Updated: Nov 19, 2019
I'm a horrible cook, so I am very GRATEFUL for my girlfriend, Jill who invites us over every year for Thanksgiving. My husband usually pitches in on our behalf by cooking up a few side dishes and brings along his amazing Glogg (a drink which has us all feeling festive in no time at all.) But I have a harder time expressing my gratitude, so I do my best to bring Jill a nice hostess gift. In years past I've brought a nice centerpiece or bottle of wine, but lately it seems I'm running out of ideas. I asked some friends to weigh in on their go-to's for great hostess gifts and here are some of my favorites suggestions.
Bring two loaves of fresh bread
(one for the evening for all and
one for the hosts for their morning toast)
along with some local preserves like this
Fig and Earl Grey jam from Rare Preserves.
For the cocktail lover, this alcohol infusion kit from Aged and Infused can turn the ordinary to extraordinary. Pair it with your host's favorite bottle of spirits and some fun cocktail napkins such as these from Caspari.
A seasonal scented candle like this one
is a lovely hostess gift. For an added touch,
paired with some decorative matches
such as these by HomArt.
For the wine lover, the original wine glass writer is a great alternative to those wine charms
(that still somehow all look the same.)
Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine and
this amazing cork stopper from Crate and Barrel which allows you to literally put the bottle on it's side.
When all else fails, jump in after dinner and do the dishes! A helping hand is the best gift any host can receive.