Because your Mama raised you right. Because someone else slaved over the turkey. Because you hope to be invited back again. What do all of these have in common? They’re all why you must arrive at your Thanksgiving festivities with a hostess gift in-hand. We’ve found some great options all for $15 or less!
347 Main St., Franklin • theregistryfranklin.com
This cocktail shaker from The Registry is marked with exact proportions for a variety of drinks, making the role of bartender easy-peasy. A great hostess gift for the couple that loves holiday parties and entertaining. (Of course, you’ll want one for your own home bar, too!) $15
Add a jar of gourmet olives or a soft cheese to these entertaining accessories for a perfect hostess gift.
334 Main St., Franklin • heydayfranklin.com
Hammond’s Candies Peppermint Cocoa
The Hammond’s Candy Co. has been creating sweet treats since 1920. This peppermint cocoa is the perfect winter drink topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Peppermint liqueur is optional! $8.99
So maybe you know the hostess basically orders take-out for every party and holiday. She still shares the gift of hospitality, yes? This charming tea towel is the perfect way to let her know you couldn’t care less how the party started, just that she asked you to join. $9
Franklin Flower & Gift Gallery
1152 Columbia Ave., Franklin • Franklinflowershop.com
This sweet, vintage-inspired botanical will brighten a bookshelf this winter, or nestle this perfect hostess gift from Franklin Flower & Gift Gallery in the branches of a Christmas tree. However your hostess decides to display this gift, it will remind them of your thoughtfulness and, all modesty aside, your excellent taste. $9.95
Main Street Toy Shoppe
412 Main St., Franklin
Reusable sticker pad
Who says hostess gifts are just for grown-ups? Delight the littles with a giant book of stickers from Main Street Toy Shoppe, which will keep them entertained before and after the big meal. This fun (junior) hostess gift will give you “favorite” status with the 12 and under set. $14.99
Meridee’s Breadbasket Bakery and Restaurant
110 4th Ave. S., Franklin • Meridees.com
Viking bread and pecan round
Yes, you are giving the gift of food to people who are about to serve a gargantuan meal. But this homemade Viking bread from Merridee’s Breadbasket Bakery and Restaurant is made with whole-wheat berries, flaxseed and sunflower seeds, and is perfect for leftover turkey sandwiches. And the caramel pecan round is the perfect morning-after treat for a tired hostess. Viking bread, $4.19, and caramel pecan round, $8.59
418 Main St., Franklin • avecmoifranklin.com
Wine cork keepsake box
Do you share a special bottle of wine every holiday? This charming brass-and-glass box, with a scroll to inscribe the date, vintage and occasion, makes the celebration one to remember. $12.50
Little Black Book of Cocktails
A handy reference for even the most seasoned host, this is the little black book of libations. Add a bottle of bitters or a bar tool if you want to bump up giftiness even more. $9.95
The Iron Gate
338 Main St., Franklin • theirongateonline
Slightly modern, totally whimsical and utterly covetable, these ceramic vases will delight your hostess. Tuck in a sprig of greenery for an added touch. $14
Robin egg scented soaps
Pretty scented soaps feel luxe, and at $3 each, you can scoop up a handful for a lavish-feeling hostess gift. $3 each
Kelly Spalding Designs
915 Columbia Ave., Franklin • Kellyspaldingdesigns.com
Sometimes the best gifts are giggle-worthy and totally impractical. Case in point? Retro-style paper straws, brightly colored and festive. $5 per pack
Add an elegant touch to your hostess homage with this pretty angel wing votive candleholder, $12
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