Surviving the Holidays: {Hostess Gifts!}

via Rue Magazine

Good morning, ladies and gents!

Welcome to Day 2 of Leslie's Birthday Week Extravaganza!
(I wish I had some sick anthem to cue up every time I say "Birthday Week Extravaganza!"...eh.)

In honor of my b-day week today, I had a chocolate no-bake cookie for breakfast this morning. I might just have one with my lunch and with my Caramel Brulee latte from Starbucks this afternoon.

Go ahead. Ask me if I feel guilty. I don't.

Okie dokie, well before we get into holiday survival mode today, I wanted to pass along a special invitation to you guys! You see, my friends at Maude Boutique are hosting the High Heels, High Hopes Christmas Shopping Benefit next Monday night, December 6th, from 6-8 p.m. Simply bring in new or gently used children's clothing and toys to receive an escalating coupon with savings up to 40% off for your Christmas shopping that evening! Best of all, you don't need to purchase a ticket for the event...just bring in a donation, which will go to Pel's Pals and the NWA Children's Shelter.

Maude will have their staff available for help with styling, freeze models showcasing the top trends of the season and silent auction items to bid on from Riffraff, Sassy's Red House, Revive Day Spa, Maliah Pinkleton Photography, Arkansas Razorback Basketball items, Color Service with Kelly at Studio 8 and a Keratin Treatment with Christina at Studio 8 just to name a few!

I will be attending the event and would LOVE to meet all of you Blonde Ambitioners in person, so if you're there, be sure to come over and say "hey"!

On to the next, on to the next...

So my good bloggy friend in Tulsa, Jax from The Roaring Twenties...(mine That Is) had the great suggestion yesterday of featuring hostess gifts for today's edition of STH. I thought it was a pretty nifty idea, hence, today's post. Thanks again, Jax!

I think it's always polite to bring along a little gifty-poo when going to someone's casa for a holiday party, but I hate spending a fortune on smaller items. I usually don't pay more than $30 for a host/hostess gift, but if you do, then 1) Congratulations, 2) You're invited to every single party I have from now until kingdom come; and 3) You're a silly goose and I can show you how to do it cheaper, er, less expensively.

If your host or hostess is a wino, either of these gifts would be perfect AND they're both less than 25 bucks.

Oenophilia 6-Bottle Climbing Tendril Hanging Wine Rack ($22.49)
Single Fishnet Wine Tote ($18)

For the Anthro lover in your life, this Cable Knit Candle or Key Bottle Opener would be awesome.

Cable Knit Candle ($30) and Castle Key Bottle Opener ($12)

...who doesn't need a mousepad? Especially one adorned with a mouse and their monogram?

Alphacritter Mousepad ($12)

If your host is a hostess (read: a chick) the Sugary Cinnamon Icing soap and lotion set from Philosophy is oh so lovely.

Hostess Holiday Set ($20) and Odd Size Measuring Spoons ($15.95)

I'm also a huge fan of these Odd Size Measuring Spoons above from Spoon Sisters (above, right). They give you the perfect measurement for a "dash", a "pinch" and a "tad". Perfecto!

And finally, what human being on this planet doesn't delight themselves in a spot of tea now and then? This is a great unisex gift and the tin is so beautiful, you wouldn't even have to wrap it.

Fortnum & Mason Classic Teas ($14.95)

Come back again tomorrow for a Trend Watch Wednesday that's more warm and fuzzy than a Snuggie (and FAR more stylish.)

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. Love that mousepad!! I saw it in the store and forgot about it until now! Sold! PS - I love this series! Can you please tell me what to buy for EVERYONE this year??? ;)

  2. The Maude event sounds like so much fun. If I didn't have an Evidence final on Tuesday morning, I'd totally be there :(

  3. I needed this post!! A million thank yous! I forgot all about those amazing Philosophy bath/body treats! And that wine rack is perfection!

    PS- Super love your breakfast choice! Don't ya just love birthday week?

    PPS- My bday was on the 19th and it's a good thing I didn't celebrate birthday month... I would've gotten pretty tubby by now! Thank the good Lord that Zumba and Pilates exist! :)

  4. I wish I lived closer so I could be there! I want that key bottle opener! Too cute! I hope you are having a great week honey! Be sure to visit soon!

    Kori xoxo


  5. I wish I lived closer too! I love that wine rack!!!!

  6. aye aye aye, now I'm feeling super cheap for my $20ish host/ess gifts! i need to spice it up a little! but i promise that if i ever come to a party of yours, i'll splurge on somethin *real nice... (that's cousin eddie style!) xo

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  8. That philosophy stuff is my fav and a GREAT gift idea!

  9. I love the cable knit candle! How clever!!

  10. Hi sweet girl! Thank you so much for your kind words... I adore your blog as well. How did we not know each other until now??? There's something wrong with that... ;) Hope you are having a stupendous birthday week!

  11. You're way too cute! Happy Birthday girl!

    xo - jami
    i m a g i n e

  12. First, I wish I was there to come to the fab event and meet ya! :) I would likely bother you with all kinds of fashion questions... haha! Second, thanks for the shout out AND the suggestions for hostess gifts! I LOVE that hanging wine rack thing! Awesome find! And I didnt know philosophy even did holiday soap/lotion sets! That's a way better idea than where I was thinking! :) You rock, sista! :) XOXO!

  13. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to take to a party next week, I think I'm gonna buy that wine holder!!! Thanks!!

  14. absolutely loving all these ideas. I`m definitely going to use some of these.


  15. I <3 philosophy verymuchbadly!

  16. I love the key bottle opener. Keys are very trendy right now!

  17. I wish I lived closer and could go to events like that-I'm sure it was a blast!

    Great hostess suggestions!


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