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Hostess Gift Guide

With all the barbecues, brunches, and get-togethers spring and summer bring, it’s crucial to remember a key facet of Southern charm and etiquette that every hostess will appreciate: a hostess gift.

Hostess gifts are all about letting someone know how much you appreciate that she opened her home to you, baked or cooked, and meticulously cleaned her house so you could enjoy some time with her. That said, they don’t need to be expensive, flashy, or luxurious gifts (though they certainly can be!), but rather something personal, consumable, or meaningful to the hostess.

Take a look at some inexpensive, pretty, and easy-to-find hostess gifts for all your parties this spring and summer!


Fresh Flowers

This is one of the easiest and sweetest gifts you can bring to any spring or summer festivity. Pick the hostess’ favorite blooms and either bring them in a plastic sleeve or in a pretty vase, whichever you choose. She’ll be thrilled with the show-stopping blossoms and you’ll be thrilled by how simple and easy on your bank account this gift is.


Shelf-Stable Meal

A unique and personal take on a hostess gift is in the form of a shelf-stable meal, such as pretty pasta and sauce or a hand-curated soup mix and recipe. The possibilities here are endless, covering a wide range of sweet and savory, and they’re sure to be a hit when your hostess is short on time or ideas for dinner. Get some Pinspiration on hostess gift ideas to suit any household, any hostess, or any party.


Monogrammed Cooler Tote

By now you know I have an affinity for all things monogrammed because I love the personal touch, so naturally that carries over into hostess gifts. Take a look at this Monogrammed Cooler Tote from Marley Lilly before your next shin-dig. This is a great choice for busy hostesses who have kiddos at home, because she can pack up a tote of snacks and drinks for a car trip or picnic in a flash, plus it’s much more aesthetically pleasing than the crinkly silver zip-top cooler totes.


Lovely Lucite

This is an awesome choice for the hostess who loves to decorate. Lucite trays can be personalized with a name, monogram, quote, or verse, and they work for everything from carrying cocktails to corralling books to organizing baubles. I love these trays from Okie studio Pencil Shavings.


Beautiful Books

Speaking of corralling books, I think a functional and memorable hostess gift is a great book. Whether it’s a glossy coffee table book or something you think the hostess will enjoy, pen her a little note in the cover and she’ll cherish it for years to come.

What are your go-to hostess gifts?

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