For those of you who didn't see our #TipsTuesday post about Hostess Gifts, a hostess gift is a way to thank someone for someone's hospitality and is always appreciated. It doesn't have to be expensive, the old saying is true..."it's the thought that counts." It's a way to say thank you for the wonderful lunch or dinner they have cooked, the party they have invited you to or allowing you to stay at their house.
After talking to a lot of different people, it seems that their go-to hostess gift is a bottle of wine. Even if your host doesn't drink wine, it's always great to have one on hand for that last minute guest. Pair it with a cute wine tag and your bottle will stand out among the rest.
If giving wine isn't your thing, there are plenty of other cute gifts out there that are perfect. A colorful set of notecards, a set of disposable coasters, a fun notepad or a candle make great inexpensive gifts. All you need then is a cute bag and gift tag or matching wrapping paper and tags.
Prior to starting Laurie Louis.com and creating Laurie Louis Designs, I would pick up things throughout the year and keep them in a closet to use. I called it my "gift closet." Back when I was organized, I would keep all of one item in a bin so that I could pick them up on the run. I shopped post holiday sales for cute bags and tissue paper and gift shops for cute tags.
If you want to be more person specific, think about your host or hostess hobbies. A bottle of olive oil or unique spices for a cook, a plant for a gardener, a pretty tea cup and tin of tea for that person that loves to enjoy a cup of tea or gourmet hot chocolate and a fun holiday mug at Christmas time.
Over the years, things have changed for me. I am no longer as organized (I save that for work) and my "closet" tends to be walking into my inventory room and picking out the perfect gift on the go. From now until the end of the year, my go-to gift will most likely be a set of holiday coasters, a bottle of wine or a 2018 desk calendar. After the new year, my gifts tend to change to a set of notecards or a cute notepad. I also love giving candles but I try to pick a scent that won't bother someone's allergies or a fun mug and coffee or tea. My one constant though throughout the year, is my packaging. I use colorful custom monogram gift tags and wine tags with solid paper or bags. I guess you could say that I have tried to create my own style.
With the holiday season just around the corner, I hope my ideas will be helpful. I am always excited to learn of new ideas though, so if you have a favorite go-to gift, please share it below.
What's going on?
- New items coming to the shop this fall.
- Wholesale line launching soon!
- Holiday shows coming soon!