The biggest shopping season of the year is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you can make the most of your time to save your hard-earned money. Even if you haven’t been that diligent this year, you still have time to prepare. Start putting away money every pay period from now until you celebrate the holidays. There’s nothing jolly about waking up with a New Year’s hangover and getting a shocking credit card bill! Thankfully, there are lots of wonderful ways to save a bundle on all the items you buy every year. “Remember, it isn’t size or dollar amount of a gift, it’s the thoughtfulness that counts,” says international etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. “As a party or house guest, it is always appropriate to bring a modest host or hostess gift. Excellent examples include homemade sauce or lemon curd, tea towels, scented sugars, wine, and confections. Show you appreciate the gesture of them opening up their home to you.”
A little bit of planning and a lot of organization can yield impressive savings. Savings that you can use to buy more gifts for your family, or save for a family vacation to de-stress after all the holiday hoopla is over with. My first tip is to get a jump start on Thanksgiving/Christmas hostess gifts for your upcoming holiday parties and get-togethers.
I always stock up on my hostess gifts (how cute are this wine bag!?!) in early November, so that I’m prepared for upcoming parties and last minute get-togethers as well. I also start getting fun things to pretty up my place for the holidays like this candle, I love this throw and of course, these wine glasses are a must to have on hand during the Holidays.
Who needs Santa when you have A-lister celebrities hand-selecting your hostess gifts?
Here are some easy hostess gifts picked by your favorite celebrities: