Inviting a group of people into one’s home is both an act of hospitality and an act of vulnerability. That act of generosity used to be met with small yet thoughtful gifts. These days, thoughtfulness is often overshadowed by practicality. We choose the hostess gifts that don’t require us to be intentional – a bottle of wine that most people like or a candle in a generally agreeable fragrance.
Host and hostess gifts have the potential to be so much more than that. They’re opportunities to say, “I know you” or “I’m enjoying getting to know you.” Rediscover the lost art of the hostess gift with these gift ideas.
For the stranger
Opt for all-purpose instead of generic. This Belgian linen striped towel comes in two sizes and can be used as everything from a hand towel to a picnic blanket to a throw. This is a hostess gift idea that everyone can enjoy. If you’re in the habit of bringing a bottle of wine to every dinner party, you can even wrap the towel around the bottle as an eco-friendly wrapping.
For the new friend
In the “getting to know you phase”, you’re able to add more intentionality to your gift giving. Choose something in a neutral color scheme if you have not visited their house before. This pillow is a hostess gift that can fit into a range of rooms while complementing several styles. If you know your new friend’s color preferences, feel free to gift something in their signature color scheme.
For the loved one
The best hostess gift idea for a loved one is something personal. Do they love to cook? Bring a lovely tray for them to place their rings on as they work in the kitchen. Are they world travelers? They’d appreciate a cashmere airline pillow. Your loved ones will feel valued when they see that you took an extra opportunity to show that you cared.
Go beyond the most common host and hostess gifts. By adding a little creativity to your gift giving, you are setting a tone of thoughtfulness and intentionality at each event you attend. Have you bought a hostess gift from Leibona? Have an idea for an incredible gift? Share your thoughts in the comments below.