The 2012 holiday season is almost underway, and you know what that means: Your mailbox will soon be overflowing with dinner party invitations! With so many holiday get-togethers penned on your calendar, it’s important to get a head start on finding the perfect hospitality gift for your host and/or hostess. Hit the ground running with these festive hostess gift ideas for each holiday of the season, from Thanksgiving to Kwanzaa.
Show your hostess how thankful you are to share the holiday with her: Give her a pretty centerpiece to complete her Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrim Pooch is cute as a button and sits in a basket filled with colorful fall leaves, pumpkins and gourds. Your hostess can reuse the basket long after the holiday is over! Speaking of reusable centerpieces, the Festive Fall Pumpkin Hayride is a fun, practical gift that your hostess will enjoy for many fall seasons to come. The metal wagon offers endless DIY possibilities, and the ceramic pumpkins are great for serving sugar with coffee or tea. Plus, the fall candle will fill your hostess’s home with a delicious sweet-and-spicy aroma for days on end.
What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than by presenting your hostess with a shimmering Winter’s Frost Wreath? This eye-catching collection of evergreens, pine cones and twigs will bring holiday flair to your host’s door, which she so graciously opened to her guests! Giving your hostess flowers dressed in the traditional colors of Hanukkah is also a fail-safe way to show her gratitude for thinking of you during the holidays. The All Wrapped Up arrangement of white lilies, blue delphinium, gypophilia and variegated pittosporum—all swathed in a decorative blue ribbon—will bring festive charm to your host’s home throughout all eight nights of Hanukkah.
Show appreciation to your hostess by helping her set the merry mood! This Aromatic Rosemary Tree will fill the air with the fresh scent of Christmas, and its sprigs can be used to garnish any Yuletide dish. Deck your gift with multicolored ornaments and you have a mini Christmas tree that your host can display anywhere in her home. Or, bring the soft, Christmas-y glow of candles to your host’s table with the Peace on Earth Holiday Votive Holders. To enhance the peaceful ambiance, the elegant glass is decorated with hand-painted doves, snowflakes and holly. Whichever gift you choose, she’ll be sure to get the message that she’s the perfect ho- ho- hostess!
This Kwanzaa, honor your host’s African heritage with a symbolic gift that harks back to their roots. A living work of art, the Green Mound Juniper Bonsai inspires creativity—one of the seven principles of the holiday—all year long. Or, add to your hostess’s bounty with a Fresh From the Orchard Fruit Gift Basket. The beautifully woven basket holds freshly picked apples, oranges and pairs with sweet hazelnut cookies, nut crunch, cheese spread and flatbread crackers—delectable essentials for your host’s weeklong festivities!
How have your hosts gone above and beyond to make you feel at home during holiday seasons past? How did you thank them?