A few of my Favorite Things Hostess Gifts

First...I must say that the tragedy in CT has deeply affected me.  My heart has ached since I heard on Friday morning.  I ask the Lord to surround these families with His love and comfort. So very sad.

I know I've been MIA.  The winter 'head stuff' hit me hard and the bed was my favorite spot for a few days.  Thankfully it only lasted a week and I think I'm back to 'normal'!

With all of the parties you are attending, taking a hostess gift is a must.
I went to a few of my favorite shops to gather some great ideas.
  Huff Harrington Home is one of my all time favorites.
To me the best gifts are things that you yourself like and would like to add to your home.
Owners Ann and Meg have great eyes for the unique...

 ...and all things French.

Not too long ago they hosted a book signing by local entertaining author Danielle Rollins.  A perfect gift for the 'hostess with the mostest!'

Not too far from Huff Harrington Home is Boxwoods, another of my favorite places to drool.
I have always loves these beautiful soap dishes.
I had to take a picture of this beautiful setting. I love those tall crystal candlesticks.
Oh I digressed on my hostess gifts...Mr. MD can wrap the pair of these candelabras!  Gorgeous!
Up the road in downtown Woodstock, GA, is Pineapple Park
Back to hostess gifts...love these crown candles. 
Have you ever seen these papers?  They are perfect for cheese plates or setting fun tables!
For you hostesses out there...this is a great setting!
Fun coasters.
How about a doorstop?

Just a little 'FYI' in taking gifts.  
It's best NOT to arrive with flowers unless they are arranged and delivered early.  Opening a door to a guest with a bouquet not matter how lovely takes the hostess away from her guests while she has to go and put them in a vase.

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  1. One year I gave vintage books of poetry by Gwen Frostic.

    The calls later were fun.

    Frostic touches EVERYONE.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

    You're brave going into Boxwoods!!

    1. Tara,
      I'll have to see if I can get a copy of Frostic.
      If you haven't been to HHH, you must!

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  3. So many great ideas...I never thought about flowers taking the hostess away from her guest. Good point!

  4. Lots of lovelies here, so many great options in your area. LOVE those paper pieces, I have some that are little dessert "plates" so easy and so pretty. Happy Holidays.

  5. Renae I love ALL of these wonderful Hostess Gift ideas! Beautiful!

    Love and Hugs
    Art by Karena

  6. my stars. those horn/bamboo bar tools are the best.

    great stuff, my friend.

    all my best to you and yours for the holidays, renae! donna

  7. Hi Renae: I love your post and on my way to shop tomorrow and hope to pick some of these fun items up. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. xoxo tamara

  8. Renae,
    The tragic events in Connecticut affected me greatly too, I found it so hard to think of little else most days. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!

  9. I wish I were near those lovely shops, you have found such wonderful gifts...love them all!

  10. It was so good to hear from you. I had to go back and find a picture of your grandbaby... so cute! I wanted to be called Grammie, but Tate never called me that. He on his own started calling me Mimi. I love that little tater bug, you are in for the love of your life. Merry Christmas! Vicky

  11. I hope you have an awesome Christmas with your new grand baby. Happy New Year, Renae. I wish you all the best in 2013! XO, Mona

  12. SOOO my kind of goodies!! I gave serving pieces a few times this holiday season, everyone can use extras and I think it makes a great hostess gift, ditto anything monogrammed.
    Happy 2013 Renae!


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