Giving Good Gifts: My Favorite Hostess Gifts
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I’m a big believer in giving hostess gifts. Whether I’m visiting a close girlfriend or attending a party given by a casual acquaintance, I always like bringing a little token of appreciation - a unique home gift that they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves but suits their aesthetic and personality. Over the years, I’ve done my research and have come up with four key categories for giving the perfect hostess gift.Candles are a decidedly foolproof gift. There's something about lighting a scented candle that just feels so warm and luxurious. I light one in the house every day and am thrilled when I receive them as gifts. There are so many different varieties out there, so it’s easy to personalize them for your host. My personal favorites are by Dyptique and Jo Malone. If you really want to make a statement, check out this one I found by Voyage et Cie. The 10-inch version comes in a beautiful French-tapered vase and will burn for 300 hours. Quite a bargain and definitely a statement-maker…Both decorative and practical, the serving tray is a gift you can find at just about any price-point and in any aesthetic. I recently bought one of these adorable monogrammed Lucite trays from Emma and Minnie for my cousin’s wedding. For really affordable options, I love going to Cost Plus. I’ve got my eye on this gold mirrored tray. It’s so chic and cool. No one will guess it cost a mere $24!For a timeless gift that will be used again and again, I love purchasing glassware. This set from Bib and Sola is so beautiful and unique. Seriously perfect for an art-minded friend. I also love these gold C.Wonder chevron glasses and think this square Pottery Barn monogrammed decanter would be ideal for a scotch-loving host.Towels, handbags, polos- you name it! Ask a Southern girl and she’ll tell you that anything is better when it’s monogrammed. And what better way to thank someone for hosting a party than by contributing to it? From cocktail napkins to wine stoppers to these plastic S-Cups, I love gifting (and receiving!) monogrammed barware. For more of my favorite hostess gifts, check out the slideshow below. And tell me, what are your picks for the best hostess gifts? [show_shopthepost_widget id="247680"]

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