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Hostess Gift Giving for the Upcoming Holidays

Updated on March 23, 2015

Saying Thank You with Tradition, Style and Grace

Celebrations are a time for spreading cheer and giving thanks.  Don't forget your host and hostess and all they give toward this effort!
Celebrations are a time for spreading cheer and giving thanks. Don't forget your host and hostess and all they give toward this effort! | Source

Tokens of Appreciation

Etiquette suggests you never show up to an event empty handed!
Etiquette suggests you never show up to an event empty handed! | Source

The Simple Gesture of Gratitude

As the holidays approach, there will be no shortage of gatherings, each marked with camaraderie and cheer to fill our hearts. It is easy to forget how much effort and love goes into pulling each event together, as former and present host and hostesses well know. By bringing a special thank you for those that welcome you, you are not only showing your appreciation and love, but acknowledging how important hospitality truly is. It not only allows an opportunity for fun, but it makes possible the coming together that is so signature of the season; it is truly what holidays are about.

Traditions of gifting your host remain heartfelt today.
Traditions of gifting your host remain heartfelt today.
Hospitality is a gift to all who gather that should be met with simple gratitude.
Hospitality is a gift to all who gather that should be met with simple gratitude.

History and Tradition of Hostess Gift Giving

Bringing a hostess gift is a long time tradition, as cited in the article What is a Hostess Gift? at WiseGeek.com. According to this article, it should reflect the presumed good taste of the host and hostess. I love that thought. It is also a tradition based in etiquette, which at the holidays, brings a sort of formality to celebrating which I find quite heartwarming. Check out Proper Host and Hostess Gift Etiquette to brush up on the rules of gift giving. Somewhat old fashioned in this modern world, the history of bringing an offering to a meal simply reminds us that participating in the thankfulness of gathering together to eat is just good form.


Remember to Give a Little Thanks to Those That Do So Much..

People often invest a lot of time, effort and love into holiday gatherings.
People often invest a lot of time, effort and love into holiday gatherings. | Source

...Because Being the Host is Hard Work!

Hosting a party - especially around the holidays - takes hard work.  Remember to always show your appreciation to the ones that bring us to the table!
Hosting a party - especially around the holidays - takes hard work. Remember to always show your appreciation to the ones that bring us to the table! | Source

Gift-Giving Tool for All Occasions:

Wilton Cookie Pro Preferred Press, 2104-4018
Wilton Cookie Pro Preferred Press, 2104-4018

I ordered this cookie press last Christmas and have used it with my children on many occasions already, both to make hostess gifts and create family traditions for our own family celebrations.

 

Homemade, From the Heart

Making things from scratch is a gesture of love.
Making things from scratch is a gesture of love. | Source

What to Give? Go Homemade

Gifts for the host or hostess do not have to come from a store or amount to high expenditures. They are meant to be tokens of appreciation. In fact, a gift made by the giver is ever more special, signifying the gift of one's own special efforts and time. In this regard, I find the particular gift ideas below both easy and delicious.

  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels - Chocolate covered pretzels are a good gift because the host or hostess can use them during the event to share with guests. The are decadent, easy to make and festive and that is why they are my pick for homemade candy every time. One recipe can be found at eHow's How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels.
  • Holiday Cookies - Holiday cookies are a good idea because you can make them in large batches, packaging individual portions for a number of gatherings and gift giving needs. They are economical and again, show your love in a traditionally festive way. They also give you the opportunity to involve your family, especially your children, in gift giving as well as provide a great holiday family activity that can become a tradition in your own home. Stock up on festive tins to make packaging and distributing a thing of ease. Also, consider purchasing a cookie press like this one at Williams Sonoma - I will always remember making cookies with my mom when I was little and loved when this item returned to our kitchen each year around the holidays.
  • Homemade Irish Cream - I love this gift. When were were little, my sister and I used to make up batches of this and package in mason jars with holiday ribbon. They make a great gift. The recipe is easy and decadent.

Hostess Gift Giving is Time Honored!

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Simple Store Bought Gift Ideas for the Hostess

To make sure that you remember those who welcome you in a special way, consider stocking up on some of these inexpensive, yet thoughtful gifts. Having these on hand is a good way to reduce stress and keep the to-do list in check as the holidays heat up. These picks are low on expense, high on luxe and say thank you in just the right way.

  • Sweets for the Sweet - You can never go wrong with a little chocolate, especially if you know your host or hostess loves sweets. Crate and Barrel has great selections of seasonal treats that are not only easy to love, but wrapped pretty too! Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Caramels and their oft-available English Toffee are atop my list of ways to compliment your chef. These provide that just-enough indulgence, without being over the top.
  • Warm your Hosts' Heart with Faux Fur - Wine is always a go-to host or hostess gift that never fails to please. However, sweeten the deal with this faux fur wine bag from Restoration Hardware. Or, if your hostess loves glam, consider this dramatic scarf instead. It makes a truly stunning gift. Both these items are of the highest quality and so soft.
  • Raising the Bar on Gifts for the Host - Bar accessories can make a chic holiday gift for the male or female host, especially if you want to add some elegance to the mix. These great tile coasters look even better in person and come monogrammed. They have that sporty collegiate feel and are surprisingly affordable. You can add to these a crafty bottle opener from Pottery Barn, such as a sophisticated silver bulldog or rustic cast iron turtle. The pairing makes a gift that is easy on the budget yet won't disappoint.
  • Giving the Scent of the Season - Candles are a favorite of mine, to give and to receive. These beautiful selections from NEST are anything but trite. They are especially apropos for the holidays with surprising aromas like Pumpkin Chai and Birchwood Pine. Choose a favorite scent for the holiday, throw in a simple gift bag with tissue paper, and you are good to go. They are a little pricey, but as such, make an extra special treat.
  • A Little Bling Goes a Long Way When Celebrating the Season - My favorite gift at Christmas is as charming as it is inexpensive. I love giving these vintage mercury glass ornaments in a variety of shapes and sizes from acorn to onion, tied with a pretty ribbon. They take your breath away, and give a true antique feel. Pair them in sets of threes or give one with a tin of Vanilla Comoro tea. It is unimaginably good. The greatest part may well be the price tag, a nice gift for the giver as well.

Tips on How to Give a Good Hostess Gift

A good hostess makes us all feel like a part of the family.
A good hostess makes us all feel like a part of the family. | Source

Remembering Why Showing the Love is Imporant

Hostesses are the ones that warm our hearts and fill our stomachs all season long. It is very easy to forget the hard work that goes into gathering family and friends. As a frequent hostess myself, I know that much preparation and time goes into pulling it all together, but we do these things for those we love because nothing is more important than coming together when it gets right down to it. Remembering that little gift for those that welcome you is a great way to show appreciation to someone that truly deserves a thank you.

You Really Can't Go Wrong When It Comes to Hostess Gifts - It's the Thought that Counts!

Hostess gifts need not be grand, just thoughtful and in keeping with the season.
Hostess gifts need not be grand, just thoughtful and in keeping with the season.

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