Best Hostess Gifts $40 and Under

With holidays right around the corner, it is good to stock up on some grab-and-go gifts that you can keep around for last minute gatherings and festivities.

These are a few of my favorite items this season, that any recipient would be happy to receive!

Found on nestfragrances.com/grapefruit-classic-candle

Found on nestfragrances.com/grapefruit-classic-candle

Nest Fragrances: Grapefruit Candle
$35.00

This candle smells absolutely delicious, it is so luxurious I only burn it during special occasions, like having company over. I need to savor every last inch! It is a lovely combination of pink pomelo grapefruit and watery green nuances, blended with lily of the valley and coriander blossom. You have to smell it to believe it.

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Found on neimanmarcus.com

Found on neimanmarcus.com

Neiman Marcus Exclusive Chocolate Chip Cookies
$25

I wouldn’t normally think to purchase baked goods at Neiman Marcus, but I got these on a whim at a 50% off after-Christmas sale years ago. I was surprised and delighted by how unbelievably buttery-good they were — and have been addicted since! The gift also comes in a keepsake tin for a pretty presentation that can be reused after the cookies are long gone.

After doing further research on these goodies, I learned that the cookies are so famous, they even have a cute urban myth that is circling about the recipe. Read more about the Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie legend here.

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Found on 1800flowers.com

Found on 1800flowers.com

White Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant
$39.99

This is an especially thoughtful token to send ahead if you cannot attend an event, or just as nice to bring with you the evening of if you are attending.

However, the key to flowers as a hostess gift is to make it easy and appropriate. For instance, do not bring fresh cut flowers, it’s just a hassle for the homeowners to have to run around finding the proper vase and setting it in water – they already have their hands full. Remember to keep the arrangement simple – you don’t want your host to have to find a way to make a hot pink and lime green centerpiece fit into their entertaining decor. Therefore a neutral colored, planted flower is the best option.

With these guidelines in mind, it is safe to go with an all white arrangement of the stunning Phalaenopsis Orchid. They fit in any setting, and its graceful beauty will radiates your gratefulness for your host’s generosity.

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Found on williams-sonoma.com

Found on williams-sonoma.com

Williams-Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows Set
$36.90

During the cold winter holidays, why not warm up your host’s home with a decadent hot chocolate and marshmallow gift set. This is an especially fun treat if the homeowners have children in the family.

Williams-Sonoma’s European-style hot chocolate is produced from shavings of custom-blended Guittard bittersweet and milk chocolates that melt quickly in hot milk to yield a velvety body, rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma. The light-as-air marshmallows are made in traditional copper kettles and enriched with pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla for a delicate, creamy sweetness.

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Found on http://livebellavita.blogspot.com

Found on http://livebellavita.blogspot.com

Pasolivo Olive Oils
$29 – $33

A really nice olive oil is a beautiful hostess gift, and they can think of you often as they utilize it in their kitchen and daily cooking. I am a big fan of the oils by Pasolivo in Paso Robles, California, especially the Signature Extra Virgin and Lemon Olive Oil. Choose an oil that is luxurious, meaning nicer than the standard grocery brand, and comes in attractive packaging to pull the gift giving sentiment together.

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Found on redenvelope.com

Found on redenvelope.com

Red Envelope: Personalized Kitchen Towel
$20

If your host’s love to cook, this adorable personalized kitchen towel gift will both celebrate and complement their kitchen. You can choose clever copy like “From the Kitchen of Sarah Hudson” or “Hudson’s Eatery” or “Hudson Bar and Grill” – whatever fits the unique personality of the home chef you are buying for.

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