Holiday Gift Guide | For the Hostess (& Long Distance Friends)

With the holiday party invitations rolling in, you might be wondering what unique gifts you can bring your host. You also don't want to forget about your long-distance friends who may not live in the same city, state, or country. I have a few thoughtful gift ideas that will take the stress away and make gift-giving easier.

The Fashion Connoisseur

The artful chocolates from Maggie Louise Confections have been on my radar for months now. I think I spotted them on Instagram and have been stalking them ever since. To my surprise, Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center still had quite a few of their exclusive fashion chocolate gift boxes left (they are sold out online). Without hesitation, I grabbed one for myself. These are excellent for making an impression rather than purchasing a regular box of chocolates. MLC has so much personality in each piece that you can find something for any person on your list! Slip a Neiman Marcus gift card with this gift. | Shop this exclusive Maggie Louise Confections box on the Neiman Marcus website and in-stores for $38

The Bookworm

Snuggling up with a good book and warm wrap is my idea of a relaxing day during the holidays! I went to find a book for my sister at Barnes & Noble and spotted Taraji P. Henson's memoir...and it was a SIGNED COPY. Quickly, I flipped open the cover and first few pages to find her signature in black marker. Next thing I knew, I was happily walking out of the store with the book in my B&N bag. Long story short, books make perfect gifts especially when you really know the person and Barnes & Noble often has signed copies which makes it even more special.

I also recommend gifting a Tortuga rum cake if you can get your hands on one! We buy them every year and have been lucky enough to find various sizes in stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, Dillard's and Tuesday Morning. They're rum-soaked and so tasty with a cold glass of milk while cuddled on the couch with a warm blanket. Need I say more? | Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson ($26 at Barnes & Noble stores; availability of signed copies vary by store) and a Golden Original Tortuga rum cake (also available from Tortuga Rum Cakes)

The Sweet Tooth

Send a box of exclusive and limited Sweet Virginia's toffee to a friend or bring one with you to the Christmas party. Everyone will love it! Each bar is made with fresh California almonds and blended with premium high quality butter. To top it off (literally), they're enrobed in semi-sweet chocolate and roasted, diced California almonds. This toffee is only available during the fall and winter months, and once they're gone...they're GONE. You can order it on their website and just a few department stores. There are several box sizes to choose from, too. Make it super simple and order the toffee from Neiman Marcus and send a gift card along with it! | The toffee can also be purchased directly from Sweet Virginia's website, Horchow, or Bergdorf Goodman.

Only 10 more days left until the big day! Hurry and place your orders so your goodies arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas Day!