When those celebratory Thanksgiving dinner invitations start rolling in, one of the easiest ways you can guarantee a spot at the table for next year (assuming you behave yourself this year), is by bringing along a thoughtful hostess gift. Not everyone does it! Start by thinking about your hostess and their entertaining aesthetics and preferences, then select an item that they will proudly display in the home, or immediately use in the kitchen. If you need help breaking out of your usual wine gift, I found the hostess gifts I think they’re bound to love. Remember, it’s always better to give than to show up empty-handed.
It’s the Thought That Counts:
There’s nothing jolly about waking up with a New Year’s hangover and getting a shocking credit card bill! Thankfully, there are lots of wonderful ways to save a bundle on all the items you buy every year. “Remember, it isn’t size or dollar amount of a gift, it’s the thoughtfulness that counts,” says international etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. “As a party or house guest, it is always appropriate to bring a modest host or hostess gift. Excellent examples include a homemade sauce or lemon curd, tea towels, scented sugars, wine, and confections. Show you appreciate the gesture of them opening up their home to you.”
Organization Is Key to A Stress-Free Holiday Season:
A little bit of planning and a lot of organization can yield impressive savings. Savings that you can use to buy more gifts for your family, or save for a family vacation to de-stress after all the holiday hoopla is over with. My first tip is to get a jump start on Thanksgiving/Christmas hostess gifts for your upcoming holiday parties and get-togethers.
I always stock up on my hostess gifts (how cute are these wine bags!?!) in mid-November, so that I’m prepared for upcoming parties and last-minute get-togethers as well. I also start getting fun things to pretty up my place for the holidays like this candle, I have gushed about my love of this throw on my Instagram, and of course, these wine glasses are a must to have on hand during the Holidays.