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10 Best Hostess Gifts (that aren't wine)

Heather Kirks hostess gifts unique hostess gifts

Best Hostess Gift Ideas 

Invited to a BBQ of fancy dinner party?   Do you usually grab a bottle of wine and a gift bag (gasp!) on our way to the party.  Your hostess put a lot of time into impressing you, why wouldn’t you do the same?  Here are ten hostess gift ideas for the planner and the girl who’s in a time crunch.

  1. Bring dessert in this pie box.  It makes transporting these masterpieces a breeze
  2. How cute are these star shaped sugar cubes?!   The French really know how to take the simplest thing and make it oh so sophisticated.  
  3. Wrap grocery store flowers in a cute kitchen towel. Buy a few cute kitchen towels (World Market has a great selection) to always have on hand, adding this twist will make it seem more thoughtful (without the work!).  See an example here.
  4. If it’s a close friend, bring a recent (or even better, throwback!) framed picture of the two of you.  I often get so caught up in framing pictures of my kiddos that I don’t have a lot of my friends around.   Tip:  Go to Target where you can now print photos straight from your phone, scoot over to their frames and viola! – you have a gift in 10 minutes or less (only if you’re laser focused and ignore the dollar spot!).
  5. You know we’re HUGE, crazy dog lovers here at Thoughtfilled. These tea towels by West Elm are everything! Plan ahead for this because it's sure be a huge hit!
  6. Coasters are something you can never have too many of. These are gorgeous and pretty much go with everything.   
  7. You can’t go wrong with personalized stationery.  It does take some preplanning, but it's the gift you usually don't buy for yourself. This family notepad and note card set is one of our best sellers.  If you’re looking for something just for her, this pattern is fresh and modern and one my personal favorites.
  8. A hostess cares about her cocktails! These personalized monogrammed drink stirrers will light her up in all the ways. 
  9. Another go to gift of mine is salad tongs. I know it sounds boring, but when you take the tongs, wrap them up in a pretty towel with pretty twine and a swig of rosemary or whatever you have growing in your garden – it feels like you put some thought into your gift.  
  10. If you have the time, make something from the heart! Here are a couple of ideas that I think are doable, even for me.  

Cinammon Honey Butter

Homemade Simmering Potpourri 



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