Everyone knows not to come to a party empty-handed, right? Sounds good, but in reality, this usually means several bottles of wine for the host, with no guarantee they’ll even like it! And what about the hostess that doesn’t drink? For the next party you attend why not bring one of these original hostess gifts? Prime Women writers love to give these creative and unique hostess gifts in lieu of wine. No matter what your hostess is into, you can find something every host will love on this list.
Succulents or Fresh Flowers
“Outdoor plants are nice, preferably a cactus or succulent. I put Mother Nature in charge of their survival! Cut flowers are always pretty too. You enjoy them for a while and then they go into the green recycling bin. You don’t really want anything that you have to display forever.” – Nancy Mitchell
“I love to give a flowering seasonal plant that does not require a vase. That way the hostess doesn’t need to drop everything to arrange flowers. My favorite for Christmas is amaryllis or poinsettia. They make a great centerpiece.” – Jennifer Young
Candles or Essential Oil Diffusers
Candles make great hostess gifts. They smell wonderful and if you buy one that comes in a beautiful holder it can be a great piece of decor. Plus it is something they can use both when hosting or when they’re home alone. However, if you are unsure what kind of smell the host would like best essential oil diffusers are also great options. You can provide a favorite scent to start them off but then the host will be able to buy whatever oil suits them. Plus essential oils are thought to have health benefits, including anti-aging!
Ten Grapes to Know by Catherine Fallis
For your friends who do love wine, this book is better than another bottle! Written by master sommelier, and Prime Women author, Catherine Fallis, this book teaches readers about ten grape varieties so they too can become a wine expert. They can also use the knowledge in this book to find their new favorite wine or have great food and wine pairings at the next event they host.
Beautiful (And Useful!) Tea Towels
A carefully selected tea towel makes a great gift. Everyone can always use one! Anthropologie has a wide selection of beautiful selections. Buy seasonal tea towels or find one that reflects the personality of the host for an extra special touch. The thoughtful details on the Winter Woodland towel, like pom-poms on the animals’ sweaters, will make this a great kitchen decoration for a hostess with a keen eye for design.
“I love a chocolate dessert so I like taking something with some chocolate in it. It will taste great, takes something off the hostess’s plate, and I know they’ll have something for dessert then! I’ll either swing by my local bakery and get a chocolate tart or get a high-quality sampler box of chocolates so there’s something for everyone’s tastes. ” – Jennifer Young