It’s that time of year, time to stock up on hostess gifts for all the parties and gatherings you’ll be attending this holiday season. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, parties and gatherings will be nonstop so take the time now to prepare. More often than not these days, people are concerned with product ingredients and what their impact on the environment may be. I’ve rounded up 6 different gifts for environmentally conscious hostesses, all for under $50. Purchase a few now so you won’t be caught off-guard later.
6 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Under $50
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Rosemary Bush –
I love the smell of rosemary, I don’t cook with it too often but I do love the scent it has. Rosemary bushes love cold weather so you’ll see them a lot in the plant stores fall through spring. Plants can vary so much, I’d recommend buying it from your local plant nursery so you know exactly what it’s going to look like.
Reusable Wine Glasses –
Yes, most wine glasses are reusable but these are colorful, cute, and fun. Depending on your budget (and how much you like the hostess), you can pair them with a bottle of wine as well.
Fair Trade Chocolate –
Who wouldn’t like to get a fabulous box of unique chocolates? I discovered Rescue Chocolate last year when I was searching for gifts that supported charitable organizations. You can check out my ‘gifts that give back’ post for more ideas. During holiday seasons, they have a sampler box that would be perfect if you were looking to get me a gift or something.
Short on time and can’t wait for products to be delivered? Fair Trade chocolate has become more commonplace, you can find it at major grocery stores and big-box retailers. Grab a few bars, a basket or tin and put together a cute gift basket. Fair Trade is important as this ensures that among other things, local farmers in developing countries are being paid fair prices for their goods.
Small Diffuser with Essential Oils –
I’ve had this diffuser for a few years and love it. I keep it on my bedside table and run it each night, the tank is large enough to hold enough water for 2-3 nights before I need to refill it. It’s nice and quiet and has a colored light that can be on or off.
I love the essential oils I get from Plant Therapy. I’ve been buying essential oils from them for a few years as well and the quality is great, they are super fast in shipping and my order always comes with a fun sticker.
Indoor Herb Garden
If your hostess enjoys cooking, these cute mason jars with herbs growing in them would be so cute in a kitchen window. If you’re crafty, you could make these yourself. Grab a few empty jars, paint them, decorate them and put some herb plants in. Just make sure s/he has a sunny window.
Day of Pampering
If your hostess could use a little self-care, Norwex has just the right products. The Body Cloth for cleansing, the Body Balm for moisturizing and the Timeless Rescue Gel to relax and refresh. If you want to really make a good impression, go all out and give her her own in-home spa day. Make a basket full of products for her to pamper herself. My friend Becky over at Mommy Takes 5 has a great list of natural products you can include in your basket. If you do a good job, maybe your hostess will invite you back!
I hope this gives you some ideas for your next hostess gift. There’s always the bottle of wine fallback but some hostesses are so cool, you really need to jazz it up and give her something good! I’d be happy to invite you over if you come bearing any of these gifts!
For some ideas on how to package that gift without all the waste, check out my Waste-Free Alternatives to Gift Wrap post.
Do you take hostess gifts to a holiday party? What do you like to take?
Make it a green day!