If you have hosted a holiday party, you know that there is a lot of love and effort that goes into gathering all of your closest family and friends for a night together. This year, you may play both host and guest at any number of parties among your friends and family. Whether or not gifts are exchanged, it is still a kind gesture to give a host or hostess gift to show your appreciation. Here are some ideas for gifts that would give your host some Christmas cheer.
A Box of Chocolates
Chocolate is a classic gift, and this time of year you can give it a holiday twist. Homemade or store bought peppermint bark will satisfy the sweet tooth, and so can an assortment of nougats. However, chocolate doesn’t always mean bonbons in a box. This holiday season, try some hot cocoa. Hot cocoa mixes from Ghiradelli are a delicious way to keep your host or hostess warm during the chilly holidays.
If the party is alcohol appropriate, then your host will appreciate any additional alcohol. Does your host love wine? Purchase etched wine bottles engraved with special messages. This option steps up the gift idea with extra thoughtfulness and sophistication. Choose from a variety of reds and whites that your host will love, and they can keep the bottle for Christmases to come.
A New Charcuterie Board
If your host likes wine and chocolates, it only follows that they are a fan of charcuterie. Arrive with a charcuterie board and your host will be thrilled to have an elegant new surface to serve his or her Italian salamis and artisanal cheeses. Follow with a new set of cheese knives and you can’t go wrong.
Wine n Dine Plates
Do you find yourself struggling at parties while being unable to choose between those bacon-wrapped dates and your smooth cabernet wine? Struggle no more! There are people out there who have solved this age-old problem. You can find “Wine n Dine” plates on Amazon now, with their Pottery Barn Equivalent, the “Mingling Plate.” Yes, you thought right. It’s an appetizer plate with a special enclosure to secure your wine glass. You can finally have your cake and eat it too.
A Pretty Decanter
Mad Men may have ended, but the bar cart cocktail craze it created is here to stay. If your host loves mixology or anything vintage, consider a classic decanter for their bar cart. That way he or she can display their spirits in beautiful glassware, so that not only does it taste good but it looks beautiful and becomes a conversation piece as well. You can find them at antique stores or you can find modern ones at department stores such as IKEA or Target.
A Personalized Ornament
This is a great gift for a host with a family. If you don’t consider yourself the next artist, that is ok! Now you can visit artisanal websites like Etsy and find vendors who will personalize ornaments for you. Artists will personally paint, craft, or edit photos to make sweet and individualized ornaments.
Cookie in a Mason Jar
Whether homemade or bought, having cookie ingredients immediately within reach and practically made for you is a major treat. Feel free to get creative and make a jar yourself with recipes you find online, or browse through selections online such as from the Mason Jar Cookie Company.
If your party host is always mailing invites, thank you notes, or holiday cards, then stationary is right up their alley. Your host might love receiving a stack of notes with their monogram, or even a special to-do list note set made with an artist’s touch. Giving a gift of thank you notes is a thank you in itself! And of course, if it was an exceptionally wonderful party, try sending a thank you note of your own, which is one of the simplest gifts of all.