7 Hostess Gifts Under $30


So last week I looked at hostess gifts for under $15, but if you are feeling a tad more generous knowing the hostess went above and beyond (which ones don’t really) then this might be the list for you.   Here is a list cultivated with that amazing hostess in mind and all under $30.

Not sure why but there is a bit of a running joke with my sister-in-law concerning unicorn themed gifts.  For Christmas I got her Sprinkles the Unicorn, rainbow sprinkles come out of his bottom.  Here is something with the same whimsy but much more practical, unicorn kitchen storage.

I would hate for the unicorns to get lonely, frolicking hedgehogs to the rescue. Much like the beer towel from last week this one is just to pretty to use.  I hope your hostess agrees.

Looking for slightly more, um … refinement, how about the gift of tea from Tea Runners.  I personally had a monthly subscription to the Original Box, which I now updated to Herbal.  For the novice or enthusiast alike, this is sure to please.

It’s no secret that kitchen linens are the way to my heart, aprons included.  I think giving your hostess a delightful apron really says I appreciate your effort.  Never disappointed with the selection at Anthropologie, love the spring colors on this one.

Does your hostess enjoy perusing the local farmers markets, beach days or picnics in the park?  How about an insulated collapsible tote (okay so this is probably on my wish list).  Try this one with simple stripes and spring colors…. swoonable and sure to please.

Your hostess will love you for this one… looks like a heavy ceramic serving plate but its melamine!  This truly had me doing a double take, durability and what a lovely color.

What about something that she won’t find off the shelf in just any store?  For a unique twist try searching “vintage drinkware” on etsy.  Personally I love the funky look of mid century Culver glassware, regardless you will find something suitable.

Well I hope you found something extra special for your hostess.  If you are still looking for more ideas, check out my Amazon list!

Said it last time but repatition can be good, all of these ideas and opinions are my own; no one paid me to list an item.  For photo credits follow the links.

7 Hostess Gifts Under $15

My daffodils are up so as far as I’m considered, spring has started!  Which means the social events of the season are right around the corner, like Easter brunch, sweet little garden parties,  ladies tea, cookouts in the park and just about any other event ushered in by warm air and green grass.

Typically manners dictate to ask “what can I bring” in an effort to lighten the load for our hostess, but a small thank you gift can’t hurt.   So here are 7 delightful hostess gifts all under $15 (be on the lookout of an under $30 coming soon)

These flour sack towels, in fresh spring colors, are a welcome addition to any kitchen.  For this price, get a few sets and keep them around just in case.  (If my husband is reading this, yes I know I have an addiction to kitchen towels.)

So other than having an addiction to kitchen towels, I also love cute little bowls.  Just good for anything especially a hostess gift, and even more so if the vestment is this lovely mint color.

When the soiree has come to a close will your hostess sit down for a hot cup of tea, or collapse in a heap until morning coffee is brewed?  Either way show your appreciation with this cheery mug of llamas .  I just love their faces, kinda squinched up like they are giving the stank eye!

Does your hostess like beer, getting her learn on or both?  This towel is so awesome with it’s funky colors and every square inch filled with information and history about – yes beer.  To pretty to use if you ask me.

If you want to be more personal  try a vinyl decal from Salt and Grace Designs.  Wouldn’t the hostess’s stand mixer look adorable with this anchor decal , after all she did make the best hummingbird cake you’ve ever tasted.

Thinking simple and practical, how about charmingly wrapped hand soaps.  For an even bigger impact, tie a stack together with gingham ribbon or bakers twine.  A personal favorite of mine, Gardeners from C & E, but with all they offer I’m sure you can find your favorite too.

Finally, one of the sweetest hostess gifts I ever received was a small wicker basket filled with live herbs and scissors for snipping.  Coming from a local nursery specializing in herbs they were beautiful and ready to plant.

Well, hopefully this list has made it’s appearance perfectly timed for your spring time social going ons.   Be on the look out for the under $30 list coming soon.

In the mean time what is your favorite hostess gift to give/receive?

(btw – as always these are my own opinions no one paid me to say anything, and for photo credit follow the link)

Five Things Friday

Just five little things that made my week.

1.  Every moment I have been in my office this week, and I do mean every moment,  I’ve been listening to 80s music.  I can’t go back to the days of being a kid, where we drank from the garden hose, skinned our everything climbing trees or playing kick ball until we couldn’t see ….. but I’m sure gonna try one song at a time.

2.   Marinated grilled chicken with mango salsa and cilantro lime rice,  steak pinwheel doodads with ranch mushrooms, red beans and rice.  I was in a cooking whirlwind, and no one around here seemed to complain.

3.  It’s another week of sampling tea from tearunners.com.  This really is the best gift subscription ever.   Yesterday I opened the English breakfast and it’s delightful.   Last week was a raspberry honeybush.  Today I ordered more of the cinnamon orange red.

4.  As many exercised their 1st amendment right on Wend I was also reminded that we live in a great democracy.  I had jury duty, yes an inconvenience, but an absolute reminder that we have due process, freedom of speech and a lengthy list of rights and freedoms.

5.    I get asked a lot “what do you do?” and I always stumble through an explanation.  Well I’m self employee and contracted, project management, or sometimes product/feature management with a little QA testing for a database companies client base, but sometimes not for them….. oh man it’s confusing.  Knowing that the jury selection process would no doubt ask me that question I knew I needed to revolutionize my explanation.  Contract IT, that’s what I do.

Ice Cream Sundae Kit

How clever are these ice cream sundae kits?  Little bowls, spoons, lots of topping choices and a scoop.  Like it says – just add ice cream.

