Beyond Flowers and Wine:Choosing a Hostess Gift

By Kerry Minten

When being invited to a party or get-together, a gift for the hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality and is always appreciated. You could take the easy way out and buy that same bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers from the grocery store, but with just a little thought, it could be a more personable gesture that will be remembered.

If I really don’t know the individual, I usually go for something consumable; an item they can use rather than display in their home, especially if I don’t know their style. Possibly a dip or cheeseball mix with a fun dip bowl and spreader, or maybe an entertaining piece like a cheese board or platter with homemade cookies – goodness knows we like to do our share of entertaining in the South! Products from the area are also a great gift idea such as locally made jams or jellies, honey, fruits, nuts or organic homemade soaps. Maybe put together a basket with homemade crusty bread, olive oils and spices. You could pair gourmet foods with some fun paper napkins or maybe even some monogrammed coasters or hand towels. If you decide on fresh flowers, a purchased vase would be a perfect compliment or there are so many faux plants, especially succulents or seasonal arrangements that look real and can be tucked into any corner of their home. My go-to is always a candle – try keeping the scent fresh and light so it will appeal to most people.

For a more personal gift or for someone whose style or decor is familiar to you, consider a decoration, maybe a festive table runner or seasonal potpourri in a nice dish. How about a clever or sentimental sign, picture frame or kitchen basket with mixing bowl, gadgets and towels coordinating with the hostess’s kitchen? Items for outside could also be considered, such as flower stakes, decorative citronella candles, fun melamine serving pieces or potted plants. Remember to take the time to tie a ribbon or tissue on the gift or put in a gift bag – this will add to the gesture. The gift doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, just a small token to show them your appreciation!

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  • Kerry Minten

    Kerry Minten

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