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15 of the Best Hostess Gifts – Under $25

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This time of year in particular, there seem to be dinner parties and holiday gatherings every single week {not that I’m complaining!}.  While showing up with a bottle of wine for the host or hostess is always thoughtful and appreciated, today I’m sharing with you 15 of the best hostess gifts, and as a bonus, they are all under $25!

Finding juuuuuust the right gift can be especially hard if you don’t know your hostess well enough to pick things she might wear or display in her home, so some of my favorite gift ideas are things that can be used.  All if the ideas below would make lovely gifts for anyone hosting you at their home!  I have hand-picked these personal favorites just for you.  You can click on the product title or the image for location and pricing of each item.


1. Marble & Copper Cheese Board

I bought this as a gift….for myself!  I couldn’t resist the lovely mix of marble, wood, and copper.  I actually just used it for the first time over the weekend and can attest to the fact that it works well!  I comes with extra wires as well, should yours even bend or snap.Marble and copper cheese board


2. Personalized Address Stamp

Sara Luke Creative makes these beautiful, self-inking personalized address stamps.  She has several designs to choose from so you’ll easily find one that fits the style of your hostess!

Personalized Address Stamp


3. Set of 12 Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins

Hemstitch linen is one of those classic design styles that has both a tailored and elegant look.  You can purchase an entire set for your hostess for under $25!

Set of 12 Hemstitch Cocktail Napkins

4. Mini Chalkboard Stand

I have a set almost identical to this and use them ALL the time.  What’s nice about these mini chalkboards is that they are freestanding, meaning that you can use them as placecards or food labels.  I highly recommend using a chalkboard pen when writing on these, though, as opposed to a standard piece of chalk.Mini Chalkboard Stand for Weddings and Parties

5. Marble Coasters

These coasters are very refined and timeless, yet neutral enough to coordinate with any decor.  Stored in a beautiful, gold holder makes them even more perfect as a gift.

Marble Coasters in Gold Holder for under $25


6. Flatware Caddy & Cooking Essentials

This is a gift I give quite often, but they key is filling the caddy with something your hostess will love.  Recently, I gifted a friend who loves to cook with a flatware caddy filled with Himalayan sea salt, a nice bottle of balsamic vinegar,  and some lovely olive oil.  A few sprigs of fresh rosemary completed the look.Wooden Utensil Caddy Hostess Gift Under $25


7. Live Topiary

Live plants or fresh flowers always make a nice hostess gift, but for a spin on the traditional, try a topiary!  You can often find rosemary or cyprus topiaries at the grocery store {seasonally}, but these sweet Creeping Fit spheres would make a beautiful gift!

Live creeping fig topiary hostess gift


8. Gold Stamped Sentiment Servers

A fresh take on a traditional server are these gold stamped servers that are sure to get noticed at dinner!

Stamped Serving Fork and Spoon - Set of 2



9. Herb Garden

If your hostess loves to cook or garden, she’ll especially appreciate this live herb garden kit.  What’s nice about this one in particular is that even if she kills the plants {oops!}, the containers themselves are lovely!

Herb Garden Planter Kit Gift Set


10. Kitchen Soap & Lotion Set

Doing dishes certainly isn’t at the top of anyone’s list, especially after hosting a party, but it’s more enjoyable when your dish soaps smells wonderful and your hands don’t get dried out!  This set comes with dish soap, hand soap, and lotion, all contained in a nice caddy for easy access and beautiful display.

Lavender Vanilla Kitchen Soap and Lotion Gift Set

11. Tea Sampler Set

Whether setting out beverage options for guests or trying something new for herself, your hostess will appreciate having a sampler set.  As a bonus, the tins are adorable and could be repurposed once the tea is gone!Harney & Sons Tea Sampler Set Hostess Gift Under $25


12. Scented Candle

Not all candles are created equal.  I’ve learned that the hard way!  Some smell wonderful in the jar but the scent doesn’t fill the air once you start to burn them!  Well, that’s not the case with this candle.  It truly smells wonderful from the moment you light it.

