I think one of the loveliest exchanges during this time of year is the hostess gift. It's usually unexpected, a social norm from days gone by, but I can assure you that the recipient
I think the go-to hostess gift is a bottle of wine. If you go this route just be sure you are bringing a bottle for your host or hostess to consume at a later date. I'm never against wine, but if you're looking for something a little different, here are 5 affordable hostess gift ideas. You can stock up now and be set for the holidays.
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Wick Trimmer. I recently learned about this cool little tool from Becky at By The Poole blog. It snuffs out your candle without producing smoke. They come in all kinds of finishes at all different price points. You can get a great one in the $10 mark and a gift set for around $15. Pair it with a little candle and you've got a great gift that is not holiday specific. I likethis one and this one.
OLIVE OIL AND SPRAYER
Olive Oil and Sprayer: If the host is a foodie or enjoys to cook, pick up a good bottle of Olive Oil. You can often find "pop up shops" this time of year, but it can also be great to seek out a local small business. If you live in the New England area, I love the New England Olive Oil Company. You can usually find some wonderful flavors (balsamic pear for example) that someone wouldn't buy themselves but would enjoy. I love to pair it with an Olive Oil sprayer, or with a nice artisan bread. If you don't have any artisan olive oils near you, Amazon has some you can have shipped right to your door!
Presumedly the home your are going to enjoys entertaining and would put coasters to good use. Unless you know their decor style well, I would stick with something neutral. A nice marble, beautiful wood coaster, or even leather that looks like marble can feel very special! You can also make your own personalized ones, here is a blog post I wrote a while back on how to do it! It's super inexpensive and fun! Of course you can always order some as well.
BASKET OF TREATS
I like to find a small basket at Homegoods and then go to the treat aisle and fill it up with goodies. You could go with a theme "coffee" or "chocolate" or "tea" for example, or just fill it with things you think that your host would enjoy. The basket can be repurposed and it lets them know that the treats are for them to enjoy at a later date.
I do not have a green thumb, but I think giving a plant as opposed to just flowers is nice as it lasts beyond the party. Every time the host looks at the plant they will be reminded of the fun evening that you had. Choose a plant that is easy to care for and small. You don't want your gift to cause more work! I especially love this as post-holiday decor can be drab and a little greenery brings some life into the home!
If you're looking for more hostess ideas that are a little more unique, last year's hostess gift guide still has some great suggestions! What do you usually bring for the hosts?