Thoughtful gifts for friends, family, and yourself!
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I’m gearing up for a month full of parties, celebrations, and fun! I love the holidays, not least because I get to see all my friends and family who are flying home from every corner of the globe. Needless to say, I’m so excited!
Of course, because I’ll be seeing all of my loved ones, I’ve been working overtime to find the perfect presents for everyone! Thankfully, buying quality gifts (of the tablescaping variety) is surprisingly easy nowadays with the advent of online shopping, which saves me a ton of time and stress.
Today, I’ll be sharing with you all some of the things that I’ll be gifting this year—little gifts that I’ve reserved for the hostess of whatever holiday party I’ll be attending, or for a cousin who just moved into a new apartment—so check out my recommendations below!
For the hostess with the mostest
I’ll admit that attending a holiday soirée can be trickier than hosting one, especially if your hostess is impeccable and has everything she could ever possibly want. Instead of offering to bring dessert or a bottle of wine—things that are perfectly acceptable but are also supremely boring—why don’t you think outside the box and gift her with something she can truly appreciate?
This year, I’m gifting my Friendsgiving host this beautiful olive wood cheese board that looks so much more expensive than its $39.95 price tag (I chose the 16 x 8 inch version, but you can always go larger or smaller depending on your tastes and budget). Each board is handmade and individual, so no two pieces are exactly the same, and the grain is just amazing to see in person. For less than $40, I was pleasantly surprised at the craftmanship, although since it’s made out of olive wood (and thus prone to cracking), you’ll have to treat it appropriately with olive oil.
It’s no secret that I love charcuterie boards on tablescapes, and this one is just too good to pass up that I’m thinking of buying one for myself. I plan on gifting it by laying out some cold cuts, olives, and cheeses to bring as appetizers for our Friendsgiving dinner, and leaving the board as a gift for the hostess.
Go the traditional route and gift your Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving host with these super cute golden salt and pepper shakers in the shape of gourds. While it’s a bit late to order them for your Thanksgiving host, at $4.99 they’re just too cute not to snap up. I bought these on a whim, and I plan on using them as stocking stuffers for my mom who hosts Thanksgiving almost yearly.
For the international (or domestic) traveler
When your friends and family are coming from very far away, like mine are, it’s a bit rude to inconvenience them with a large and bulky gift like a wooden charcuterie board… no matter how gorgeous it is. Instead, I chose to stick to small, thoughtful, and pretty gifts that (I hope) will be well appreciated by everyone who receives them.
Can I just say how much I love these rustic French cottage rooster rings? I’ve featured these silver napkin rings before, and I just had to buy another set to gift to my cousin who is flying in from across the country (don’t worry, she loves tablescaping almost as much as I do).
At $20.99 for a set of 4, they’re not exactly cheap, but definitely reasonable for a gift to a loved one. Plus, the finish and weight on these silver napkin rings makes them seem much more expensive than they really are.
For the coffee drinker in your life, why not gift these pretty marble coasters that would look stunning on any tablescape? Okay, so they’re actually made out of ceramic (because a marble coaster would just be way too heavy), but the finish is extremely realistic.
I actually love the fact that these are made out of an absorbent material, because liquids will. Not. Escape. These. Bad. Boys. I’ve used these with beer, cold water, sodas, you name it, and I’ve never had a problem with stains or spills on my table. The bottom is made out of cork, which is also super useful for preventing slips and scratches on wood. For the price point ($14.49 for a set of 6), these are hands down the best coasters I’ve tried.
For the beach lover in your life, try these seahorse design gold napkin rings on for size. Each box comes at $21.49 for a set of 8, which is a really good deal for the quality and finish you’re getting. I also love that they have an inside diameter of 1.5″, which fits most standard napkins. While I usually prefer an antique silver finish for the holidays, gold napkin rings are the perfect complement to a fun summer tablescape, and I can’t wait to show these off in a few months!
For the near and dear
For my closest friends and family (both by relationship and by location), I opted to give something a bit nicer than just your standard, run-of-the-mill gift. After all, they deserve it for putting up with me (haha). But because most of them live around me, I didn’t hesitate to include heavier and bulkier items on my list, which gave me a lot more options outside of napkin rings and the like.
For my dearest baker friend (and for myself), I found this gorgeous acacia wood and marble cake stand in Target for $24.99. While the price might not be steep, it is a pretty impressive piece that’s sure to wow whoever is lucky enough to be on the receiving end of this gift.
I actually have been searching for a marble cake stand for quite a while, and this one fits the bill perfectly: cheap, looks expensive, and is extra sturdy. When I’m too lazy to bake anything (much less display anything I’ve baked), I use this to display some candles and incense on my coffee table. It looks amazing!
My best friend, the sparkling wine lover and day drinker extraordinaire, gets this super cute copper champagne bucket that would look so good on her tabletop. This holds 5 quarts, so just perfect for a bottle of champagne, but there is a smaller one in their collection for wine enthusiasts.
I’m obsessed with this champagne bucket and the gorgeous color and finish of the hammered copper, and I can’t wait to see this on her New Year’s tablescape along with a bottle of bubbly. Cheers!
The last item on my list, though definitely not the least, is yet another gift to myself. I’ve been looking all over the place for the perfect dipping bowls to go with my navy blue stoneware plates, and I finally found this set of 3 watercolor dipping bowls on, believe it or not, Amazon!
I’m so pleased with how gorgeous and sturdy this set is in real life, considering I paid $31.99 for it. I also love how it’s microwave and dishwasher safe, AKA perfect for parties because I don’t need to trouble myself with cleaning it by hand after all the events I have planned for this season!
Note: Just so you know, while I do believe in each of the products I’ve suggested, this article may contain affiliate links so that I get a small compensation for the items featured on my list.
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