Holiday Hostess Gifts

Hostess Gift Ideas

This season you’ll probably be attending a few holiday parties and will want to take something in tow as appreciation to the hostess. A hostess gift does not need to be expensive or extravagant. Typically you don’t need to spend more than $25. When bringing a gift to an event you want to show your appreciation and contribution, and select something that reflects their taste and style.

If you don’t want to take the standard bottle of wine or box of chocolates, here are some hostess gift ideas that say ‘thank-you’.

Hostess Gifts 2016

1. Homemade: Ginger Snap Cookies + Dish
Why I love it…
Holiday Hostess Ginger Snap Cookies

Baking is always a lovely hostess gift because it shows thought and effort went into it. It also helps that it’s an affordable option for all as long as you have the time to whip up a batch. Buy a cute little dish, plate or bowl that can be gifted with the baked goods like the one you see here. I steer away from using tins because you can’t do much with it after the fact; they dent easily and don’t hold up. By purchasing a nice bowl or dish it’s something they can actuHoliday Hostess Cookies & Dishally use again.

Shop Smart Tip – I bought this Le Creuset square baking dish for $16.99 from HomeSense.

Chewy Molasses Spelt Cookie recipe here!



2. Nordstrom: 3 Piece Silicone & Bamboo Heat Safe Spoon/Spatula Set$17.43 CAD
Why I love it…
3 Piece Heat Safe Spatular SetEveryone can always use new kitchen utensils…I don’t care who you are. It’s especially nice to have a fresh new set around the holidays with all the baking and cooking you end up doing. This 3 piece set makes cooking friendly with the silicone spoon/spatula heads and bamboo handles. Wrap a bow around the handles and deliver!



3. Crate & Barrel: Conversion Trivet $18.95 CAD
Why I love it…
Crate & Barrel Conversion TrivetA fun way to keep track of conversions of weights and measurements when you’re in the kitchen, and a great way to protect your surfaces from hot dishes too! It’s a fun gift to take the hostess especially when you have lots of food to put out on the table for the holidays.

4. Silk Road Spice Merchant: Pair 2 spices together – $19 CAD approx.
Why I love it…
The Silk Road Spice Merchant Bakers SetThe Silk Road Spice Merchant is a great shop located in Inglewood. They offer a huge selection of spices, herbs, and seasonings from around the world. Everything is fresh and their prices are awesome. For the holidays, you could pair the Apple Pie Spice ($8.99) and the Maple Sugar ($9.99) in cellophane and ribbon as a gift. It will definitely be a hit! This particular spice and pure sugar would be great in tea/coffee, oatmeal, cookies, muffins, waffles, or on toast! The Silk Road Spice Merchant also sells boxed gift sets ranging from $40-60+.

5. Indigo: Black Notebook Leather Journal $22 CAD (orig. $45)
Why I love it…
Black Leather JournalThis is an elegant black leather journal that anyone would love to write in. The hostess could use it for the home, work, travel, or to personally journal in. Size – 6″ x 8.4″


6. Williams-Sonoma: Classic Apron $29.21 CAD
Why I love it…
Williams-Sonoma Apron

The Williams-Sonoma apron is a classic! I love the style and fit with the adjustable neck strap to make it longer or shorter, and the roomy pocket in the front to store any gadgets or utensils. They come in a variety of colours and you can even take it one step further and have it personalized.

Shop Smart Tip – Keep in mind when Williams-Sonoma has a 20% anything in-store you can use it on items like this.

7. Crate & Barrel: Marble Coasters, set of 4$29.95 CAD
Crate & Barrel Marble CoastersThese classy two-tone marble coasters with protective foam on the bottom are neutral enough to fit into any living room and would be a beautiful gift to take to someone’s house. 


8. Elements of Style – Designing a Home & a Life $30.22 CAD
Why I love it…
Elements of Style by Erin GatesI love Erin Gates’s blog – Elements of Style! She is witty, honest, engaging, and has the best eye when it comes to design. In her book, she shares personal stories while providing the reader with a practical decorating guide. It’s more than a coffee table book. You’ll find yourself reading every page and then wanting to re-arrange your furniture and re-decorate. This book would be an excellent gift for the hostess that loves interior design.

9. Uncommon Goods: Foodie Dice – $33.47 CAD
Why I love it…
Foodie DiceThese dice are such a creative way to shake up your meals whether you’re an avid chef or beginner cook. They’re bound to bring some new ideas to the kitchen and make for a fun gift for the hostess.

10. Indigo: Kate Spade Special Occasion Cards$34 CAD
Why I love it…
Kate Spade Special Occassion Gift CardsThis beautiful box of notecards is the perfect gift to take to a hostess because it’s unique. You receive 3 cards and envelopes per special occasion: Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations, Get Well, and Just Because. As the receiver, it’s so convenient to have cards likes these on hand when special occasions in your life pop up.


Shop Smart Tip – Recently I was at HomeSense, Marshalls, and Winners and found great comparable items to the spatula set ($14.99), coasters ($9.99), and journal (as low as $7.99). Sometimes you just need to be willing to hunt to save a few dollars.

Happy Shopping!

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