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Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Host and Hostess Gifts People Actually Like

Host and Hostess Gifts People Actually Like

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So you’re invited to stay at an out-of-town friend’s house over the weekend or during the upcoming holiday season. Do you bring a gift, a small token of appreciation for the hospitality? And what’s the best gift to give?

For the answer I surveyed a bunch of my friends asking what they like to receive from house guests. I thought for sure there would be a clear winner. But as it turns out, there is no cut and dry answer. Let’s look at some of the options.

Food/Baked Goods

Assuming your host doesn’t have any dietary restrictions, it’s nice to give homemade treats like biscotti

biscotti out of the oven

… which pairs nicely with coffee beans from your local roaster.

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Store-bought truffles in a pretty package are great if you’re in a hurry or just don’t like to bake.

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A basket of seasonal jams and spreads…

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… can accompany fresh bread from your favorite bakery (asiago pesto, marble rye, or chocolate babka are all nice choices!).

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Alcohol

One of my friends pointed out that alcohol is a good gift not only because it has a long shelf life, but because it can easily be “regifted” if it’s not what your host likes. Del Ray is chock full of shops that sell unique brews.

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And don’t forget our local brewery.

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A reasonably priced bottle of wine looks even fancier wrapped in cloth using this furoshiki technique.

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Flowers/Plants

If food and alcohol aren’t an option, flowers and plants are a welcome gift. A lot of folks don’t buy flowers for themselves, so it’s a pleasant surprise when they receive them.

flowers

air plant

Home Accessories

As a clutter-phobic, I didn’t think anyone would indicate they prefer home accessories, but there are many thoughtful options that will appeal to people with limited space and minimalistic tendencies. I can’t resist functional accessories like pottery.

diagonal stripe mugs

olive dish

DIY gifts like cork coasters and trivets are an easy, economical, and eco-friendly option.

Upcycled Trivet

Artistic notecards are nice to have on hand when you need to get a quick birthday card or note in the mail.

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Soaps, candles, pictures and knick-knacks are also old standbys, especially if they have a special story or significance to you and your friends. And instead of a physical gift, consider taking your host out for a nice dinner or treating them to a movie or event.

Do you have any favorite items to give as host/hostess gifts?

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