Thanksgiving Host & Hostess Gifts

Thanksgiving Gifts for the Host & Hostess :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWBMarble Tray $39 | Wreath $89.95 | Wishbone Figurine $29 | Planter $65 | Candle $15 10.50 | Cross Back Apron $80 | Catchall $49 19.99

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is impressive, challenging, and involves a whole lot of stress and preparation. So if your offer was declined when you suggested bringing your favorite green beans/potatoes/pie, don’t pass up the opportunity to pack a gift for the person or family hosting you (and possibly your whole family). I would venture to say that most people do not expect a gift for hosting, which makes it all the more fun to give. A lovely surprise that isn’t bound by any feeling of pressure. And it’s not that the token bottle of wine wont be welcome, it’s that you can push yourself to be just a bit more creative and bring a lot more joy.

My mother created a tradition with one of her closest friends several years ago where she leaves a wreath on her door at the start of every holiday season. Though her friend is well aware of it, Mom pretends that it’s a Christmas mystery yet to be solved. What a brilliant and doting gesture. Feel free to steal her idea (she’ll love it!) and pay it forward with someone special to you. Who doesn’t want to play elf every once in a while? Sign me up!

Halloween Hostess Gifts

Halloween Hostess Gifts :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB #halloweenHand Towels $11.95 | Ice Tray $8 $5.56 | Bat Server $25 | Valuspa Candle $25.46 | Candle Sticks $24 $19 | Spatula $9.95 $7.97 | Skull Dish $8 | Nail Polish $8.50 | Chalkboard Printable $15

Your costume shouldn’t be the only thing on your mind as your prep for Halloween festivities. Don’t forget to pick up a host or hostess gift for whoever is throwing an Orange and Black bash on the 31st. Whether you spend $5 or $25, arriving with a gift in hand is always a welcomed gesture. Running late? Pick up a bottle of Essie polish in a black shade and tie an orange ribbon around it. Now that’s a girlfriend gift that’s both October-worthy and wearable well into winter. Darling!

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30 for 30 Gift Guide: Part Two

30 for 30 :: Thirty Gift Ideas :: GWB Editor turns 30 :: as feaured on Gifts with Bows :: #giftswithbows #gwb

Ready to Wear

Salt + Light Tee by Walk in Love $25 | Elea Ring by Gorjana $75 $49.90 | Diamond Pendant by Mark + Graham $178 | 16 Stone Bangle by Margaret Elizabeth $165 | Berry Bliss Bracelet Set by Market Colors $15 | Ripley Bracelet by Kendra Scott $95 | Jersey Dress by Joules $53 | 360 Monogrammed Earrings by Swell Caroline $44

Happy Home

Turkish Towel from Design Darling $45 | Brass Planter by School House Electric $50-65 | Monogram Pillow by PB Teen $28.99 | Wish Eau De Parfum by Lollia $44.50 | Marble Cleat Box by West Elm $26-35 | Hello Object by West Elm $29 | Spring’s Eden Soap from Anthropologie $8 | Ginger Jar from One Kings Lane $119 $89 |

Today I’m bring you part two of the 30 for 30 gift guide. See an explanation of the guides, how I feel about turning 30 and part one here! Happy gifting!

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Vanilla by The Spice House

The Spice House :: Best Vanilla :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For the baker with a nose that knows: he or she will so appreciate the aromatic glory and deeply indulgent difference of Vanilla from The Spice House.

Also for your Starbucks or local grind junky who has an interminable weakness for Vanilla lattes.

16 oz. Madagascar “Bourban Islands” Pure Single-Strength Vanilla Extract $27.99

2.5oz Shaker of Madagascar Vanilla Powder $9.99

Note: I was introduced to the The Spice House by Chicago Food Planet Food Tours several years back, when I was living in the Windy City and my parents came to visit. The Vanilla they offer is miles away from what you can buy at a convenience grocery store. It is rich and layered and almost savory. Never in my life did I anticipate becoming a Vanilla snob, but I’ll freely and gladly take the title. When I found out The Spice House shipped its merchandise I immediately made a mental note to send a few jars to my Mom for Mother’s Day that year. It. Is. So. Good.

Either option works well for baking or coffee, but I’d recommend the liquid for the former and the powder for the latter.

