Whether you are attending an afternoon tea, a dinner party, or a seasonal celebration it is always nice to take along a gift to present to the host or hostess of the event.
This gratuity is gifted in appreciation for the work they have put in to prepare the event and also as a thank you for the invitation you have received.
Common hostess gifts are wine or food items so opting for something unique can be quite fun for both yourself and the hostess. What you give will of course be somewhat dependent on the type of function you are attending.
Traditionally most hostess gifts are items that can be used at the function, in preparation of a future function, or items that can be used within the home or kitchen. A small personal gift can also be an acceptable gift but this selection will depend on if the item suits the occasion and also on the closeness of your relationship to the host.
Practical Gifts for the Kitchen can be Fabulously Fun
The best thing about buying a gift for the kitchen is the almost limitless selection of unique items that are available. Practical, luxurious, amazing, or humorous, the perfect item for the kitchen is out there and waiting for you to find it.
For those who participate in regular entertaining a wide array of serving dishes is a must. Having a variety of unique serving dishes and pans allows the host to present their culinary creations in an array of themes for each meal or entertainment specialty.
Whether hosting a fine dinner fare on porcelain or crystal dishes or wood and cast iron items for use at a backyard barbecue of steak and baked beans, what you serve the meal on does need to suit the occasion. Serving materials of every style and material from ceramic to stoneware have a distinct use for each cook.
The more accessories that a host has to play with then the more enjoyable their task becomes. The more unique the serving dish, storage jar, or decanter, the more delighted the chef on your list will be with this gift choice.
Kitchen Gifts of Paper or Cloth?
There are many items that fall into the cloth gift category including aprons, table linens, dish cloths, tea cloths, cloth napkins, strainers, chefs hats, oven mitts and tea cozies.
The truly nice thing about purchasing this type of item is that they can be easily personalized for the host you are purchasing for. With a wide choice in color or interest everything from antique cars to kittens can be found imprinted on cloth kitchen items.
Paper gift items that are suitable as a hostess gift cover a wide range of uses. Some popular choices are decorative cupcake cups, recipe books, recipe cards, a gift certificate for a local restaurant, grocery, or specialty store, notepads, napkins, paper dinnerware, or themed origami items. These can be very unique items to gift to a foodie or cook.
Items that a hostess can use either at this function or for future entertaining are wonderfully thoughtful gift choices. It is important however to never put pressure on the host to use the gift at a specific time. She or he is the organizer of these events and will decide when it is appropriate to use each item.
Gizmos and Gadget Gifts for the Kitchen
Kitchen gadgets can be some of the most fun to shop for. There are thousands of amazing gadgets available for the kitchen and new ones are being designed every day. Practical, vintage, humorous, and decorative there are styles, colors, and themes to suit virtually any personality.
You can find everything from a basic can opener to fancy hamburger presses, spaghetti makers, ice cream makers, apple corers, meat grinders, wine aerators, coffee makers, and so very many more choices. Your only difficulty here may be in making a final decision.
There are thousands of great kitchen gift items to choose from just be sure to include the receipt for any electronic purchases. New too are solar power items which are a delightfully eco-friendly addition to green gifting. Take a walk through the housewares aisle in your local department stores to find the latest and gadgets concepts new this year. There are always new and exciting products appearing.
Kitchen Gifts of Stainless Steel, Copper, Silver or Cast Iron
Silver, steel, and copper are metals that make for a delightful hostess gift. These metals can be highly decorative and their practical purpose makes them the perfect choice.
There are kettles, tea pots, old fashioned popcorn poppers, sauce pots, fry pans, flatware, strainers, drainers, things to stir with, things to cut with, things to flip with, and things to chop with. A true hostess can never have too many items to enhance their events.
A lower cost token gift item can also be an acceptable choice; ice cream scoop, cake knife, tea ball, garlic press, dinner tray, cookie or candy tin, metal recipe box, or serving utensils. This category of items comes with something in virtually every design or theme imaginable.
The many different party themes require each their own distinct serving accessories. Seasonal or celebratory events can be enticingly enchanting largely credited for the atmosphere in which they are hosted.
Kitchen gifts of wood or bamboo gifts can be naturally enchanting. Quick growing bamboo is the new eco-friendly choice in wood products. With a wide variety of items to chose from including cutting boards, chopsticks, rolling pins, serving dishes, salad bowls, candy bowls, recipe boxes, potato or onion boxes, canister sets, or wooden forks and spoons of all shapes and sizes. Natural wood items are delightful and their charm rarely goes unappreciated.
A Homemade Hostess Gift Can be Enchanting
Of course there is one standard homemade gift that always seems to be well accepted and that is a gift from the kitchen.
Homemade bread, preserves, cookies, cake, chocolates, biscuits, or a snack tray of sweets is generally welcomed at most events. For a housewarming party it is the perfect gift and insures that your hostess won't have quite so much work preparing for the event.
A gift basket can be exciting and is quite easy to fill with an array of items that may be of benefit to the hostess. These items can be practical gifts or food items. A basket filled with a selection of either fruit, sweets, tea, chocolate, or nuts can be a thoughtful choice.
If at all possible phone ahead to ask if there is a specific item that would be helpful for you to bring along with you. Sometimes there is something that the hostess specifically needs or wants to add to the event that just wasn't acquired earlier and you can be a bit of a life saver for asking to help out.
Dessert Sweets are Generally Always a Welcome Gift
DIY Homemade Craft Gifts Can be Unique and Personal
A hand crochet doily set is a wonderfully practical hostess gift as is homemade dishcloths, place mats, or dresser scarves. These handicrafts generally do not take a lot of time to create and are also not all that expensive to purchase should that be your choice.
With a sewing machine you can quickly create a personalized hostess apron, set of matching place mats, pot holders, or designer tea towels.
If you are not that adventurous then there are a number of places where you can purchase beautiful homemade items. You can find a wide selection of handmade items at local craft fairs, teas, and bazaars when they are held in your area. Purchasing from these artisans helps support community members who may rely on this extra income. Etsy.com is an online shopping mall that also features many handmade items as well.
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