Holiday Gift Guide | Hostess Gifts

 This time of year is super busy with holiday gatherings and parties, and chances are you’ve got a party or two to attend.  I don’t want you to show up empty handed so check out my Hostess Gift Guide.  I’ve searched high and low to round-up twelve awesome gifts to bring the hostess as a little thank you!

P.S. Some of these gifts are also perfect to wrap up and put under the tree for family or friends to open on Christmas morning. 

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DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Mason Jar Matches

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During the holidays I always keep a couple of candles on hand for last-minute gift giving.  Candles are one of my favorite gifts to give but sometimes I want a little something extra to go along with the candle.

As I’ve been out and about Christmas shopping, I’ve seen lots of cute jars filled matches.  I immediately thought about what a great gift matches would be paired with a candle.  And then, like all crafters and DIYers the thought of making my own Mason jar matches popped into my head.

A quick trip to the store to gather supplies and in no time flat I had created this sweet candle gift set.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own DIY Mason Jar Matches…


Mason jar (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
sandpaper (this will make lighting candles even more convenient)
strike-anywhere matches
hot glue gun
candle  (one of my favorite holiday scents)
gift tag or sticker
twine or ribbon


Take the lid off of your Mason jar, and use it to trace a circle on the sheet of sandpaper.
Using your hot glue gun, glue the sandpaper to the lid of the Mason jar.
Fill your jar with the matches, trimming down to size if necessary. Tip: It is important that the matches you use are labeled strike anywhere, or they will not ignite on the sandpaper.
Tie a bow on the Mason jar and add a decorative sticker or gift tag.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Merry Christmas Sticker

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

Since I like to stock up on hostess gifts to take me through the holiday season, I made a batch of these at one time. They’re adorable, inexpensive, and didn’t take much time at all.

DIY Mason Jar Matches by ConfettiStyle

What do you think? Are you going to give this DIY a try?

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Holiday Hostess Gift–DIY Gift Tag Jar

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Is your holiday party calendar is already booked up?  If so, I know you’re on the hunt for creative hostess gift ideas.  I’ll be sharing my Holiday Gift Guides starting Monday but today I have a fun and easy DIY hostess gift idea to share.

No matter what type of holiday party we attend, my criteria for a hostess gift is that it needs to be creative, fun AND useful. This year I came up with the idea of creating a Holiday Gift Tag Jar filled with an assortment of gift tags and ribbon.  What I love about this gift is that it only take a few minutes to pull together and you can find all of the supplies you need for less than $12!  Everything you see here came from TJMaxx.

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Holiday Gift Tag Jar by ConfettiStyleI used a glass jar for this hostess gift but you could use jsut about any decorative container that you want. The jar is purchased has a pretty embossed snowflake pattern on the outside but you could add  a sticker to a plain jar to get the same effect. And I purchased boxed sets of ribbon and gift tags which included enough of each that I am able tome two jars.

Holiday Gift Tag Jar by ConfettiStyle

Lay out all your ribbon and tags and mix and match so that you jar includes a variety.  Fill the jar so that you can see everything inside and then tie a bow around the lid as a finishing touch. It’s that easy!

Holiday Gift Tag Jar by ConfettiStyle

In addition to being a great hostess gift, a Holiday Gift Tag jar would make a fun gift for a girlfriend, co-worker or someone in your posse like your hair stylist or manicurist.

Holiday Gift Tag Jar by ConfettiStyle

p.s.  A Holiday Gift Tag Jar isn’t just for Christmas.  You can make a year round version filled with all occasion tags and ribbon.


To make your own handcrafted gift tags, check out this post. And you and get tips on building your own gift tag collection here.

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Holiday Gift Guide–Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $25

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It’s party season and when it comes to hostess gifts, I’m always challenging myself to take something other than a bottle of wine.  My requirements for a hostess gifts are something that is practical, useful and something that will bring joy and that the host!  These hostess gift ideas check all the boxes and even better, all of them are under $25.00!

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Gold Frame Bottle Stopper–$14.50  Great to hold a photo of tag with bottle variety
Illume Balsam & Cedar Tin Candle–$24.00  One of the best smelling holiday candles on the market!
Gingham Pie Servers–$24.00  The stylish way to serve up pies and cakes during the holidays
Decorative Wood Matches–$3.50  These will make lighting Christmas candles a bit more special
Brass Pineapple Trinket Dish–$18.50  A fun little dish to serve up holiday candies
Martha Stewart Appetizers–$18.56  Anyone who loves to entertain will love this book
Ho, Ho, Ho Acrylic Tumbler–$4.95 ea  A fun holiday breakfast glass

Pop Fizz Clink

Pop, Fizz, Clink printable via Etsy




Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Entertaining


There’s nothing like entertaining during the holidays. From sit down dinners to causal cocktail parties, creating a festive setting for a holiday soirée takes only takes a few special pieces.  Here are my gift picks for entertaining-ware that will make you the star of the party!


