As the temperatures turn colder, our social schedule heats up. With holiday fetes a plenty, you may be running low on hostess gifts to bring to your friends, family and loves ones. Whether you’re staying with your family for a week or popping over for drinks on a Saturday night, it is always incredibly thoughtful and refined to bring a little token of thanks. We talked about gifts for summer trips to friend’s beach houses or al fresco dinner parties, but with so many parties and so many hostess gifts we need to get a little creative.
Fa la la la la…. Last year’s Christmas tree!
Of course, homemade treats and gifts are a thoughtful (an inexpensive) token of thanks. Some of our favorites are:
- Your famous orange-cranberry biscotti in a decorative tin
- Homemade jam tied with a festive ribbon
- A photo of you and the hostess in a pretty frame
- A DIY ornament for their Christmas tree
For more formal affairs or more distant relatives, a nice little gift will is often quick, easy, and just as thoughtful. The hostess will likely receive plenty of gifts, so a creative touch is needed. Try these: Flowers: Skip cut flowers and classic bouquets (someone else will undoubtedly bring these!) and consider a potted flowering plant. They will last much longer and as the flowers bloom, the hostess will be reminded of your kindness. This idea was stolen right from Amanda’s mouth. She suggests paperwhites, but there are plenty of options, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, and christmas roses. Mulled wine: Bottle of wine? Too easy. Nice red wine with a sachet of mulling spices? Thoughtful! Pick up your favorite red wine (I love a nice Chianti for this) and tie a festive sachet to the bottle filled with mulling spices. You can almost always pick these up at your grocery store, but if not you’ll just need whole nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and anise stars. You can include a small recipe note in the card and encourage the hostess to enjoy it once the guests have gone! Serving dish: You honestly can never have enough of these. Picking up a tasteful, festive serving dish might seem like a personal gift – picking china for others is tricky! But when your hostess has run out of cheeseboards, she will be so grateful for your little gift. Bonus points if you add cookies to it! Personalised ornament: I love ornaments for Christmas gifts. Consider having one personalised with the hostess’ family name, or select a personal ornament that they will love. Some companies will even make ornaments that look exactly like your house! The hostess will use it every year and remember the smashing party – and thoughtful friend! Holiday cookbook: Cookbooks are such a fantastic gift, especially from authors or restaurants you love. By the time Christmas rolls around, many of us are lost on menu ideas. A new cookbook with fresh ideas could be a lifesaver. Every year, the hostess will pull out the book for ideas and inspiration!