Did your mom always tell you it’s impolite to show up to a party or get together empty handed the way my mom always did? Before I started hosting my own celebrations at home, I have to admit, I was foolishly unaware of the amount of work and time that went into entertaining guests successfully.
While I’ve never shown up without a little gift for a hostess I’ve visited, nowadays I try extra hard to give a small gift that reflects my appreciation a bit more personally.
There are a few classic hostess gifts that will never go out of style and always succeed in putting a smile on both your hostess’ face as well as yours. Our selections for top hostess gifts aren’t just creative and personalized either – they’re easy to prepare in advance. It’s always smart to make a few of these hostess gifts to have on hand for last minute invitations!
Any hostess can appreciate a good bottle of olive oil and it’s not something they’d necessarily expect. We slipped ours inside of a decorative paper wine bag and then added our hostess's monogram with a bright sticker. A little floral pick of olive leaves tied to the top of the bag with elegant ribbon make this gift look extra special.
You can even dress up the olive oil yourself if you’re so inclined – infusing it with garlic or assorted herbs.
Speaking of herbs, a rosemary plant tucked into a corrugated cup looks like a miniature Christmas tree and smells ever-so-good, which makes it the perfect hostess gift at the holidays. But don’t limit this gift to the holidays. Rosemary is always in season and makes for the perfect hostess gift all year round, too. Your hostess can keep the potted rosemary in her kitchen or even take it out back and plant the rosemary outdoors.
We set the rosemary in a soil-filled cup and then placed dried grass around the top of the cup. To give it a festive look, we tied a red organza ribbon around the cup and stuck a glittery red star on the top branch. Hand-written recipes for Rosemary Garlic Potatoes and Rosemary Rolls accompanied the gift.
Colorful and decorative cocktail napkins are always a great gift for the hostess in your life. Since she’s always entertaining she’ll find a lot of use out of this gift!
We tied some brightly colored plates and napkins together with red raffia and topped it off with a great big jingle bell for a holiday gift, but you can easily swap the color scheme and trinket out for a more seasonally appropriate one!
For this hostess gift, we wrapped small chocolate candies with coordinating scrapbook paper and placed them in a cheery white candy dish. You don’t necessarily have to make the chocolate yourself.
Hand wrapping it for a look that reflects your hostess’ personal style is always a sweet gesture, though and will really impress. Pairing it with a candy dish your hostess can use for years to come is an added bonus!