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We really like finding cool, modern, affordable hostess gifts that we can stock up on for all those holiday party invitations we’re looking forward to–and the impromptu ones we accept last minute. That way you’re never caught empty handed. Or scrambling for an overpriced Poinsettia at the grocery store. Whether you bring some holiday cheer in a bottle, too, is up to you. And hey, don’t miss our holiday gifts for foodies picks, which includes plenty of perfect host and hostess ideas too.
nouveau serrated cake knife
($25 at Leif)
Tell us this doesn’t make you want to eat more cake.
Save 10% with code CMPGIFT10
wildfolk woodlands handmade soy candle
($28 at Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop)
50 hours of absolutely delicious aromas.
winter blossom hand cream
($10 at anthropologie)
Stock up on a few for last minute gifts for hostesses, caregivers, teachers, your go-to salon gal.
wherever you are, be a good one by lisa congdon
($9.45 at Amazon)
The perfect under-$10 gift, illustrated by one of our very favorites.
metallic/wood ornaments by stacy wong
($20 at Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop)
Handmade ornaments are always appreciated; she’ll think of you every year as she hangs them up again.
hand illustrated playing cards
($12 at canoe2)
These are so cool and funky–what a fun, off-the-beaten-path little gift idea.
maison boissier parisian holiday tin of candy
($16 at provisions by Food52)
You can never go wrong with candy. Let alone French candy.
eames chairs coaster set
($23.50 at Gent Supply Co)
Coasters are always a matter of taste, but if you know a host or hostess with a thing for mid-century modern, boom.
belgian chocolate hanukkah oreo box
($12 at Dylan’s Candy Bar)
A big step up from chocolate gelt.
jonathan adler 4-piece pen set
($20 at ShopBop)
Now it’s even easier to write you a thank you letter!
mezzaluna chopping knife set
($15 at MoMA store, $12 for members)
The kind of gift you don’t know you need until you have it.
woodland cookie cutter set
($16 at Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop)
Wonderful hostess gift for a family with kids. If you’re lucky, they’ll send you the results.
hand embroidered holiday dish towel
($18 at anthropologie)
Perfect for wiping up those spilled hot chocolates.
spiced chile hot chocolate mix gift tin
($15 at whimsy & spice)
Ooh, such a cool hostess gift. We wouldn’t mind getting one. Or two. Hint.
Find more like this in our holiday gifts for foodies.
personalized scrabble initial stationery
($25.90/10 at paper culture)
Taking the time to order a personalized gift is an incredible gesture, and this one is both cool and affordable.
bouchon bakery milk it/dunk it bottle set
($25 at Finesse, the store)
Isn’t the design wonderful? From Chef Thomas Keller’s webshop.
the essential bar book
($14.53 at Amazon)
Pair it with your favorite spirit or a vintage cocktail shaker.
striped taper candles
($19.20 on sale at Leif)
One can never have too many gorgeous candles this time of year.
Save 10% with code CMPGIFT10
sugar paper for target 2015 weekly calendar planner
($9.99 at Target)
So she can mark down next year’s holiday party date, when you plan on hosting.
All gift ideas have been editorially chosen by our staff; there is no compensation in exchange for recommendations. CMP is an Amazon and reward style affiliate partner. Discount codes expire 12/31/14.
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