- Holidays and Celebrations
The 10 Best Hostess Gifts That Will Guarantee You An Invite Next Year
The holidays can be a lot of fun. They can also be a lot of work. Show your hostess you appreciate her with one of these great gifts.
Say It With Flowers
If you are attending a party that is being hosted by an acquaintance, or if it is someone that you work with, your gift shouldn't be too taste specific or personal. A bouquet of flowers always goes over well with the hostess. Want to spend a bit more? Bring a tasteful, classic vase to put them in. Clear glass is always a great choice. It is readily available and comes in a wide variety of price points.
If you know she loves to garden, a potted plant, indoor or out, will never disappoint. They also have a sense of permanence and will bring back happy memories of an enjoyable evening.
Christmas ornaments are ubiquitous and are an affordable option. If you do go this route, make sure you know the person well enough to know if they celebrate Christmas. They are also a great last minute gift that won't require diligent shopping for you to find.
Though Mad Men is over, vintage barware and glassware is still trending. Many shops on Etsy and Ebay sell vintage glassware so you will have wide variety of prices, cocktails glasses and style available to choose from. If you want to gift something collectible, search the sites for glasses made by Culver. You can expect to pay about $10 per glass.
Why not include the fixings for a retro drink that would have been served in your glasses? Here's a recipe for a Harvey Wallbanger to get your started.
- 1 and 1/2 ounces of vodka
- 4 ounces of orange juice
- 1/2 ounce of Galliano
Mix the vodka and orange juice. Pour over ice. Float the Galliano on top. Enjoy!
Women spend a lot of time caring for others. Treat her with some time pampering herself. A manicure can run from $17 to $65 in our area (Chicagoland). Pedicures runs from about $35 to $75. A massage about $65. Every salon sells gift cards so you don't need to know what she prefers. Let everyone else bring cookies. You bring something that will make her feel beautiful.
Yes, we all have smart phones and our documenting every minute of our lives and posting it to Facebook and Instagram. If you're going to a party of a close friend or relative, why not gift her your services as photographer for the evening? Make sure you get shots of everyone and special moments throughout the evening and then put together a photo album of your work. SOme things just need to be hard copied.
Keeper Of The Memories
Some friends and family members always seem to be the ones who keep in touch with everyone. Why not put together a photo album of special memories from the past? You could also create a CD for the party guests as a favor if the guests are close. It's easy, inexpensive and is very heartfelt.
For The Woman Who Has Everything
I love to throw parties but honestly I really don't want or need my guests to bring a gift. However, people really want to show you they appreciate your effort. Why not make a donation to a charity in the hostess' name? What does she really care about? Animals? Literacy? Homelessness? The choices are endless and many charities will provide you with a certificate stating that a donation has been made in someone's name. Everyone wins.
- Cocktail Grow Kit | gardening kit, mixology | UncommonGoods
Enjoy an aromatic happy hour with this simple grow kit, offering seeds for all the fixins for a flavorful cocktail.
Grow A Cocktail Kit
Does she like to garden? Does she like to drink her garden? Then gift her with a kit that includes everything she will need to grow herbs for libations. There are six seed packets for thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage and an egg carton to get them started. Also included in the kits is the starter soil, plant stakes, growing instructions, and a pencil to nurture and track their growth. Once the seedlings have outgrown their first home, transfer them to a larger planter and let the cocktail hour begin.
Sweets For Grown Ups Only
9 great flavors that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Each box include:
- Absinthe Truffle
- Ginger Liqueur Truffle
- Apple Brandy Truffle
- Coffee Liqueur Truffle
- Bourbon Whiskey Truffle
- Limoncello Truffle
- Pear Brandy Truffle
- Marionberry Vodka Truffle
- Ales' Dead Guy Whiskey Truffle
Seriously delicious and seriously alcoholic. Upon delivery, you must present ID that states you are 21 or over and sign for the delivery.
A Little Time To Herself
Everyone needs a break especially a hard-working mom. Gift her a night off. She can go to the gym, have a date night with her husband, get her nails done or simply read that book she's been meaning to get to at the Starbucks with a grande Caramel Machiatto to keep her company. Besides, who wouldn't want to spend a few hours with that cute baby?
© 2015 Chantelle Porter