Outgifting the Party

It’s December 1st, and as much as I’ve enjoyed taking the last few days off, it’s time to get focused on the festive weeks ahead, and of course, shopping.  I’m continuing my holiday collaboration with HomeGoods and PopSugar (see my first two posts here and here), and this week, they’ve challenged me to “outgift the party.”  I recently shopped my local HomeGoods to find the perfect presents to take to this season’s holiday parties.  They have a wide (ever-changing) range of inventory—discounted up to 60% off—making it the perfect one-stop shop.

Whether it’s your annual work party or a small gathering with friends, I found several options, including stylish Christmas décor, thoughtful hostess gifts or the perfect office exchange gift that everyone will be wanting to take home.




This burlap reindeer was one of my favorite finds.  It would be perfect for a holiday gift exchange.  It’s simple but still Christmas-y and is neutral enough to fit just about anyone’s holiday décor.



Any hostess would appreciate these pretty, brand name serving utensils.  I love that the handles look like tortoise shell—always a classic!


cloche 2

I do love a good cloche :)  They seem to be everywhere right now, and this sweet white church in a winter setting would be great to take for a girlfriend gift exchange, or for someone whose decorating taste you might be completely familiar with.



Flavored coffees are the perfect stand-by gift to keep on hand for a last-minute invite or hostess gift.  (Or, you could always keep them for yourself. . .)



And, putting the coffee in one of these cute initial mugs would be even better.  They remind me of another store’s ever-popular initial mugs, but sell at HomeGoods for about half the price.



I loved the simplicity of this carved nativity.  It’s a beautiful reminder of why we celebrate the season and would be great for any Christmas party festivities or that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.



Hand soap is always an easy hostess gift, and HomeGoods has plenty in case you want to stock up.  A practical pump dispenser with a pretty label is perfect for any powder room.



I thought you might want to see this apron in action. . .  I love the idea of a frilly apron as an unexpected hostess gift option.  It almost makes me want to bake holiday treats.



Collections of snow globes are one of my favorite holiday decorating trends.  I loved this one with a wintry scene and a base that looks like it’s wrapped in birch wood.



I thought these trivets were so beautiful and would make unique gifts for a hostess, friend or coworker. I love the texture this would bring into a kitchen, and the detail made it look much pricier than it was. 


How do you outgift the holiday parties you’ll be going to this month?




Be sure to snap photos of your best finds while out shopping and follow the TJX brands on Twitter (HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx).  They’ll be tweeting out each week’s holiday shopping challenge and those who tweet photos with the hashtag #TheGifter will be entered to win that week’s drawing for a $500 TJX gift card.  See the live feed of other shoppers’ finds here.


PS—Join me this Wednesday night, Dec. 4th, at 8pm EST for a Twitter party that I’ll be hosting with HomeGoods.  More details to come.  #TheGifter


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.


  1. says

    Hi Emily! I love that burlap reindeer! I found your blog a couple weeks ago and have been soo inspired by your style. Do you have any posts with pictures of your current home? I really enjoyed the pictures from your older home.

    • says

      Hi Lauren, If you’ll go to the bottom of my sidebar and select “Our Home” under labels, you’ll be able to see more posts on our new house. And, look for a new home tour on the blog within the next two weeks!

  2. says

    I just saw a pair of burlap reindeer in a expensive boutique. They were slightly coated with some glitter which sounds tacky but it really worked with the burlap contrast. They were “pulling” an antique sled. It was very pretty but they were asking $75 per reindeer. I need to head to Homegoods to grab them!

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