beginnings” coaster sets and “hefty” bowls by sculptor/designer Ruth Hyndman…who’s just added interior designer and architect to her list of creative talents!

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One of my favorite online shops, Zanisa, has some great entertaining finds for spring right now…like this bright kiwi serveware set from Bambu ($45/set), fun & slightly off-center euro sphere vases ($12/ea), Rae Dunn porcelain herb markers with dots & stripes ($25/set of 8), and hand-painted, translucent botanical glasses ($56/set of 6). …and I’m especially […]

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Moving into a new home is a time for celebrating, but many people seem to be stumped when it comes to figuring out the "perfect" housewarming gift for others. In reality, there are lots of items that would make great housewarming gifts – so don’t stress so much about finding the "perfect" one…just remember to […]

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I’m loving the funky graphic mesh pattern printed on these birch ply placemats, coasters, and trivets from Working Class Studio’s “In the Round” series. These and more great WCS goods are available at shopSCAD, a unique gallery store that exclusively features the artwork and designs of students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Savannah College […]

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Kat from Modern-twist recently introduced me to new her line of contemporary entertaining products. When I visited her website I was immediately impressed with the fantastic modern-minimalist design! One of my favorite products – sets of wine markers called "Vinotagz" – is shown here. Each set of 6 basic or designed Vinotagz comes packaged in […]

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Thanks so much to NBC San Diego for featuring Hostess with the Mostess in a segment on creative host & hostess gift ideas that aired this morning! Everything that was displayed on the segment is shown below and can be found at the following stores: perpetual kid, crate & barrel, and one of my favorite […]

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…as in snow & graham! I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with lots of snow & graham goodies like these in Santa’s {hostess} gift bag… {shown above} japanese blossom candle ($22), coral blossom gift wrap ($3/sheet), and coral blossom boxed notes ($17/set) {shown above} blackberry candle ($22), blackberry gift wrap ($3/sheet), and blackberry boxed notes […]

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The hours somehow got away from me today – but just in the nick of time (at least PST!) – here is the "Under $20" Hostess Gift Guide ! There are a lot of items so I’ll list the product info beneath each photo. Hope you find something you like! {shown above} faux crocodile shaker […]

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