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Thoughtful Hostess Gifts

Posted on May 04, 2015

It’s always a good idea to present your host or hostess with a token of appreciation. Whether you’re visiting your best friend for a weekend, enjoying dinner at a colleague’s home, or staying at your great aunt Mable’s summer cottage for a week, giving the host or hostess a little something to say “thank you” is considered proper etiquette.

You don’t have to break the bank when choosing a token of thanks, something as simple as a thank-you note will even suffice. But if you’re looking for a few ideas, we’ve got you covered:

  • Bar enthusiast: If your host or hostess has a home bar or is a fan of mixing up a cocktail you can put together a bar basket. Gather up some bar tools such as cocktail strainers and shakers, bottle stoppers, a citrus press and a good corkscrew. Arrange it all in an ice bucket with some cocktail napkins and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling fancy, throw in a book with cocktail recipes or some fun glasses. 
  • Grill Master: For the host who loves to spend time cooking outdoors, a grill-geared gift may be right up their alley. You could pick up some tools like stainless steel grill set, a grill brush, or a digital grill thermometer. Or go the flavorful route and pick up a selection of grilling rub flavors and marinades along with a few recipe cards on how to utilize each.
  • Meal Gift: Sure, you might be attending a dinner event, but every occasion is a good occasion to give a Meal Gift. The host or hostess will likely spend the day after their party, or the days after your visits, cleaning the house and recovering from all of the fun. The gift of a meal will allow them to sit back, relax, and take some time to get back into the swing of things. A Meal Gift is especially great if the hostess worked the whole day to prepare for a dinner party and spent a lot of time in the kitchen. He or she is likely not looking forward to spending the entire next night in the kitchen fixing dinner for their family. With a Meal Gift, they can simply heat and eat with no mess from preparation to clean up afterwards. And if you’re planning an extended visit with family or friends, take the load off them for a night and provide a Meal Gift that everyone can enjoy together during your stay. 
  • Wine charms make a great hostess gift and are a creative and tasteful way to help guests remember which wine glass they’re using. Charms come in a variety of different styles, colors, materials, and themes so you’re likely to find one that suits your host or hostess perfectly.
  • Homemade gifts such as sugar scrubs, bread, herb bundles from your garden, or dried pasta would make wonderful hostess gifts. Homemade always means from the heart. If you need more ideas for homemade gift options, check out Pinterest for a wealth of suggestions.
  • Gift cards are always a foolproof option. You can go generic with something like a Visa or MasterCard gift card, or you can customize it to suit your host’s likes with their favorite restaurant or retail shop.

A few things to remember when selecting your gift:

  • Give a gift for the future. Don’t show up with food or alcohol and expect it to be made available right away. The items may not pair well with the hosts planned menu.
  • Don’t bring a gift that requires work. While flowers are a tried and true hostess gift, they aren’t the best. If they’re cut flowers, the host or hostess will need to find a vase and arrange them instead of mingling with guests. The hostess may also be particular about the decor for the evening and the flowers may not fit the flow.
  • Don’t insist your gift be opened immediately. If you decide to bring a wrapped gift, allow the hostess to open it at their own discretion. If other guests did not think to bring a gift they might be embarrassed.



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