I think that it is a nice and appreciated gesture to bring gift(s) for the host when attending a party.
The choice of gift should be thoughtful and should not inconvenience the host (no flowers without a holder please) in any way. After all, they’re probably busy making sure that everything is ready for their event so anything that requires unnecessary fuss is an instant write-off.
Here are some host / hostess gift ideas:
Chocolate or little desserts like macarons or chocolate dipped strawberries – Who does not love chocolate? Chocolates are great because they can be opened and shared with everyone at the event.
Home themed gift sets – If your host loves gardening a mini herb kit set would be great idea. Tailor it to your host’s interests. When in doubt you can never go wrong with a mini chocolate fondue set.
Books – Cook books or coffee table books on art, travel or fashion. Again tailor this to your host’s interests.
Flowers - Only if they are potted or come in a vase.
Candles – I love getting pretty votive candles as gifts. If you’re not sure about the scent choose something classic like lavender or orange.
Dessert Wine – Most of the time your host will have a selection of wine already selected. I think that dessert wine is a pleasant surprise to the usual wine offerings. Being from Canada, my favourite type of dessert wine is ice wine.
Luxurious bath products – monogramed bath soaps, masks, scrubs, cleansers or a big basket of everything to pamper the guest.
Kitchen Accessories – You know when you’re shopping at Williams-Sonoma and you see all those unique little gadgets (like this meat slicer)? From bakeware to cutlery to cooking tools. The list is endless!
Gourmet treats – Artisan jams, tapenade, dips, cheese, nuts etc.
DIY Gifts – Martha Stewart has these great ideas for DIY host gifts that you can assemble yourself.
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