Hostess Gifts More Original than a Bottle of Wine
For all the dinner parties and weekend retreats you’ve been invited to, how often have you not brought a bottle of wine as a gift? Easy (and sometimes practical) as it is to arrive to your host’s door with a well-considered vino in hand, the reality is, you don’t have to bring something that could potentially be enjoyed by the receiver and the giver.
Rather, we suggest making a better impression by bringing your generous host something that they can enjoy after you and your fellow guests have left — the gift is for them, after all. Just make sure you wrap whatever you bring so that they don’t feel obliged to open it while you’re there.
Here are some of our favorite go-to gifts.
Sarabeth’s Gift Sampler Box
There’s a reason why these six preserves have all won awards. You'll also win best-guest when you wrap this up for your host.
Charbonnel et Walker Milk Sea Salt Billionaire's Shortbread Truffles
Here's a gift that your host can indulge in after you leave. And the packaging is so pretty, they can keep the box around as decoration after the truffles are enjoyed.
Le Creuset 1.25 Quart Demi Kettle
Whether your host is a coffee or tea buff, everyone needs a tea kettle in their home. This gradient option will look elegant in any kitchen.
Fernando Pensato Olive Oil with 18-kt. Gold Flakes
How about some smooth, made-in-Italy olive oil with 18-karat gold flakes in the most divine bottle we ever did see.
Same-Day Flower Delivery
Send fresh, florist-derived flowers straight to your hosts door, thanks to same-day delivery. There are also a ton of gift baskets and plants to choose from, but we're in love with this beautiful bouquet.
Meyer Lemon Scent Gift Crate
Here’s an assortment of lovely items that could live beautifully in the bathroom: soap to impress every guest, lotion to keep skin moisturized, and a candle to set the mood.
Global Goodies Seasoning Blend Set
Does your host love to cook? Then they’ll flip over these spice jars that are so beautifully packaged, they deserve a spot on the countertop.