It’s Holiday season, and you’ll likely be attending a Hanukkah Party, Christmas Party, or New Year’s Even Party. So, what gift do you give to the hostess? The easiest thing is to ask her if there is something you can bring to the party, whether a beverage, appetizer, or dessert item. If she insists that there is nothing you need to bring, here are five gift ideas. The key is – all of these gifts are consumable products. You want to give gifts that people will actually use and consume, and not items that will just sit around in the home and collect dust.
1) The classic hostess gift is a bottle of wine, of course. Reds are definitely the most popular. However, if she’s likely to receive red wines from other guests, you may want to consider a white, rose’, or champagne for something different. Wines don’t necessarily have to cost more to be better. Here are a few of my favorite wines for under $25 a bottle. Every time I’ve served the Cupcake Sparkling Rose’, I’ve received rave reviews from all my guests. All these can be found at Total Wine.
2) If your hostess doesn’t drink alcohol, but is a coffee drinker (as most moms are, as well as the majority of the U.S. population is), then you may want to consider coffee! Yes, coffee is a reliable gift that all recipients will appreciate and gladly consume. You could pick up a couple of unique flavors that are only offered during the Holiday season, or you hand-pack different flavored beans at The Fresh Market and write a little personal message on the coffee bag.
3) A great gift idea that is unique is a pair of high-quality, flavor-infused olive oil and vinegar for bread dipping and salads. Try the yummy Blue Cheese and Fig Balsamic Olive Oil and Spicy Red Pepper Balsamic Vinegar from Williams and Sonoma. Even better, they’re on sale right now for 20% off and have free shipping! Your hostess doesn’t need to be a super chef in the kitchen or a discerning foodie to enjoy these. Almost everyone uses olive oil and vinegar in their home, so why not give them something different and delicious to try? This a great gift for any homemaker, but again, is a consumable item, as opposed to other kitchen items that she may not need or already have, such as baking tools, cooking utensils, and small appliances.
4) Candles are a very popular gift item, and it’s easy to understand why. Everyone loves a nice, soothing scent in the home. A great candle should have both a pleasing scent and the ability to carry the scent throughout the house. While there are so many wonderful-smelling candles out there, my three favorite, hands down, are these pictured below. The scents are to die for! It is so hard to describe in words how these candles smell, but…
when I close my eyes, I feel like the Trish McEvoy Wild Blueberry Vanilla takes me to a magical wonderland full of deliciously divine treats… the Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin makes me feel like I’m at relaxing at a luxurious tropical beach resort.. and the Voluspa Visions of Sugar Plum (which I normally pick up at Nordstrom, but it’s temporarily sold out there) transports me to an exotic, gold-filled palace in the Far East.
Pick up one of these three candles, and I assure you – you will NOT be disappointed.
5) Lastly, a bouquet of flowers is always a thoughtful gift. Flowers make everyone happy, and make a house feel like a home. You can easily pick up flowers from any grocery store. Even better, hand pick individual flowers from your local florist and arrange them yourself to give a personal touch, especially if the party has a certain holiday or color theme that you can match. To be extra thoughtful, trim the flowers yourself and present the flowers in a vase, so that your busy hostess won’t have to do so herself, and the flowers can be used immediately at the party. You can pick up inexpensive vases from Michael’s or Walmart.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what gift you bring. There are many ways to say “Thank you.” It’s the thought that counts!
Just don’t ever re-gift! Your hostess will know. 🙂
Thank you for stopping by! Please share in the comments below any gifts you given or received that you’ve loved for more ideas.