Headed to a Thanksgiving feast and don’t want to show up empty handed? Sick of bringing a fall bouquet that will inevitably cause your hostess to scramble for a vase and be relegated to the farthest reach of the room where there is a scrap of space? Try bringing one of these hostess gifts, sure to put a smile on their face (and your name at the top of the guest list for future parties!):
THIS is THE scent of the holidays to me. It is woodsy yet warm, spicy yet citrus-y. With a blend of pine, cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, thyme and citrus, how can you go wrong? Guests won’t mind pitching in on dish duty if they use this heavenly dish soap, and the hand soap and lotion are perfect for use all holiday and winter long.
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If you don’t know the story behind Beaujolais Nouveau, it is a good one to share. This wine is always released on the Third Thursday in November, always exactly one week prior to Thanksgiving. In France, they celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau day with fireworks, music and festivals. The wine is released at 12:01am by LAW! IT is a very young red, meant to be served chilled, and pairs well with most holiday fare. This wine is meant to be drunk “young” meaning- pop that top, no aging here!
3. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom- $3.99
If you have entered a Trader Joe’s lately, you can’t miss the delicious aroma of cinnamon. They keep these suckers by the door, I swear, just to make you more hungry when you shop. Yes, a broom seems like a weird thing to buy for someone, but it is just for decoration sake. At $3.99, you can’t go wrong.
4. Food Storage Containers- Price Varies
Ok, not the most glamorous hostess gift, but definitely one of the most appreciated. I can’t tell you how much random Tupperware I have of other people’s and they have of mine. I have seen people put leftovers in really weird containers because they don’t want to risk never seeing their Tupperware again. Take the guesswork out of how those delicious goodies are getting home, and supply your hostess with some inexpensive food containers.
5. Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows Set- $33
OK. So you might be saying THIRTY THREE dollars for hot chocolate and marshmallows? Well, yes. This isn’t the Swiss Miss powder junk that you dump into a mug of hot water, only to find it clumped in the bottom at the end. It is a combination of European-style shaved bittersweet and milk chocolates, inspired by the famous Angelina cafe in Paris. Hot chocolate flavors: Classic, Peppermint, Peppermint Bark and Salted Caramel. Marshmallow flavors: Vanilla and Peppermint.
What will you be bringing to Thanksgiving this year?