This time of year, the party invitations come rolling in. If you’re making the rounds on the seasonal social circuit, then you’ll need to have plenty of hostess gifts in-hand. Fear not! We’ve got you covered with these fabulous local finds, all for $15 or less, and all sure to please any hostess (or host) you meet.
At Table Matters:
Caldrea fragrance sprays and soaps
Caldrea product options include linen and room spray, countertop spray, hand soap or bar soap. Each makes a nice, aromatic gift for the home and are priced between $10 and $12.
A delicate bud vase and a few flower stems make a lovely gift for any hostess. Table Matters features a variety of glass vase shapes and sizes priced between $10 and $15.
Soapstone beverage chilling spheres
Sparq handmade soapstone spheres, available in sets of two for $15, make having cocktails with friends both fun and fashionable. And they’re easy (a hostess gift bonus!): simply freeze and enjoy with any beverage!
At The Blue Willow:
Perfect for those with artificial trees, these wax ornaments can fill a room with the scent of Christmas! These decorative botanical ornaments are $14, and lightly scented with cedarwood, sandalwood and Frasier fir aroma bringing that just-cut-from-the-forest fragrance into your home for the holidays.
Notepads by Kate Spade
Take note with these stylish pads perfect for anyone who likes to keep on top of their game. Perfect for the chic organizer on your list! The Short List will set you back $11, and the Long List, $15.
Raspberry jalapeño jam
Raven’s Original jam is made in North Carolina in open kettles and hand stirred in small batches. This $10 jam is delicious as a dip mixed with cream cheese and served with crackers, or spread it atop a wheel of Brie and bake for a special treat.
At Iris & Co.:
U.S. Apothecary orange water soap
Triple-milled soap created with orange water makes for a luxurious hand soap that not only boasts healing of damaged skin, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, but is also touted for invoking joy and happiness. A 9-ounce bar is $15.
et al designs candles
Pretty candles with a modern twist make for a unique, yet usable, gift. These handcrafted candles blend traditional hand-rolled beeswax techniques with unique contemporary designs to create artisan elegance. They are $15 for a set of two.
Available at Interiors by Kathy Harris
Bath Salts by French Velvet
What hostess wouldn’t want a relaxing soak after the festivities? French Velvet Bath Salts provide a fragrant indulgence and would also serve as a nice welcome in a guest bath. Made with Pacific sea salt and fragrance, each sachet is $12.
Available at Whole Foods Market
Copper Pot Kitchen Infused Olive Oils
Whether for cooking, marinating, making salad dressing or dipping with bread, kick it up a notch with infused oils made by local gal Ashley Tarver, right here in Birmingham! In addition to the flavors pictured below, you can find Lemon Rosemary and Spicy Chili for $14. Try replacing the olive oil in any recipe with these oils for a special culinary twist.
Sugar and Salt Blends
Made in Atlanta by Beautiful Briny Sea, these sea salt and sugar blends are uniquely delicious. Any food lover who enjoys cooking will appreciate this treasure. At $0.62 per ounce, it’s easy to give an assortment!
Available at Western Wine Shop
When in doubt, bring wine! Even if your host or hostess doesn’t drink, they will appreciate having it on hand to serve to future guests. These two bottles came highly recommended by Western’s wine expert, Scott Atkinson. Each of these options is priced under $15.
Available at Marguerite’s Conceits
Body Lotion and Milk Bath
Soothing magnolia fragrance is infused into these luxurious bath products designed to gently clean and moisturize while indulging the senses.
Available at The Swanky Stork
Initial Cutout Bar Necklace
Personalized gifts are always nice. A simple bar with a cutout letter looks great on its own or layered with other necklaces. These are $12.
Available at Sew Sheri
Alabama Hand Towel
Show some state pride with these simple, yet chic, hand towels. Get creative and use one to wrap around a loaf of bread or a bottle of wine. Each towel is $12.
Available at Chickadee
Dish by Susan Gordon
This $10 locally made dish can be used for soap, jewelry or as a spoon rest. With unique patterns and textures, each piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure.
A cross between a sponge and paper towel, these cloths are reusable for up to three months. Put them in the dishwasher, laundry or microwave to kill the germs! They puff up when wet and return to their original size when dry. $7 each
Savannah Bee Company Honeycomb
Honeycomb is the purest, most natural form of raw honey and makes a beautifully delicious complement to a cheese board. At $15, it’s a sweet treat!
Available at A’mano
The whole family will enjoy these delicious holiday cookies and the cute tin can be used again. Three different tins — each with a different flavor cookie, chocolate chip, key lime and gingersnap — make for a great $12 hostess gift.
Available at Smith’s Variety
It’s hard to believe these adorable pillows are only $13, as they are indoor/outdoor, water- and mildew- resistant and won’t fade due to a UV 50+ treatment, making them a perfect gift for sprucing up around the holidays.
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