We know you’re racking up the party invites, and we also know you’re busy! This is the season of hectic, frantic holiday hustle and bustle, after all … and you might not have time to stop, think things through and find that perfect thank-you gift to hand your hostess when you show up at her door. That’s why we at StyleBlueprint have done the shopping legwork for you. Check out this list of cool, local products you can be proud to present when you walk into the party. These gifts will get you invited back, for sure.
Great Hostess Gifts
Measuring cups and spoons
Measuring cups and measuring spoons can be much more than utilitarian, and these sets from Southern Avenue Company definitely prove it. This warm and welcoming home decor and gift shop in the heart of Germantown offers loads of great gift options, but these ceramic measuring tools really caught our eye. Pick up the cups for $13.95 a set, or buy the spoons for $10.95 a set. Your hosts will not be disappointed!
This handcrafted, unique-to-the-901 tea towel is available exclusively at RSVP in the Regalia Shopping Center in East Memphis. Pretty kitchen towels always make great hostess gifts, and this one has the added bonus of celebrating our city in an artful, oh-so-Memphis way. Snag one (or several) for $28.95 each.
These bath truffles from 1818 Farms ($18 a tin) are just one of several handmade, all-natural products from McCrary’s Farm in Mooresville, AL, available at me & mrs. jones. Also find handmade soaps, shea creams, bath teas, room sprays and more. Ranging in price from $4.95 and up, these products fit a variety of budgets and tastes.
Ceramic bowls and mugs
Find more than coffee and a quaint atmosphere at Square Beans on the Collierville square. These handmade mugs, Tennessee-themed soup bowls and more by Turtle Shell Pottery would all make great hostess gifts and are available in a variety of styles and prices. Mugs shown are $16, and the soup bowl is $20.
Bring the festive fragrance of Christmas into your friends’ homes with these Winter Frost holiday candles by Archipelago. Balanced with a mix of white birch and winter greens, prices for these stylish scents range from $12 to $34. Find them at Sorelle.
These rustic hymnal churches are the hottest product going right now for Grace Given Gifts. Made of solid wood with aged hymnal pages, each handmade piece is unique. Says owner Deanna Hamsley, “I use an oxidizing metallic paint for the doors and windows. Through the paint mixed with chemicals, we get a beautiful, natural copper patina. They are actually wood turned into metal.” The hymnal churches are priced at $40 each, and Grace Given Gifts offers a wide variety of other ideas at a range of price points.
Got a friend who spends a lot of time in the kitchen? These fun kitchen accessories by Mud Pie would make a thoughtful gift for any home chef. From cheese boards to hummus bowls, you’ll find a nice “spread” of items at More Than Words. Here, we show you the butter dish and knife ($19.95), tea towel and spreader ($18.95) and ramekin set ($22.95).
Studio Pennylane candles
These nifty gifts by Studio Pennylane are more than just candles – they’re gratitude in a jar. With thoughtful epithets on the labels like “Be,” “Pause” and “Love,” the jars themselves tout the company’s mission of eliminating negativity and replacing it with love. Even the lids give users this instruction: “Every time you see a penny and every time you light this candle … take a moment and acknowledge something you are grateful for.” They’re available at Juve for $13 each.
Everybody loves cheese straws, and these varieties by the Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory are sure to please your hosts! Plus, they’re available in several flavors and sizes at Babcock Gifts. Buy the 10-ounce tin for $15, the 16-ounce tin for $19.50 or the decorative Cheese & Sea Salt Caramel tin for $25.
It’s never a bad idea to show up with a bottle of wine, and these picks from Kirby Wines & Liquors will do the job nicely and not break the bank. If your host enjoys reds, try the Trim California cabernet sauvignon, $12.99. For a crowd-pleasing white, go for this chardonnay by Butternut for $14.99 (as an added bonus, this Cali winemaker hails from the 901!).
Tagua Nut jewelry
These handmade necklaces and bracelets by Veronica Martens of Tagua Nut Jewelry are colorful, lightweight and sustainable. Who wouldn’t want wearable art? Find this thoughtful gift for a special hostess on Broad Avenue at T Clifton Art Gallery. Necklaces are $32, and adjustable bracelets are $40.
Wine bags & hand towels
These nifty wine bags and hand towels were designed and screen-printed by Memphis interior designer Jennifer Estes, and they’re available at a great prices at Palladio Interiors (formerly Market Central). Pick up the towels for $12 and the wine bags for $8.
Custom floral arrangement
Last, but hands-down not least, pick up a custom-made, small arrangement from Le Fleur. Not only is it a beautiful token of appreciation to hand your host, but she can also slip it right in as added party-ready decor. A win-win! This beautiful little bundle of fresh roses costs $30.
Enjoy finding that special something for your gracious hosts!
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