Saturday, December 3, 2022

Gifts for Festive Affairs - Gift Review

If your holiday plans include an invitation to a holiday dinner or as a house guest at a relative's home, than a gift specific to the home and the host is perfect. 

Festive scene of family at Christmastime

Cutting Board Gifts 

Since almost all invitations to a holiday gathering involves food, a special cutting board makes a thoughtful and useful gift.

There is a wide range of cutting board sizes and styles, many even in animal shapes, or personalized, to choose from. My favorites are the handmade boards I found on Etsy. 

Personalized handmade cutting board

Handmade in Walnut, Cherry or Maple wood, in a variety of sizes, the personalized cutting boards at WallThingsCo on Etsy have just the one you want to match the person you are gifting. 

If you are going to 'grandma's house' for the holidays, this Nana's Kitchen board is a popular choice. But this Etsy Shop offers a wide variety of choices, or you can choose your own name, saying or design. A  lovely choice for your favorite cook.

Coffee Mugs

In town for an overnight or several days visit over the holidays? Then you will be having coffee in the morning with your hostess. Therefore a coffee (or Tea) mug makes the perfect hostess gift. With so many designs and 'sayings' available, it is easy to match one to the person it is for.

Vintage Christmas Mugs

To get into, or stay, in the Christmas spirit, consider a coffee mug from this group of vintage Waechtersbach cups made in West Germany.

Six such pretty designs to choose from ~ a Christmas tree, white terrier dogs, a white cat, a 2000 Christmas tree, white snowman, and a shorter Christmas tree mug. They can be found in the Etsy Shop of TheRustyJewels. 

Coffee Mug with Yoda Design

Or choose the cutest hostess mug I have ever seen. The ever-popular Yoda on an adorable coffee mug.

Found in the Etsy Shop of Expression Prints, a shop filled with a large variety of mugs with sayings which help you express your thoughts to those you love.

Special Glassware  

Glassware makes a lovely gift for your host or hostess. With so many choices, such as a beer steins for HIM or pretty glassware for HER, the choices are endless. 

bird design glasses

These hand-painted vintage songbird glasses would be a lovely hostess gift to someone who enjoys birdwatching or who enjoys the bird feeders in their back yard.

Available in the Etsy Shop of 'Shop the Leo Collective'. 

Handmade frosted glass beer mug with Christmas theme.

And as a dandy gift for HIM, choose this handmade frosted glass Christmas beer mug from the North Pole Brewing Company. 

It's available in the Etsy Shop of Hippie Radio Boutique.


Hopefully, this gift guide will allow you to be prepared for that host/hostess gift for those holiday invitations.

Happy Holidays

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*Festive Gifts review by Wednesday Elf

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  1. Oh what lovely ideas you have here Pat for any host/hostess gifts! I love all of them but am particularly drawn to the cutting board. In our house there are never enough of those around. I love the personalization too! Thank you for this lovely set of ideas for any "Hostess with the Mostest!"

    1. Thanks, Olivia. Cutting boards are always needed, and personalized ones make great gifts.

  2. Etsy really is a great place to find unique and special gifts. I have several items around my home that prove that out. All of the gift selections that you have featured are awesome! The song bird glasses are probably my favorite, only because I love song birds so much.

    1. I agree those song bird glasses are pretty and would make a lovely hostess gift. I also absolutely LOVE that Yoda cup. :)

  3. Some great ideas here. I love those songbird glasses!

    1. Thanks, Mary Beth. I can see that those songbird glasses are popular.

  4. Elf, what a wonderful selection of holiday host and hostess gifts you have assembled here! I, too, love the songbird glasses and personalized cutting board, and the frosted glass North Pole Brewing Co. beer mug would be a treat for any beer drinker who celebrates Christmas. The Yoda mug is adorable, too! Happy holiday entertaining and visiting.

    1. The songbird glasses appear to be a popular choice for a hostess gift. Thanks, Margaret.

  5. Pat, I love these suggestions - "Nana's Cutting Board" lol - that's my grandma name - "Nana" - That frosted beer mug is nice as well - that would make a nice affordable gift, or add on gift.

    1. Thanks, Barbara, Nana seems to be a popular 'grandma' name. Any 'Nana' would enjoy this personalized cutting board.

  6. I love your excellent suggestions for festive gifts for the host and hostesses. I particularly like the songbirds glasses and the festive mugs. There really are some beautiful treasures at Etsy! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank YOU for visiting my page of host/hostess gift suggestions, Raintree Annie.


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