Gift Guide: Easter Hostess Gifts $20 and Under
My mom always taught me that I should never show up to someone else's home empty-handed. This rule especially holds true if you're going to someone else's home for a holiday or special event. The hostess will have to spend time and money prepping for the occasion, so it's more than appropriate to bring them a hostess gift as a way to say thank you.
You don't however have to spend a lot of money on a hostess gift. About $20 is perfectly appropriate. Just keep in mind this is in addition to anything you've offered to bring to serve at the meal. For a casual meal, contributing a dish or bottle of wine is sufficient, but for a holiday or dinner party, you really should bring something extra just for the hostess. It's tempting to bring flowers, but remember your hostess will be busy, so only bring them if they're already in a vase, or offer to put them in a vase when you arrive so the hostess doesn't have to.
When picking out a hostess gift, I focus on the current holiday and/ or season, as well as items any hostess would love even if she already has some. For example, a woman who likes to throw dinner parties can never have enough dinner napkins or serving dishes, so anything like that would be a welcome hostess gift. You can also play it safe with something they're bound to use like a gift set of bath soaps for a guest bathroom, a Spring scented candle, or a hand soap and lotion gift set for the kitchen. If you go with a gift like that, make sure you get something pretty and something festive that reflects the season like this "Chocolate Bunnies" Scented Yankee Jar Candle.
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