Easy Gift Ideas So You Don’t Show Up Empty-handed

Easy Gift Ideas So You Don’t Show Up Empty-handed

The holiday season is the time of year when you’ll socialize more with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. You’ll be invited to casual get-togethers, game nights or fancy dinners. To show your appreciation for being invited, it’s nice, and even considered proper etiquette (or good manners), to show up with a Hostess – or Host – Gift.

A hostess gift doesn’t need to be expensive – just thoughtful. Traditionally, hostess gifts were considered something the hostess could use as part of entertaining. While that may not necessarily still be the case, there are a few “no-nos”: wine (because the meal has already been decided), flowers (the hostess may have to stop to arrange them) and food (again, the meal is already set).

Be Prepared:

Since there are more social occasions at this time of year, it’s best to purchase several “ready-to-go” hostess gifts ahead of time. That way, you don’t have to scramble at the last minute or show up empty-handed.

Top Host/Hostess Gift Ideas:

  • Chocolates/Candy
  • A Tea or Coffee Sampler
  • Holiday candle
  • A game
  • A small plant
  • A holiday ornament
  • Gourmet honey, jam or hot chocolate mix
  • Holiday-themed cocktail napkins or coasters

Some Good Places to Find Holiday Gifts:


Amazon Interesting Finds

Williams Sonoma


Some Packbands' Favorite Sites:

Whiskey Boat Goods


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