I made and gave these for Christmas gifts.  I think they would be super cute for Valentines day given to the neighbors, kid’s teachers, grandparents …. I think you get the idea.

Not only were they fun, but simple enough that they came together with ease even during the holiday crazy.  The disposable bowls and spoons came from amazon, what wasn’t already in my stash I picked up at the wally.


Treat bags and scrap book paper dressed up the sprinkles, gummy bears and mini M&Ms.   Washi tape (a crafter’s bestie) added a little something extra to the wooden spoons and tags.  If I wasn’t worried about shelf life in the mail I probably would have made homemade chocolate and caramel sauce, but the store bought worked just fine.  Tie a  ‘just add ice cream’ note to the scoop and done.

(another) Current Obsession

No secret that cast iron cookware is the best even heat you can find.  It’s also no secret that the really nice enameled french ones are exorbitantly expensive.  Like oh my gosh how many pay checks expensive.   So when I found an alternative brand, with great reviews I decided to give it a try.  I’m obsessed, stove top to oven and easy to clean.  I love my Lodge dutch oven.

Sorry no action shots, I’ll try to get a few good ones and update.

Five Things Friday – year end edition

Five little things that made my year.

1. The passing of our oldest sweetest dog. This really didn’t ‘make my year’ but it sure did define it. Heartbroken to loose him, but so happy to have had our lives absolutely filled with his little attitude up till the end.

2. I got a new dishwasher – no really that has been a life changer. It doesn’t sound like a car crusher in the kitchen so I can run it whenever I want and still have a conversation. bonus – things come out clean. I call it the cave of wonders.

3. My Gram turned 90, and I got to celebrate it with her. We planned a surprise party at the State College Elks Club and it was fabulous, just like her.

4. My dad came for thanksgiving, and it was such a blessing to have him around for the holiday. Best part, the weather was great and he got to go sailing twice on our boat.

5. Which brings me to the boat. It wasn’t so much launching the boat that made my year delightful, it was working on a huge project with my husband. I can’t explain how proud I am when I walk up to the boat, and she is all white and shinny. Like this floating happy thing!

Bonus thing – we made great memories with friends and family this year.  No really, it was a great year.

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Five Things Friday

five little things that made my week

1.  Work is starting to pick up, it’s nice to be a little busy again.  I think I had just gotten use to my slower schedule and started making other plans for myself but this is a welcome change.

2. Taco Tuesday!

3.  Cooler weather means moving all the plants into the greenhouse.  I always dread the task, it’s a lot of trips from all over the house and yard to the greenhouse.  When it’s done I remember how  rewarding it is to have a place to sit, and enjoy ‘outside’ even in the winter.

4.   Tuesday is my errand running, spend time with myself day.  I also have started enjoying taking myself to lunch as part of it.  Sometimes the waitress will come to the table a half a dozen times, asking if I need something almost like pity cause I’m eating alone.  Other times, she just drops off the sushi and leaves.

5.  I found a Christmas record with songs from Liberace and Lawrence Welk, for a dollar at a thrift store.  I can’t even how happy that made me.

Five Things Friday

Five little things that made my week in no particular order.

1. This weeks flashback cinema was Clue, great fun seeing it in the theater.

2. The weather is beginning to cool down, the leaves haven’t started changing but he sky is so blue as the humidity begins to drop.   I love the anticipation of fall, holidays and family that comes with the cooler temps.

3.  Pansies make me happy.  Filled my planters with orange, yellow and purple.

4. My October Tea Runners box came this week.   So far my favorite is Golden Monkey; pure black tea that has a little peachy flavor to it.   If you have ever thought about doing a monthly subscription this is the one to do!  They are opening up for new members on Monday, only 150 spots available.

5. Today is the first day of my 20th high school reunion celebration.  I’m terrible with names and nervous that I’m going to go completely blank, but I’m still going!

Five Things Friday

Five little things that made my week.

1.  When we found out that our sweet dog Kalie had a huge tumor on her liver we really weren’t sure what we wanted to do.   She is 14 and was showing no signs of it bothering her, but a good candidate for surgery.  It’s been a little over two weeks; she is recovering from said surgery, I’m pretty sure she isn’t holding a grudge and proudly displays her new “belly zipper”.  It was scary and difficult so seeing her in a good mood –  that made my week and then some.

2. We have lots of December birthdays.   I managed to find something unique for one of them and not break the bank.    I would tell you what I got but that spoils the surprise and I love surprises.

3. While running errands yesterday I saw a pair of Clark’s ankle boots that I bought online for $40 priced at $120.  I immediately told my husband that by spending $40 I had actually saved $80.

4. I made, what we affectionately call, street meat for dinner this week and it was awesome.  I personally have never had Halal cart style food but my husband says mine is exceptional, good enough for me.

5.  I talked with my Gram today.  I appreciate her time so much!

7 favorite childhood movies that I never out grew

We all have them, those childhood movies we watch repeatedly and they still have the ability to entertain us.    “Oh man you’ve never seen this, oh we have to watch it”.  Those kind of movies.

Here are my 7 favorite childhood movies that I (thankfully) never out grew!

1. Spaceballs – always first on any great movie list
2. Wizard of Oz – not sure why we never owned it but I remember waiting every fall for it to be shown on tv.
3. Return of the Jedi – none of that new music redone Jaba palace scene mess- give me the original that I saw in the theater.
4. Star Trek II, The Wrath of Kahn – Kaaaaaahn
5. The Burbs – Is he eating animal crackers in full swat gear?
6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – still cracks up when he rants; holy sh*t where’s the Tylenol.
7. Jump’n Jack Flash – funny but with a great underlying message about relationships and being an international spy.

Yep still have them, and on VHS no less.  What’s your favorite childhood movie that still captivates you?