When attending a party, giving the hostess a small gift will demonstrate your appreciation for her hospitality. Stand out from the crowd by avoiding the customary bottle of wine or potted plant. Whether you want to spend a little money or a lot, consider her personality and taste to devise a present she’ll truly enjoy.
If the hostess prepared all the hors d’oeuvres and main dishes for the party, she may not feel like cooking much immediately after the gathering. Giving food gift baskets as a present will provide her with some delicious provisions until she wants to hit the kitchen again. Consider one featuring ingredients to prepare a simple soup or pasta. You can also fill a box with ready-to-eat items such as bread, cheeses, meats, nuts and fruit.
After the stress and hard work of planning and hosting a soiree, the hostess will definitely need some ways to unwind. Offer a gift for after the party that she can use to pamper herself, such as a luxurious robe, a cozy blanket, a foot massager or an essential oil diffuser. For a present on a budget, consider scented candles, bath salts, a face mask set or herbal teas.
Create a gift that the hostess can use to remember this event and those she plans to host in the future. Present her with a blank scrapbook and materials such as photo tabs, cardstock and pens that she can use to add pictures and memories from the party. Guests can even sign a blank page as a way to thank her and jot down their favorite moments from the party.
An impressive and useful hostess gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. As long as you put enough thought into the gesture, your friend will appreciate the sentiment…and continue inviting you to all of her future parties.