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.
If you’re staying with friends vs. family
via matchboxcandle.com You aren’t off the hook when staying with friends. You want to make sure they don’t feel taken advantage of, and you also want to get invited back. Consider a Thanks To You Crate, a ribbon-wrapped wood crate with a “Thanks to You” book, chocolate pretzels, lollipops, toffee almonds, and a “thank you” sugar cookie. There’s also Spoonful of Comfort, a service that delivers a 64-ounce jar of chicken noodle soup complete with rolls and a cute ladle (cookies optional). Matchbox candle is another great choice—it’s a subscription box that includes a soy candle, a decorative matchbox, and a cocktail and dinner recipe each month. Subscribe for one month or several depending on how long you’re sticking around.
Family, especially parents, are a bit different. “They probably don’t want you to do much financially, but you can certainly pitch in with groceries, a special gift or experience, and the gift of time,” says Gottsman. Follow these rules to be a good house guest.
Make the right presentation
courtesy www.PlantOGram.com A hostess gift should always be packaged in a decorative bag or box with a gift tag or thank-you note, according to Gottesman. (This is the trick to writing an amazing thank-you note.)
Some great ideas for well-packaged, memorable hostess gifts: Brina, super-luxe insulated wine sleeves made in Italy. Gift the sleeve with a bottle of their favorite wine inside! Also Clase Azul tequila, high-end, super premium tequila that doubles as a vase, a lamp, or a candle-holder once the alcohol is gone (the product label is fully removable so there’s no branding when you want to make it truly a piece of art).
Avoid bringing flowers if they’re not already in a pretty mason jar or decorative vase. “Better still, send them in advance so the host can place them someplace special before her guests arrive,” says Gottsman. Or skip the traditional flowers entirely and send a Plantogram, a cool fruit tree, as a thank-you gift. These avocado trees are fine for small spaces and are sure to be the most inventive gift they get this season. And as a bonus, avocados have powerful health benefits.