Even though it’s not quite Thanksgiving, I can’t help but sneak in a little Christmas shopping in November, especially after taking a gander at my calendar and coming to the realization that I’m supposed to be somewhere OTHER than shopping every weekend from now until Christmas. I have so many gift ideas to share I had to put them into categories based on recipient. So here’s a quick roundup of lovely little gift ideas for someone who loves to entertain.
I don’t have a copy yet, but I’ve read rave reviews for Creatively Christmas by Jennifer Rizzo. She covers the whole gamut in this book with chapters devoted to outdoor and front porch ideas, mantel decor, your Christmas tree, gift wrapping, gifts for making and giving, you name it. There are home tours, inspiration and ideas from other bloggers in this book as well. This would make a great gift for anyone who digs hosting parties with a vintage flair.
I love delicious craft cocktails, but who wants to go out and buy a laundry list of special ingredients you’ll only use once? At the same time, those mixes they sell at supermarkets are corn syrupy sickening. Ever since I read about SNAP made by Art in Age on Joy the Baker’s blog, I’ve been dying to try it. It’s basically the flavor of a real, Pennsylvania Dutch gingersnap, distilled into a spirit. And they have simple, easy to follow recipes with cool little illustrations, like “The Farmer’s Daughter” and the “Apple Snap.” Wouldn’t it be cute to print these out on cardstock and arrange them in a gift basket with a bottle of SNAP, plus a cocktail shaker like this one from W&P Design?
I made the mistake of buying a cheap beverage dispenser at Wally World and it not only leaked, but also busted on the first use. I like the looks of this one from Pottery Barn, and it happens to be on sale right now. They also sell a cool galvanized metal stand separately for a little under 20 bucks that elevates the dispenser and could have multiple uses. Don’t worry if the person you’re buying for already owns a beverage dispenser – you can’t have too many, and mismatched is the way to go in my opinion.
Check out these hand-printed dish towels from NestaHome on Etsy. I love the bold patterns and the worn, casual look.