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Volume 1: Hostess Gifts

It's that time of year!  You need ideas and we're here to help! In addition to our gift ideas listed below, remember these tips:

  1. Shop early. Some stores aren't getting another shipment before Christmas - ask instead of assuming something will be in stock next week.
  2. Gift tags. Searching for an adorable gift tag can kill the mood when you're dashing out to a party. We fill a jar with tags, ribbon, scissors, markers, and tape and leave it on the counter so we can easily access what we need this time of year.
  3. Gift wrap. Take inventory of what you have from last year before you buy!! Complimentary gift wrap is available at many local stores - embrace this time and money saver - just add your gift tag or card.

BUY NOW & BUY IN BULK: Buy several of the same item and have wrapped gifts at the ready for parties, unexpected visitors, teachers and friends. What's going to be your "go-to" gift this year? Get it now! {...we wanted to include an item in this email and it was sold out before we left the store... one smart gal grabbed all 6 after we snapped our picture!}

Volume 2 will be emailed to your inbox on Thursday. If you need help with a special someone on your list - let us know by replying to this email!
xoxo QueenBee
Take your pick! There are dozens of pots and vessels in several textures, colors and sizes but this particular shade of green caught our attention. Add a live or faux plant and you're a hero.  The Market at Grelen. $13-$18
Maldon salt is our favorite! You can use when cooking and on the table, so it makes a great hostess gift for the foodie on your list. Read their story HERE. Find Maldon at Williams-Sonoma or Foods of All Nations. $10
For your creative friends of all ages! A complete stamp and stationery set to make your own note cards. Adorable! ROXIE DAISY $38
Square One Organic Vodka is owned and operated by a woman who lives in Charlottesville, VA.  Makes a terrific gift and an even better story! Find it at the ABC store on Hydraulic Rd, next to Kroger. $31 Look for her new flavor "Bergamot" in stores soon!
We love these rolls of kitchen paper in several patterns to cover the table or pick up a roll of the chalkboard paper that comes with chalk and doodle away. What a creative gift! The Market at Grelen & ROXIE DAISY $28-$32
Handsome bottle openers go well with cocktail napkins when you arrive at a cocktail party this holiday season - find them at FOLLY. $21
Red & green labels - what could be more festive?! Buy your hostess local cider from Castle Hill Cider $17 - $25 and available at many local shops in Charlottesville. 

[psst: do you know about their Cider Fest on Nov 23rd? Be there!]
The arched cutting boards are made in Hungary and start at $34. The darling little vintage ephemera plates are $6-$10.  Not pictured: our favorite oval pork plate with an image of a pig for $12.50. [Pair it with pork banger sausages from Whole Foods and you'll be invited back!] Find these treasured tabletop gifts at ROXIE DAISY
Looking for a Virginia themed gift? The 12 days of Virginia Christmas kitchen towel will be loved by any hostess! Find them at PATINA Antiques, etc.  $8.95
2015 Calendar: Each month has a unique design and competes with the other eleven months to win best time of year! Individually packaged, clothed with cream satin ribbon, encasing twelve 6" square months. ROXIE DAISY $29 (this items sells out every year!)
Entertainers love accessories for the bar! Find spreaders, bar essentials, trays and coasters at The Second Yard. Each room is staged for entertaining - go take a peek. While you're there, pick out fabric to re-cover your sofa! 
We love these practical and stylish bags from DUO on The UVA Corner. Have them monogrammed or buy them without any initials. Cross body or wristlet bag: $14-$38. (They also have a large tote!!)
The exquisite dish and partner soap comes wrapped in a beautiful gold box. Find this perfect pairing at PATINA Antiques, etc. $22
We were completely smitten when we saw these wooden cookie molds at PATINA Antiques, etc.  Display them as works of art to warm your home or gift them to the person who is "hard to buy for" or someone who appreciates art and antiques. $24 each and one-of-a-kind.
A charming and beautifully presented little book with loads of recipes, ideas, and inspiration for anyone seeking an elegant life from the great minds at Laduree in Paris. {ROXIE DAISY has a wonderful selection of books that make excellent gifts!} $39
Caspari paper plates with breakfast items make a great hostess gift.  We also love these cloth napkins (6 for $30) and flour sack kitchen towels ($9) with holiday images. Pair with Grelen's granola. The Market at Grelen
THE FINER THINGS: Tequila Ocho from Altamar Brands has a local connection to Charlottesville, VA.  Gift one of these varieties to an extra special someone this holiday season or reward yourself. Available at the Hydraulic Road ABC store. Read their story HERE  $62-$70
Does your hostess love to monogram everything? DUO on The UVA Corner has several gifts you can monogram, including this scarf! $28 includes monogram (allow just 7-10 days!)
Our favorite caramels are made here in Charlottesville! Choose from 3 flavors, including the classic fleur de sel. The Market at Grelen & ROXIE DAISY $9
This candle is stunningly handsome.  Each candle is sculpted under water with a high temperature wax and the fragrances are custom blended into a soy candle filling. The picture doesn't do it justice.  Go see. [This is our favorite: musk & smoke, almost too pretty to burn] SCARPA $62
Unique ornaments always catch our eye - this is a thoughtful gift for the horse lover or for young adults who are just starting to decorate. Find these and other great ornaments at The Market at Grelen $10 [grab 2 or 3 and put in their cute bags with a ribbon!]
An ivory box to tuck away your playing cards. The perfect size, price and it's practical while being so attractive! They also have a larger size with a compass. Find these at FOLLY.  $25-$45.
A variety of linens from fog linen, kiss that frog, and sir | madam can be found at ROXIE DAISY.  Who doesn't need one more set of luxury linens for the kitchen?  We LOVE the herringbone!
We love locally inspired gifts!  A book about Thomas Jefferson is fit for any home ($50) and these frames work in all decor styles ($22-$25) or try a handsome magnifying glass ($45) for a desktop or coffee table. These and many other gifts are at FOLLY
The day after a party is often a day of recovery. We're confident that your host/hostess will be thrilled to wake up to a bag of coffee beans from local roaster, Shenandoah Joe! Several varieties available at all 3 of their locations in Charlottesville, VA.
Don't feel like cooking this year? 

Let The Ivy Inn host your group for Thanksgiving with seatings between noon and 6pm! DETAILS HERE


We're sending additional gift ideas
 and ideas for your home in the coming weeks:

+ gifts for her
+ gifts for him
+ gifts for children
+ splurge gifts
+home decor ideas

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