The holidays are approaching fast and you may be invited to a party or 10 in the next couple months. It’s always nice to arrive with a little host or hostess gift.
They probably aren’t expecting anything and they certainly didn’t host the party to receive gifts, so this will be an extra special surprise for them.
Here are some ideas for your hostess gift. Some ideas are traditional, while others are a little more original.
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1. The Hostess Gift for the Hostess with the Mostest – Bottle of Wine
This is a classic that doesn’t go out of style. If you know your host’s favorite bottle of wine, make a trip to the store to find it.
For an extra touch, if it’s a white wine that needs to be chilled for serving, you can also purchase a Wine Chiller Set as part of the gift.
For your girlfriends, select a fun reusable Wine Clutch Bag.
I like to stock up on wine bottle bags and holders after the holidays to have for future holiday parties. I store them with my other wrapping items.
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If you’re going to an Ugly Sweater themed party be sure to use these ugly sweater wine bottle covers!
2. Flowers for the Host
Another classic hostess gift idea. During the holidays poinsettias are beautiful flowers, but remember these are poisonous to children and animals. Therefore, if the host has an animal or a small child I recommend finding another floral arrangement.
Popular Winter Flowers:
I have seen seeing so much recently about succulents. These house plants don’t require a lot of maintenance, but give a nice pop to any house. Consider giving a set of succulents to your hostess.
3. Seasonal Kitchen Towels
You can find really cute seasonal towels at this time of year. Find a cute set and wrap that up for the host. Again, you could pick these up for the following years gifts on clearance after the holiday passes.
4. Gift the Hostess a Gift that Gives a Warm Hug
Hug in a Mug gift idea. Purchase a big mug from the dollar store and fill it with goodies for the hostess to enjoy during the season. Include hot chocolate packets, tea bags, chocolate sticks or packs of shortbread cookies. You could add in a microwave bag of popcorn. Just some fun treats for the winter months. Wrap it up in a cellophane bag and tie a chocolate covered spoon to the ribbon.
If your host has children, bring them the hug in a mug and add in Hot Chocolate on a Spoon for a fun treat!
5. Breakfast Casserole
I thought of this recently because I was thinking about an annual open house we attend each December. The hosts also provide the main dish and the guests bring sides, appetizers and desserts. There is so much food you don’t even see it sometimes until you are already full! So I was thinking what could I bring this year since they really don’t need another appetizer or dessert.
I thought about when I host a party and the next morning the last thing I want to do is make a breakfast for the family. So, I think this year I will make a breakfast casserole for the host family. I can put it all together and put it in their fridge with the cooking instructions on the top. I’ll prepare it in an aluminum pan so they don’t have to worry about returning the dish. (I love using these aluminum pans for all sorts of meals throughout the year.)
If you want to, bring the casserole in a special dish for them to keep and use in the future. Or add a set of holiday spatulas.
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6. Jelly, Jam and Honey
If your hostess enjoys these treats, buy some jars to put into a little basket as a gift. During craft show season you may be able to find some locally made goodies or go to a local store who may carry a wide selection. I know we have a local tea shop that carries small jars of different flavored honeys. A few of these small jars in a basket would be a great gift for a hostess who drinks a lot of tea.
7. Personalized Ornament
If your host loves to decorate for the holidays, find a special ornament to give to the hostess for her tree. Find an ornament that shows her personality and have it personalized with her name and the year. For the future years the she will remember you gave this hostess gift to her. It will be a special memory for her each year. And, it just might get you invited back the following year!
She Deserves a Hostess Gift
We know that hosting a party is a lot of work. We also know that the host does not do it for the gift. Mostly a hostess has a party to see friends, family and spend quality time with loved ones. The real joy comes from seeing the guests have a good time and feeling the love FROM the host. Take a little time, think about your hostess and think of a special way to say thank you to her for inviting you to her party. She chose to invite you. Say thank you.
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