Whether it's for a holiday, special occasion, dinner party, or Sunday brunch, guests don't like to arrive empty-handed. What can you bring that your host or hostess will appreciate and enjoy?
Wine and Alcohol
The common stand-by gift is a bottle of wine. Red or white will depend on the meal being served, or the tastes of the host or hostess. For a more creative gift, look for a wine made by a local vineyard, or look for a wine with a unique name. Consider purchasing a bottle of the host's favorite variety as a gift, and a second bottle for the meal.
Other types of alcohol are possibilities, as well, especially for hosts who enjoy a particular type or brand. This is an especially thoughtful gift for hosts who are new homeowners and may still be setting up their home bar.
Other Food and Drink
For those who don't drink, or for those who prefer a gift other than wine, consider other food and beverage options. Try a gift basket filled with cookies, chocolates, coffees, and teas for an after-dinner treat, or look for cheeses, crackers, and fruits for a pre-meal appetizer.
These gifts can be made special by considering the host's favorite brands, or gourmet treats that are not often enjoyed. Specialty shops will carry items that can't be found in large grocery stores, and these may offer a pleasant change of pace while giving guests and host alike the opportunity to try something new.
Don't forget the possibility of making something to bring. Bake a cake or loaf of bread, or offer to bring a side dish or salad. If the offering is a special recipe, include a copy of the recipe itself as a gift to the host or hostess.
For the Home
Guests who prefer to offer a gift for the host's home have a wide variety of items to choose from. Browse stores such as HomeGoods or Pier 1 Imports for ideas, or select one of the options below:
- Candles and reed diffusers
- Coffee table book on a topic the host is interested in
- Wine glasses, champagne glasses, wine charms, and coasters
- Picture frame or photo album, particularly with a photo of special significance
- Board game for after-dinner fun
- Potted plant or bouquet of flowers in a vase
The possibilities are as varied as the people who act as host. Consider the host or hostess and think about what he or she would enjoy. And regardless of the gift, be sure to extend appreciation for the delicious meal and wonderful company.