Design-Friendly Hostess Gifts

Design-Friendly Hostess Gifts

It’s that party time of year! Don’t just show up with a bottle of wine – give a gift that appeals to your hosts’ or hostess’ sense of style, and you’re sure to be invited back again!

Wool felt coasters that actually absorb condensation are a great idea! These are made from high-quality German merino wool, so thick that your host or hostess will use them every day! If you know their homes’ color palette there are tons of options. Or, if it’s your first time, go for a beautiful neutral set of gray that will go with everything!


Who doesn’t love personalized stationery? This classic modern design is sure to please and comes in so many colors you’ll have a hard time choosing! A terrific idea for newlyweds, too!


What’s the world’s most popular spice? Salt! Especially if your host or hostess loves to cook, this gift is sure to please. It’s a wonderful way to expand everyone’s palette, too! So many gift and taste options to choose from, so check them out! 


There’s nothing so classic as white and as useful as these beautiful bowls from Crate and Barrel. Classic Snack and Dip bowls are always welcome guests to any party and can be used to serve ANYTHING!

Design-Friendly Hostess

If you have time to plan ahead, this will definitely impress your hostess! And they will never lose their glass. Perfect for any occasion and the stemless design can be used for wine or any other beverage!


Another classic gift that keeps on giving is a beautiful scented candle. My new favorites are from Illuminations a start-up out of Los Angeles, CA with scents that are inspired by the connection to art and music. The frosted glass vessel only adds to the presentation and the glow of candlelight.

It’s that party time of year! Don’t just show up with a bottle of wine - give a gift that appeals to your hosts’ or hostess’ sense of style, and you’re sure to be invited back again!

Finally, if you just have to bring that amazing bottle of wine (the one YOU love to drink) then combine it with a stylish aerator. I love this classic design from Blomus – Blomus Wine Pourer with Aerator. (ALL their products are CLASSIC DESIGNS!)


Simple and elegant these host and hostess gifts are a thoughtful way to say thanks for the invitation on any occasion!

Carrie Oesmann
Carrie Oesmann


has spent the past 20 years developing her skills and expertise in the real world of interior design. With her new blog site, “My Bailiwick”, Carrie shares her valuable insights on her experience as an influencer in global community of interior design professionals.

Carrie addresses all the aspects of interior design; working with clients, partnering with contractors and developing designs that really work within her clients’ budgets, personal taste and lifestyle. Carries insights bring the design process into focus as she explains how decisions are really made and why. And how each of those decisions impacts the big picture.

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Gold and silver awards for her designing talents are a testament to her creativity and dedication to her profession. Carrie’s work has been featured in multiple trade magazines including New York Spaces, Distinctive Kitchens, Design NJ, New Jersey Home and Style, to name a few, as well as designer showhouses and even a television pilot. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from Centenary College. She is an active professional member of NKBA, the National Kitchen and Bath Association and ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers, and is one of the elite who have passed the rigorous national qualification exam, making her an NCIDQ certified interior designer.

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