Looking for that perfect little something to give a hostess this holiday season? With so many parties happening this month, it’s nice to find gift ideas that don’t cost you an arm and a leg, but that will put a wide smile on the hostess’ face. We’ve put together a fantastic list of gift ideas, from delicious sweets and cocktail accoutrements to feminine aprons and a cake stand. (Yes, there is a food and kitchen theme here.) Take a look at what we’ve discovered around town!
Everything that comes out of Olive & Sinclair‘s chocolate factory is heavenly. One of their most popular items is the duck fat chocolate caramels, but this peppermint bark is a familiar favorite during the holidays. With a rich layer of intense dark chocolate topped with white chocolate and hand-pulled peppermint candies, it’s simply irresistible. Available for $19.99
If she’s got to be in the kitchen, make sure the hostess looks adorable, right? This fun apron offers bold color options — red, black and white — with fun patterns of polka dots, flowers and ruffles. Find it for $19.95 at Miss Daisy’s Kitchen.
Bloody Mary mix
Walker Feed Co. is known for its scrumptious Southern gifts, many of which can be found right here in Nashville at Batch. Their Bloody Mary Mix is top-notch. featuring barrel-aged Worcestershire sauce, creole mustard and black strap molasses. It’s oh-so spicy, savory and delicious! Available for $15
Chocolate Goo Buttons
Head downtown to the Goo Goo Shop and pick up some of these Goo Buttons, made daily just for the store. The flavors are all of our favorites, and surely your host’s as well: Salted Caramel in Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter in Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Ganache in White Chocolate, Marshmallow in Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate with Marshmallow and Caramel Swirl. The celebration collection, featuring Belle Meade Winery products, is also available at the Belle Meade Winery. $6.99 – $7.99
Everybody loves Memphis BBQ, so we were excited to learn we could recreate those flavors in our own backyard with these amazing spice rubs from Savory Spice Shop in Franklin. At only $5 per tube, they are a great treat to give out this holiday season!
Salt and pepper cellar
A thoughtful kitchen gift that will always be used? Here’s the perfect solution! This rosewood salt and pepper cellar includes two tiny gold spoons and will fast become a favorite kitchen item. Find it at Vignette for $38.
It’s the season to entertain with tapas, dips and spreads. Sophie’s Choice is a company that makes spice blends that you can easily mix with a few basic kitchen ingredients to create totally delicious dips and appetizers, like sausage balls and garlic spread. Impress your guests without slaving away over a cheese ball! Available at Southernaire for $7.75 to $9.
Seeds have been hailed as one of the best super foods to incorporate into your diet, and their oils provide equally substantial health benefits. The Olive Oil Store now carries a scrumptious butternut squash seed oil that has a deeply nutty texture. Ideal for adding into your favorite fall dishes, like polenta or mashed potatoes, it’s also a great alternative to butter for paninis and even popcorn! Available for $14.99
Cookie recipe dish towel
Here’s a multipurpose gift idea! This cotton dish towel features a seasonal cookie recipe, and is wrapped up in a neat little package, complete with a spatula. Find it at Southern Vintage Market for $16.
As everyone enters the new year with healthy food on their minds, try this delicious, imported balsamic vinegar from Lazzaroli. Perfect on a freshly tossed salad or spread over roasted veggies or meats, it has such a rich and decadent flavor, you won’t need any other condiment. Available for $24.99
You may not realize it, but The Painted Cupcake in Green Hills is actually known for its sensational French macaroons which are made of egg whites, sugar and natural flavors (so yes, they are gluten-free!). Available in traditional and exotic or seasonal flavors, these are such a pretty item to present as a gift. Mix and match with assorted flavors for a totally irresistible package! Available for $15.50 for a pack of 6
Small cake stand
Bring an instant lift to your hostess with this six-inch cake stand. The ceramic stand, $39, is ideal for small cakes or cupcakes. The glass dome, sold separately for $29, offers guests a sneak peek at the goods! Find it at Avec Moi in Franklin.
Make your margarita that much better with these flavored salt licks from Acme Feed & Seed. Made with gourmet ingredients, they add a perfectly salted rim to your favorite cocktails. Options include celery salt, Applewood smoked salt and margarita salt. Available for $12 each
For the morning after the big event, your hostess will enjoy her cup of joe in this hand-thrown mug featuring the great state of Tennessee. Find it at Raine for $38.
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate truffle? Tempered European Indulgence in Germantown is known for its classic techniques, gourmet ingredients and exceptional products. Their truffles are not only delicious, but are absolutely beautiful and make such a great holiday gift! Available for $23 for a pack of 12
Soberdough bread mix
There’s nothing like freshly baked, homemade bread on a chilly morning. This locally made Sourdough mix, called Soberdough, is one of the best around and the cranberry-orange flavor is perfect for this season. The instructions are so simple that you’ll be amazed you made this delicious loaf all on your own. Available for $10.95 at The Beveled Edge
Sea salt caramels
Harvest Wine has incredible wines, but they also have amazing artisanal sweets to pair with your selection. These rosemary sea salt caramels are the perfect balance of savory and sweet notes, and are so luscious it’s nearly impossible to stop at one. Available for $18
These tasty candies will transport your host (or maybe just you!) away to France this holiday season. The treats from Little Gourmand come in various flavors and are wrapped in bright colors that will sit charmingly under the tree. Available for $11.95
Nashville native Carla Hall, co-host of “The Chew,” is here to help you bring Christmas cheer to all your friends this holiday season! Her petite cookies come in both savory and sweet flavors, like cheddar pecan and almond ginger. These goodies are only $6.50 per container and are available at Corzine & Co.