Hostess Gift Ideas With A Twist

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Appreciation matters. Especially when you’re a guest. A small gift is your way of thanking your host for their hospitality and the effort they put into to entertaining to make you feel welcomed in their home. To make a good impression, don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect hostess gift.

You might have already received invitations for  Thanksgiving dinner. Although it may seen a bit early, for those who are hosting, the planning and preparations have been set in motion. And out of town guests will in attendance, it's never too early to start planning. If you will be attending a Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's or family member's home, now is the time to start thinking about how you will show your gratitude to the hosts.

Whether you are invited for only the meal or you will be an overnight or weekend-long guest, you cannot show up empty handed. A small gift of appreciation is a common courtesy. Here are some ideas and a few of my favorites to get you started.

Offer To Bring Dessert
For any host, preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be a lot of work, especially if they’ve decided to invite a lot of guests. To lighten the load, offer  to help by baking the dessert. Typically, a good Thanksgiving dessert would include the seasonal products, from apple to pumpkins so that a yummy pumpkin recipe could be just the thing. Nevertheless, if you are offering to make the dessert, you should make sure that your host knows what you are planning to make/bring. Also, check with the host to clarify any dietary restrictions as well as how many guests will be attendance. You never want to run out of dessert! While this might not seem like a gift, you will be saving your host a lot of time and stress.

Give A Traditional Gift With A Twist
What’s a good last minute gift? If you’re thinking a bottle of wine, you're on the right wave length, but there are other options. Your host has planned the dinner – it’s likely they know what wine would best work with the food. A lot of people tend to bring a bouquet of flowers. Lately, I've been opting for a plant instead. Plants lasts much longer than flowers, and the greenery enhances the decor of any home. You can also find faux houseplants that look incredibly real, and they require no care and maintenance. Succulent are a fun addition to any home decor as well.

Bring A Gift For The Hosts' Children
Picture the scene. You’ve been invited to your sister’s house, and you’re getting ready to see your young nephew again. You want to bring him a gift, but what are the best gifts for kids in this occasion? While a toy might be the first gift to come to mind, you might want to discuss with your relatives the possibility of creating a saving account for the child. On occasions in the future, other family members can contribute to the account, and together you can watch it grow. Your gift will be appreciated by the hostess, and it’s an exciting opportunity to encourage the next generation to ‘harvest’ knowledge for their future.

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