10 Easy & Elegant Hostess Gift Ideas

It’s official!  We have entered the holiday season and you know what that means – lots of parties and get togethers with friends and family and you never want to show up empty-handed.  Hostess gifts are not an expectation or obligation, but they are certainly a nice gesture and a way of thanking the host/hostess for the hard work that went into preparing for the party.  Some gifts require a little planning, others you can can pick up on your way, but whatever you give, it should be something you feel reflects the taste of your host/hostess so that it is more meaningful to them.

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1. Soap

Beautiful scented soaps are an nice gift to give and something you can easily keep on hand for those last-minute parties.  I found these beautiful square soaps at a discount store and so picked up a few.  I paired this one with a small dish and a few sprigs of lavender to give as a thank you to a friend.

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2. Wine

A bottle of wine is always nice, but consider skipping the wine bag and instead, wrapping it in a pretty tea towel.

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3. Manicure/Spa Set

A few bottles of nail polish in a cute bag makes a nice gift…you can also add a gift certificate for the spa.  As an alternative, you can create a Mason Jar Manicure Kit, tutorial here

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4. Tea/Coffee Gift Set

I recently received this beautiful teacup from a friend along with an assortment of teas for me to try.  What a wonderful gift!  You could do something similar with a nice bag of coffee and some cute coffee mugs or some coffee with an assortment of flavored syrups and creamers.

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5. Baking Gift Set

You can purchase decorative paper loaf pans and use them to put together a small baking gift set.  Here I’ve included some utensils, vanilla extract, and a family recipe for banana nut bread.  Simple wrap it in a cellophane bag and you’re all set!

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6. Picture Frame

A beautiful picture frame is a gift that can also can be turned into an easy Thank You note by adding fabric to the back and using a dry erase pen to write on the glass!

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7, Dish Towels

Pretty dish towels always make a nice gift. Here, I’ve wrapped them up with a beautiful wooden spoon and a nice cutting board, but even the towels alone would be a lovely gift.

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8. Candle

I love beautiful candles, especially ones whose scent fills the house like this candle from Anthropologie.

TIDBITS TWINE Anthropologie Candle Hostess Gift 10 Easy & Elegant Hostess Gift Ideas

 

9. Flowers/Live Plants

Orchids and topiaries are two of my favorite types of plants to give as gifts, but indoor herb gardens make nice gifts as well, especially if your hostess loves to cook.

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10. Olive Oil

A nice olive oil is a welcome gift for foodies.  You can pair it with balsamic vinegar and some small dipping plates to make a gift set.

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Gifts from the heart that you make yourself are always appreciated, but if you’re looking for an easy and elegant gift that you can buy for your host/hostess, this is my go-to list.

 

 

What are some of your favorite hostess gifts to give or receive?
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Friday Favorite: Library Bookcases with Ladders

Sometimes, it’s the details that draw me in and make me fall in love with an item and that’s exactly what happened when I first came across library bookcases with ladders.  Yes, it’s true, I love all bookcases, but one with a ladder?!  Well, my heart skips a beat.

 

 

The beauty of the bookcases mixed with the utilitarian nature of the ladder makes for a perfect combo in my book.

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If you have tall ceilings, one advantage is that you can take your bookcase all the way to the ceiling and yet still easily access the upper shelves.

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So beautiful!

 

Library bookcases with ladders aren’t limited to those that are built-in.  Freestanding ones are equally beautiful and sometimes, more realistic for your space.

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If you’re not planning a remodel with built-ins, you can still have one of these beauties.  Some freestanding bookcases can be purchased with ladders, like this one from Restoration Hardware:

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{Restoration Hardware 1950s Dutch Shipyard Triple Shelving}

 

Or this one from Cost Plus World Market:

Cost Plus World Market Agustus Library Bookshelf Friday Favorite: Library Bookcases with Ladders

{Cost Plus World Market Augustus Library Bookshelf}

 

You can also purchase ready-made bookcase ladders from vendors like {this one}.

 

 

A taller bookcase with a ladder was in my original plans for our master bedroom, but budget just didn’t allow for it.  I still dream of having one, though…. :)

 

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Designing a Built-In TV Cabinet

I mentioned Friday that I was installing beadboard wallpaper on our bedroom built-in and today I’m ready to share it with you!  When we remodeled our master bedroom, one of our main goals was to create space for a TV, which we didn’t have before with the way the room was remodeled.  I know that for some, TV’s in the bedroom are taboo, but since we use our master like a family room, a TV was a must!

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Our master originally had three sets of 8′ tall closets along one wall, so the recessed area for the cabinet was already in place.  We decided to utilize the center closet for our TV cabinet so that it would be centered in the room and we left the other two closets so that they flanked the new cabinet {we also added additional closet space to our bathroom}.  To maximize our space, we removed the front side walls of the closet so that we could access the full space and used the existing alcove to recess our cabinet.  In the remodel process, we also updated the two other existing closets from brass sliding doors to mirrored french doors and added a pediment above each one.

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I wanted our built-in to look more like a piece of bedroom furniture and less like a media room cabinet.  Working with the cabinet designer, we came up with the idea to make the bottom part look like dresser drawers, so that it felt more appropriate for a bedroom.  The top drawers are actually drawers that hold DVDs and CD’s {clearly this is Hubby’s collection}.

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The bottom “drawers” are actually drawer fronts attached to cabinet doors so that there is ample storage for TV and speaker components.  We have a total of four drawers and four cabinets.

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Hubby’s criteria was that the cabinet house the TV he wanted {that rotates on a swivel arm} and include space for speakers so that he could wire up surround sound.  I really wanted a few shelves so that I could display some of my favorite things.  Luckily, we were able to do both.  Both of my kids want their projects displayed in our room so that their art is the first thing we see when we wake up and they take great pride in finding homes in the cabinet for their latest creations!  I also have each of their 1st birthday photos on display – my son’s is paired with his prized clay pig.

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TIDBITS TWINE 1st Birthday Baby Designing a Built In TV Cabinet

 

My daughter painted me this gorgeous Ariel for Mother’s Day when she was four and I think it goes well with my mercury glass dishes and boxwood, don’t you?!

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I also have a lot of old books on display because I love the weathered look and texture and I like the contrast with the clean, white woodwork.  {And see the beadboard in the back?!?!}

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I also have a couple of books on either side of the speakers along with my jewelry cloches, again because I like to decorate with a lot of opposites.

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On the drawers and cabinets, I opted for crystal knobs with a bronze finish so that they would complement the bronze and crystal chandelier that is in the room.

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The top shelves hold a few more books and more of my kids’ artwork.

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Ever since we finished up the built-in, we have been much better at keeping organized and I love that all of the wires and components are hidden.  I don’t know that I’m quite done styling the shelves – and I know the kids are hoping to add more clay projects to the display – but I love that what is currently displayed is a reflection of our family.  This was another step in our effort to create a little paradise for ourselves and our family movie nights!
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