Ask A Houston Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts

Ask A Houston Expert: Ideas For Hostess Gifts
Do you know a hostess with the most-est? She always hosts the most beautiful parties, she offers up the most delectable dishes and everyone has fun whether it’s a baby shower or a holiday party. Doesn’t she deserve a little something to say thank you for the hours of hard work she puts into making every event one to remember? But what do you give to a hostess to show your appreciation? Our expert Shalanda Turner of Live Life in Style is here to show you what to give and where to find it.

Shalanda (Shasie) Turner
Live Life in Style
Houston, TX 77007

Shasie created her blog Live Life in Style in 2010 as a way to showcase her love of fashion through ‘Outfit of the Day’ posts. Since then, her blog has evolved to also include interviews with influential members of the global fashion industry, product reviews and event coverage. In addition to being the Content Creator for Live Life in Style, Shasie is also the Founder of Houston Fashion Bloggers, Style Editor for FashionMingle.Net, Style Editor for Hat Trick Magazine and Houston Fashion Examiner for

Henri Bendel Wine Bag ($18)

Located in The Galleria Mall, you can pick up the perfect dress for your event and the perfect bag to go with your dress – or wine as the case may be. Of course, the standard hostess gift is to bring a bottle of wine, but spruce up your wine delivery with this cute wine bag from Henri Bendel. After all, you are dressing to impress for many holiday parties. Shouldn’t your wine reflect that sense of style too?

Glass Mason Jar Jugs ($15.95) 

Not just for canning anymore, glass mason jar jugs have become a beautiful and versatile gift. Sure you may have seen the cookies in the jar or salads served, but have you seen the Glass Mason Jar Jugs at Paper Source in Highland Village? The next time you visit, you may find your hostess gift adorning the table and filled with flowers, candles or put to several good decorative uses by a creative hostess.

Diffuser ($38)

Everyone loves a great smelling candle, but step it up a notch by gifting your hostess with a diffuser. Not only do they create an amazing scent, but they make for a great centerpiece on a foyer hall or coffee table. Lily Rain has a number of scent offerings for its diffusers for $38. Visit Lily Rain in Rice Village to make your sweet smelling selection.

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Kendra Scott Jewelry 

Located in Rice Village, The Woodlands and CityCentre Kendra Scott Jewelry makes a thoughtful hostess gift. An excellent hostess is usually dressed perfectly for any occasion, shouldn’t her jewelry reflect that sense of style too? If you really love your hostess, gift her with the gift that keeps on giving. You can’t go wrong with a piece of jewelry from Kendra Scott. With gifts under $55, you won’t spend a lot either. Choose the kiri necklace, maybe in her birthstone color, or a pair of earrings.

Macarons ($5-$25)

Hostesses put a great deal of effort into serving up the perfect dinner to dessert. Give the gift that tastes great and gives her a chance to enjoy a sweet treat that wasn’t made with her own two hands. Tout Suite and its sister company Sweet offer gifted boxes of macarons from a set of two up to 12.

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Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at