Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

This post is sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? I’ve been “wrapping up” my Christmas gift shopping over the past week, but I still have a few gifts left on my list. We have so many events to go to this month, it will feel great to have our shopping and gifts all set to go so we are ready to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

For the past several months I’ve partnered with Ross Dress for Less here on the blog to put together affordable ways to decorate and celebrate. Since we have just a few weeks left before Christmas, I thought I might save some of you last minute shopping stress by offering you three fun gift ideas I put together for any home or hostess! At Ross you can save 20%-60% on the same brands carried in department stores, so it really is a perfect place to pick up affordable gifts.

Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

1. Stuff A Stocking

While we know to hang our stockings by the chimney to receive gifts on Christmas Eve, why not try a twist this year and fill an adorable stocking with gifts and give it away?  I found knit Christmas stockings at my last trip to Ross that I thought would make charming packaging for an assortment of gifts.

Wouldn’t a stocking make a darling presentation at a holiday party as a hostess gift? Fill the stocking with small affordable items a hostess might love such as glass votives, cheese spreaders, wine charms, cocktail napkins, or coasters. The recipient of your stocking gift bag will not only enjoy the gifts inside but can use the stocking for Christmas decor in their home, too.

Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

2. Give Great Gizmos and Gadgets

It’s fun to receive a gift you didn’t even know you wanted! Surprise your friends by shopping for a new gadget you think they will love, such as a kitchen grill or popcorn popper, a garlic press or oil sprayer for the gourmet. When I was at Ross recently, I found a cool immersion blender to put under our tree this year. It would be a welcome gift for anyone who loves to cook or is setting up a new kitchen, too. You can use this blender to mix up soups, smoothies, dips and more. To personalize a kitchen gift like a blender, you could add a cute hand-written recipe card to share your favorite soup or dip.

Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

3. Create a Crate

A creative container makes a charming way to package up a gift of special treats and surprises for everyone on your list. Select a reasonably sized box, basket, crate, bag or bowl and use a filler (tissue paper, fabric, newspaper, shredded paper) at the bottom so the gifts will fill the container. I love this charming crate because it’s a gift that will keep on giving. After Christmas, the crate would be adorable sitting on a kitchen counter to hold napkins or utensils.  This gift is easy to make personal, so it will really show that you put together a special gift just for them.

As you are shopping for what to put in your creative container, think about a selection of items your recipient would like. You can pull together gifts with a certain theme, but you don’t have to be strict about it!

Consider these themed ideas for a gift crate:

a mix of gourmet food products
luxurious bath and spa items
coffee or tea lovers mugs and treats

kitchen tools
baking kit
gardening supplies
arts and crafts supplies
a new homeowner’s kit
Christmas basket of treats and decor

What other fun and affordable gift ideas are you giving this year?

Gift Ideas for Any Home or Hostess

The items I featured today (the Christmas stocking, the hand blender, the kitchen towels, the mug, tea, food items and wooden crate) were all found recently at my local Ross store. Check out all the latest decor and budget-friendly gift ideas at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

Christmas Tour 2016

Christmas Tour 2016 - The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour

Christmas Tour 2016

Hello, sweet friends. Merry Christmas! Come in. I’m so glad you stopped by for our Christmas Tour 2016. We’ve lived in Seattle for just over a year now and we sure LOVE it here! Welcome to our home.

Watch our video above in HD or click over to YouTube for full screen!

I’m excited to be a part of this holiday blog tour hosted by the wonderful Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. If you are here after visiting Shauna of The House of Silver Lining, welcome! Aren’t those ladies and their homes lovely?

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour 2016

I love going on Christmas house tours. But if you ever look at homes on tours and feel like your own house isn’t nearly as festive or finished, you are in good company here. My whole house isn’t pulled together, either. :) In fact, I nearly didn’t get this one room ready in time for the tour! Our house has been quite “out of sorts” since the fall house tour. The kitchen has been under construction for months now (but we are about two weeks away from completion!) and we are finally installing new flooring downstairs and the two new exterior doors over the next couple weeks.

It’s been exciting, but a little messy. :)

Rattan Shelf, Cotton Wood Wreath

Lumber and other supplies have been spread out all over my house and everything has been displaced. I had hoped our remodeling projects would have been completed by this tour, but at least there’s a good chance of completion before Christmas. :) Just a few days ago I seriously felt like my house was way too dusty and chaotic everywhere to even decorate for Christmas.

White holiday house collection - The Inspired Room

In what can only be explained as a Christmas miracle, last week I went on a big frenzy and dusted, cleaned up and put up some decorations in our living room and even HALF of our dining room (totally an overachiever, right?!) for Christmas.

Three days ago as I was tossing clutter from the room and literally down on my hands and knees wiping construction dust off the floor before taking the photos, my contractor looked at me funny and asked me if I was having company. There had been dust and chaos everywhere for over two months and then suddenly there I was setting up Christmas decor amongst the mess. And what probably appeared even more random, my girls and I were going around snapping photos. Bless his heart, he started picking up tiles and wood trim from the floor in the dining room to help tidy things up in case I was having a pre-party meltdown and his stuff was in my way.

It was a close call, but I finished in the nick of time to participate in this tour {HIGH FIVES!}.

Cozy Christmas Living Room 2016

So while I can’t offer up a ten part tour of my whole house fully decked out for Christmas this year, I’m relieved to have one and a half clean and tidied rooms to show you today. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the idea of each room in my house and every door and window being all festive for Christmas. I might even get more Christmas decorating done and share it in the coming weeks, but I may not.

