Thank You Gifts for the Holiday Season

Olio Santo Olive Oil and Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning
The holidays are upon us and it’s one my favorite times of the year. There is so much happening, but no matter how busy you may get, add saying thank you with a thoughtful gift for your host or hostess to your to-do list. We’ve put together some quick and easy thank you gift ideas so that are easy to mail or bring with you to a special party or dinner and show your appreciation and spread some holiday cheer.

5 Gifts for Baskets, Stocking Stuffers or to Say “Thank You”

Message & Grocery Writing Pads
Always one of my favorites. I tie a bow around them, maybe add a novelty pen or marker and voila, a cute and useful gift.

Message and Grocery List Writing Pads

Rectangular Stacking Dish by Pillivuyt and Spices. Perfect for serving appetizers or desserts like mixed nuts or candy. We like to pair them with our favorite Trader Joe’s ‘Everything But The Bagel seasoning blend – but a prepared bread mix or some candied nuts would be great too! 

Pillivuyt Stacking Dish with Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Seasoning

Olio Santo Olive Oil & Farm House Pottery Spoon RestYou know that I LOVE Olio Santo Olive Oil (just like Ina!) – it works in recipes but it’s also great for dipping. The Farm House Pottery Spoon Rest is beautifully handmade and serves double duty as a dipping bowl for olive oil. Add a little rosemary plant and you have a thoughtful and delicious gift.
Spoon Rest
Glassine Bags & Your Favorite Ina Cookie Recipe
Need a bunch of little gifts to have on hand? Edible gifts are always appreciated! Bake up a batch of your favorite cookies (we love Ina’s Almond Orange Cookies  & Pecan Sandies) and wrap them up in a Glassine Bag with a pretty ribbon or bow. The bags come in red, gold, and silver stripes (if you’re feeling extra festive). Edible gifts are always appreciated!

Glassine bags filled with cookies


The Milk Jug by Pillivuyt.Put a little plant in there, a bottle of wine, olive oil, or wrapped candy. Later your favorite party or dinner host can fill this versatile 34 oz pitcher with cooking utensils, pens, or a set of rolled cotton napkins.

Shop more great Ina Garten favorites and holiday gifts ideas for everyone on your list! Our thoughtful gift guides may help you cross a few things off of your to-do list. And don’t forget, you can log on to make your very own Cassandra’s Kitchen wish list.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season,


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Love this wonderful blog. Thank You

Melinda Pollina

Ugh, the dreaded typo! All fixed now. Thanks, Marion.

Cassandra's Kitchen

For the “message and writing pads” please note that “viola” should be “voila”

marion sader

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