Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide!

I simply adore selecting and giving presents. So it was great fun to put together a holiday gift guide for hostesses (and hosts) in time for the holiday season to kick off with Thanksgiving. I focused on gifts under $100, many under $50. If you're looking for other price points just tell me and I'll see what I can dig up. And, if you have any other areas you're interested in, tell me in the comments. I'll probably add an update in December.
Bring a friend a lovely piece of affordable artwork. Print on the left by Elisabeth Dunker,$35. Print on the right by Hadley Hutton, from $30.

Bring cheer to the kitchen with these vibrant Marimekko tea towels, from $24.

I want this one. What could be cuter than this adorable bird pot by Camilla Engdahl, $45.

Keep loved ones warm and cozy. Slippers from LL Bean, from $39. Cozy, chunky throw from West Elm, $79.

Give joy and by joy I mean sparkles. Spunky pinecone critters from Pottery Barn, $26. Festive wreath by David Stark for West Elm, $59.

Go crazy with basics like salt and pepper. Penguin (and many other creatures) salt and pepper shakers from Jonathan Adler, $48.

Don't forget the foodies. Espresso serving set with Blue Bottle Coffee from Heath Ceramics, $115. Or give a spicy version of an old classic - this stuff is amazing. Aztec hot chocolate by Mariebelle, $19.

These stunning trays can be used to serve food, anchor a small bar station during a party, or they can be hung on the wall and admired. Serving trays by Ibride, from $75.


  1. Dude, you totally have a gift for gift giving!

  2. Oooh! This is an excellent service. Can you suggest something for the following scenario? Something to send favorite aunt, who is hosting Thanksgiving dinner in another city. (Extra-credit question: the guests of honor have just been put on low-cholesterol and low-sugar diets by their doctors. I'm not saying it should be a food gift, but if it is, then it should obey doctor's orders.)

  3. These are great suggestions, I think I may get the salt and pepper shakers for my Aunt as gift, we're doing Thanksgiving at her Palm Springs house :)

  4. I agree. I really like the Jonathan Adler stuff. Maybe I'll give the aunt owl napkin rings or an apple trivet.

  5. I would accept any and all of these as a gift. :)