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Now that Halloween is in the books, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

I know that some of you are probably sitting there rolling your eyes. “Oh, she’s one of those people,” you’re thinking.

You know the kind….the overzealous women who start ordering their kids’ Christmas gifts on Amazon before Thanksgiving, who have a stash of holiday-themed gift wrap at the ready, and the ones whose holiday cards are stamped and addressed on December 1st. (Side note: I am totally obsessed with Minted’s line of holiday foil-pressed cards this year.)

Yep, Buddy the Elf is kinda my spirit animal. (And green is totally my color, so….BONUS!)

But let me stop you mid-eye roll.

Yes, I do love Christmastime. And I am totally that person that I just described above. I do have better hair than Will Ferrell, for the record.

But do you know what I love even more than Christmas and decorating and buying stuff?!

Being able to enjoy the season and relax with my friends and family, thanks to checking the boxes on all my to-dos waaaay ahead of time.

No, I’m not bragging. And no, I haven’t always been this organized when it comes to holiday planning.

But over the years — and especially now that I have two little kids — I have learned that buying gifts and planning holiday meals and making sure I have holiday teacher presents ready to go before school lets out simply makes me a happier person.

And let’s face it: There’s a heck of a lot to do, so why shouldn’t we get ahead of the game whenever and wherever we can?

To help you tackle your holiday to-do list, I’m kicking off a series of posts today (hooray!) that’ll help you get prepared with holiday cards and gifts and all that great stuff so that you, too, can have a stress-free holiday season.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

From gifts for the kids to advice on how to pull together a great collection of coordinated family outfits for your holiday card photo shoot, I promise you’ll be ready for the holidays in no time.

Because putting your feet up with a glass of Prosecco by the fire sounds so much better than running out to Target at 11pm on December 23rd in search of that last “it” gift for your kid that you forgot about.

To kick off this holiday series, today I’ve rounded up 24 thoughtful, stylish and affordable hostess gifts that aren’t a bottle of wine.

Yes, I’ve brought many a bottle of wine to holiday parties over the years. And don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of vino.

But here’s the thing about getting older. Even though I attend fewer holiday cocktail soirees now that I have kids and there’s less time for adulting, the ones I do make time for are hosted by people I actually really like.

So instead of spending a couple hours at my husband’s coworker’s house or with a neighbor whose kid used to go to the same gymnastics class as my daughter, I’m more selective about the parties I attend.

And don’t those friends deserve something better than a dusty bottle of wine you grabbed off your wine rack 10 minutes before you left the house in sparkly earrings and heels?

Maybe something stylish and useful, like these fun finds?


I sure think so.

Check out this list of 25+ great gifts that you and your hostess-with-the-mostess pal will love.

I’m sure you’re already her favorite guest, anyway, but these fabulous findsĀ  — like this gold tic-tac-toe set — are sure to get you some bestie brownie points.

Order one or two now to keep on hand for when those party invites start showing up in your inbox.

And because most of the gifts here are under $25, you can snag something cute for yourself, too! Like this amazing buffalo-check acrylic tray that’s also personalized. I can’t even handle it.

P.S. – What other categories of gifts do you struggle with during the holidays? Who are the people in your family who are the hardest to shop for? And what else stresses you out about the holidays? Tell me in the comments below and let’s tackle the holiday insanity together! (Because remember…..hanging out with a glass of Prosecco > 11pm trips to Target.)

This is the best list of hostess gift ideas I've seen! Fun, unique, and sure to be loved by the recipient.

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