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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

December 12, 2018

The Browned Butter Blondie 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess       Only twelve days until Christmas! Say […]

The Browned Butter Blondie 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess





Only twelve days until Christmas! Say whhhuuut??  Clearly there is no denying that the holidays are here {tell that to my still un-decorated tree} which means that social season is full swing. Your calendar is likely filled to the brim with ugly sweater parties, cookie swaps and cocktail soirees galore. I love to entertain, but let’s be honest, it can be stressful. That’s why I always like to show up at a party with the perfect, hand-picked gift that I know I would be thrilled to receive myself. By the way, Santa called and said you can have one of everything so be sure to order one of each and put it under the tree. You deserve it! Get all the deets below on each of these gifts and click on the link to purchase. Please Note: I adore and use each one of these products, however I am not being paid to include them in this gift guide, nor do I receive any affiliate compensation if you choose to purchase. Find a good thing, share a good thing I always say.

1 – Sur la Table Marble Cheese Knives, Set of 3. These petite cheese knives are perfect for entertaining and this is one kitchen tool no party can have enough of. They are pretty and practical which are two things I look for in the perfect gift. These marble cheese knives go with everyone’s decor and arrive packaged in a pretty box. Just add ribbon.


2 – Apolis Global Everything Market Bag. I’m literally obsessed with these market bags from Apolis Global. They are functional, stylish and durable all in one. And major bonus points for the fact that they can be customized any way you like. These are great for Sunday shopping at the farmer’s market or just for toting around, well…stuff. Their site gives plenty of fun ideas for personalization options or keep it simple and just add your hostess’s name. Seriously, the perfect gift that keeps on giving!


3 – Voluspa Bourbon Vanille Candle. This candle is the bomb! Full disclosure, I love any and everything by Voluspa but this candle scent is my all-time fave. Not too sweet, not overly vanilla-y, perfectly masculine. This candle leaves behind the most heavenly scent and it burns for 45 hours!! Packaged in a gorgeous white and gold metallic jar, this candle is perfect for any decor, any time of the year. Your hostess will thank you ten times over for this gift!


4 – Williams-Sonoma Marble and Copper Monagram Coasters. I always love a good monogram and anything marble. These coasters marry the best of both worlds and add the perfect personal touch to cocktail hour. Such a classy, thoughtful gift that your hostess will enjoy for years to come.


5 – Fran’s Chocolates Smoked Salt Caramels, Dark Chocolate. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe just how good these caramels are. Rich dark chocolate and soft, buttery caramel combined with a not-so-subtle sprinkling of smoked sea salt make for the most divine indulgence. A friend of mine gifted me these caramels years ago and my pantry has been stocked with Frans ever since. Who doesn’t love the gift of chocolate? Every hostess will appreciate this elegantly wrapped treat once the party is over. Do yourself a favor and add a box {or two} to your Christmas stocking.


6 – Bumbleberry Farms Honey Cream Gift Set. I recently discovered this brand and I cannot say enough good things about it. I’m a sucker for cute packaging and Bumbleberry Farms nailed it. The Honey Cream Gift Set includes four 5 ounce jars of their Lovers’ Leap Sea Salt Caramel, Squirrel Crazy Maple {you’ll literally go crazy for it!}, Molten Lava Spiced Chocolate and Sticky Buns Cinnamon. All I can say is, pass the spoon!!


7 – Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen Cocktails Cookbook. Every good party needs a good cocktail. This modern bar guide is the perfect addition to any hostess’s cookbook collection. This handbook features updates on classic cocktails, infusing them with inspired flavor combinations {pomegranate martini anyone??}.  With recipes for both festive cocktails and small bites, this cookbook will have your host toasting to the holidays in style.


So there you have it friends! My top seven go-to hostess gifts that everyone will thank you for again and again. I hope this helps make your holiday shopping a little easier and that you find some new favorites for yourself along the way.

Happy Shopping!



  • Reply
    December 12, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing all of these gems! Merry Christmas!

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      December 13, 2018 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Meredith….so many favorites I could go on and on! Merry Christmas to you and yours too! 🙂

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