Have you received invites to holiday parties and get-togethers? The time is coming when your calendar may be filling up with invites to Christmas parties, dinners, or cookie-baking days. You may even be planning overnight stays at your friend’s and family’s homes. If you want to show up with a gift of appreciation and holiday cheer for your host, I have a few ideas for you.
There is no need to blow your holiday budget on extravagant gifts, as your host will appreciate even a small gesture.
Scarf or Other Homemade Gift
If you don’t want to show up with another holiday trinket or decoration that your host may not want, consider a handmade scarf for your host. It’s both a personal and useful gift.
Another idea for a handmade gift is soap. Try this recipe for milk and honey soap with lavender and oatmeal.
Do you have a special memory or family recipe that you share? Make the recipe and show up with a homemade batch. My cousin stayed with us this past weekend. She showed up with two containers of homemade applesauce. We both grew up eating our grandmother’s homemade applesauce. It was made with a Chinois Strainer and takes a looong time to get even a small batch. This was quite the gift in my eyes. Inexpensive…but a labor of love!
A Hello Fresh gift certificate would be the perfect gift after an extended stay at someone’s house. I’m sure they will be excited to pick a few recipes and have the fresh ingredients sent straight to their home. You have the option to select the date their e-gift will arrive. If you want to hand something directly to the hostess, bring a recipe card of your own and write the gift on the card.
A Basket of Holiday-Scented Home Products
I always look forward to getting new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The holiday scents make cleaning a little more fun. Put together a basket of scented soaps and lotions for your host. Add in a candle or dish towel and I’m sure the basket will be enjoyed!
You can purchase great holiday scents from Grove Collaborative and now is the perfect time. From November 14 – November 19 (2017), you can get the following items for FREE:
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday hand soap
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday dish soap
- Mrs. Meyer’s holiday multi surface spray
- Grove Collaborative seasonal kitchen towel
Existing Customers can redeem free Grove walnut scrubber sponges.
Stitch Fix Gift Certificate
Stitch Fix would be a fun treat to give to your host! Stitch Fix offers pants, skirts, shorts, dresses, sweaters, shirts, outerwear, scarves, jewelry and bags for women. Gift cards are available here.
Special Promo November 2017: Try Stitch Fix risk-free by getting your first stylist fee waived. Use this link to get the fee waived!
Candles or Essential Oils
I think most homeowners enjoy festive holiday scents in their home, especially when hosting a party in their home. Find a holiday-scented candle. Or give the gift of the Holiday Blends from Plant Therapy. The Holiday Blends include Spiced Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, Snow Flurries, Winter Wreath.
Pick a festive coffee mug for the hostess. Don’t forget to include a pound of their favorite coffee beans!
Flowers are a great gift when you are short on time. Your host will enjoy having flowers to brighten her house for the days following the event! Wrap in festive holiday-themed paper.
Does your host or hostess enjoy games? If so, pick out a new game to add to their collection. Telestrations can be hilarious.
- Cloth Napkins
- Drink Mixes
- FabFitFun Box – Give a box as a gift or gift an item from your own box. Items include fashion, fitness, beauty, and more. Subscribing to this seasonal box will also help to build your gift stash. Get $10 with code FIRSTBOX. (Also includes free access to workouts)
- Wine – get $20 off your first order with Winc
Originally posted November 16, 2016. Updated November 2017.
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