In just a few short weeks, invitations for seasonal celebrations will start pouring into your mailbox (or inbox). Make a plan now so you don’t show up to the holiday dinner empty-handed! The hostess gift is a timeworn tradition that is still very much in style, but still very overlooked in today’s casual culture. To be a guest they’ll invite back over and over again, learn the do’s and don’ts of hostess gifts!
What is a hostess gift?
Bringing a gift for your hostess is a lovely way to thank her for her hospitality and is always appreciated. A hostess gift doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. The ideal gift is tasteful and elegant, and reflects the taste and style of the hostess.
What is a good hostess gift?
If you’re still getting to know your hostess and would consider her more of an acquaintance, that’s OK too! Stick to a neutral gift like flowers, wine, fine chocolates, small home accents, or artisan soaps.
A quick note about flowers: Avoid swinging by the grocery store and picking up a bouquet on the way to the party. A bouquet should be presented in a vase so that the hostess can use it to beautify her home during the party.
Last-Minute Party Essentials
If you know your hostess quite well, give her a call before you head over and ask if she needs anything. You may not show up with the most glamorous gift, but your thoughtfulness will not be forgotten, especially if she is short on appetizers, serving spoons, or napkins!
More Gift Ideas
Other great hostess gifts include kitchen gadgets, serving dishes, fun place-card holders, or a game to break the ice and keep guests entertained while the final touches are being made to dinner!
What should never be given as a hostess gift?
Don’t give a gift that requires work. A bouquet of flowers needs to be trimmed and arranged in a vase, and she simply doesn’t have time to do this during the party! Likewise, don’t give scented candles that you expect to be displayed during the get-together or gourmet food that must be eaten within the evening. Your hostess put a lot of thought into the lighting and menu, and you don’t want to complicate either for her!
They’ve put a lot of heart and thought into the party so make sure that your hostess gift reflects your gratitude. What are some other ways you can say thank you to the best hostess? Let us know by leaving a comment below!