Here in the south we love our hospitality and always bring a hostess gift when invited to a friend’s house for dinner or a backyard BBQ.
If you’re lucky enough to score an invitation for a weekend at the summer home of friends (or friends of a friend, or seasonally strategic acquaintances), it’s in your best interest to make it worth their while. The golden rules are: Be nice, tidy up after yourself, offer to help out in the kitchen — and come bearing gifts. The ultimate present is one that can be enjoyed over the weekend, and the weekends to come that you’re invited back for.
Scatterbrains will appreciate functional goods like stylish tea towels and fancy soaps, while the practically-minded (who no doubt already have all that stuff, immaculately arranged in the hall closet) will be delighted with whimsical thingamabobs and games. Think of the offerings here as investments in future fun.
A shortcut to appearing cool to your cooler-than-thou host: Bring along a Zen hand-designed, wooden jigsaw puzzle. They make the perfect, unique, giftable keepsake! Or for the more sophisticated host “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Led Zeppelin”
Everyone brings wine. You can be the coolest guest by bringing Wine Freeze Cooling Cups. The Wine FREEZE™ is perfect for all wines. Just pop it in the fridge to cool your reds to the perfect cellar temperature or store in the freezer to chill your whites. HOST®'s proprietary cooling gel is precisely engineered to keep your beverage perfectly cold for hours.
We think they deserve more for their entertaining efforts, so we scouted high and low for the best thank you gifts and the best hostess gifts to make any host happy. And the best part? In addition to being, they are also affordable.
by Laura Wilson