Tis the season to be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly as we plan to attend plenty of Christmas parties!
You’ve received your invitation to multiple holiday parties this season. So it’s very important to show your host that you appreciate the invitation by bringing a gift of cheer. Your host has thought of everything from the decor’, food, games music and much more. They have put so much into fine tuning the party down to the smallest detail to make sure you and other guests have a fantastic time. So don’t forget to follow proper etiquette by bringing your host a token of appreciation.
Selecting Your Gift
When selecting a gift keep in mind who you are shopping for in order to buy something special. Your gift should exude their style or personality. Whether they are up beat and corky, conservative, artsy, elegant or chic, let the gift speak to you. Retailers are aware that this is the largest gift giving holiday of the year. The stores are filled with holiday trinkets and packaged wines and liquors and so much more. Retailers also understand you may attend more than one party this season so they have multiple products at good price points. Consider choosing a thoughtful gift instead of a personable gift. Choosing a personable gift can be more stressful and make it difficult to stay on budget.
The Thoughtful Gift
A thoughtful gift can be anything from a nostalgic Christmas ornament, a picture frame, tea towels, a nice bottle of olive oil, a box of blank monogram note cards with matching pen, a set of four chic mosaic glass coasters, old fashion candy, a cocktail recipe book and you can never go wrong with a stunning orchid potted plant. If your host is a pet lover, you will blow them away by deciding to bring a gift for their furry friend. Organic dog or kitty treats wrapped adorably will definitely keep you on the list for next year’s party.
Home fragrances are not recommended. Scented candles, room spray or room diffusers are not recommended due to potential allergies. If you would like to give candles, there are a great selection of unscented candles in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Some adorn with beautiful crystal embellishments that are on the market now.
The Last Resort
If you having a difficult time picking a gift, you can never go wrong with a gift card. It will allow the host to shop for themselves. However it can potentially give the impression that your gift was an afterthought or that you did not put much effort into finding one. So get one from their favorite retailer or restaurant. A gift card should literally be your last resort. If you have no other choice and you must get a gift card, consider buying a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers from a florists already arranged to add with the gift card. When purchasing fresh cut flowers be sure to have them in a vase. Now, your gift is impressive and thoughtful.
Your Male Host
While most of the gifts mentioned can be for a male, female or couples host, here are some unique and affordable gifts for your male host. Whiskey rocks, cigars with trimmer, shot glasses, bar accessories, grilling utensil, gourmet coffee beans, stainless steel water bottle and a unique bottle opener. These gifts are sure to please your host and all these items can be purchased for less than $25.00.
A Gift from the Heart
If you know your host has the charitable heart, consider a donation to their favorite charity or organization. It is a gift that will be remembered and appreciated beyond the holiday season.
Now you have some ideas on affordable hostess gifts it’s time to enjoy the festivities!