Make the right presentationcourtesy 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.
Never give a re-gifted hostess giftcourtesy @MurraysCheese
Especially if an item is dusty or a little beat up-looking, it will be obvious you grabbed it out of the closet at the last minute. Not to mention that you might not remember who gifted it in the first place, which could end up being rather awkward. “You never know if the original giver will be at the party!” says Gottsman.
A gift they know is fresh and just for them is a beautiful cheese plate if you know you share a love of cheese. How about a beautiful cheese and charcuterie platter from Murray’s Cheese? The gifts range in price from $50 to $300 and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Or, if you know they love to cook, a cookbook you love and think they might as well, such as Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook or Shannon Sarna’s Modern Jewish Baker. Golden Door Spa’s three-pack of gourmet honey would also be a sumptuous treat here. (And honey will stay fresh forever if you do this one thing.)
Personalize the gift based on the hosts’ preferencecourtesy Edible Arrangements
Not all hostess gifts have to be one-size-fits-all. And customizing your gift to your hosts’ taste and lifestyle shows you’ve gone the extra mile. “For example, for a seasoned cook, give a good bottle of olive oil and specialty balsamic vinegar in a basket with fresh bread and fruit,” Gottsman suggests.
Do they love dirty martinis? The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters makes mixing a dirty martini surprisingly simple. Mix a few dashes with gin or vodka and there’s no need to add any olive brine to the drink. Or add a couple drops to Bloody Marys for a salty kick at brunch the next morning.
Fruit fans will love the festive Holiday Spirit Gift Set from Edible Arrangements, with chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped bananas, fresh pineapple, and more, all artfully arranged in a beautifully designed Happy Holidays container.