I love it when unexpected guests show up at my holiday gatherings. I think the more the merrier and I am happy to be able to open my home to friends of friends and family. In an effort to make everyone feel welcome I like to have some extra little gifts on hand so no one is left out. I keep these four things in mind when purchasing these gifts....
1. I have different gifts for men, and women.
2. Each gift should be unique, which is why I like to get gifts from http://www.etsy.com/ This web site sells hand made items that are different from what you find in your neighborhood stores.
3. Each gift costs no more then $15.
4. Each is something I would use myself or would feel good about giving as a gift later in the year. This way the gift won't go to waste if I end up with more gifts then guests.
Here are some examples of the types of gifts I like to have on hand:
Beautiful handmade soaps are something everyone can enjoy. It is an indulgance many people do not splurge on for themselves which I think makes it a perfect gift. Everyone uses soap, why not give a gift of a special one like this soap which is made with shea and cocoa butter.
This small leather wallet is perfect for holding business cards, driver's license, credit card, metro-card and some cash. It makes a practical gift that is sure to be appreciated.
This small mirror is a pretty and functional gift, perfect for a women to keep in her handbag. . The mirror has been backed with polymer clay and has a picture carved with a sculptural decoration.