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How To Say “Thank You” With Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Boring

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Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Boring

Well, I guess I blinked and we are in full holiday mode! Gatherings will look a bit different this year and will likely be more intimate.  I think it’s important to honor and celebrate each occasion regardless of how small, and I love to thank the host with a little something special.  So, today I’m rounding up my favorite hostess gifts that say “thank you” in a thoughtful and creative way, without being boring or expected.  These are perfect for any gathering and are even budget-friendly!  Sure– you can always grab a candle or bottle of wine to bring along, but, haven’t we all been there and done that?

What stylish or thoughtful hostess gifts have you received that you loved?  Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Keep it Personal

I have purchased this cutting board twice now. Both for myself and as a gift, and I love it.  The monogram adds a personal touch!  You can tie a bit of ribbon or greenery to the handle, include your favorite cookie, pumpkin bread, or rosemary bread recipe and add the baked goods to the board, or bring it to your gathering with cheese, crackers, salami, and veggies.
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Oil Be There For You

This Wild Groves Infused Olive Oil set would be a very thoughtful gift.  You could take along a loaf of crusty bread and some sea salt and do a tasting at the gathering. So, now you are bringing an appetizer and a gift...aren't YOU amazing?
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Not Your Average Bouquet

These diffusers from Anthropologie are unique and beautiful!  Not your typical diffuser with sticks or steam, it’s a floral décor piece that looks as good as it smells.  Simply pair any of your favorite fragrance oils with one of these artfully arranged floral bouquet diffusers.
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Ah-Mazing Grace

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love this scent.  It’s very light and clean and I always get compliments when I wear it.  This little set would be a great personal care luxury gift for any hostess and at $20 it’s affordable too.  It includes a small shampoo, bath & shower gel, firming body lotion, and eau de toilette. You might need one for yourself…just sayin’.  Add a grosgrain ribbon and you are ready to go.
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Game On! This Will Tear, Pull, and Tug at the Heartstrings!

This card game is not only a great gift, but it’s really fun and even rewarding to play.  It’s meant to enhance connections with your friends or family and create meaningful moments. I’m pretty sure we could all use more of those, especially this year. It’s a perfect after-dinner conversation starter!
Susan Harold
Susan has been in the magazine publishing industry for just over 25 years focusing on marketing, circulation, and editorial and is currently the Managing Editor for the Where Women Create series of magazines. Susan resides in sunny San Diego, CA with her husband, teen boys, and pathetically perfect pup, Rusty. With a passion for pretty things, witty words, travel, and all things family, writing HOME content comes naturally because, truth be told, her homebody game is strong! There’s no place like home!
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2 thoughts on “How To Say “Thank You” With Hostess Gifts That Aren’t Boring

  1. Brilliant ideas for thinking outside the “box” for fun hostess ideas! Love love them. Thanks Susan for the holiday cheer inspiration! Xo

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