Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Hostess Gift Ideas

Traveling over the next couple weeks, you know there are lots of places to visit and people to see: friends' new house, lake cabin party, girls night, family adventures, and, of course, the occasional couch to crash on.

If there is one thing my mom instilled in me growing up, it's: never go anywhere empty handed.  Bring a dessert, bring a side dish, bring a gift.  Well, I really like cooking and baking, but bouncing from place to place so much while we're in the Northeast might not make those options very feasible.  I also reeeally like shopping, so I decided to round up a few favorites that I'd consider giving (and will be giving) to friends and family this summer as tokens of my appreciation.

With hostess gifts, I always try to purchase things in one of two categories: things that a hostess might not buy for herself or things that include some homemade love.
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First, start with a cute card to expression your appreciation of the invitation!  To me, the more floral the card is, the better!

If it's a dinner party, how about some emoji cocktail napkins?  If you want even more excitement, they also make "naughty or nice" or "emotional roller coaster" sets.

A day at the pool certainly calls for that cute pineapple towel.  What about adding in this fun ice cube tray or a homemade ice cream sandwich maker, too?

Looking for a gift for the whole family?  This s'mores basket is so perfect!  Throw in all the fixin's for s'mores and you have the perfect fireside or camping party!

Everyone loves a bouquet of flowers, so how about something that will last even longer than those traditional blooms?

Last, but not least, don't have time to throw together a basket on your own? The Hostess Box has everything she'll love!

What's your favorite hostess gift to give (or receive)??

27 comments:

Jenn said...

These are some super cute ideas! I'd love to get so many of these!!

Ashley Stephenson said...

I love those coasters!! And of course the wine tote!

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

these are all awesome choices! i love a good card - it can go a long way. as well as a bottle of wine in a cute bag or a plant or candle. love!

xoxo cheshire kat

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

So many fun ideas! You can never go wrong with a bottle of wine but I love the succulent idea! And how fun are those cocktail napkins?! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

I love getting something unexpected for them like the candle or coasters - very fun and unique ideas! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Macy V said...

These are such great ideas! I love the wine bag and the stone coasters.

Christine Everyday said...

I love these ideas! So unique. That wine bag is adorable.

coastalkelder.com said...

Those agate coasters are my FAV -- I want to make my own if I can get my hands on some slices! Also love the succulents. We gave those to my mom for Mother's Day and she loved it!

Jen said...

I love these! They are such sweet and fun gift ideas.

The Tony Townie said...

You had me at s'mores and succulents! Thanks for the cute and clever ideas!

Emelia at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes said...

I LOVE all these ideas, hostess gifts are so fun to pick out. The coasters are my favorite!

Rebecca Jo said...

I'm always one to give yummy candles.
I love that wine bag though! So cute!

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

Great ideas! Wine is always my go-to, so I love the little tote!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

My mom instilled the same way of thought into me, so many fabulous ideas here. Candles are always a great idea and loving that wine tote <3
Green Fashionista

queenofthefoodage said...

OMG I love giving Rewined candles as gifts! They're so unique and they smell so good. I want to go find that pineapple beach towel now, because it's gorgeous!

amy said...

i love all of these - especially that smores maker!

Lauren Honeycutt said...

Lol those emoji cocktail napkins are AMAZING!!! So frickin cute!

Sarah said...

Feel free to bring me any of these at any time. ;)

Ryan @apolishedpalate said...

These are all great ideas for gifts! I love the emoji cocktail napkins and of course a rewined candle is always a great idea. And I would like the wine tote for myself. :)

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

My mom instilled in me the don't arrive to somebody's house empty handed too! I love your idea of giving the hostess something she might need or something that she might not buy for herself. That pineapple towel is so cute!

Erin Phillips said...

Love the succulents and emoji napkins, what a cute idea!!

Erin, Attention to Darling
www.attentiontodarling.com

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

I need that s'mores basket! Lots of great gift ideas here!

Ashley
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Those coasters are gorgeous! What a cute idea and of course that wine bags screams my name ;-)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love the succulents and coasters.

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

These are great suggestions! When we go to a dinner party, I always buy a new serving plate to leave for the hostess, but fun napkins are a really good idea!

Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine said...

Loving the rock coasters and the champagne bag :) I would get them both for myself and the hostess haha

Jacqui German said...

i have that rewined candle in Mimosa and it is AMAZING!

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