Go beyond common hostess gifts to find an appropriate gift that reflects your appreciation for the hospitality of your hostess. With a little effort, you can select a thoughtful gift your hostess will actually use and remember for a long time. Good hostess gift ideas are ones that reflect the interests of your hostess and her favourite things.
Upload a favourite photo to a photo sharing website to create personal gifts. Gifts such as coasters, mouse pads, clocks, pillowcases or tote bags are available. Choose a photo that evokes something memorable for the hostess. Another idea is to create a photo album with photos of your stay.
Monograms are a fashionable trend. You will find an assortment of gifts to choose from with the initial of the hostess. A monogrammed wine stopper will come in handy to close wine bottles after a party. Select a monogrammed tray as a multipurpose gift that is useful for serving, as a desk organiser or a dresser tray.
A book that you have enjoyed makes a thoughtful hostess gift. Coffee table books on your hostess's favourite subject, such as gardening, photography or interior design, are always welcome.
If you are bringing a bouquet of fresh flowers for the hostess, don't forget a stylish vase. This extra gift will keep the hostess from having to look for a vase in the midst of a busy party. A plant in an attractive pot is another option. Make it something useful like an aloe vera plant or fresh herbs.
For a hostess who loves to cook, a pretty party apron or the latest kitchen gadget makes a pleasing hostess gift. Choose from other kitchen ideas such as an animal-shaped cutting board, salt and pepper shakers, glassware or a cookbook by a favourite celebrity chef. Select a collection of teas if your hostess is a tea lover. Add a pretty cup and saucer or a colourful teapot.
For the morning after the party, a basket of flavoured coffees and homemade muffins will provide a quick breakfast for your hostess. Add marmalade, jam and homemade bread wrapped in an attractive dish towel to really express your thanks. Include a copy of the recipe and a thank you note with your gift.
A basket of toiletries will make your hostess feel she has a spa day to look forward to. Scented candles and bar soaps, bath salts, gels and lotions will be a luxurious indulgence she'll remember for a long time.