What you see here of my Christmas house today is it. It’s all I’ve got. So I hope you don’t mind if we just hang out here :).

Christmas tour 2016 Christmas Decorating It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

The feel of our home overall has been evolving in the year since we moved in and especially over the past few months. It has been fun to make this new place feel more like home. Besides the new kitchen, we’ve been slowly getting settled in by painting walls, arranging furniture and just trying to get the right vibe going for this house.

One of our favorite things about this house is that the living room, dining room and kitchen have windows that face the rear of the house with a light and bright view of the Puget Sound, mountains and sky outside. A neutral color palette and simplified look with layers of comfy texture help this room feel oh-so-cozy for winter. It’s actually supposed to SNOW here today, so I’m extra thrilled to have one cozy spot.

natural christmas decor

I love this little wire basket of evergreen clippings, pinecones and silver Christmas decorations.

Leather sofa, gray chunky cable knit rug

You can see a very small peek of the in-construction kitchen through the arch in the dining room. It won’t be blue for long, that’s just primer :). I am SO excited about the kitchen, I cannot wait to show you. :)

You might have noticed that we switched out our rug in the living room for a larger and more neutral one for the winter. I’ll be sharing more about the rug later in the week, but we really love how quiet and cozy it makes the room look and feel!

Christmas tour 2016 - The Inspired Room Dining Room

Small Christmas Tree The Inspired Room

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

I made these DIY snow globe jars years ago (I put them in my book, too!).

I never take them apart so I can just bring them out every year to enjoy.

Christmas Tree Ornaments - Coastal
Christmas House Tour

Coastal touches reflect special family memories and fit well with our view of the sound.
We decorated this little tree with some sweet little glass whales, sailboats and other decorations.

The Inspired Room Christmas Decorating Ideas

The dining room has been in shambles for awhile since it connects to the kitchen.
It was fun to clear it off and wipe off the table to set out a simple glass cloche with snow and a quirky reindeer.

The Inspired Room Dining Room Christmas House Tour

Jack and Lily Doodle - The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room Christmas Cookies

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour & Treats

I wish we could have baked these cookies ourselves, but alas, we don’t have an oven yet.

We look forward to some winter baking in the new kitchen.

Christmas House Tour The Inspired Room 2016

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour
Small white Christmas houses - The Inspired Room Christmas Tour 2016

Galvanized Trough with Collected Ornaments

Every year I try to add a few more ornaments to our collection so I can fill up bowls or this trough with pretties.

Cozy cable knit rug

Christmas house tour 2016

JOY Letter ornaments - The Inspired Room

Rattan Daybed - Serena and Lily - Source link in post

Cozy winter daybed

The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour


Leather sofa, cozy cable knit rug

It is well with my soul sign, discount code and room sources are in the post!

White velvet stockings, pom pom garland

Ladder for Blankets - The Inspired Room Blog Christmas House Tour

It is well with my soul sign - source in post - Christmas House Tour

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Jack and Lily Christmas - Doodles at Home - The Inspired Room

Lily’s face during Jack’s shenanigans always kills me.

Ornaments in a trough - The Inspired Room

I’m so glad I was able to get this one area of my home pulled together. You’ve heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again. If you are feeling stressed by the state or current condition of your own home, just start by setting up one cleaner and more festive corner. Find ways to savor it. Look at the pretty lights, Smell the seasonal scents. Take a deep breath and be present in that room. I’ve been reminding myself to get out of the chaotic rooms and sit in our living room as much as possible. It makes me feel so much more peaceful!

It’s not about how much we do. It’s not about how perfectly we do it.
What matters most is that we savor the season and find joy in counting our blessings.

Christmas House Tour 2016 cozy cable knit pillows

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

You’ll find the others on the tour today here: The White Buffalo Styling Co. || Julie Blanner || Hi Sugarplum || The Inspired Room ||Restless Arrow || Cuckoo For Design

Room Sources:

It Is Well Sign (get 20% off with the code THEINSPIREDROOM20)

Leather loveseat (20% off with code CHEER)

Chunky woolen cable knit light gray area rug (I got this on a great Black Friday sale and it is the coziest rug EVER, I’ll share more about it soon!)

Linen wingback settee

Rattan daybed

Ivory cable knit pillow

Gray coffee table

Botanical artwork

Linen curtains

Brass floor lamp

Fireplace paint details

Leather Moroccan pouf

Woven wood shades

Gray velvet pillow covers

Dip-dyed wood stools

Wood leaning ladder for blankets

White velvet stockings (on sale!)

Galvanized trough

Copper battery-operated wire string lights

Marble and wood cake stand

White ceramic houses: Target (similar)

Navy/gray dresser

Wood industrial console table

Navy patterned dining curtains (sold out but there may be new similar options)

White rattan round mirror

Rattan shelf – thrifted

Dining chairs

Ombre wood bead dining light

Dining room seagrass rug

Dining room clock

White glitter paper trees

Wi-fi thermostat

DIY Mason Jar snow globe details

Similar ship ornament // Similar whale ornament

Wall color: Simply White Benjamin Moore

Shiplap wall details

Ornaments: many from Target

My Christmas Decor Shop & Gift Guides

Be sure to head over to Amber of Restless Arrow’s house for the next stop on the tour! She is so talented; I can’t wait to see her home!

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