Some Hostess Gifts They Really Want

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I’m lucky to have some amazing women in my life who are Hostesses with the Mostests and it’s fun to be creative when thanking them! I really struggle with getting thank you notes off, but I love finding cool hostess gifts! So, besides wine, which is easy and loved by most, here are a few other hostess gift ideas (all can be bought in T-town!!) that might make everyone a little more merry!

For the candle lover: I mean, you really can’t beat the Housewives of Tucson candle at Pear Tree House! The cutest idea! Also, Embellish carries some pretty jeweled candles and I personally love the Tyler candles (Texas-made, y’all!) at Paloma Art Gallery.

For the chocoholic: The dark chocolate peppermint bark at William’s Sonoma is decadent and apparently sells out every year, according to the salespeople. Monsoon Chocolate–look them up on Instagram–has a cafe near downtown and makes beautiful artisan bars and truffles–some with mesquite!

For the makeup maven: Sephora’s gift sets are the best. There’s one with like 20 mascaras for less than $50. They also have skin care and self care-themed sets. Or, seriously, just browse the sample lane and put together a whole bunch! Bluemercury has Nars Christmas crackers, but Jo Malone (Tucson Dillard’s) has the most beautifully packaged versions. (and if not in store, can be bought online)

For the foodie: One of the best gifts I ever received was a jar of Pink Himalayan salt from Williams Sonoma. It’s my new favorite way to season salmon and it lasts forever. Couple it with a good olive oil and you’re done!

 

Time to Shine

Holidays scream for metallics. You never see more gold, silver and jewel tone dresses in the stores than during the winter holidays. Here are some of my favorite ways to go full metal:

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Wildcat Uggs at Target

Though it’s Cyber Monday, one of the coolest gifts I found requires you to get in your car and drive to the Target at Grant and Tanque Verde. Just look at these Wildcat Uggs!! (Not the real brand, just similar) Now, run on out and grab them today for $26, because the stock is running low. Finally, some creativity when it comes to Wildcat apparel! And who cares that we lost our last football game against our arch rival, finished at the very bottom of the Pac-12 South and won’t be seeing the Rose Bowl for yet another year. Certainly not this girl who loves football and dreams of a winning season every year. Nope, not me!

Let’s Beat ASU!

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Every year, I have high hopes that Arizona will finally make it to the Rose Bowl and every year, I am sad because we just can’t seem to GET THERE! But one day we will, and until then I will continue to watch our games with 8 pm and 9 pm kickoffs that no one on the East Coast will ever see! Let’s make this season a success by beating the Sun Devils. PLEASE!

Jason Wu at Kohl’s, Yes…Kohl’s

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So, as much as we all understand that Tucson is often an online shopping town, there are surprises that do happen in T-Town! And, while escaping The Home Depot–which always overwhelms this non-tool girl–I discovered that global women’s designer Jason Wu has a limited-time capsule collection at Kohl’s and it is not bad!

Wu, winner of the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards, has created some stunning jumpsuits and dresses, just in time for the holiday season. Seriously, worth a trip to your nearest Kohl’s! While there, you can also look at the fun new looks by Rock & Republic and Elle. Also, Kohl’s UA section (or should I say UArizona) offers some unique things you can’t always find other places.

Rock Blue Velvet This Holiday

Every girl can wear red and green, but why not choose a lush blue velvet dress this holiday season? The color is universally flattering and we have six less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year to wear beautiful holiday dresses, so gotta take advantage! Nordstrom, Dillards and 6pm.com have stunning options right now…

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Tucson Woman Ahead of Headband Trend

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If you’ve taken notice of Duchess Kate’s newest obsession, it seems to be the high headband. And the royal is not the only fan. The headbands are all over Pinterest and even made Parade magazine’s 2019 Christmas Wish List.

But, I’d like to argue that my friend Griselda, whom we fondly call “Salma” bc of her movie-star looks, saw the trend coming before anyone else. She has been making beautiful, embellished headbands like those coveted by the duchess and other social media influencers for several months now.  You can find them, starting at $20 at Posh Boutique. Covered in velvet, satin and patterned fabric and studded with pearls and gemstones, this is a trend you don’t have to order. You can find it right here in Tucson!

You can also follow G’s instagram, ghobbies for more selection.