Host Gift Ideas
For a Christmas Party
The holiday season is on! Chances are, you’ll be busy with a party or two (or more) over the coming weeks, and you’ll likely ask yourself, “Should I bring anything?” Your host might ask you to bring an appetizer or a dish, or they might tell you to simply come as you are. Either way, it’s always a good idea to show up with a little something for the host to thank them for their hospitality. If you don’t know your host well enough to buy a personalized gift, a sure bet is a box of Christmas cookies like gingersnaps, shortbread, or sugar cookies, or homemade sweets like fudge, packaged neatly in a decorative holiday tin. It’s a classic gift that never goes out of style, and is always appreciated. If you know that your host doesn’t care for sweets, consider giving them a beautiful Christmas decoration or some holiday music — something they can use as they entertain throughout the season, or enjoy themselves year after year. If your hosts love the holidays, then a small collection of classic Christmas books and stories, like The Gift of the Magi, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, or A Christmas Carol, might be the perfect host gift.
For Christmas Dinner
Christmas dinner often takes the most planning of any event of the season. A thoughtful host gift is a nice way to thank your host for taking the time to make a special seasonal dinner (and clean up after!). A good thought for dinner parties is to bring something that the host can use for the evening, like a floral arrangement, a holiday centrepiece, or even candles and candle holders. If they enjoy entertaining and do it often, consider something that they can use for future dinner parties, like a nice cutting board, serve ware, or a set of stemware. And, of course, you can always give a gift basket that’s bursting with the host’s favourite goodies — something they can enjoy after the party.
For a New Year’s Eve Party
Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party takes a lot of planning and effort. The host needs to be energetic to keep the party going, while making sure that everyone has everything they need. If your host likes to entertain, consider giving something that will always help to keep the party going, like board games, music, or even a karaoke box set. Alternatively, you can give something that might speak more to your host’s tastes, like elegant serve ware, decanters, bar sets, stemware, or a wine rack.
A Small Party
A small party will be more intimate than a full-blown holiday party — likely a few good friends for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, or maybe a gift exchange. Even though the party might be small, you should still thank your host for their efforts; even small parties take a lot of planning. In the spirit of giving, a small party is the perfect opportunity to give something a little more personal. Of course, you can give timeless gifts, like their favourite flowers, a gift basket, or their favourite holiday sweets. If you’d like your gift to be a little more personal, consider giving a piece of decor, like their favourite picture enlarged and framed, a throw blanket that matches their living room (to stay toasty through the season), or candles in their favourite holiday scents. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be big, just sincere and personal.
For a Weekend Visit
Are you planning to travel over the holidays? Whether you’re visiting family or friends, if you’re staying for a night or two then consider a host gift that will help to lighten the load and ease the stress of entertaining. For example, give a gift basket of breakfast goodies for the next morning, like maple syrup, pancake mix, jam, peanut butter, fruit, juice, and maybe some pastries from your favourite bakery. Think about the things that your host likes to do for fun, or what they do to relax. Perhaps they would enjoy a new teapot and mug with an assortment of teas, a basket of bath goodies, a great new book, or a box set of their favourite TV shows. If your host likes to cook, consider pantry staples, like spices, rubs, and marinades, or jellies and preserves. Alternatively, to help them relax and unwind after a weekend of hosting, you could give them a soothing spa experience or intimate dinner package to enjoy after you’ve left — think of it as giving your host a lovely experience as thanks for giving you a wonderful visit.
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