You’ve been invited to dinner and want to say “thank you” with a nice hostess gift. What would be appropriate without breaking your budget? Flowers and wine can be nice but are overdone. Chances are your hostess may have decorated the table with an arrangement but now feels compelled to use the flowers you brought. It’s time to get creative and give something that says “I put a lot of thought into this and I appreciate your invitation”. The five ideas below are sure to please any hostess.
Put together a gift of mugs, either holiday or everyday, with some packets of hot chocolate and an easy homemade marshmallow treat. To make the marshmallow treat, dip jumbo marshmallows half-way in melted white chocolate and roll in crushed peppermint candy. Set, candy side up, on a wax paper lined baking sheet to set. Wrap a few in holiday or clear treat bags and tie with a festive ribbon. If you live in an especially humid climate, wrap individually and fill up one of the mugs with the marshmallows and another with packets of the hot chocolate. Cute, inexpensive mugs can be found at dollar and craft stores and, if you buy a larger box of hot chocolate, you can make many gifts for little money.
Candles are another nice gift. If your hostess entertains a lot, choose an assortment like tapers, votives and pillar. For the taper candles, wrap a few together with some decorative paper and tie with raffia. Fill up a holiday treat bag with votive and tie up. Pillars can stand on their own. Include some inexpensive votive holders that can be found at home stores or dollar stores. Don’t forget a small box of matches.
Cocktail napkins are useful idea. Etiher purchase some decorative ones or make them yourself. All you need are solid color napkins, holiday stamp and ink pad. Your napkin color will help you decide your stamp color. If you’re using red, green or blue, choose ink in white, silver or gold. The possibilities are endless with white napkins. A snowflake stamp is a nice all around design for any winter holiday. Before beginning, practice a few times so the stamp in inked well and makes a nice impression. Then simply stamp away. After all napkins are dry, stack and tie loosely with pretty ribbon. If you’re overly ambitious and have a collection of stamps, make a selection for lots of holidays to last throughout the year.
Homemade food gifts are always appreciated. Ideas that don’t have you spending all day in the kitchen include a tray of fudge, truffles or seasoned nuts. Wrap these treats in a dish that the hostess can keep. Discount stores offer a variety of trays and tins that won’t cost alot. Recipes for these can be easily found on the internet, or ask friends for their favorites.
If time is of the essence, purchase a small candy jar and fill with vintage candies like ribbon candy. If that is challenging to find, peppermints, candy canes, gumdrops or an assortment of these tied with a holiday ribbon will do the trick.
Hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive to be thoughful. Sometimes the smallest gesture receives the greatest appreciation.