For spending the weekend
courtesy Dogeared Jewelry If you are staying overnight—or over two nights—you may want to go for a $50 to $100 gift, and also make sure to take the host out to dinner or brunch and chip in with daily chores such as setting the table, clearing the dishes, and keeping your room clean. “The hostess gift is not ‘payment’ for the kindness; it’s simply the first gesture of gratitude. You should still contribute with other kind gestures or experiences, like something for the house or pay for theater or sports tickets while you are together,” says Gottsman.
For the hostess gift, consider a Gold Cocktail Shaker Set, an update on barware with a gold plated stainless steel shaker and strainer. It’s so elegant it just may upstage even the best-dressed guests. Or give something more personal, like Dogeared’s wishbone jewelry—it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, and they can wear and think of you for years.
Fragrant soaps and candles are also always welcome. Take the guesswork out of giving with classic options from Au Lit like the Illume Tonka Noir Candle, a delightful scent that blends bright and night by mixing notes of juicy mandarin, rose essence, and rich jasmine with hints of salted musk, creamy sandalwood, and smoky vanilla.
If you’re on a budget and looking to go the homemade route? Consider one of these thoughtful mason jar gifts.
For staying a week or more
via titosvodka.com A week-long stay would require a $50 to $100 gift plus the same rules as staying the weekend. “The cost of a week’s grocery is what you should aim to contribute in one way or another during your stay, as well as buying some groceries without asking and offering to make a meal or two,” says Gottsman.
To that end, consider a Spanish Pantry Basics Gift Box, a gift box filled with staple items that evoke the distinct flavors of Spain, including intensely smoked pimenton de La Vera paprika, Marcona almonds, roasted piquillo peppers, membrillo quince preserve, solera aged sherry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
Another great idea is to bring a taste of home, suggests Sharon Schweitzer, etiquette expert, frequent international traveler. If your host is from Texas originally and that’s where you are visiting from, consider bringing some Texas BBQ sauce, Tito’s vodka, a set of Moscow Mule cups with all the set-ups—ginger beer, fresh lime juice, candied ginger, and fresh mint, a Texas stone cheese board with host’s favorite cheese assortment.
If someone is hosting your child for the weekend
courtesy Yumble, www.yumblekids.com For someone taking care of your kids for the weekend, Gottsman suggests sending a $50 to $100 gift—a box of good quality stationery with their initial, a basket of healthy snacks for the kids and host parent, a casserole for breakfast, and a bag of roasted coffee beans, gourmet jelly and muffins. Also consider a gift card to a local pizza place or supermarket. It wouldn’t hurt to add something luxurious they can do for themselves on their next DIY spa day, like the RPZL Polisher Brush, a lightweight quality hair brush that rivals big name professional salon brushes you’ve heard of that costs triple, but is even better, or Blue Lagoon Algae And Silica Mask Duo, a Silica Mud Mask made from the Blue Lagoon’s iconic white wonder and an Algae Mask made of Blue Lagoon patented algae. If you know your hostess loves nothing more than to kick back in a comfy outfit, add the Lacoste Fairplay Robe to the mix as well. This soft cotton terrycloth bathrobe features a hood and wrap tie, as well as everyone’s favorite crocodile logo.
For the hostess who needs a helping hand, Yumble is a new meal delivery service created to make feeding kids healthy, tasty meals that are also affordable. Currently delivering to 27 states east of the Mississippi, it has signature dishes like Chicken Lollipops and ” Smack and Cheese” (created with whole grain pasta, protein-rich cheese, and a some hidden nutrients from squash). If you get desperate, these are the frozen dinners you can feel good about feeding your kids.