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No. 1  A fun twist of traditional Christmas plates– Dapper Animal Plates
No. 2 A beautiful tray with a festive message–Plated Brass Tray
No. 3 A fun accent on the dinner table–Reindeer Salt-n-Pepper Shaker
No. 4 Tilt Bowls are perfect for serving up any type of holiday finger food {available in red and clear}
No. 5 A sweet little tiered stand to sever up sweets–Gilded Petit Four Stand
No. 6 Dots & stripes to glam up the buffet–Metallic 3-piece Cheese Knife Set



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No. 1 Because cooper mugs are cool–Copper Mugs
No. 2 No matter how you say it, say Cheers to the season! Cheers Champagne Flutes
No. 3 A chic way to serve wine, water or just about anything–Bird’s Beak Glass Carafe
No. 4 Personalize a party with these Acrylic Stemware Glasses {set of 4}
No. 5 Hot toddies call for classic Santa Mugs
No. 6 Why not serve custom martinis in festive martini glasses–Set of 2 Stag Martini Glasses


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No. 1 Indulge their sweet tooth with a fun Deer Candy Jar
No. 2 Gift your favorite cookies in this classic Winter Cottage Cookie Jar
No. 3 Whoever gets theses Santa Hat Lidded Bowls will be Ho, Ho, Happy!
No. 4 A personalized platter makes a great gift–Melamine Holiday Tray




Gifting 101: A few gifts you should be buying NOW for Christmas

I’ve always tried to stay one step ahead when it comes to holiday gift giving.  I usually take advantage of the after-Christmas sales and pick up a few gift items for the coming year. January is a great month to begin creating a gift list and checking out stores for sales.  Several of my favorite stores have amazing clearance events going on right now and there are some fabulous items to be had.  I’ve rounded up a few of my faves in case you want to get a jump on your 2015 holiday shopping.


Mark and Graham is one of  my favorite online shops and when it comes to monogrammed accessories, they have some amazing items to choose from.  All of their monogrammed items make great gifts for Christmas or any other gift giving occasion for that matter.


Gift shopping for men is always a challenge.  This Leather Credit Card Case–($19.99) is a great buy and makes the perfect gift men {and women}.  And if you have someone graduating this year, it’s a great grad gift too.
A classic like this Monogrammed Weekender–($119.99) is a gift that will last a lifetime.
Who wouldn’t love this Leather iPad Envelope–($59.00).  Available in 9 colors.
  I’m all about zippered pouches that I can fill with essentials and throw in a larger handbag–so many uses for an item like this.  Striped Zip Pouches-($34.99-$35.00)


 If I’m out shopping the day after Christmas, Pottery Barn is one of the stores I always go to.  I love finding holiday ornaments, tabletop items and textiles on sale.  Here are a few items that I think are worth adding to your gift closet.


How fun is this Globe Ice Bucket–($54.99).  Because it has a chalkboard exterior it can be used for any occasion and when not in use as an ice bucket, I think it would make a pretty cute nut or candy bowl.
Luxury at a great price.  Faux Oversized Mohair Throw ($39.99-$55.00)
These Alphabet Tags-($3.99) are just adorable and their classic design means you can use them now until Christmas.  And don’t forget that tags like them can also be used a napkin rings, wine bottle tags or as holiday ornaments.


Crate and Barrel is also a store worth shopping after the holidays.  Here are a few decorative items that are definitely worth buying.



If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone who loves to decorate I highly recommend these Brass Letter Art pieces.  They are a great buy at $9.97 each and are available in letters and numbers.
January is a great month to pick up seasonal candles and these Branch Taper Candles are definitely a stylish steal.  $2.97
Stocking up on wrapping paper after the holidays can save you a lot of money when Christmas rolls around next year. I love the elegant style and color of this Lacy Snowflake Wrapping Paper and love the price even more–$3.58!
When it comes to setting a holiday table, you can never go wrong with classic white dinnerware.  This Nordic Plate ($2.47) is really pretty and has a design that will work from fall through Christmas.


There are lots of deals to be had right now when shopping the after Christmas sales so start making that list of checking it twice.  Christmas is only 339 days away.

For more gifting ideas, read all about my essentials for a well stocked gift closet here.

Happy Shopping!


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