Anthropologie Scented Candle


13. Faux Fur Throw

A cozy throw is always appreciated, especially during the winter months!  This throw is soft and elegant with a classic, faux fur style.Faux Fur Throw Under $25

14. Personalized Stationery

Yes, please!!! CurioPress has many, many designs available that you can choose from and personalize just for your hostess.

CurioPress Personalized Stationery


15. Skeleton Key Bottle Opener & Wine Bag 

And if a bottle of wine is really more your style, try giving it a twist on the traditional by including a sweet skeleton key bottle opener and thank you wine bag!

Skeleton Key Bottle Opener

Thank You Wine Bag


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The Best Hostess Gifts for Under $25


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The Best Vacuums for Hardwood & Carpet

First and foremost, it’s important to know that I loathe cleaning, so for me, part of what makes a product good is if it’s easy to use and cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend using it.  Makes sense, right?  Along with getting new floors comes the added responsibility of caring for them properly.  My hunt for a great vacuum started some months ago and since then, I’ve found a vacuum, a cordless vacuum, and a carpet washer that I love. These are my tried and true cleaning favorites.  Today, I’m sharing each of these products with you.  This is NOT a sponsored post – just sharing my finds with you in case you like them, too! Affiliate links below.

When evaluating a product, you first have to identify what features are necessary and important to you.  For me, I considered the following:

  • Easy to use
  • Efficient
  • Powerful
  • Convenient
  • Useful Features
  • Portable
  • Low Maintenance Costs
  • Easy to Clean


Favorite Vacuum: Shark Rotator Powered Lift Away Professional

Shark Rotator Lift Away Professional


I had another vacuum for years but it always clogged {mostly pet hair stuck in the hose} and eventually, I grew tired of fussing with it and looked for a new vacuum.  For me, a lift-away vacuum was a must.  At the time, I had carpet on my stairs and needed to be able to easily use the vacuum on the stairs, but also, I like to vacuum the sofa cushions from time to time and so like to hold the vacuum in my hand as I do so.  I also wanted a vacuum that was very powerful, could be used on both carpet and bare floor, and one that wouldn’t clog.  I also prefer bagless vacuums given my low maintenance cost requirement.

I tried four vacuums before I decided on the Rotator Professional, including one other from the Shark Rotator series.  Here’s why I love the Rotator Professional.


  • Super powerful – I had just vacuumed my rugs when I tested out the Rotator Professional.  I was horrified to see the canister immediately fill with dirt and dust after just a few passes on my shag rug.  How much dirt had been hiding in there?!  I’m still trying to convince myself that Shark hid some dirt on the vacuum to make me think it was picking up more than was there but no, the truth is, it is so powerful you’ll be amazed what you’ll find hiding in your carpet.
  • Easily changes from an upright, to a handheld, to a canister!  Yes, it comes with a second base that allows it to function as a canister!
  • Handle removes in two different areas to extend your reach
  • Comes with various tools for crevices, pet hair, dusting, and a hardwood floor attachment
  • Economical compared to its main competitor, Dyson
  • Easy to clean the dirt chamber
  • Doesn’t clog


  • It’s heavy, so while the lift-away part makes it portable, you wouldn’t want to carry it far
  • Given the strong suction, it’s a bit hard to push on rugs with a high pile


Not too many Cons with this one!  I do truly love this vacuum and am amazed by how much dirt it pulls up and how many different configurations it has so that you can reach almost any spot in your house!


Favorite Cordless & Handheld Vacuum: Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum

Dyson V6 Motorhead

When  my new hardwood floors were first installed, I found that I needed to clean them more often since dirt and debris shows more easily on dark floors versus light.  Initially, I just swept them every day but quickly realized that the broom left behind dust that was still visible on the floors.  I decided I needed a vacuum for the hardwood.  The Shark Rotator Professional mentioned above does work on bare floors, but it’s a bit heavy and not as convenient and easy to use as a broom, so I decided to look for an alternative.

I LOVE my new Dyson V6 Motorhead.  It is so lightweight and convenient that it’s just as easy to use as a broom.  Since it’s cordless, I can quickly move throughout the house and because it’s powerful, I haven’t yet found anything that it doesn’t pick up…plus it doesn’t clog!


Here are my personal Pros and Cons after testing and using it throughout my home.



