2016 Holiday Gift Guide: for holiday hostesses

Hi friends! 2016 holiday gift guides are here! I LOVE putting these together to share on the blog each year, not only because I love shopping (heh heh) but I also love sharing gift ideas with friends during the holiday season. It’s so much fun to hear what you’re gifting and what’s on your wish list each year! I put together some roundups of some of the usual gifts, but also have a little surprise at the end of each gift guide post that will be appearing over the next couple of weeks. 

Let’s get this party started!

This list is for the holiday hostesses. Whenever we attend a festive party, I’ll usually offer to bring a dish, and will also bring something along as a “thank you” for the hostess. While flowers are always nice (and appreciated!), I thought I’d share some ideas to change things up a bit.

Hostess Gift Ideas for 2016:

2016 gift guide for holiday hostess

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Candles always make thoughtful gifts, and I like to personalize the scents that I give to others. If I know she loves shopping at Anthropologie, it’s always a Capri candle. My wine-loving friends (aka all of them) would love the Rewined scents, and the Homesick candles are perfect for those who don’t live near family. 



Sydney Hale Co.

Capri Blue Volcano

Body butter

Luxe hand creams:

Hostesses do a lot of entertaining and cooking, also wash their hands frequently which can dry them out. A luxe hand cream is a great option. I especially love the Beautycounter body butter because it’s thick without being greasy, has a light scent (no artificial fragrances) and contains safe ingredients. Our skin is our largest organ, so I try to be more selective about the products I put on my skin. 

Beautycounter citrus mimosa body butter

L’Occitane shea butter 

Aveda Hand Relief


Unique flowers:

A bouquet is always festive and appreciated, but it’s fun to switch things up with unexpected picks. I love the succulent terrariums and air plants (Trader Joe’s has some cool ones!) and the bouquets from The Bouqs. (I did a sponsored post with them last year and have loved ordering their flowers since.)

Air plant terrarium

Succulent & stone arrangement

The Bouqs

Dish towel

Foodie and wine gifts:

Foodie, kitchen, and wine gifts never disappoint. It’s fun to sort through all of the fun options, whether it’s a cheeky trio of dish towels, classic cocktail set or local finds from your farmer’s market. 

Cooking for Jeffrey (my favorite cookbook right now)

Honey flight

Vinegar trio 

Copper cocktail set

Sunflower trivets

Pretty apron (this one makes me want to cook allthethings)

Serving tray

Dean & Deluca babka for the next morning

Momofuku cookbook

Cheeky coasters

Marble fruit bowl

Cute dish towels (I kind of want these)

Pineapple salt and pepper shakers (only $12)

Local treats: hit up the farmer’s market for your favorite local honey, granola, fun bouquet, or salsa/dip that you love!

So tell me friends: what’s your go-to hostess gift?

A lucky reader friend will receive a Beautycounter body butter, and a Homesick candle in the state scent of their choice.

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This gift guide is not sponsored in any way, and everything was curated by yours truly. The giveaway is provided by Caro, who always wants to spread holiday cheer. Affiliate links are included, and do not affect purchase price. Thank you so much supporting this blog.  

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  1. Kelly Salomone on December 10, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I love those cheeky kitchen towels!! And i learned something new when I looked up the volcano candle you referenced, because I didn’t know francesca’s sold little gift trinkets! Thanks! ;-). I also follow you on insta.

  2. Blair on December 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

    My go-to is a bottle wine. Not the most unique but usually well received!

  3. Melanie on December 10, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I usually go with a bottle of wine, not very creative but always goes over well!

  4. Margo on December 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Bottle of wine.

  5. Sarah r on December 11, 2016 at 12:03 am

    A bottle of wine!

  6. Sarah r on December 11, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I follow on insta

  7. Maeghan on December 14, 2016 at 1:57 am

    The homesick candles are such a thoughtful idea. Love it!

  8. India on December 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Sent this to my sister in law for gift ideas. Thank you!

  9. India on December 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Love following you on IG.

  10. Dale Phillips on December 14, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine!

  11. candace on December 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    follow on instagram 🙂

  12. candace on December 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I honestly don’t think I’ve given a hostess gift (I never really go to formal events/gatherings or anything that would warrant it)

  13. Cara on December 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    My go to hostess gift is a candle 🙂

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