Can you believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away? The holidays, they sneak up on you. I'll be preparing my own turkey day (or un-turkey, in our case) feast this year, but other holiday dinners and "friendsgivings" and what not are likely to follow, so I've already started picking up some little hostess gifts.
Hostess gifts. You know, treats and trinkets to bring to a party hostess (or host) as a "thank you" for their hospitality. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I feel like a real jerk showing up to dinner parties and those sorts of things empty-handed. The most traditional thing to bring to a dinner party is probably wine, but what if your host doesn't drink? Or you just want to do something a bit different? Today I'll be sharing a few choice items I found at my local Hallmark Gold Crown store that I think would make excellent hostess gifts—and all of them are under $20.
SEASONAL TREATS: Crafters & Co. Peppermint Bark ($9.95 for 8oz):
There are certain treats that I feel weird about eating outside the holiday months. Like when's the last time you found yourself sucking on a candy cane in April? No. It just feels wrong. But during November and December, I'm all about minty treats. If you know your host also has a sweet tooth, a bag or tin of seasonal candies makes an excellent gift (if you can manage to resist eating it yourself before the party).
TABLE TRINKETS: Star Wars™ Salt and Pepper Shaker Set ($19.95):
Hands up if you've been seeing Star Wars memorabilia EVERYWHERE lately. I'll admit that the Chewbacca pajamas at Target are sort of hilarious, but not really appropriate to bring to a dinner party... these little Darth Vader and Storm Trooper salt and pepper shakers certainly are though! An essential part of any evil empire/dark tablescape.
KITCHEN HELPERS: Snowman Tea Towel & Spatula Set ($12.95)
This will probably make me sound like a dreadful bore, but I love getting practical gifts. This snowman tea towel set is both adorable and useful—who couldn't use an extra kitchen towel?
TOO CUTE: Cozy Snowman Mug ($12.95)
Mugs are another classic holiday gift. Fill them with candy, tea, coffee or whatever else you can fit inside! I was particularly enamored with this snowman mug because it looks like it's wearing a knit sweater—but thankfully the design is made of ceramic, making it easy to wash. Even my boyfriend went "awwwww" when he saw it.
WARM AND USEFUL: Christmas Oven Mittens ($14.95)
Heatproof mitts are essential for anyone taking hot trays in and out of the oven. But you know what's better than regular old oven mitts? Oven MITTENS! That's right, oven mitts that look like mittens. Perfect for not burning yourself and/or making a snowball in the most awkward way possible.
Those are my top picks for hostess gifts this year... if only those salt and pepper shakers had existed when my sister and her husband were still hosting Thanksgiving at their house. (They're huge fans.) It's OK, maybe I'll give them a set anyway.
Wish you had a set of Oven Mittens for yourself? Well you're in luck—I'm giving away a $20 gift card to one lucky reader! Use it towards a hostess gift or just to spoil yourself.
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Do you usually give a hostess gift when you go to a dinner party? Which of these items would you most like to receive? Let me know in the comments!
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