  • At under 5lbs. it is very easy to lift and easily portable up and down stairs
  • Quickly converts from a full-size cleaner to a handheld so that it can be used in the car, outside, etc.
  • Powerful and can be used on both bare floors and carpet, easily pickup up dust as well as larger items.
  • Doesn’t scratch the hardwood floors
  • Convenient and easy-to-use wall mounted charging station {I’m actually super impressed with the design of the charging base!}
  • Ball head maneuvers quickly to turn corners and change direction, even with just one hand
  • 20 minutes of cleaning time per charge so I can cover the whole house
  • Comes charged and ready to use
  • Easy to follow instructions, although it’s so easy to use that it’s really self-explanatory
  • Very good quality – solid not flimsy
  • Comes with three additional attachments for various uses



  • The price.  It’s high even if you find it on sale!  You have to think of it as an investment and you’re paying for the features and quality.
  • To operate you have to hold the trigger down and although it’s easy, it does become tiresome
  • The air exhaust is strong and blows on you as you’re cleaning….of course, if it’s a hot day I suppose the vacuum could double as an air conditioner!
  • To dump the debris from the container, you need to use two hands.  I actually wouldn’t have even thought anything about this except that compared to my Shark Rotator Professional which requires only one hand, it seems a bit less convenient.


If picking up pet hair from carpet or upholstery is necessary, try the V6 Animal.  If you need a dusting cloth, try the V6 Absolute.



Favorite Carpet Washer: Bissell ProHeat Lift-Off 2x Pet

Bissell ProHeat Lift-Off 2x Pet


With kids and pets and shoes there’s just no way I can avoid the need to wash my carpets – and even my upholstery – from time to time!  So far, I’ve had no issues with my Bissell and in fact, love it!

I debated whether to show you this picture….it’s embarrassing.  This is the top of my stairs and by far, the spot that gets the dirtiest.  Here you can clearly see which areas I’ve cleaned and which I haven’t.




  • Effective – does a great job getting tough spots out
  • Lift-off canister makes it portable for spot cleaning and/or upholstery cleaning
  • Smells great – this might sound silly, but the cleaning solution smells really good and the carpet feels softer once it dries
  • Very easy to use and the results are instant



  • Hard to clean the dirty water reservoir
  • Need to make several passes over the wet carpet to pull the water out
  • Not for use on high pile carpet, as the suction isn’t strong enough to penetrate too deep



As I mentioned at the beginning, cleaning is just not high on my list of Likes….actually, it doesn’t even make my list!  These products have all worked really well for me, though.  If you want to see some more of my favorite cleaning products, you can find my Top 10 here:



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My Roman Numeral Clock Mirror {Shopping Sources}

I get a lot of questions asking about the roman numeral mirror above my mantel in my master bedroom.

Tidbits&Twine Master Bedroom Mantel
Tidbits&Twine Master Bedroom Mantel


I bought the mirror at HomeGoods a few years ago and unfortunately, there’s no tag or information on the back that indicates the manufacturer.  I’ve never seen another mirror exactly like it, but I’ve seen some that are similar so I’m sharing those with you today.


1. Amelie Wall Clock – Uttermost

I love the large size of the mirror portion of this one and as a bonus, it’s an actual working clock!

Uttermost Amelie Wall Clock


2. Convex Clock Mirror – Restoration Hardware

Similar to mine, the RH mirror is square with the clock face on the inside.

RH Convex Clock Mirror



3. Moe’s Antique Black Timepiece Mirror – Bellacor

This is a rustic metal frame giving it a similar look to mine, but the mirror portion is smaller and confined to just the center.

Moe's Black Timepiece Mirror




4. When In Rome Mirror – Dot & Bo

Dot and Bo When In Rome Mirror


5. Roman Numeral Mirror – Overstock

This mirror is a great option for a space that can be viewed from both the front and the side!

Roman Numeral Mirror

6. Quatrefoil Mirror – Restoration Hardware

While there are no numbers on this mirror, the basic idea is the same with a rustic frame that sit atop the mirror.

RH Gothic Quatrefoil Mirror


There’s also a less expensive version available at Overstock:




Of course, if I ever come across my exact mirror, I’ll post an update!


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