6 Fail-Safe Hostess Gifts

I thought my thirties would involve a lot more dinner parties than they have so far. Almost all the gatherings I attend are more casual, with close friends or relatives, and not only would a small gift not be expected, it might be awkward. So, I’m curious, do you bring a hostess gift? What do you bring? There seem to be strong, conflicting etiquette viewpoints on whether or not to bring wine as a gift. I say don’t bring wine; it’s better to not put the hostess in the position of feeling like they must open the wine for everyone that evening.

Here are my 6 Fail-Safe Hostess Gifts:


Fair-trade chocolate like Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt

A book related to food or wine like Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Oven mitt like Built NY Sizzler Neoprene in Black Garden Rose

Rosemary plant + recipe via The Yellow Cape Cod

Quirky ice tray like Elephant Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Pretty bottle of olive oil like L’Olivier Pepper & Herb


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I'm Anna, and I love to create and recognize beauty at home and in heart. I share inspiring interiors and my Finnish-American lifestyle in Minneapolis, MN.

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