Throughout the year, all of us are invited to various get-togethers. Although it (technically!) isn’t required, bringing along a hostess gift is a lovely way to show your appreciation. Your hostess has no doubt put in a lot of hard effort to design and create a wonderful meal as well as entertainment for her guests. You could pick up some random bottle of wine on the way to the party, but wouldn’t it be nice to show a similar amount of care when selecting your gift? Consider a more unique gift, such as one of these five gift ideas, each $20 or less:
1. Soap – I personally love to make and use handcrafted soaps. However, most of us do not have the kind of time to devote to creating our own soaps for hostess gifts. Still, searching out handmade soaps will be worth the effort for an exceptional gift. Simply Soap, based out of San Diego, CA, has some fantastic-looking options. The Rustic Soap collection is created using traditional techniques. For $20, you can bundle two large cubes of soap together. This will allow you to choose two different scents that will be sure to please your hostess.
2. Honey – Often, it seems like good honey is a luxury many people will not buy for themselves. This makes it a great idea for you to bring to a party as a hostess gift. It is an excellent alternative to wine or dessert. igourmet.com has a wonderful selection of honeys from around the world. Consider their Alentejo Nuts and Honey, which is from Portugal. The honey is mixed with hazelnuts and almonds and costs $13.99 for 9.2 ounces. They suggest spooning it over pound cake. You might decide to add a pound cake in with your gift, if you would like.
3. Spa Set – After the work of putting together and then cleaning up after her party, I’m sure your hostess would love to relax with some soothing spa treatments. If you know her well, buy her something she will definitely love. Or try a set filled with sample-sized goodies. For instance, check out Burt’s Bees Head to Toe Kit, available from Amazon.com for $12.99. It contains miniature versions of 10 natural products for your friend to try.
4. Wine Charms – Most likely, the other guests won’t be as creative as you will be. Your hostess will still end up with some great bottles of wine. Perhaps you could work within those gifts by giving her a set of wine charms. Wineglasscharms.com has a huge variety of charms. Choose a set that matches your hostess’s career or hobby. Most sets are only $12.99.
5. Herb Garden – For any person who enjoys cooking, an indoor herb garden kit will be ideal. Pick up some small pots, soil, and starters or seeds on your own, or purchase a ready-made kit. Amazon.com sells an Italian Herb Garden Kit for $19.99. It includes everything your hostess will need to grow oregano, basil, and chives. It is a gift that will remind her of you every time she looks at it growing on her windowsill or harvests and cooks with the fresh, delicious herbs she’s grown herself.
The best gifts are those that take into account the person who will be receiving them. Use these ideas as a jumping-off point. Really think about your hostess, and you will be sure to see a gift that involves her hobbies. Then your gift will be both unique and enjoyable.