For the hostess who is always entertaining, coasters are always a great idea! We love the animal print and fun colors of these Boatman Gellar coasters.
Boatman Geller Coasters, $8 for 12
Silverplated Pineapple Coasters, $28 for 4
Any hostess can always use a set of salad servers. We love the earthy, organic feel of these wooden "twiggy" servers from Anthro!
Twiggy Salad Serving Set
Horn servers are so beautiful too. There are so many uses for a serving set like this, from salad to pasta to fruit.
Equally important to holiday decorations are holiday aromas, and we're sure your hostess would appreciate a jar of mulling spices. We'd package it up with cellophane and a big ribbon, and include a tea ball.
Mulling Spices, Williams Sonoma, 2 for $18
Monogrammed hand towels are such a nice touch to any powder room. We love to give these as a hostess gift, as they are usually something the hostess would not buy for herself. There are lots of tray options that will coordinate with these towels as well!
Monogrammed Paper Guest Towels, $14 for 15
Sometimes the wrapping is almost as important as the gift within! Seda France definitely makes the cutest candle wrappings, with the fun toile packaging in vibrant colors! They smell wonderful too!
For a gift that is a little different, we are in love with these vintage calendars! We purchased a NYC one for ourselves last year, and the illustrations are just fabulous. For 2010, Anthro has come out with a vintage travel calendar and a vintage map calendar. They are oversize and make a perfect gift!
Vintage Calendar, $22
We are in love with these paperweights from John Derian. His designs are so unique and interesting- these paperweights would be so pretty on any desk!
How gorgeous are these crystal perfume bottles? We think any hostess would love to add these to her vanity- the lines are so clean and modern, yet perfume decanters are classic and feminine.
What better hostess gift for a holiday party than a fun ornament for the host's tree? This little knit octopus is adorable!
Gump's Porcelain Orgami Birds, $36
A pretty travel jewelry box is an essential for every woman. These croc-embossed leather ones in bright colors would make such a fabulous hostess gift for the host who likes to travel!
You can't go wrong with a pretty picture frame. These well-priced enamel frames would look great with any decor, and we think they look so much more expensive than they really are (maybe it's the Tiffany blue...)!
Newport Frame, $13 for 5x7
These heavy crystal frames would look so gorgeous with a black-and-white photo in them. Once again, these remind us of Tiffany frames, but for a fraction of the cost!
Depending on your host's taste in home decor, a pretty throw is a perfect gift. It is probably too much to give for a dinner party, but if you stay with someone overnight or for a weekend, a throw is perfectly appropriate!