I shared lots of gift ideas in my ‘Complete Guide to the Holidays‘ on Monday, but between my sister’s housewarming party this weekend and Thanksgiving next week it felt timely to share a few extra ideas for home decor & hostess gifts. You never want to show up empty handed this time of year when someone has taken the time and effort to gather friends, family and food. However, there’s also nothing worse than bringing something that just ends up feeling like a burden to the host/hostess. See here: decadent desserts that they may not want to indulge in or home decor that is more your style than theirs.

So my advice? Gift either a little luxury (think a leather bound planner or cowhide throw pillow) or something simple & useful (think their favorite tea or a pretty jar of matches). Undoubtedly a gracious host will be thankful for anything you bring, but why not be remembered for being the person that brought those golden monogrammed mugs?

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