This year I’ve been super inspired by all the fabulous gift guides that my favorite bloggers have been posting on their sites and pinterest. I have been running a gift guide series on my work blog,, and I’ve been having so much fun I just couldn’t resist the idea of putting together some entertaining focused gift guides for my readers over here.

I have a fairly well stocked set of party ware, so I am excited to guide other gift givers to some of my favorite finds! If anyone else is like me, they’re watching their purse strings this holiday season. As such, all the gifts listed below come in under $30. Despite their economical price tag, I think all these choices feel like big ticket items!


Ultimate Entertaining Gift Guide

Entertaining Gift Guide: Under $30

1. Gala Wine Glasses - Any entertainer can attest that you can never have too many wine glasses. Pick up a set of six Gala glasses (I prefer the 16 oz. versions) for just $24. I love how wine tastes out of them — they’re nice and thin. And with a price tag of less than $4 a piece, I don’t feel as bad when I break one! $3.95 a piece // Crate & Barrel

2. Giada Gourmet Panini Maker - I walked away from our family white elephant exchange with one of these puppies and now I’m obsessed! It works just as well as the more expensive models and grills everything from chicken breasts to sandwiches in a jiffy. It’s fun to feel like you’re having a gourmet sandwich every day of the week! $29.99 // Target

3. Oster Electric Wine-Bottle Opener - Every hostess loves a good gadget. This is the niftiest one I’ve found yet! Easy to use and practically foolproof, Oster’s electric wine bottle opener takes the hassel out of uncorking your favorite bottle of vino. My family gifted several of these last year and not only have they gotten rave reviews, they’ve held up too, standing the test of time! $19.49 // or your local grocery store

4. Chargers - Chargers are a fun, inexpensive gift idea for your favorite tablescaping friends. Assemble a set of 6 to 12 depending on your budget and package them with a cute bow. Chargers are something fun to have but I never think to buy them for myself. Several retailers sell chargers in a variety of great colors and I have seen these on sale frequently at craft stores this season. $1.50 a piece at Michaels // $1.99 a piece at Hobby Lobby // $ a piece at Walmart

5. Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Pitcher – I received one of these cute little pitchers as a gift and use it literally all the time. I use it mainly to water plants and hold little flower arrangements, but my favorite use is to serve wine. When I traveled to Italy this spring they would use pitchers like these to serve wine and I love to mimic this tradition for small, casual occasions. It’s less fancy than a decanter, but a nice change up from serving wine out of the bottle. They come in many colors (I have red) and you can find them for cheap at discount retailers like Home Goods and TJ Maxx. $9.99 // Home Goods or TJ Maxx

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