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Great Gifts for the Host & Hostess

The holidays are upon us and it’s one my favorite times of the year. Yes, it’s busy - shopping, baking, school events, holiday concerts, dinner with friends, weekends with family. There is so much happening, but no matter where we’re going, I never like to show up empty handed. Hence the theme of this post – Host/Hostess Gifts. We know the length of your to-do list is already overwhelming - we’ve put together some quick and easy gifts so you can show your appreciation and spread some holiday cheer.

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.

Rectangular Stacking Dish & Spices 
Our Pillivuyt Stacking Dishes are always great to have in the kitchen. They’re the perfect size for everything - from mixed nuts to tiny loaves of pumpkin bread. 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!

Olio Santo Olive Oil & Farm House Pottery Spoon Rest
You 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.

Glassine Bags & Your Favorite Ina Cookie Recipe
Need a bunch of little gifts to have on hand? Bake up a batch of your favorite cookies (we love Ina’s Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk & 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). And we all know that edible gifts are always appreciated!


Laurel Crock
This Farm House Pottery Laurel Crock is a great gift because it’s so versatile. Put a little plant in there, a bottle of wine, or olive oil fits nicely. We like it full of wrapped candy. On the counter, fill it with cooking utensils, pens, or a set of rolled cotton napkins.

Hope that these gift ideas help you cross a few things off of your to-do list. We’d love to see how you’d shop Cassandra’s Kitchen for gifts. 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,


Comments on this post (3)

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Love this wonderful blog. Thank You

    — Melinda Pollina

  • Nov 17, 2017

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

    — Cassandra's Kitchen

  • Nov 17, 2017

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

    — marion sader

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