Gift Ideas for the Hostesses
In addition to colder weather and holiday-themed everything, this time of year also means countless parties. These parties are usually fun, however they can be stressful when you consider that in general, it is necessary to show up with a hostess gift to each and every one of them. Shopping for others can be very difficult, and you want to give your host something besides the obvious bottle of wine. To help you out, here are some suggestions of what to give that are a little more outside of the box:
Flowers are a great gift because they immediately lighten up a room and add to the festive atmosphere. However, often times hosts do not have enough flower vases around in which to put these new flowers in. Instead of getting flowers this season, try presenting your host with a beautiful flower vase. Antique stores, flea markets, and home stores usually have a great variety.
By games we don't necessary mean bringing Twister with you (though depending on your host, that might be a great idea). Instead, opt for fun group games like Catchphrase or Apples To Apples. If your hosts love to have fun and love being social, this is a great idea. Even better if they have kids!
Bringing your guests an artisanal food like maple syrup or gourmet popcorn is a great alternative to wine. If you live in a state or region that specializes in a special food or drink, it is always a safe bet to present one of these specialty items to your hosts. Maple syrup is an easy option because the real, artisanal kind from the Northeast or Midwest tastes wonderful, and who doesn't love to make pancakes? If you need inspiration, check out the gourmet food sections of an upscale grocery store or department store, or the Harry & David catalogue and website.
'Tis the season to incorporate the holidays in any way possible! If your hosts celebrate Christmas, a great gift is a beautiful glass ornament. If you select one that is especially bold and beautiful, it is the perfect simple present to give. Look at department stores or antique stores for these, as well as internet sites like Etsy.
An alternative to a soap or candle, these ovals (the name varies depending on brand, usually called ovals or squares) are small scented shapes that usually have a ribbon on them, allowing them to be hung on knobs and hooks in kitchens and bathrooms. They smell great and look beautiful, and they are also one of the more unique ways to showcase a beautiful scent.
Remember, bringing your hosts wine or a candle isn't a bad thing! What is important is that you remember to show up with a gift (include a handwritten card) for your hosts. Everyone has their specific tastes, interests, and lifestyles - try to remember these when gift shopping, and you'll be sure to find a gift that is perfect.