Holiday season is also party season, and of course you never want to arrive at a soiree empty handed. The thing is though, you also don't want to scramble last minute to get gifts in order. So why not stock up now? At OTR, we love a gift that’s as functional as it is fabulous, because let’s be real, no one needs another ornament. Here are are our go-to gifts for the 2016 holiday season.
Handcrafted cheese board. We love handcrafted, wooden cheese boards to serve two small wedges of cheese, complete with apples and wheat crackers. We love this cheeseboard from Pottery Barn, which is also sturdy enough to use for cutting up veggies. ($39.50 Pottery Barn)
A cozy, crackling candle. A simple scented candle can be a bit yawn-inducing, so why not take it to the next level with a candle that mimics the best parts of a cozy fire? With a crackling wick and a smoky, but subtle scent, this is a gift your hostess will put to use right away. ($16 Amazon)
Candy, with a twist. A sweet treat is something everyone loves, but what about something that almost looks too good to devour? Treats in jewel tones or perfectly polished chocolate truffles are beautiful and tasty, pleasing even the pickiest host or hostess. For an assortment of stunning, sugary gifts, check out Sugarfina. We love their pink and white milk chocolate pearls, pictured above. ($7.50 Sugarfina)
Snuggly socks. There's just something so delicious about pulling on a pair of socks and snuggling up with a hot drink. Give your host a gift you know he or she will use with these warm wooly socks by Uggs. We like to buy several pairs in large, since bigger socks are likely to fit just about anyone. ($29.99 Nordstrom)
A pillow that pops. You don't have to know your hostess' exact home decor to nail this one, because an accent pillow should stand out. Something with some neutral details in cream or beige guarantee that your gift will find a forever home on a couch, corner chair, or bed. We love this option from Crate & Barrel because of the geometric pattern in easy-to-pair hues. ($39.95 Crate & Barrel)
Luxe, but neutral picture frames. A picture frame is a gift guaranteed to be put to use, and these beauties from Burke Decor work seamlessly with just about any color scheme. We love how these frames look almost like toasted marshmallow, and feature patterns that are oh so now. ($41.00 Burke Decor)
Artful cards on thick, luxurious paper. Gift season means card season, so you can anticipate just about anyone wanting to have some great cards on-hand. We love Paper Source for creative cards, and these perfect post cards by Rifle Paper Co. are our go-to. We love that no envelopes aren't necessary! ($13.50 for 10, Paper Source)
So get out there, buy gifts in bulk, and wrap them ahead of time so you can grab 'em and go. Future you will be thankful for one less thing to worry about this holiday season.
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