Recently, we handled a last-minute question on our Facebook page — Amy needed ideas on a gift for an offbeat hostess. I’m, like, just barely grown up enough to start thinking about fancy stuff like hostess gifts, but here’s the skinny: of course gifting a host isn’t necessary, but a little prezzie can be an awesome way to show your appreciation when you’re surfing on someone’s couch for a few days, or if you know they spent all week (and half their paycheck) preparing for an amazing themed dinner party.
So, let’s talk over a few good non-wine gifts for gracious offbeat hosts.
When our homies on Facebook weighed in, flowers won out. So trot to the store or snip some from your garden before you head to dinner. If you want to go above and beyond, how about:
- A potted herb
- A carnivorous plant — they eat BUGS!
- A little succulent. Crystal testified:
One of my best friends in college always brought a succulent she grew in a funny coffee mug. She’d give the little plant a name and write something cute on a popsicle stick and take them to dinner parties or give them as house warming gifts. I still have mine from back in 2005 when I ended a relationship and moved into my studio. She named my little hen and chick Paminto and it lived in a 70s era coffee mug till it got too big and had to be transplanted.
Food, snacks, and beverages
So wine is pretty much the go-to gift, but if your hosts don’t drink, you aren’t of age, or you just want something different, there’re plenty of other consumables to choose from.
- Food can decorate! One Facebooker mentioned receiving a wreath of chilies.
- Cheese. Proteiny. Fatty. Delicious. Hit a gourmet shop or a local Italian grocery for the best selections.
- An indulgent tea or coffee. I get a milk oolong from my local tea shop that is to die for.
- Locally-sourced jams, jellies, and honey are simple, sweet, and kinda luxurious. Farmers’ Markets are great for these.
- A nice cooking wine.
- Something offbeat, why not? Sonya said:
I had a friend once turn up with a pineapple… I thought it was hilarious. It broke the ice with new people at the dinner party and was also yummy!
- One commenter suggested a “badass scented candle.” Which…is frankly just a description I like. Maybe a Hershey’s syrup candle?
- SOAP. Smells nice. Feels nice. Looks nice.
- Tea towels. Sturdy but light, linen tea towels look nice, are super useful, and can really finish off a room.
What’s the best host/hostess gift you’ve received? Bonus points for a link in the comments.