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12 Classic Holiday Hostess Gifts

It’s inevitable that you’ll be invited to participate in a number of holiday parties this year. Whether they are work related, friends, family or merely neighborhood acquaintances, you’ll want to be sure you are well-armed with a classic holiday hostess gift. Throwing a holiday celebration can be downright stressful while the host and hostess juggle many “ornaments” in the air. This is your opportunity to show them your gratitude and grace them with a gift they will be happy to use immediately or in the near future.

  1. A Wine Tote with a Wine Bottle. As the host or hostess of a party, there are few things more appreciated than a bottle of wine. If they are running unexpectedly low, they can uncork it and continue the party. Or, they might choose to settle into it during their more quiet after party hours. Either way, pairing it with a handsome wine tote will definitely get you another invite next year.A Coffee Table Book. Although print books may be on the decline due to the rise in interest in tablets and Kindles, a great coffee table book to occupy a living or family room table can set a tone. It can also provide guests with not only an interesting read but visually stunning photography that is sure to start many delightful conversations.
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    The Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler. Sea salts from the Aegean Sea, France, Hawaii, Cyprus, and so many more. Give your host this extravagant gourmet sea salt sampler and they’ll go crazy with delight testing out the various salts such as Tibetan Rose, Matcha Zen-green tea infused, Aussie Snow, Silver Palm, and Real Toasted Onion.

    A House Plant. Nothing graces a home with more elegance than a healthy house plant. Even better than flowers (as flowers very quickly die), choose a house plant they will enjoy for the ages. Any of the succulents, lavender, rosemary topiary, kalanchoe, a Christmas cactus, paper white bulbs or a philodendron will wholeheartedly express your appreciation.

    A Seasonal Wreath. One can never have too many wreaths to grace their home. Even if they have one hanging on the door, they can always swap it out for yours or place it in another honored spot. Bringing a seasonal wreath to the gathering is similar to bringing a Christmas tree, it speaks of warmth, comfort, joy, and holiday wishes.

    A Box of Chocolate Truffles.  There are a number of indulgent brands to choose from include Melodi, Godiva Chocolatier, Baci, and Lindt. There is always a chocolate lover in the house so arriving at a holiday get together with a box or bag of chocolate truffles in tow will not only get you through the door with a smile, it will get you a warm hug and gratitude.

    A Luxury Bottle of Olive Oil. Most chefs – the professional and the home, kind – use olive oil in just about everything. There is a huge difference in taste and response with the different olive oil price points, so choose from brands like Colavita, Brightland, Calivirgin, Oilio, and more. If they can display it on their kitchen counter, even better!

    Kitchen Textile Set. You can never have too many potholders, dishcloths, kitchen towels or oven mitts. Gift your hostess a matching set of kitchen textiles with a subtle design and she’ll be delighted to showcase them.

    Attractive Salt & Pepper Shakers. While cute, that Niagara Falls salt and pepper shaker set on the table could probably be swapped out for a pair that is more elegant and classy. Regardless, an extra set will always be most welcome.

Don’t arrive empty-handed to your get togethers this holiday season. Give your host and hostess gifts that let them know how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness.

Jeff Campbell