If you’re being hosted rather than doing the hosting this season (or anytime!), don’t arrive empty handed. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- A good bottle of wine is the tried-and-true go-to that’s almost always a good choice. But spruce it up a little: pair it with a fancy bottle stopper, wrap it in a funky dishtowel they can use later, or personalize it with a monogrammed gift tag. And speaking of using later, maybe present two bottles—one for the host/hostess to share and one for them to keep.
- Put together a gift basket designed to encourage the host/hostess to relax once the festivities are over. Fill it with a good book, a baked treat or chocolates, bath salts, a candle–and maybe that bottle of wine.
- Candles are a nice choice, but check with your host/hostess to see if they mind scented (some people prefer unscented but still like a pretty candle).
- Fancy guest towels and equally fancy hand soaps.
- A small pewter or crystal bowl filled with candy or nuts.
- A nice set of bar tools and/or a bottle of their favorite liquor.
- Fun or fancy napkins.
- A vase full of flowers or a plant in a nice planter.
- Home-baked cookies on a pretty platter—and they keep the platter. Or along those same lines, any pretty serving piece(s) and a treat to go with them.
- A silver or a crystal frame (make it even better by adding a picture of you and your host).
- If you visit homesick Texans, take them tamales (they freeze and travel well) or hot sauce and chips from their favorite restaurant.
- Send a hand-written thank-you after the party or stay.
- A hug.
Of course, if you need more ideas—or even need us to do the shopping and assembling—My Personal Valet has you covered.