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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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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8 Gorgeous Christmas Home Tours You Won’t Want to Miss!

Whew!  Last week was a busy week with the 2017 Christmas Home Tours featuring 30 different homes in five days.  While I know many of you had a chance to pop over and view some of the gorgeous homes that were on tour, I thought I’d post a roundup of can’t-miss homes I thought you would particularly love.

If you haven’t already seen Sarah’s tour over at Life On Virginia Street, you’ll want to head over for the full tour.  Her green and white color scheme is a beautifully fresh take on Christmas decorating!

 

Also using a non-traditional color scheme with amazing results is Julia at Cuckoo4Design with her German influenced design.  And wait until you see her cutie patootie cat, Willy.  He matches her decor!

 

If you love colors and patterns, you’ll love Jennifer’s style over at Dimples & Tangles.  Her decorating style has so much energy and her Christmas decor is AH-MAZING!

 

If traditional red and green are more your style, then you won’t want to miss Cristina’s home tour over at Remodelando la Casa.  Her home is so charming and no detailed has been overlooked.  That ceiling….swoon!

 

Heather over at Setting for Four opted for a glamorous white and gold theme and the results are stunning!  She proves that neutrals are anything but boring!

 

Alicia at Thrifty & Chic opted for a white and green palette with pops of red.  Her home is so soothing and beautifully decorated year-round, but her Christmas decor is truly outstanding.  And if you see something you love in her home, chances are she made it! Yes, she’s that handy. ;)

 

Laura’s home tour at Duke Manor Farm is one of my all-time favs.  Love, love, love the feminine pink contrasted with the natural stone of her fireplace.  You can pop over to see her home all dressed up like this, or you can see it now dressed in kid-approved red.  Either way, both looks are beautiful!

 

And of course I’m going to finish up this roundup with my own home because….well, because I can!  If you missed my guest bedroom, you can take the full tour {HERE}.

Blue red and green guest bedroom with twin beds

 

My master bedroom has a much different looked, decorated in pink and blush with gold and silver accents.  You can see the full room {HERE}.

Pink and white Christmas decor from Tidbits&Twine

 

I hope you enjoyed the roundup and found some ideas and designs to inspire your decorating this year!  As I mentioned earlier, ALL of the homes on tour were stunning, so if you have time, here are some others you should see!

 

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life On Virginia Street

Clean & Scentsible

Nesting With Grace

Cuckoo4Design

Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home

Life Love Larson

Dimples & Tangles

Remodelando La Casa

Seeking Lavender Lane

Inspiration for Moms

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

Decor to Adore

11 Magnolia Lane

Our Fifth House

Rain On A Tin Roof

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For Four

Life & Home @ 2102

Southern Hospitality

Decorating Delirium

Hymns & Verses

Simple Stylings

Friday – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic

Tidbits & Twine

Far Above Rubies

House By Hoff

Duke Manor Farm

Common Ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags

The holiday season is upon us and while I enjoy the shopping part, I don’t love the task of wrapping.  But since this is the season of giving, I’m giving you some cute {and free} printable Christmas gift tags to hopefully, make your job of wrapping a little easier!

Free printable Christmas gift tags

 

I was in the mood for a chalkboard design this year, so each tag features a chalkboard background with various sayings.  Each sheet has six different designs, with two copies of each design for a total of 12 gift tags per sheet.  I used card stock to print them and then just hole punched them and tied them with ribbon, but you could also tape them directly to the package.

Free printable Christmas gift tags from Tidbits&Twine

Free printable Christmas gift tags from Tidbits&Twine

 

Here’s a closer look at each of the 12 designs and how they’ll print out for you.  You can download the file here.  Simply save and print as you would any other picture!  Be sure to set your printer Settings to print at the highest quality so that they’ll come out looking their best.

 

I have yet to fully set up my wrapping station {which consists of a folding table in front of the TV and a great excuse to binge watch my favorite British mysteries!}, but will be doing so soon.  I love the way these tags look on the few presents I have wrapped so far, though!  And if you want to learn to make this fancy bow, you can read {or watch} the tutorial HERE.

Free printable Christmas gift tags from Tidbits&Twine

 

And for those that subscribe to my posts via email, I have a second set available that you can download from the Free Printables section of my site!  The second set features different sayings and artwork with a more elegant theme.  Here’s a look at them! Not yet subscribed?  Click {HERE} to subscribe and then check your email for the confirmation and password.

Free printable elegant Christmas gift tags from Tidbits&Twine

 

I hope you enjoy the gift tags!  Stay tuned for more Christmas printables that you can use around your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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