I can hear the sleigh bells ringing, it is officially Christmas time! I will confess that I have been listening to Christmas music for about a week now. One of my favorite things about Christmas time is seeing family and friends at holiday parties. Here are some tips for picking up great hostess gifts:
1. Plan ahead!
If you know that you have a lot of social engagements this season, then go ahead and stock up on gifts! My favorite place to buy hostess gifts is HomeGoods. You can buy unique and expensive looking items on the cheap. They have a GREAT holiday section (don’t forget to check clearance too). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten about a hostess gift and ended up running to Walgreens to buy a gift plus $7 wrapping paper, $2 scissors, $2 tape, and a $2 bow. That’s about $15 that I had to pay because I waited till the last minute!
2. You don’t have to spend a fortune!
A great hostess gift can be purchased for $5-$15. Buying the wrapping supplies in bulk will save a lot of money too. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your gift wrapping! Instead of buying bags of holiday bows, I buy seasonal ribbon and a tiny box of ornaments and tie an ornament onto each gift. It makes the gift feel more expensive and the receiver can actually use the ornament rather than just throwing away the plastic bow.
2. Make it personal!
Usually my favorite hostess gifts are on theme with the holiday party or are edible. Soaps and candles are safe go-tos but you can easily make your gift stand out by making it a little bit more personal.
For a host or hostess that loves cooking and/ or baking:
For a host or hostess that has a signature drink / cocktail:
For a host or hostess that is always on his/her phone:
For a host or hostess that loves entertaining:
Have you started hostess gift shopping? How do you prepare for the holidays?