Do you want to impress your host this holiday season?
Well, forget the bottle of wine and try one of these practical hostess gifts that will save the day!
Don’t just be a guest, be a hero!
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With all the upcoming holiday parties, at some point you will be asking, “What should I bring?” Even if your host doesn’t need you to bring a dish, you should still bring a hostess gift. Luckily, I made it easy for you with some ideas for practical hostess gifts.
Let’s start out with a unique spin on the hostess gift idea…
The “Things You Forgot to Buy” basket:
Most likely, your host forgot a few things at the store but won’t realize it until the last minute. But it’s totally okay because YOU will come to the rescue with these various items. (Just be sure to refrigerate as necessary)
- Lemons – because Uncle Larry will need one for his vodka tonic.
- Tonic Water – Just in case the host only remembered to buy vodka…and forgot the tonic.
- Whipped cream – because you know someone will be asking for some with their dessert.
- Brillo Pads – What? You’re laughing at Brillo pads? What kind of person brings Brillo pads as a hostess gift, you ask? Someone who saves the day, that’s who. Imagine this scenario…. The exhausted hostess is scrubbing away on that baked on mess at the end of an exhausting evening. She reaches under the sink for a scouring pad or something with a little more muscle than the wimpy little dish rag she’s been using. Darn, she realizes she forgot to replenish her supply…what will she do?… “Wait a minute, didn’t my favorite guest bring me the best hostess gift ever? Yes, here it is! The box of Brillo. Our dinner party has been saved!” You’re welcome…
- Scouring Pads – Just in case you can’t pull off the box of Brillo pads suggested above…
Ideas for a Dinner Party Essentials bag:
These are helpful gifts that your host probably already owns but may appreciate extras:
- Dish Soap and Hand Soap– plus the seasonal scents ones are always nice!
- Tapered Candles- You can’t go wrong with basic ivory candles and these are dripless too.
- Basic Matches or if you want to go more decorative, these holiday themed books of matches are cute. After all, you never know when you might need to light a candle. Hopefully, no one smokes anymore so it’s not like people are carrying around lighters anymore!
- Can Opener – This is one of the items I like to keep in duplicates for any last minute emergencies.
- Pretty dish towels or even plain bar wipes for clean up. Just wrap them in a bow and you have an instant gift. *Remember, anything becomes extra special when you wrap a pretty bow around it!
Ideas for the newbie entertainer:
Entertaining for the first time can be stressful. Help the new hostess out with a few entertaining necessities:
- Set of Cheese Knives
- Drink Coasters – I really like these adorable farmhouse style coasters or if you want to go really rustic…these wooden ones are fun!
- Kitchen Fire Extinguisher – because you must be prepared for a kitchen disaster! **Only bring this if your host has a sense of humor.
- Flowers for the table – because that newbie may have forgotten a centerpiece. Of course, make sure you show up with the flowers already in a vase. You don’t want to give your frazzled host/hostess an extra chore of looking for one. Also, think about choosing a short flower arrangement so the flowers won’t block conversation at the dinner table…unless you actually want to do that!
Which brings us to…
Helpful Hostess gifts to save the day if the conversation turns political:
Yes, sometimes even adults need a distraction! If you want to be the peacemaker, choose one of these hostess gifts:
- A funny game –This one is on my Christmas list and is great for the whole family!
- Another Fun Family Game – great for a large group!
Hostess gift to keep the little ones busy:
Keep those little rascals from getting in the way with these:
- Popular Coloring Books or a Holiday coloring book, and crayons.
- An Educational Puzzle
- An Engaging Game
Now, my last hostess gift idea will save the host from giving away all her food storage containers.
- Disposable Takeout Boxes – At the end of the evening, guests can pack up a neat little box to take home any dinner or dessert leftovers. This way, they don’t have to borrow storage containers. You know people never remember to return those anyway. (I know this because I am one of those people!)
Now you can plan ahead and put together some unique hostess gifts or even throw together some last minute ones. Either way, I hope my list gives you some great alternatives to the typical bottle of wine.
Cheers to saving the day!
Which is your favorite practical hostess gift idea from my list?
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