Have Some Manners: Hostess Gifts


Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  

You know where you are going, know what you are wearing but do you know what you are bringing?

One of the most debated topics of the season  is “To Bring or Not To Bring a Hostess Gift”.

To put it simply the answer is always BRING ONE!

Bringing a gift to any party shows that you have style, manners and that you appreciate your host/hostess!

The gift doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive (keep it between $15-$50) –it’s the gesture that counts.

But what should you bring?

Tupperware for you to take home leftovers or a six pack of beer for you to drink yourself are not considered hostess “gifts”.  Yep you know you’ve done it.

It’s always stylish to bring a gift that the host can use for future entertaining- games, bar tools and coffee table books are great additions to their party repertoire.  Items for the home are also a solid choice- scented candles, serving platters, reusable grocery totes, fun kitchen tools or unique culinary treats.

Gifts that give back are always my top choice.  They are thoughtful, meaningful and memorable.  I’m a big fan of the FEED aprons and linens at West Elm which support FEED in their mission to end world hunger (for each apron purchased, FEED will donate 14 meals to families in need in the USA) AND The Giving Keys whose necklaces share words of inspiration and employ those transitioning out of homelessness….and it keeps giving The Giving Keys encourage you to embrace your word and then pass your key on to someone who needs the word of inspiration more than you.

Whether it be Thanksgiving Dinner or an evening of cocktails have some manners this season and bring a host/hostess gift!

Here are my top picks for giving thanks to your host/hostess:



Like the sweater I’m wearing?  It’s the Wine Appreciation Sweater from MODCLOTH you can get it HERE and my Super Festive Turkeylicious Headband is Pottery Barn Kids- you can get it HERE

What’s your go-to Hostess gift?

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