Looking for the Perfect, Creative Hostess Gifts this Holiday Season? These Are My Favorites.

The party season is upon us and I am always searching for the perfect, creative hostess gift. Here is a list of my favorite small, inexpensive gifts that will definitely make a thoughtful impression.

The Bamboo French bread tray from westelm.com is perfect for a casual dinner. The tray has slits so you can cut the bread in to perfect slices. This $29 gem is a keeper.

Cities of Europe is a pocket size guide, bound in leather and showcases the top 25 cities for the seasoned traveller. It’s from gumps.com for $29.

Olive Oil from Fig & Olive is a perfect gift for any foodie. They carry simply the best EVOO from Greece, Italy, $13.95-$18.00 bestolivestore.com

Studio Patro offers six styles of 100% oatmeal linen dish towels. Each delivers a sweet message. I like to wrap them around a bottle of wine for an impressive presentation and repurpose the ribbon and card it comes with by tying it around the bottle. $24 each at studiopatro.com.

Made from brass riveted buffalo bone with stainless steel, Pottery Barn offers four cheese knives for $39.50 that will certainly be a hit.

Bring a set of four porcelain cheese markers from surlatable.com to distinguish cheeses. At $9.95 you may want to buy more than one set.

Exotic truffles from around the world at vosgeschocolate.com arrive in a purple box with a satin bow and include 16 incredible truffles for $40.

Westelm.com has a stack of owl measuring cups in great colors that are useful and cute. They’re great when a recipe calls for many ingredients and for sauces that go straight to the dinner for a casual meal: $19 for four.

Also, surlatable.com has a set of ceramic measuring spoons for $12.95 with the Eiffel Tower on each that I’m crazy about. Perfect for your friends with a love of Paris and they’ll keep these forever.

Jonathan Adler’s Big Sur candle is an item I always keep on hand. It smells fresh and is not offensive to those who are sensitive to odors. Buy from jonathanadler.com for $28.

Give the gift of music with a personal touch, your favorite playlist on a USB stick. Check out alldaymall.com for unique USB’s. I love the violin for $14.60, but there are many to choose from.