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Holiday Hostess Gifts under $75

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Holiday Hostess Gifts under $75 from top left: Holiday Giving Plate / bowls and cutting board / mini bundt cakes / holiday bottle opener set / home fragrance gift / holiday candle gift set / tea gift set

The holiday party season is about to begin! This means we all need to be prepared for those festive invitations to start rolling in. Nothing is worse, or more rude, then showing up to a holiday party empty handed; we need to arrive with creative holiday hostess gifts!

A bottle of wine or a bottle of champagne is the most boring, and expected, holiday hostess gift you can give. Not only does it show you were unprepared, and just grabbed something from your cellar, it can be deemed rude if your hostess does not drink alcohol. Yikes! Talk about a social faux-pas. For shame!

Holiday hostess gifts under $75 can turn out to be the perfect show of appreciation when you arrive at a party this season. The party hostess will appreciate the thought you put into the gift, as well as not being handed yet another bottle of wine; which s/he may not even drink.

There are a few types of holiday hostess gifts I enjoy giving when I arrive at a holiday party. I love to give gourmet food such as this mini bundt cake set or this nuts and dried fruit set. (I always make there aren’t any nut allergies before giving this one!) Candles, home fragrance, and coaster sets also make great hostess gifts for the holidays.

Holiday hostess gifts under $75

Luxurious holiday hostess gifts

I try not to think about trying to impress a party hostess with an expensive gift. If the hostess is a close family member, or one of my best friends, I tend to spend more on the gift simply because the person means a lot to me. For most parties, the perfect holiday hostess gift can be found under $75 and the hostess will love it! Plus, it is less likely the hostess will “price” the gift in his or her mind as she or he would with a bottle of wine. Cheap wine is always detected; especially if the receiver is a wine connoisseur.

What are your favorite holiday hostess gifts to give during the festive, holiday season?

Thanks for stopping by!



Jill Milan 4th of July sale

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From top: c/o Jill Milan: Green New Canaan Clutch / Nob Hill Bag / Shoes

Jill Milan, one of my all-time favorite handbag designers, is having a sale for the 4th of July! Starting July 3, 2014 and running through July 5, 2014, Jill Milan is offering an additional 40% off all sale prices with coupon code “BAY” at checkout. This adds up to almost 80% off retail prices on some handbags! How amazing is that!!!

All of Jill Milan’s handbags are handmade by the finest Italian artisans in Italy. The fabrics and materials are 100% vegan; which makes the handbags even more beautiful. Jill Milan’s handbags have been spotted on the red carpet and on the street in the hands of many well-loved celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Carrie Underwood, Hailee Steinfeld, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Laura Dern, Katie Lowes, Isla Fisher, Rachel Nichols, Rashida Jones, Stana Katic, Bryce Dallas Howard, Margot Bingham, Elizabeth Hurley, Jaime King, Caity Lotz, Ashley Jones, Nicole Gale Anderson, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Fiona Gubelmann, and Countess Michelle Czernin von Chudenitz.

I am a huge fan of Jill Milan’s handbags and own four of them myself! I have my eyes on the New Canaan clutches and Hollywood Hills crossbody bags from the 4th of July sale. Which handbags from the collection are your favorite? 

Jill Milan’s 4th of July sale can be shopped at Please use coupon code “BAY” at checkout to receive an additional 40% off the sale price listed on the website. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉


Memorial Day online sales

Memorial Day weekend is here, and what better way to beat than heat than shopping from home! There are so many fabulous sales this Memorial Day Weekend, and you can shop them from home in your flip flops while enjoying a relaxing BBQ with your friends and family! Love that!

This is the perfect time to stock up on summer essentials at end-of-the-season prices. Fall 2014 is starting to trickle onto store shelves, this means retailers need to clear out their spring and summer stock. Since summer is just getting started in real life, this is the perfect time to grab sandals, summer clothing, beach towels, SPF beauty products and more on sale! I love getting a deal 😉

Here is a list of retailers offering amazing deals this Memorial Day Weekend on everything from shoes to handbags to clothing to beauty products to beach essentials and more! Simply click on the store’s name and you will be redirected to the retailer!

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale for Women’s & Kids (Spring markdowns on women’s & kids apparel, shoes, accessories and more) // Ends June 1 /

Neiman MarcusThe Real Deal sale // Save up to 40% off the latest styles in Sport Shop, Contemporary/CUSP, and Dress Collections // Ends May 26 //

Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles! Use code EVENT. Restrictions apply. // Ends 5/26

Les Nouvelles: 20% off sitewide // CODE STRIPES 20 // Ends May 26

Truffle: Mix and Match any three for 10% off // CODE SPRING10 //  Ends 5/26

Serena & Lily20% off everything // CODE SUMMER20 // 

Intermix: Additional 40% off of sale products // Ends 5/28 //

YOOX: Up to 40% off spring sale + extra 10% off // CODE SUMMERNOW // 5/22-5/26 // 

Joie: Receive an extra 20% off sale items through 5/26 // CODE MDW20 //

Urban Outfitters: The Get Out of Town Sale. Women can take an additional 25% off all dresses (this includes sale and full priced dresses). Men can take 25% off all shorts and tank tops (again includes sale and full prices). // 

True Religion: 25% Off Select Styles through May 26th plus, Free Shipping! //

Barney’s Warehouse: Up to an Additional 40% off Select Styles //

Joe’s: 30% off sitewide. Certain exclusions apply // CODE HONOR // Ends 5/26 // 

Loeffler Randall: 30% off // Ends 5/26

Gigi NY: Memorial Day Weekend Trifecta, receive free shipping, free personalization +a gift w/purchase! // Ends 5/27

French Connection: 30% off online and in stores. Plus free shipping for online purchases over $150. // Use code: S14MEM. // Ends Monday 5/26

Here are a few patriotic items to help kick off the summer season and get you ready for the 4th of July!