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The holidays are full of soirées, cocktail parties and cozy get-togethers with friends and family. Many of us down South like to show our thanks and appreciation with a thoughtful hostess gift when we’re invited to such events. We know, we know. There are enough gifts that we have to buy without adding every single hostess to the lengthy list, but a kind gesture goes a long way. We’ve put together a list of great hostess gifts that you can pick up now to keep on hand that will help take some stress off your plate and make you everyone’s favorite guest.

Iva Jean’s Fudge

Y’all, we’re drooling just thinking about Iva Jean’s Brown Sugar Bourbon Fudge — and with several other delicious flavors like s’mores, apple pie and mint chocolate chip, you’re sure to find something that’ll suit any hostess’ taste. Enjoy the small-batch fudge for $15 a tin.

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Iva Jean’s Brown Sugar Bourbon Fudge, $15 | Image: Iva Jean’s Fudge

Spoon rest 

Give your friends who like to cook a good laugh with this cheeky spoon rest from Paper Skyscraper. Grab one for $16.95.

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Spoon rest, $16.95, at Paper Skyscraper

Wing Haven gift set

Give your favorite hostess a gift that supports a local nonprofit with this $20 mulberry jam and honey set from Wing Haven Gardens. The honey is from the garden’s own bees!

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Mulberry jam and local honey set, $20, from Wing Haven Gardens

Nest candle 

Nest has figured out a way to bottle up the scent of Christmas and sell it with this Birchwood Pine candle! Grab a few to have on hand for any last-minute party invites — they’re $16 each at B.D. Jeffries.

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Nest candle, $16, at B.D. Jeffries

Chef Alyssa’s spreads 

Your foodie friends will thank you for this gift pack! Charlotte’s own Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen has created the ultimate duo of condiments with her smoked chili and rosemary mustard spread and champagne tomato jam. Pick up a gift pack for $17.

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Chef Alyssa’s spreads, $17 for the gift pack

Shea butter soaps

Put together a holiday gift basket full of shea butter soaps from The Depot at Gibson Mill. They’re only $1.75 each, so you can present your host with several delightful holiday scents including fresh holly, gingerbread and cranberry chestnut.

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Shea butter soaps, $1.75 each, at The Depot at Gibson Mill

Room spray

Luxury Articles and Fragrance Co. are well known for their candles, but now their home fragrance sprays are becoming fan favorites — and it’s no wonder with scents like champagne, chamomile and lavender. Find them at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics for $36.

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Luxury Articles and Fragrance Co. sprays, $36, at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics

ZIP code notepad

For the hostess who not only loves where she lives but loves keeping her task lists tidy, these ZIP code notepads from Paper Twist are the perfect gift! Most Charlotte ZIPs are available in store — pick up a pad for $28.95.

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Zip code notepads, $28.95, at Paper Twist

Wine tote

Grab one of these festive wine totes from Green with Envy, add a bottle of wine and voila! You have the perfect hostess gift for just about anyone who enjoys having a glass of wine or two at the end of the day. Snag one for $12.95.

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Wine tote, $12.95, at Green with Envy

Tea towel

We all know someone who can’t help but dance no matter where they are — even in the kitchen. This tea towel from 32 Flavors Boutique, which proclaims the rules of the kitchen, will suit her perfectly and is only $12.95.

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Tea towel, $12.95, at 32 Flavors Boutique

No matter where this season takes you, we hope having a few of these gifts on-hand will help keep you prepared for any party you attend. Happy shopping!


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