Even though my mind still thinks it’s September we are a little over a week away from Thanksgiving. How is this even possible? I love the holidays, but last year I was ill-prepared and disorganized all season. It really took away from the specialness and joy. Knowing how out of control I felt, I decided this year I am going to be epically organized. Tomorrow I am flying to San Francisco for work, so I plan on spending my time in the air mapping out the next six weeks. I need to figure out what we’re all wearing to a few parties and outings, updating our Christmas card list, and filling in my gift spreadsheet. Gifts are where I lose my way. I don’t spend enough time finding the best value, and I buy too much in general. That’s why the name of this season is ORGANIZATION.
You can bet once the Thanksgiving table is put away the weeks leading up to the New Year are going to fly. My first task to get organized was to pick up a few affordable gifts to use as hostess or thank you gifts. I cleared out two shelves in my pantry to stock with enough gifts to last the season. In my world, bringing a few bottles of wine and a case of beer to a party is pretty standard. So I like to gift something extra during the holidays as real “thank you” to our host or hostess. Today I’m sharing my favorite hostess gifts of 2017, which you can start to give this Thanksgiving.
1. Coasters, $12 These coasters are from Target, but look like you bought them at a special home decor boutique. The wood and marble combination go with any decor. You can create a simple and affordable thank you basket with the coasters, an inexpensive set of tumblers and a bottle of your hosts favorite spirit.
2. Wine Tote, $16 If you are spending the holidays with a wine enthusiast, giving a couple bottles of special wine is always well received. To make the packaging special, pick up this wine tote . Make it even more special with a gift card to their favorite BYOB.
3. Croissants, $40 I am obsessed with Williams-Sonoma’s food selection, specifically their croissants. They are amazing. I order them this time of year to keep in our freezer for Christmas and New Years morning. You can also bring them for you host to enjoy the morning after their event. Add some gourmet coffee, a few seasonal mugs and some local preserves for a full, ready to eat breakfast.
4. Candle, $28 The gift and home section of Anthropologie is magical. It both overwhelms me and inspires me to be a better person. This is my absolute most favorite candle to give. It’s gorgeous, smells divine, has 100 hours of burn time and is under $30. So easy.
5. Cocktail Napkins (Overserved and Day Drinker) under $40 If your friends are anything like mine, you have a few people in your life who would love these. I know exactly who I’m giving these cheeky cocktail napkins to. The best part is for under $40 you have a thoughtful and funny gift, that comes beautifully wrapped from Neiman Marcus.
7. Cookbook, $35 I collect cookbooks and have many friends who do too, so giving a newly released book to add to their collection is easy for you and useful to them. I love a cookbook that reads like a magazine (I’ve been known to read them in bed, like a novel). This lovely book by Oprah takes you into her truly stunning home, provides delicious and healthy recipes and is all done in her calm and spirit filled voice, which I miss more and more every day.
8. Wine Glass, $4 These wine glasses are on sale right now at Crate and Barrel for $4 a glass. For $32 you could pick up a set of 8, have them wrapped and sent to your Thanksgiving host before you even arrive. I’m picking them up for myself to keep on our bar from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
- Skip the basket. Instead of buying expensive baskets that add clutter, I like to buy inexpensive trays, serving platters and bowls to create gift baskets. Look to Target on sale or Home Goods for items that are often less expensive than baskets or gift bags.
- Think ahead. Schedule a quick trip to Micheal’s to pick up a few spools of ribbon and filler so you can pull together gifts easily. Better yet, spend a minute on Amazon and order all of your gift wrap essentials.
- Packaging makes a big impact. Look to better department stores offer under $50 gift items. You’ll get high end packaging and gift wrap that increase the specialness of the item.
- Stock up once. Buy some gifts and bottles of wine now so you are not rushing around once your calendar gets busy. You’ll feel so organized and will enjoy the holidays even more.