If you’re ever in Chicago and you’re looking for something to do, treat yourself to a Food Tour by Chicago Food Planet. It’s brilliant fun, gets you walking, teaches you a great deal about a range of foods and restaurants, tells brick and mortar history, and comes with samples of the best tastes Chi-town has to offer. This company is so well loved that dozens upon dozens of food tour start-ups have mimicked them to find huge success in cities spanning the nation.

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Beer Jelly by Potlicker Kitchen

Potlicker :: Beer Jelly 3 Pack :: $21 :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

Whether he brews at home, hangs at the corner pub, or simply enjoys a cold one after a long day– send him a pack of beer jelly to braise meats or top his toast. Perfect for groomsmen, birthday boys and Dads on Father’s Day.

Buy the Dark & Berry 3 Pack for $21

Note: Potlicker Kitchen is the delicious gem of the Northeast corner offering a full array of artisan jellies and jams one small batch at a time. Nancy and Walter Warner have mastered the art of culinary surprise featuring mash-ups such as strawberry chipotle jam, blackberry basil jelly and wild sumac jelly. They look to six nearby craft breweries to get the best local flavor canned for your enjoyment. “Like” them on Facebook to find out what’s next on the Potlicker oven rack!

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Happy St. Patricks Day: Gifts in Green

Gifts in Green :: St. Patricks Day :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

For Her :: Monogram Earrings by Michellerie’s Boutique $8 :: Monogrammed Envelope Clutch by Embroidery by Melissa $22 ::

For the Kids :: Luck Tucker by Leslie McGuirk on Amazon (PRIME) $3.15 ::

For the Baby :: Croo-ak Clutching Toy by HABA on Amazon (PRIME) $16.14 ::

For Him :: Mens Skinny Tie by April Look $69 ::

Note: Michellerie’s Boutique is located in Miami, Florida and run by former-accountant turned stay at home mom of four. After several thousand sales through her Etsy shop, it’s clear that the change in her career path was meant to be.

St. Mary’s, GA is home to Embroidery by Melissa, an Etsy shop that specializes in personalized, monogrammed gifts. Melissa is a single mother of 3 boys who happily supports her family by sewing, a skill taught to her by her late mother who passed away from cancer but remains her major inspiration. Follow along with Melissa on Facebook.

Known for her quirky characters and style, Leslie McGuirk has sold over 2 million of her books across the globe. She has been recognized by both the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News for best children’s book of the year. Enter the comic world of McGuirk and enjoy a laugh while reading to the kids.

HABA is a fantastically thoughtful company that actively takes the worry out of toy selection for the children you love most. Valuing quality and safety above all, they explain, “when we want to bring colors into play we only use solvent-free, water-based stains. This means that toys are totally safe to pass from hand-to-mouth”. Babies, this is your cue to chew!

April Look was born in 2011 to Vaida and Agne of Lithuania. They say, “we feel that handmade has a lasting value that mass production can’t match. April Look believes in the beauty of simplicity.” Natural fibers are the base of each item– the tie featured above is made with linen and cotton.

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Easter Gifts for the Host or Hostess

Easter Week :: For Host or Hostess :: as featured on Gifts with Bows #giftswithbows #GWB

:: 1. Funny Bunnies DIY Cracker Set of 10 at Hey Yo Yo $17.95 :: 2. White Bunny Vase by Design Forest $60.55 :: 3. Woodlands Ice Tray by Kikkerland $7.54 (Amazon PRIME) :: 4. Sculptural Bunny Salt & Pepper Shaker Set by Williams-Sonoma $19.95 :: 5. Bunny Tea Towel by Oh Little Rabbit $11 :: 6. Menagerie Wine Bottle Topper by Umbra $12.98 (Amazon PRIME) ::

Note: The White Bunny Vase (#2) is handmade stoneware, fired at extremely high temperatures to ensure durability and waterproofing beyond regular earthenware. The glazes used are lead-free and food safe. Sherry Visetbhakdi Cantlay shapes her animal inspired pottery in Nottingham, England UK as Design Forest. Sherry combines whimsy and minimalism to deliver her original, charming pieces using a coil technique. Follow along on her blog for more on animal art.

The Bunny Tea Towel (#5) is an exceptionally soft “all natural cotton flour sack towel” featuring an original illustration and hand-printing. Oh Little Rabbit is comprised of lovebirds Jason and Cara Hibbs, a couple hailing from Albany, Oregon. Their operations and materials are eco friendly and often organic. Stay connected with @OhLittleRabbit on Twitter.

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