‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Attending the many fetes’ this time of year can certainly put you in the festive spirit, but it can also provide stress to find the perfect hostess gifts. One look at your event calendar will remind you that your shopping list just got a lot longer and more expensive. So as not to show up empty-handed, here are a few ideas for you to provide a memorable hostess gift that won’t break the bank.
A bottle of wine is always an appreciated hostess gift. But considering that all the other guests are likely to provide this same gift, opt for something a little different. Instead, bring a bottle of champagne. There is nothing like a little bubbly when celebrating the holidays. Just make sure to bring a nice bottle in the $15+ range so as not to provide her with the dreaded cheap champagne headache the next morning. This is not the type of “memorable” gift you want to give.
If you’ve known the host for a long time, consider making the gift more personal by having his or her initials added to it. This provides some planning as you’ll need to order it in advance. Consider monogrammed stationary, kitchen towels, or champagne flutes that will leave your host thinking of you every time they use them.
Bake it or Fake it
If you don’t have time to make something for your host, there is no reason you can’t fake it. Pick up some beautiful cupcakes or cookies from the local bakery and put them in a holiday tin. When she asks for the recipe, you can let her in on the secret!
Something from the Florida Keys
If you’re traveling for the holidays, consider bringing your host something from the Keys. Key Largo Chocolates are a favorite that hosts always love. They’ll especially love you when they’re finished cleaning the house after the guests have left and can sit and enjoy a mouthwatering key lime milk chocolate truffle. Key Largo Chocolates is located at 100470 Overseas Highway or you can order your handmade truffles online at KeyLargoChocolates.com.
Have Gifts on Hand
In an effort never to show up to someone’s house empty-handed, always have a few items tucked away for last minute hostess gifts. This way, if you don’t have time to run out and pick up a gift you’ll still have something nice and thoughtful to give. Keep bottles of champagne or wine, candles, and stationary on hand for gifts every host will appreciate. Simply tie on a cute bow with ribbon on the gift and apply a little red lipstick and now you’re ready for the next party.