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Hostess Gifts for the Holidays: Guest Blogger

Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.

While I can barely believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow (where did 2012 go?), I’m poised and ready for pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes, a tryptophan-induced nap, and lots of belly laughs courtesy of my new nieces and nephews. It’s also time to stockpile that often uninspired token of appreciation: the hostess gift. This year, I’m nixing the tried-and-true candle staple (although I could “ooh” and “ahh” over Diptyque’s all day) for something a bit more memorable. Here’s what’s on my gifting list this year:

1. Kiehls Hydration Essentials ($28)
Anyone who would turn down the classic salves of Kiehl’s probably shouldn’t be trusted. The Creme de Corps collection is downright divine!

2. Kate Spade Bobby Pins ($18)
"Is this not the cutest thing of all time?" I can all but guarantee that your hostess’ will have this reaction to the charming matchstick-style addition to her holiday ‘do.

3. Uncommon Goods Corkcicle ($23)
Pop this in the freezer for a couple hours, and drop the cork in an opened white wine to maintain its chilled consistency. It’s one less thing for the lady of the Thanksgiving feast to worry about.

4. Teraforma Whisky Stones ($28)
Go for triple points and snag the man of the house with with these ice stand-ins. They’ll keep his cocktail chilled and unadulterated.

5. TOCCA Eau de Parfum Viaggio Set ($45)
I love TOCCA for its pretty packaging (perfect to display in a guest commode) and for its romantic, exquisite scents. No doubt any hostess would be impressed with the upgrade from last year’s nut medley.

Need a space to collect your gift ideas? Check out, basically a Pinterest for products you can actually purchase.  What gift are you planning to present to your hosts this season?

Looking for even more great advice from Katelyn? Check out the rest of her posts here. 

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