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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide



Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.
I am taking Thanksgiving week off.  I will be spending it with my little chickadees and company.

Before I go, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

When I count my blessings this year, you all are at the top of my list.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my silly little blog.  I am grateful for all the friends that I have had the opportunity to meet both online as well as in-person.

I hope that you feel as much joy this Thanksgiving as you all have given me.




I'll find any excuse to do some online shopping.  Especially when the Mister is watching a dumb old war movie.

I decided to put my energy towards hostess gift ideas.  I will confirm nor deny that I made some purchases for myself along the way.






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Something to brighten up the kitchen is sure to make your hostess welcome you with open arms.




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How cute are these salt and pepper shakers?










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I like to wrap a pretty kitchen towel with a holiday ribbon around a bottle of wine.  That way nobody will know that I was the one who brought the cheap bottle of wine. 











Crate & Barrel

For the hostess who has some eye-catching baubles, a sweet dish to store them.






This wine chiller keeps the bottle cold for 12 hours. 
That doesn't mean much to me.
A full bottle of wine has never survived my existence for as long as 12 hours.




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These little beauties can chill a bottle of vino in a matter of minutes and will keep it cold for hours.

This is a great gift for the hostess entertaining her in-laws.



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Just in case the bottle starts whining that it's too cold.




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A beautiful decanter is always an appreciated gift.








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I've owned two of these pitchers for years.  Whenever we have a dinner party, I keep one at each end of the table filled with ice water and sliced lemons.  

They not only look pretty but they remind my guests to stay hydrated after all that chilled wine.









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How about some pretty holiday napkin rings for the hostess?
These are great looking and a good price, btw.








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Barware, anyone?




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1. Place wine in the bucket.
2. Tie a pretty ribbon around the bottle.
3. Give to the hostess with a smile.
Done!








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Years ago, a good buddy of mine gave me a box of Paperwhite bulbs and a darling plant mister, which I still use.


   




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For the hostess who enjoys relaxing with a cup of tea.








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Zulily

In Texas, my 'hood had a couple of giving plates that were brought out and passed around every year.



After I moved they were missing one. 






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If we bring food to a party, I always gift the platter to the hosts.  
It's a lot easier making an Irish exit hands-free.








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Anything personalized is guaranteed to impress the hostess that you didn't re-gift.
















A pitcher is always a nice gift.  
I usually present it filled with fresh flowers.
Prepare yourself for some oohs and aahs.









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etsy


For the hostess that always ends up having the most fun at her own party.

I'm talking to you, KTG!










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I love giving and receiving candles.
Ask the Mister.  
He even delegated a closet to house my hoarding addiction.
This one is my favorite around the holidays.



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It wouldn't hurt to include a warmer. 
Especially if the hubby is paranoid that the wife is going to burn the house down, like someone I know.










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I wish Hasbro came out with this edition when I was a kid.


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Gifts for the whole family are always thoughtful.









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If the hostess is throwing a holiday bash, there's a good chance that a newly-released cookbook will be a hit.




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Take it from me, this is a great book for the empty nester hosts.




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A sweet holiday story for the hostess who deserves to put her feet up after all her hard work.



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Another idea is to give the hostess your favorite book of 2018.
This was mine.






Last but not least, I humbly offer some unsolicited advice.

If you want to be invited back to the party next year...



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be entertaining

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dress with class.


I'd love to hear your ideas for hostess gifts.



Until next time...





Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash
Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

22 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving ! Thank you for the gift ideas. Love your blog !

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    1. Thank you, Arlene. Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well!

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  2. I have the same water pitcher and always get compliments on it when we have guests. A lot of fun gift ideas, thank you. Enjoy Thanksgiving in Texas with your beautiful daughters.

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  3. You always have the most wonderful ideas! I never thought of using a decanter for water. Duh! -Jenn

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  4. Wish you were close enough to come for a drink and dinner - love your gift list!!

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  5. Well, you are just full of great ideas and I'm about to go back and check a few of them out for myself. :o)) I generally take some of my homemade fudge on a pretty Cmas dish as a gift and I've never had anyone refuse it yet. :o)) Happy, happy Thanksgiving and I'm so glad I found you out in blogland.

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  6. What a fun collection of gifts...You can be a guest at my house anytime! Love all the wine themed ones and I see a few books to add to my list. I think you pretty much covered everything. What is it with those war movies? My husband watches them too but they put me to sleep. Enjoy your week and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Shelley

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  7. Oh, how I love platters. I love them. AND, I always love the great things you find to share with us! I will miss you this week and wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Hi Katie!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! All of your ideas for hostess gifts were great! I'll miss you while your gone but look forward to all your stories when you return! You do keep me entertained!!! HA! HA! HA! I can hardly keep up with your social calendar!!!
    Best regard,
    Linda Ortolnao

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    1. Hi Linda... thanks for your sweet note. I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving! I am sure it will be wonderful to have your beautiful family home celebrating! Thank you for sharing your blog and your humor, you always make me laugh!

    I love this list! There are so many great ideas I might have to pick a few of these things up for me, especially the cookbooks.

    Have a great week.

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  10. Oh my, that wine glass speaking in cursive and the target sweater are great! So are the others, but I'm easily amused this morning. Have a great week, Katie, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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  11. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Katie and enjoy your break!

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  12. Katie, you are officially invited to my party. Any party. Any time. At the greens market this weekend I found the cutest little tin pails filled with boxwood and ribbons that I'm hoping to keep alive for another week and a Friendsgiving dinner! And for TG I found some cute Christmas bathroom towels with dogs for our dog-loving host!) You always need new Christmas towels!

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  13. I WISH I had pals and family who were as thoughtful and clever as you with gifts! I am a sucker for little spoons, and barware. But the sweaters of course take the biscuit. I'd love to wear one to a party just for the reaction haha! Joanne x

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Katie!

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  15. So many great gift ideas! My daughter has MacKenzie Childs on her Xmas list, just wondering if you have ever seen it on sale anywhere? I love all the pieces you have. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hi Lisa! Sometimes Horchow has some good deals. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  16. But we've just recovered from Thanksgiving. That's what's forced me back to the gym, Sis. Wait. What? OHHHH of course, you're my American Sis. Silly me. Justin was saying just the other day that he'd like to see more Americans up here. When he pops in for a visit I'll be sure to bring out the wine cooler as he never gives me advance warning. And yes, I LOVE the idea of gifting the platter with the food. That's brilliant. Happy American Thanksgiving. I hope you're thoroughly spoiled and that the pants are elasticized.

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  17. My dear Katie

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all, your lovely family and the two sweetie dogs. I am thinking of you, and wish you all the blessings of this special day together.

    I am so touched and delighted that I found your blog my dear, and enjoy all that you give, with such grace and humour you share everything so generously with us all. Across the big old pond, I am always smiling and have visited many places with you along with all the greatest gift and book tips!
    Thank you so much for all you give my lovely friend. You are a very special and wonderful person, and a beautiful lady.
    Sending my very fondest love,
    Sally xx

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