So your December calendar is filling up with party invitations, eh? How sweet! Embrace that notion and stock up on some sweet hostess gifts that you can bring along. These can be found in some of our favorite Southern cities, or you can place orders by phone or online. Each are tried and tested, and StyleBlueprint gives them the thumb’s up!
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. Click here for a list of Southern retailers, or visit the Iva Jean’s website and place your order online. Enjoy the small-batch fudge for $15 a tin.
Whipped and infused honeys
Give the “hostess with the mostest” the gift of liquid gold — artisan honey products. Cloister Honey’s whipped honeys are a smooth, spreadable delicacy and their infused honeys are raw wildflower honey infused with exciting unexpected flavors, perfect for cooking with savory meats or adding to a cheese plate or charcuterie board. Find the whipped honeys in lemon, wildflower and pumpkin spice for $11 each and the infused honeys in bourbon, vanilla and limited edition sourwood for $15 each in-store only at Gus Mayer’s Birmingham location.
Pick up a scrumptious, baked good from Bluff City Coffee & Bakery in Memphis, and you’ll be welcomed back at any time. The cinnamon sugar coffee cake, $15, is the perfect combination of sweet and spice, or you can choose from a variety of other freshly made cakes and pastries at the same price to take your get-together.
Christie Cookie holiday tin
Christie Cookie Co., based in Nashville, TN, is often our go-to for edible gifts. Their freshly made gourmet cookies and brownies are favorites for a reason. When you attend get-togethers this season, bring a holiday tin full of a dozen Christie Cookies, made with 100% real butter and no preservatives. The signature holiday tin gives you an excuse to skip the wrapping, too! Order online or pickup at their location in the Germantown neighborhood in Nashville for $26.99.
Savannah Candy Kitchen Platinum Tin
The folks at Savannah Candy Kitchen know which items are their bestsellers, and they’ve packaged them all up neatly in a festive platinum tin. The “Best Sellers Trio Platinum Tin,” $37.99 and available in any of their retail locations or online here, is filled with pecan pralines, gophers and pecan divinity … the perfect gift for a hostess to savor for herself or to whip out on the spot!
Posh Home in Louisville carries another no-wrapping-necessary gift that would be perfect for the hostess of a children’s party or cookie exchange. Pick up this tasty sugar cookie or brownie mix wrapped in a Christmas flour sack kitchen towel for $26 and be on your way!
Seersucker Candy Co. Candies
Leave your host and hostess with something sweet (without logging hours in the kitchen). Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.’s sister company, Seersucker Candy Co., both based in Middle Tennessee, crafts confections that ignite your taste buds. Their Original, Muzzle Loader and Cherry Bombs remain our favorites — the Original is filled with a salted chocolate ganache; Muzzle Loader is filled with salted bourbon caramel; and Cherry Bombs are filled with a pickled cherry, covered in a buttermilk fondant and finished with dark chocolate and dusted with cherry powder. We can attest to the fact that all three are mouth-watering. Shop these at Olive & Sinclair in East Nashville or Seersucker Candy Co. on Franklin’s Main Street, or visit their website to purchase online. Buy the confections for $16.99 each, or get a three-pack sampler for $45.
Mariebelle champagne truffles
Dean & Deluca has the gourmet food game down pat, and with three Charlotte, NC, locations and online ordering, you don’t have to be outside the set of the Today Show in New York City to pick up some D&D goodness. Give the hostess a reason to take a load off post-party with a 20-pack of these Mariebelle champagne truffles for $38. The decadent dark chocolate truffles are flavored with champagne and finished with a cacao dusting. YUM!!
Chocolate Santa sleigh
Could there be any happier holiday gift for a hostess than a chocolate Santa sleigh adorned with candy embellishments and filled with yummy treats? We think not! This adorable and utterly Memphis gift from Dinstuhl’s, $25, is sure to delight the recipient, and we wouldn’t blame you a bit if you bought one for yourself as well!
Nandy’s Candy Caramel Sauce
Wrap up a fresh pound cake, and pair it with some delicious Nandy’s Candy caramel sauce, and you’ll be treasured forever! At an affordable $6.95, the caramel sauce is delicious whether served hot or cold, and it is great for dipping or topping — so versatile! Stop by Nandy’s Candy in Jackson, MS, or order online here.
Stay sweet this holiday season, and savor all of the deliciousness that time together with loved ones brings!
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