Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $20

Living & Spending
on November 22, 2013

When it comes to gifting your gracious host or hostess during the holiday season, it’s the thought that counts. Instead of breaking the bank in an effort to impress, put thought into selecting a gift that reflects your appreciation. This year, go for gifts produced with a spirit of craftsmanship and quality that won’t set you back.

Grady’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate ($15)
gradys-cold-brewsOffer up the ultimate “thanks” to your caffeine-craving holiday host or hostess with a cup of coffee—your treat. Or better yet, a dozen cups. A bottle of Grady’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate can produce several batches and types of coffee beverages, both hot and cold, and lasts for about a month in the fridge. This version is hand-brewed and bottled in Brooklyn, but lucky for us, nationwide shipping is available.

Salt Cellar from Best Made Co. ($15)
The perfect touch of salt is the beginning and end to so many of the best dishes. Grace your hostess with a charming cherry wood salt cellar, complete with a quarter pound of flaked finishing salt from Jacobsen Salt Co., hand-harvested from the Oregon coast.

Personalized Art Prints ($15)

If you’re the type to plan ahead (and kudos to you if that’s the case!), opt for a custom holiday gift. Stationery makes an excellent go-to, but we recommend something new and different this year. Personalized art prints from Silhouette Blue come in a variety of designs and colors for showcasing the names and dates closest to your heart.

Custom Rubber Stamp ($20)


Again, thinking beyond traditional notions of monogrammed gifting, order up a personalized rubber stamp for your hostess with the mostess, for use on stationery, home-baked goods, gift tags and beyond.

Calendar from Rifle Paper Company ($16)
rifle-paper-calendarA gift that keeps on giving for the year to come, this miniature Herbs & Spices calendar from Rifle Paper Co. makes a lovely addition to any cozy kitchen. Your thanks will be renewed over and over again as each month brings a new, brightly colored motif, each featuring a new herb or spice of the season.

Handmade Sweet Treats from MOUTH
An online purveyor of indie food, Mouth NYC offers up handmade, small-batch treats of all kinds, from cookies and candy to coffee beans and cocktail syrups. With sweets boasting a variety of forms, functions and prices, a hodge-podge gift of treats from would be sweet indeed.

Fresh Soap ($15)
fresh-soapThe Shea butter-enriched, vegetable-based soaps by Fresh are milled multiple times for added richness and density, making them especially long-lasting. Each soap is hand-wrapped with beautifully printed paper, tied up tight with twine—and finished with a semi-precious stone. As an added bonus, each order comes with three free soap samples. Use those to supplement your gift, or enjoy them yourself as a reward for a gift well-purchased.

Small-Batch Soda Syrups ($10)
soda-syrupsAvailable in flavors like hibiscus and grapefruit (as well as classic soda shop flavors like cream soda and ginger), these small-batch soda syrups out of Brooklyn are a guaranteed hit. Any hobby hostess will love flavoring sparkling waters, club soda and cocktails with these syrupy-sweet concoctions.

OneCanoeTwo Recipe Cards (50 cards for $14)

For the hostess with culinary inclinations, offer up a set of recipe cards boasting charming prints. The team at OneCanoeTwo Letterpress hand-paint the original designs before churning them out for our pleasure. And if you’re so inclined, fill in a few of the cards with your favorite recipes for a perfectly personal touch.

Voluspa 3-Wick Tin Candle ($18)

voluspa-candleFor hosts and houseguests alike, the perfect scent goes a long way. Voluspa candles are coconut wax-based, allowing for clean burning and a more potent, long-lasting fragrance. The three-wick candle—available in a variety of scents and decorative tins—is a whole lot of luxury wrapped up in a tight little package, perfect for gifting.

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