5 Ideas for Host and Hostess Presents
Stumped by what to bring the hostess with the mostest? Not sure how to impress, and show your thanks, to the host who has it all?
Flaunt your skills as a guest (and show you know how to shop!) with these five superbly classic gifts. They guarantee you another invite.
Best Go-To Gift
Before you scoff at the predictability of this classic workhorse of a gift, consider why offering a fine bottle of wine or Champagne to your host is so pleasing. Liquor is meant to be shared among friends--so an entertainer can always use another fabulous bottle. Your job in presenting the vino, however, is to assume that it will not be opened at the affair you're attending.
So, don't be offended if it is not opened in your presence--it may actually suggest that the host chooses to keep it all to him or herself. One easy way to show you know the rules of etiquette on this front? Present a room temperature, not chilled, bottle of wine or bubbly to suggest it shall be quaffed at another time.
Best for a Daytime Affair
Invited to a brunch or a barbecue? Bringing a bottle of spendy olive oil, a few jars of gourmet jams or various grades of maple syrup demonstrates you've thought about the kind of occasion ahead.
The key to making this offering stand out is to find an unusual brand or flavor (perhaps you even picked up these items at a far-flung locale on your honeymoon) so that it stands apart from the usual supermarket fray.