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Swa-Rai Gift Guide: Gifts For The Hostess


I must admit since I’ve moved into a larger place, I’ve been hosting a lot more than I used to. It’s those moments when you are getting ready for your party that you realize you are missing a few key pieces. So here are my top 5 gifts under $50 to give your hostess this holiday season.


Recently, I was sent some Sparkling Wine by Michelle! When I tell you this wine was a huge hit with my friends, please believe me! I thought I would have at least one bottle left for Christmas but the girls devoured it. I wanted to experiment with holiday cocktails but it was gone before I could even get started. It’s the perfect gift, easy and straight to the point. My favorite was the Michelle Brut Rosé it retails for less than $15.00 a bottle. Michelle Sparkling Wine can be purchased here.

1450907_10151989201349020_859729836_nAnother hostess gift that was a hit at my holiday party was New York Style Bagel Chips. These chips arrived on a platter in a variety of different flavors. I added a few different variety of homemade dips, once again this was a hit. You can get a tray from Marshall’s for less than $15 and add a few bags of New York Style Bagel Chips and store brought dips and you are done. Wrap it up in clear Christmas Wrap and add a bow. This gift will cost you less than $40. To find a store near you go here.


This 6-piece set is the perfect hostess gift, that is is she isn’t afraid to take a shot or two or three! This gift set comes complete with a decanter, 4 shot glasses and a ice bucket for only $24.99. It’s available in gold or silver and comes in a white gift box, you can get it here.


Maybe shots aren’t his/ her thing then try this beautiful Sommelier 5-PC Wine Bottle Set. Everyone drinks wine right? This set comes packed in a clever wine bottle cover. Included is a corkscrew, wine pour, wine stopper, foil cutter, and wine ring. A perfect gift for the connoisseur or the casual wine drinker like myself.


Now that we’ve covered food, wine and bar essentials lets not forget about the games. While I realize everyone is not a drinker the next best thing for a hostess is too keep their guests occupied. When I have time I’ve been known to enjoy a good game of chess or checkers and this is the perfect set. Get it on sale here.

So here are my top 5 hostess gift this holiday season! If you are hosting an event what’s on your list?

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of Swa-Rai.com, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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