Holiday party season is officially upon us! If you’re lucky, you’ve been invited to a soireèè or two. For many people, that means a quick stop at the grocery store to grab a bottle of wine and a gift bag. That is a perfectly acceptable hostess gift. One that says “I put no thought into this whatsoever.”, and “Hey, I brought a wine I like, let’s open this baby up!”
These are not the messages I want to send. I prefer to say things like “I am grateful you invited people into your home so I didn’t have to.”, and “This is a gift for you, not all of us.”
So, I have put together a list of Fabulous Hostess Gifts That Are Sure To Get You Invited Back!
1. Wine Cooler
I’m not anti-wine. Far from it, actually! I just prefer to bring a gift with a bit more permanence. If you are married to the idea of bringing a bottle of wine, package it with this for a ‘wow factor”. I love the copper color, it’s so ‘in’ right now, and it keeps a chilled bottle cold on the table or buffet.
This one is a bit of a play on the wine gift. This luxurious bubble bath comes in a wine bottle (complete with cork!). You can put it in one of those wine gift bags that you know you have lying around. When your host goes to open it…surprise! It’s a pampering gift for her. I sent this to a friend for letting me stay at her house. It led to my all-time favorite thank you note:
Thank you for the bottle of wine. It tastes like soap.
She’s the best. Never fails to crack me up! It was even funnier because she was out of town when it arrived, and her 20 year old son put it in their wine cellar.
3. Root Candle
I am a huge fan of scented candles, and these are some of my favorites. They use aromatherapy, smell fantastic, and have a wood wick that makes a delightful crackling sound as it burns. It’s like having a fire in the fireplace (without the mess. They have lots of different fragrances, and they’re all great. The one I have featured here is my favorite:Meditate.
I host Thanksgiving for my family almost every year. Everyone is wonderful, and although I do the bulk of the cooking, they’re always willing to bring a side dish or dessert. The one thing I always stress out about, at the last minute, with a house full of people, is having enough serving spoons. It’s like all my serving spoons get together and go visit their families for the holiday. The bastards. Anyway, there’s nothing worse than having tons of delicious food and not enough serving pieces. These spoons from Mud Pie are adorable, I’d love to get one as a hostess gift!
The other thing I don’t realize I need until the last minute is trivets to protect my table from dishes right out of the oven. I’m obsessed with all things bamboo, and this set of trivets is reasonably priced, and they have a great, zen-like design.
We LOVE Tabletopics in our house! When dinner gets quiet, we pick a card, and…suddenly everybody is talking! They have thought-provoking questions designed to stimulate fun conversation. I inevitably end up learning something new about my family and friends when we play. Bonus: there’s no points system, no winner or loser, so my kids don’t rip each other limb from limb competing.
7. Truffle Oil
As far as luxury ingredients go, it doesn’t get much better than truffle oil. The smallest amount adds so much depth and flavor to whatever you’re cooking. I put mine in an oil mister like this one, and spritz it on everything from potatoes to pizza to popcorn. If your hostess is a foodie, she’ll be bowled over by this gift. For extra points, add the mister!
I can never have enough kitchen towels, especially when I’m entertaining. When no one is around, I can use old, ratty towels with no problem. But when I have guests, I don’t want those beasts on my counter. These towels are great, and totally presentable!
So, there you go! Your Guide To Fabulous Hostess Gifts That Are Sure To Get You Invited Back! I recommend having a few of these on hand (yes, I have a gift closet) to avoid the last-minute panic over what to bring. Your hostess likely spent quite a bit of time preparing for the party so you and the other guests would have a great time. Isn’t worth it to put a little thought into something for her too? (Yes, it is.) Time to Party!!!