‘Tis the Season for Holiday Parties: Your Gift Guide

We all love looking at the December calendar and seeing the evenings fill up with fun places to go and festive things to do. Sometimes though...mid-week… thinking about what to do for that next party can get even the most holiday-spirited person feeling a bit overwhelmed.  

That’s why we put together this gift guide to help you navigate your holiday parties with ease. From the traditional ornament exchange to the festive ugly sweater party, we’ve got gift ideas for it all, so you can enjoy every party (and be the talk of it because you have the perfect gift!).

When it comes to hostess gift etiquette, we believe it is always important to offer a token of appreciation for every occasion, but sometimes it is hard to know what to bring. As Emily Post says “A gift for your host or hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality and is always appreciated.” There are so many ways to be creative and make personalized based on the occasion — without breaking the bank.

For The Holiday Cocktail Party

We love kate spade new york. Grab your hostess her favorite bottle of wine (that she can use at the party or later) and “wrap” with this Cheers Wine Tote that she’ll love to use again!

Dinner party

One of our all-time favorite gifts (and must-haves for anyone who likes to entertain) is the classic slate cheese board.  Add one of our favorite local chutneys from Holmsted Fines and some delicious cheese — we love a great brie or a mild blue for pop of color. Guests will enjoy all night and she’ll get to keep the board and use at all of her future celebrations.

White Elephant/Dirty Santa

Okay, we may be a bit bias but we would totally steal this gift if we were at a White Elephant party. Champs drink champs (and we like to consider ourselves champs of drinking champs). Pair these stemless flutes with an easy bottle of champagne and you’ll have the gift everyone wants to snag.

Another funny idea is our famous drinking buddies. Mitch and the gang are everyone’s favorite addition to the party.

For the Ugly Sweater Party

Attending an Ugly Sweater Party? Bring the hostess a bottle of wine and pair it with our ugly sweater bottle cover. She’ll love the wine and everyone else will love to see the wine dressed in theme, too!

Cookie SWAP

Cookie swaps are so fun at this time of year and a great way to catch up with girlfriends while getting sweet treats and new recipes. Bring the hostess a pretty serving plate with your cookies and a recipe card. This platter will make your cookies pop and she can keep the plate for the holiday season.

PS — check the blog next week for our new favorite way to host a cookie swap: Cookies and Cocktails. Yes please!

For the Ornament Exchange 

Another classic party (and excuse for girls to get together) is the Ornament Exchange. Bring a personalized ornament to make a thoughtful gift everyone will swoon over! 

Secret Santa

Oprah agrees, the canteen will make everyone happy {featured on Oprah's Favorite Things of 2015}. Whether you keep your water ice cold or your coffee warm (or your wine ready to pour), everyone loves the corkcicle canteen.

We hope these ideas and tips get you excited and stress-free for the holiday season ahead. 

— The Swoo Crew