Food basket: Make it lavish or modest
Food baskets can be a great and versatile thank-you gift because with so many options available, the gift can be as lavish or modest as you wish. Additionally, there are so many different varieties (from nuts or popcorn to candy or cookies) that you can choose an option tailored to the recipient’s tastes for an added personal touch. Consumables are also a good choice for the person who has everything or hates clutter, because unlike some other gifts it won’t indefinitely take up space on the coffee table or a dusty bookshelf.
Though a nice bottle of wine or spirits may seem like an obvious gift choice, this gift is a hit-or-miss depending on how much thought you put into it. For example, if you’re traveling to stay with friends, stopping at their neighborhood liquor store can make whatever you show up with seem like an afterthought. Bring something from home that carries local or regional cultural significance for a thoughtful gift that will resonate deeply with your host. These are other little etiquette rules to follow when you’re a guest in someone’s home.