Local Gift Guide for Hosts/Hostesses

Happy Holidays! I’m Christina of SharpandSoundStyle a lifestyle blog focused on highlighting my awesome community in Alexandria, Va and style inspiration. ’Tis the season for celebrating with friends and family at holiday parties and dinners. As a native Southerner, I was always taught that you never show up empty-handed and Alexandria is the perfect place to find thoughtful gifts for those who have a gift for hosting others. Here is my guide for unique gifts for hosts and hostesses!

Personalized Ornaments

Adding a personal touch to your host’s holiday decorations makes a charming gift for the holidays. These custom ornaments from Laura Hooper Calligraphy are a great way to personalize a holiday staple that your host will cherish for years to come.

Customized Trays

For serving hors d’oeuvres or an interesting talking piece as guests sit round the coffee table a customized tray by local artist Meg Biram is one of a kind. You can choose items that are interest to your host and a background that matches the decor of their home and/or kitchen. A truly unique gift, this is your last year to gift someone a customized tray as Meg will be discontinuing trays at the end of the year.

Seasonal Floral Arrangement

You can never go wrong with beautiful poinsettia or seasonal floral arrangement from Helen Olivia Flowers. These customized arrangements are sure to bring a smile and extend the universal feeling of love and care that is reminiscent of the holiday season!


Candles are always a great easy gift to give your host/hostess but what makes them even more special are that they are made by local and regional makers. Twist Boutique and Boxwood both carry unique scents, sizes, and shapes that will set the atmosphere for any holiday gathering.

Holiday Cocktail Kits

Come bearing gifts has a whole new meaning with these holiday cocktail mixers and craft cocktail kits from AR Workshop Alexandria. Instead of just a bottle of wine or spirits, this is a lovely way to add a fresh twist for holiday drinks and ease the load of your host of preparing drinks by simply adding alcohol (or not) and serving!