Tis the Season of Giving…Hostess and Housewarming gifts


gift giving

I get a great deal of satisfaction from giving gifts. It is strangely rewarding for me to find the perfect gift for any given person or event, each gift giving opportunity becomes a challenge. I take great pride in finding the somewhat unexpected but perfectly personal gift for birthdays, holidays and hosts. Given the fact that it is “that time of year” and I have more events to attend than I can count on both hands, I have thinking quite a bit about hostess gifts, house warming gifts, christmas gifts etc. In full disclosure, it is my opinion that the presentation of the gift can be as important as the gift itself, styling across all platforms is my passion, wrapping is no exception. I get inspiration from the likes of Martha Stewart and Carolyne Roehm; her luxurious wrapping paper, beautiful ribbon and lovely accents can make the wrapping itself, a gift. Here are some inspiration boards that I’ve put together for the holiday season.

The Fall Hostess Gift

I love all things fall, the seasonal predecessor to the hectic holiday season…apple picking, pumpkin picking, halloween parties, fall cocktails and dinner parties. A cute way to say thank you to your host(ess) is to pull together fall basket of goodies:

fall hostess gift

The House Warming Gift

Moving can be a daunting task, I know quite a few people who have moved this year, which has me thinking quite a bit about housewarming gifts. One of my favorite personalized gifts is this fabulous cutting board that comes in the shape of all 50 states, they will place a house or a heart in the approximate location of the new house, I’ve found it to be a crowd pleaser!

Another fabulous way to thank a host(ess) for a housewarming party is to give back to the “bar”…I’m loving these fabulous bar accessories:

Welcome home

High End

The glammed up version comes with a hefty price tag but I have to admit I’d love to give OR receive this package:

Housewarming Gift

The Art of Wrapping

As I said ealier gift presenation is as important as the gift itself, in my opinion.  I love to incorporate elements of the gift into the wrapping.  Adding a gorgeous lollipop to a child’s gift,  using a mason jar to display an edible gift, or adding an ornament to the ribbon of a holiday gift can make for beautiful presentation and adds to your thoughtful gift, here are some of my favorite ideas:

martha stewart hostess gift






green pine gift



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