Following are a few ideas to help you with choosing a hostess gift.
1. How well do you know the hostess?
In order to choose the most appropriate gift, and you don’t know the hostess, try to learn a little bit about her (or him), if you can. If you are attending a party thrown by someone you are still getting to know, a gift that they can eat or drink is usually a safe bet. If the hostess is already a close friend, you would probably know her tastes, preferences, decor style and what her favourites are, which makes it easy to select a gift for her home that you know she will use and love.
2. Plan ahead and make sure the gift fits the occasion.
You most likely don’t want to show up with an ornate and elegant flower arrangement to a “chips and dips” game party. In the same time, you don’t want to skimp on a gift if someone has hosted a fancy party or allowed you to stay as an overnight house guest.
3. Think outside the bouquet.
Sure, fresh flowers are beautiful, but they can be a nuisance to a busy hostess. Finding a vase, clipping stems and creating an arrangement can ruffle even the most unflappable hostess when she's already occupied by greeting other guests, taking their coats, serving drinks and being busy in the kitchen. Consider a flower arrangement or a bouguet is a vase, a gift that is easy for the hostess to deal with.
4. Remember to ALWAYS follow up with a "Thank You" note.
It should be done within a week of the event. A quick note showing gratitude for your hosts’ efforts are always appreciated.
GIFTS FOR EVERY OCCASION
If you don’t want to show up empty-handed, here are some gift ideas to take along:
Glove and Apron Set. Price: $16 to $25 on Amazon.com
Gourmet Brie Baker Set. Price from $16 to $23
Boxed Chocolates Purdy’s Chocolates, from $15 and up.
Music CD for your music lover hostess
Desktop Notes for the organized hostess. Find it at Dollar stores, Dollarama, Home sense or other suppliers. Price $ 5 and up.
Home Diffusers from The Body Works Price: $15
Magnetic Note Pads Price: from $3 and up
Cake Knife Server Set Price: from $20 and Up at Amazon.com
Pillar Candles Price: $11 at Pier 1 Imports
Bath Salts like this Lavender Salt with scoop.
Price $13.50 at Pier 1 Imports
Quiz books for fun. Available at Amazon.com for $5.95
Thank you Dish Towel. Price $12 and up at Amazon.com
Hostess Cupcake Printed Dishtowels Price $11.00 for two.
Garden Bird Glass Coasters, Price: $15 at Pier 1 Imports
An elegant alternative, Loxton Dealcoholized Wines Price: $8.00 and up
Chips and Dips Platter Price: $20 and up
Garden Apron Tool Set for the gardener hostess. Price: $25.00 to $50.00 at Amazon.com
Silicon wine glass drying mat Price: $10.00 at Amazon.com
Home made gifts are always great. found this recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread mix on Sunset.com . This might be just the perfect gift for a hostess that likes to bake.
Another DIY project. I found this homemade bath salts idea on Martha Stewart.com. What a marvellous idea!
Gift for Bakers
Which cook or baker would not love to get a gift like this?! I found this idea while browsing on Pinterest, which led me to this site. You can read more and in detail by clicking on Gift for Bakers.
Christmas Gift or Hostess Gift
First, wrap the bottle in a coloured tissue paper, then wrap printed cellophane around it. (You can play with different coloured paper and cellophane designs to suit your fancy). Tie with ribbon and place a tag and, Voilà! There you have a great looking hostess gift!
Have fun gifting!
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