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Holiday Hostess Gifts from Santana Row

The holiday party season is upon us, this means you may need to think about bringing a hostess gift to an event you are attending! Although it is common to bring a bottle of wine to an event as a hostess gift, this is really getting boring. Do you want to be that pedestrian? Plus, what if the host does not drink? Wine could actually be a bad gift!

So what is a fashionable party guest to do? Never fear, Santana Row is here! I have partnered with my favorite Bay Area shopping destination to bring you new hostess gift ideas which do not involve alcohol. Love that!

There are so many options when it comes to hostess gifts this holiday season. Scroll down to see my picks from Santana Row for the perfect hostess gift this holiday party season!


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Pictured: Blankets / Mugs

Anthropologie is a fabulous destination for Hostess gifts this holiday season. The store is jam-packed with table top decor, home decor and gift items. For the hostess, why not present her with a warm and cozy blanket she can keep for after the party? The day after she hosts a party she will be tired from all that entertaining and appreciate a new, cozy blanket to snuggle up on the sofa with while she relaxes and reminisces about how she just threw the party of the year.

If a blanket does not seem like your hostess’s thing, why not a personalized mug! Everyone needs a mug, and she will be receiving one she can enjoy hot cocoa in this cold weather season, or wake up to with a warm cup of coffee.

Please visit the Anthropologie store at Santana Row or call 408.249.0436.

C. Wonder

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Pictured: Tea Set / Cake Stand / Glasses (in-store only, similar here) / Godiva (in-store only) / Bottle Stoppers / Monogram Plates

C. Wonder is a fabulous destination for gifts all year long. Therefore, it is only natural that it is a one-stop-shop for gifts this holiday season! In addition to holiday gifts, it is the perfect place to go to find the ideal hostess gift. Since everyone else is bringing wine (yawn), why not bring a bottle stopper? Or a pie stand with a box of cookies from Cocola? Monogram gifts are on-trend this season and these cute little dishes are perfect for the hostess on your list. My picks from C. Wonder are featured above, but there is plenty more in store!

Please visit C. Wonder at Santana Row or call 408.246.1754 for more information.

Paper Source

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Pictured: Peace Love Joy Mug / Grinch Mug 

Paper Source is a fun place to find cards, wrapping paper, and gifts for the holiday season. They also have a great selection of hostess gifts. I love the mugs pictured above. The “Peace Love Joy” mug is ideal for any hostess while the “Grinch” mug will be perfect for the hostess on your party circuit with a sense of humor.

To shop, please visit Paper Source at Santana Row or call 408.241.9000

Z Gallerie

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Pictured: Cutting Board (in-store only) / Bunny Trinket Box

Z Gallerie is always a good place to find gifts for the home decor enthusiast on your list. Why not bring your hostess an unique cutting board which can also double as something to display on a kitchen shelf? The fabulous cutting board pictured above will make your hostess’s jaw drop! Or, why not give her a fabulous trinket box! You can write, and then roll up, a thank you note for the party invitation and place it inside the trinket box before you give it to her. She will love the surprise when she opens it!

To shop these selections and more, please visit Z Gallerie at Santana Row or call 408.615.9865

There you have it! For more hostess gift ideas, please visit Santana Row.

* Brought to you by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Santana Row

The holidays are fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about last minute holiday gift shopping! If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, then you are already familiar with Santana Row in San Jose; which by the way, has FREE parking! Why not drive down from the city and enjoy a day of shopping and dining at some of the Bay Area’s most renowned restaurants; while parked for FREE!

Since this time of year can be stressful, I put together a little holiday shopping guide with a few gift ideas from select Santana Row shops. Of course, to get the full effect, you will need to stop by Santana Row to see these beauties in person! If you are time strapped, or do not live near Santana Row, never fear, I have inserted shopping links throughout the article so that you can stay in fuzzy slippers and continue drinking hot cocoa while shopping 🙂

For the hip man or woman: Scotch & Soda


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From top: All items Scotch & Soda: Barfly EDT  (in-store only, call 1-408-217-0032) / Sweaters (on sale!) / Clutch (on sale!)

The three gift ideas pictured above are from Santana Row’s newest shop; Scotch & Soda. This is one my new favorite shops. The store is cozy yet full merchandise which would make great gifts for both men and women. In addition to warm sweaters and great outfits, the store has fragrances, handbags and accessories. There is also a lot on sale! If you haven’t stopped by Scotch & Soda yet, please do! You will love it!

For the perfect gift, for anyone: C. Wonder

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From top: All items C. Wonder: Bike / Clutch (on sale!) / Pillow covers /Bracelets / Jewelry Boxes (30% off and comes in more colors!)

The above photos are from my all-time favorite gift shop; C. Wonder! I love this store so much because it has something for everyone on your holiday list. The store is packed with monogrammed items which will make the perfect, personalized this gift this holiday season; not to mention they are VERY on trend! Love that!

C. Wonder is also stocked with holiday foods such as candied popcorn and chocolate. There are scarves, sweaters, jewels, mugs, cheese trays; you name it, it is in stock. If I could have fit the entire store in this article, I would have! If you need to do some heavy shopping, I recommend stopping in at C. Wonder, Santana Row. You might just find everything you need in one place!

For the home decorator on your list: Z Gallerie

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From top: All items from Z. Gallerie, Santana Row: Light fixtures (in-store only, call 1-408-615-9865) / Clock / Budda / “The Godfather classic quotes” book

Z. Gallerie is the perfect place to find that something for the home decorator on your list. Not only does Z. Gallerie have fabulous home decor in stock, they also carry artwork and a fabulous book collection which will start interesting conversations when displayed on one’s coffee table. Perfect gift!

For the resort traveler on your list: Calypso St. Barth

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From top: All items Calypso St. Barth, Santana Row:  Candles / Clutches  (in-store only, please call 1-408-551-0024)  / Scarves / Necklace / Handbag (in-store only, please call 1-408-551-0024) /  

Calypso St. Barth is perfect for the world traveler on your list. The store is filled with beautiful pieces which evoke a tropical beach vacation vibe. There are unique handbags, jewels, scarves and beautiful sweaters which will make the perfect holiday gift for the globe-trotter on your list. Many of the Calypso St. Barth stores carry merchandise from local designers, so when you purchase an item in-store, there is a good chance it is limited edition or even one of a kind! Your globe trotting gift recipient will be quite pleased 😉



So make sure you stop in at Santana Row this holiday season to complete your gift shopping! There are many stores to choose from and since the restaurants are amazing too, you can make a fun-filled, luxurious day of it! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

*This post brought to you by Santana Row. All opinions are my own.