Hostess Gift Guide

I love the idea of a hostess gift! Which is probably why I had so much fun putting together a hostess gift guide for AOL's Holidash.com. My picks ranged from a splurge-worthy bar cart all the way to chic placemats - and I had a blast putting it together.

Of course, I had lots of ideas left over. And lucky you, I'm sharing them today! Here, some of my favorite hostess gift ideas this year...Enjoy!

Holiday Family Platter, Le Papier Studio, $30
Especially perfect for a newlywed, new homeowner or a new mom, you can choose one of the pre-existing family silouettes or send in your own.

David Stark's Silver Flower Clips for West Elm, $5 each
A thoroughly modern, festive (and recycled) bauble. Love these paired with a bottle of bubbly!

Philosophy Gingerbread Man Super-Size, Shower Gel, QVC, $25
Someone recently gave this to me and I love it. It's such a festive treat for the shower and it will definitely last all winter long!

Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils, $16, Sephora
Paraben-free eyeliner in 14K, Onyx, Orchid and Graphite? Yes, please!

Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? Cookbook, $18.90 on amazon.com
Why? Because Ina Garten rules when it comes to fabulous and simple party recipes.

Chocolate Covered Snowman Hats, Red Envelope, $29.99
These are just pure fun...an Oreo cookie topped with a marshmallow, dipped in chocolate. Need I say more?

Patron XO Cafe Tequila Liqueur, price varies
Best way to end any evening or to get the party started. Be sure to serve nice and cold! :)