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Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest

Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest

It's always an incredible treat when someone invites you over for to their home. It could be for dinner, cocktails, s'mores by the fire or just to hang out. But it feels like a special gift regardless. I know the work that goes into simply having people over and feeding them, so I try to show my gratitude with a little gift of thanks for their hard work and generosity. It doesn't have to be extravagant or expensive. Just something small and thoughtful can go such a long way. I've certainly felt that being on the other end when we have people over. Here are a few ideas to keep in your back pocket to bring as a hostess gift the next time your visiting friends or family!

1. Kitchen hand towels // Such a simple household necessity but tie it up with a velvet ribbon and you've got a practical and inexpensive gift.

2. Le Creuset dutch oven // Definitely an investment piece! We were gifted one of these for our wedding and it's one of my most used cooking essentials I own! It would also make a perfect gift for any avid cooks close to you.

3. Candle // A candle is always a go-to of mine. Each person has their preferences, so I try to keep my picks when gifting on the neutral and natural side and not go too over powering with scent. Something pleasant and light is what I look for, like this one from Hudson Grace.

4. Cookbook // Another idea for the chefs and those who love to spend time in the kitchen! I personally am wanting to slowly build up my own cookbook collection. A book like Sunday Suppers would be perfect whether they are a beginner at cooking or a master.

5. Infused Olive Oil // I discovered St. Helena Olive Oil Co. this year and love the company! Wine is usually a go-to for a hostess gift but for those like myself who don't drink alcohol, this is a great alternative. You still can gift a pretty bottle with a  consumable good but they can use it for cooking or dipping bread in. And there is an assortment of flavors to choose from.

6. Dish Soap // I am not a fan of ugly bottles. Even when it comes to household supplies like dish soap, a pretty bottle with a beautiful smelling soap can go a long way in making a mundane task more enjoyable. I love Murchison-Hume dish soaps. Even after you use up all the soap, you can keep the bottle and pour whatever dish soap you have on hand into it. This is a gift most people might not purchase for themselves but they'll be glad you got it for them.

7. Kitchen herbs // I love having fresh herbs on hand in the kitchen. Often you'll find clippings of rosemary in a vase and a basil plant sitting on my kitchen counter. It's such a simple luxury to be able to use fresh herbs while your cooking or even mixing up drinks. I've gifted basil plants many times as hostess gifts and they're always much appreciated. Plus, it's very inexpensive. You can take it up a notch by putting it in a nice pot as well!

8. Large salad bowl // I have a love for large bowls. Pasta and salad bowls are my weakness! Shallow and wide are my favorite in this department. A clean white bowl that can be used for a variety of purposes is a great idea for a gift. I like this one from Hudson Grace.

9. Apron // This is actually on my currently wishlist because I am so messy when I cook. I love this striped linen apron I found on Etsy.

You could choose any of these products as stand alone gifts or pick a few and throw them in a nice basket for presentation! I like to make gift baskets especially for house warming or newly-wed gifts.