Monday, June 20, 2011
Miranda asked me to participate in her Blog Hopping series, this time it's about hostess gifts.
While I'm no expert on hostess gifts, I certainly enjoy them, because, well, they're just little gifts! Who doesn't like that?
Anything handmade or homemade is sure to be appreciated.
Homemade jam. Grape juice. Cookies. Bread. How could anyone not be happy with any of these? Add some ribbon or baker's twine and a tag for simple, classic packaging.
A neighbor brought me these lemons and I was just thrilled! (How cute is that?)
Anything with a monogram. Stationery, cloth napkins, a wax seal. Everyone likes to see their names or initials!
Mrs. Meyer's soaps/cleaners. I'm partial to the basil scent, myself, but now I see that there is a rosemary line!
Coasters. I stitched some up for some friends a couple of years ago, and they were such a hit, I am still hearing about them! Super-easy sewing, and they don't even require a lot of fabric, so it's a good way to use up scraps (I used flannel for the padding).
I happen to love knitted dish cloths, as well, and you can customize the colors to your recipient's taste/decor.
Good vanilla, like the one from Penzey's, or make your own with vodka and vanilla beans (plan ahead for that one). Or mix up some vanilla sugar: just mix sugar and a vanilla bean (scrape out the seeds); put in a pretty jar or tin and voilà!
Sea salt. A cook/foodie will be most appreciative. Here is one from amazon, or you can even buy it in bulk at places like Sunflower or Whole Foods and package it yourself.
If you know the recipient well, anything can make a great hostess gift! A bag of pebble ice, a six-pack of diet Coke, fresh peaches, a pretty nail polish, even overripe bananas... Jill gave me these with a ribbon and I was very pleased, knowing the baking that would ensue.
*What is your favorite hostess gift to give/receive?*
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